(not) BORN IN THE U.S.A !!

Guys, at this point of my blogging journey I’ve had more false “comebacks” than Jennifer Anniston. It’s a little pathetic if I’m honest with myself. Most of all, I’m disappointed at my own lack of reliability with posting regularly. I’m not going to make excuses, or try to justify my own (lack of) action. All I’ll say is that 2016 has been one of the worst years of my life … and I’ll leave it at that, and promise to do better!

Now … let’s concentrate on the positive!

Since my last post (which was probably a “comeback” post…) my life has changed quite a bit

For starters, I’m currently residing in Manhattan, New York.

I know, right? When the fuck did that happen?


Recently, I was given the opportunity to move to New York for the rest of 2016 (and hopefully beyond) with an international property company. It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. Especially considering, y’know, worst year ever! Haha


I’ve been here a couple of days now and I am still very much sounding out the city. It takes a long time to get the feel for a new city, especially one as vast as NewYork. All I know is that I am here for a fresh start; with life, with blogging …with everything.

As is my traditional fashion … I’ll keep you guys updated along the way!


Speak soon,




Thought i’d include a few photos I have taken during writing this down at Pier 48 over the Hudson River…

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“So this is a new year…”

First off, I’d like to apologise to you all for being so quiet over the December period. I took some time off from the blog to concentrate on other aspects of my life which needed my attention; including:

  • A new job. (WHICH I LOVE!)
  • Flat hunting.
  • Family.
  • Friends.
  • Girlfriend.

However, I can promise that I have returned to Gallus Lad bags of motivation …and big plans for 2016.

The first thing I’d like to do in 2016 is make it easier for you all to know when new content will be uploaded on GallusLad.com

Therefore, I’m making a commitment that for 2016, content will be uploaded WEEKLY on the TUESDAY of each week.

You can receive more than one post a week, but NEVER less. I promise.
If I do not deliver, I’d like you all to call me out on out!


An Overview of 2015

2015 was quite an incredible year for me; I started the year working as a Music Manager, discussing the pros and cons of a record contract with a particularly large German record label … I finished the year as a Digital Marketing Specialist and Freelance writer.
About as drastic a change of career choice as you could imagine, isn’t it?

I also managed to see some fantastic places in the world; and share it with you, including:

  • Pitlochry, Scotland
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Leeds, England
  • Berlin, Germany (coming next week!)

I thought I would share some of my favourite photos from 2015…


Looking forward to 2016

I’d like to tell you a story.

In December 2014 an elderly, female, stranger approached me in Glasgow’s central train station and ordered me to write down a list of the things I would like to have achieved by the end of 2015. There and then, no discussions. She began to pressurise me into doing it in front of her.

I have never thought of myself as one to bow to peer pressure.
That is until this very moment; when I found myself with a pen and paper in my hand consulting a complete stranger on my year ahead. Simply because she asked me to.

In December, 2015, while clearing out the Eifel Tower of paperwork which had miraculously built up on my desk over the course of the year, I found this piece of paper.
…I had, somehow, managed to achieve each of the goals I had set myself. Without consciously trying.

You really can’t doubt the power of the subconscious.

Therefore, I have done the same this year … and here are my goals:

  1. Successfully meet the self-imposed target of Gallus Lad posts.
  2. Be able to look back on 2016 and say “I travelled”.
  3. Draw my entire family tree… in crayon… on an abandoned piece of wood… found by the river.
  4. Move into a new flat.
  5. Read at least 10 books (comics not included, I read hundreds of them).
  6. Slap a celebrity.


What about you? Do you have any goals?