GOTB – Year in Review 2016

Well that flew by didn’t it. Last year saw the inaugural review of this blog’s output, and thankfully things have gone onwards and upwards from there.


  • 2016 saw 8,365 unique visitors to the site overall (up from 5,292 in 2015).
  • December 2016 was the highest month on record with 1,295 views.
  • Over half the views were from the UK, USA second and Canada third.


This year saw 24 articles published. Not nearly as many as I’d hoped but still a step in the right direction.


Photographer Chris Porsz recreates Peterborough photos 40 years later

Back in the late 1970s paramedic Chris Porsz used to take photos in his spare time around the streets of Peterborough. Now, several decades later, he has spent the last few years recreating these shots with the original participants for his new book ‘Reunions’.

Upon rediscovering his original photos in 2009, Chris sent some shots to the Peterborough Telegraph which published them over several weeks asking the public to get in touch if they recognised anyone in the images.


GOTB – Year in Review 2015

Blimey, it’s that time of year again. As 2015 draws to a close, here’s a rundown on how this blog has been faring over the last 12 months.

As many of you know, Get Off The Bandwagon has been around in some form or other since 2005 (read more about that here), but it’s only in the last 18 months that I’ve really starting regularly posting articles again.

The stats this year have been incredible, with over 5,000 unique visitors reading my content – a massive monthly increase from 2014.



I’m a big foodie and love discovering new things, but when I tucked into some Mixed Pickle with my curry the other night I was surprised to see one of the main ingredients was something I didn’t recognise.

Amongst the chunks of sweet, curried fruit and veg were several unusual green berries – about the size and shape of a caper, but much harder and revealing a dark red centre when cut open. The mixed pickle in question was from leading curry sauce and condiment maker Patak’s, which lists the mystery fruit as Karamdas.


Beautiful Japanese Phrases We Don’t Have in English

There are many differences between the Western world and some of the more traditional Asian cultures, not just in the way people live their lives, but also in the way we express ourselves.

This list of 14 Perfect Japanese Words You Need In Your Life from BuzzFeed perfectly illustrates that, with phrases we just don’t have the right words for in English.

If you are ever lucky enough to visit Japan – and you really should – to get a real cultural experience you should think about staying a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn.