Welcome to Peacockshock - my house on the internet. I'm Ian Peacock.

I’m based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, but I’ve lived everywhere from London to Cambridge to Austria.

I’m mad about animals and have an adorable Jackapoo, Eddie, named after the dog in Frasier.

So don't dither on the doorstep. Have a wander round. You can either just scroll down this page, or you can mouse around the house and click on the rooms. Do keep coming back for new stuff. I update my witterings regularly

Enjoy your stay.


As far as

Once upon a time, in the days of yore in the Land of Grammar, people used to say things such as:

As far as county towns go, Hertford’s nice but a bit quiet.

As far as small pets go, guinea pigs are pretty good.

As far as laws go, it’s rather old-fashioned.

‘As far as X goes’ means: ‘To the degree that X is considered or exists’. As far as definitions go, that’s the best I can manage.

The problem is … people have wilfully started dropping the ‘go’ and the ‘goes’, like schoolkids dropping chocolate wrappers. I have no idea why, but it makes me apoplectic with rage. Yes, as far as grammar, I’m pedantic.

Breaking News – cat stranded on wet floor

bolly cat stranded on wet floor

I decided to mop the kitchen floor earlier. Bolly, meanwhile, decided she wasn’t going to budge. So I mopped around her. Now she’s stranded on a tiny island of dry floor looking pensive and threatening to phone the RSPCA.

Tour de France 2014 – guide to the perils of Cambridgeshire and Essex

Not that I’m envious , but it appears the Tour de France 2014 is snubbing Hertfordshire and has opted for Cambridgeshire and Esssex instead.

The Cambridge Tour de France Team

The Cambridge Tour de France Team

The Essex Tour de France Team

The Essex Tour de France Team

Presumably they chose Cambridgeshire for its challenging and frankly stunning scenery.


As for Essex, well let’s hope no one gets a pneu crevé and ends up being captured and forcibly spray-tanned by locals. joey essex

Then there are the language issues. Cambridge undergraduates present a real challenge.

Here’s a typical phrase:

Like awesome Hugo! This is totes defo dorbs! This race is most adorable Hugo.

And some helpful translations for use during the Essex stretch:

Shaaa aaaaaaap!!! Well done.

Reem!!! Jolly good.

Hundred ‘cent!!! Excellent.

I’m well jel!!! I’m most envious of your abilities.

It’s well boring me aaart!!! I’m getting a bit bored now.

If they’d come to Hertfordshire, none of this would have been necessary. But I’d obviously have warned them against Ware, where cannibalism and the random hanging of foreigners is still rife.

Alexis (Lex) 1995 – 2014

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The lovely Alexis was born in 1995 and moved to Marylebone in London with her little brother Dexter (Dex). The two fluffies then moved to Essex.

Alexis subsequently moved to Todmorden with Henrietta and Franklin who gave her a fabulous life. She also had two step cats (but largely ignored them), a step horse, and numerous step hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits.

Lex enjoyed sitting on Franklin. She also liked to pose like a furry bookend on the opposite arm of the chair to Dexter. And they weren’t averse to lying on the ironing board. She was also rather partial to cardboard boxes.

Her all-time favourite food was processed ham. And she preferred drinking water directly from taps.

For me, her most endearing habit was rescuing people from bathrooms and toilets. No sooner did you enter, than a small ball of silver fluff came hurtling in like Supercat to prevent you from drowning or whatever.

We’ll all really miss her. She was such a sweety.

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OMG Paul Brannen MEP

paul brannen mep

Congratulations to my old friend Paul on becoming Paul Brannen MEP. Odd to think I’ve known him since we were nine. Oh the stories I could tell, but I won’t. He’ll be a brilliant MEP I’m sure. And he believes in Europe, unlike the dimwits from UKIP. This photo shows him being pensive in Poland, in 1985. Gosh. Almost 30 years ago.

Hummingbird Audio Landscaping

baby hummingbird on flower hummingbird audio landscaping Ovid would approve. Over the last few months, I, a peacock, have metamorphosed into a hummingbird, in the form of the lovely Hummingbird Audio Landscaping That’s why I’ve not been peacockblogging. Like a hummingbird, I’ve been flapping my wings non-stop and have barely touched the ground. I’ve also been blogging for Hummingbird.

You may care to poke your beak into some of my posts:

Underwater speakers

New MEPs – how not to get lost in translation

BPMs to biceps – top tips on gym playlists

What not to do at conferences (with video bloopers)

MRI proof that dogs really understand English

Why ‘relaxation’ music makes me seethe

The Great Hertford Flood 2014 – dramatic audio

Rescuing a baby hummingbird

Evolution and hummingbirds – Alfred Russel Wallace at Hertford Museum

Are you an owl, a lark or a hummingbird? Whatever you are, blame your parents

History of football commentaries, with crazy audio clips

Hummingbird tattoos

How do hummingbirds fly?

Hummingbird Audio Landscaping also has amazing, quirky Twitter stuff: @hummingbirdbeak Follow now, or I’ll peck you.

And, on our YouTube channel, you can see me (in a suit) and co-designer Kathleen Griffin doing our thing at glitzy Lancaster House So now you know what I’ve been up to. Normal service resumes here as from today.