I am ThomasJPitts! You may know me as Thomas, Mr Pitts, Grubbly, or even HSX (particularly if you’ve come here from the past…)
As a profession, I teach at a fairly local school to me, but outside of that life there are many things that I love to do. This site is meant to reflect that, but like so many other things, tends to get a little neglected as other things compete for my time.
Looking around, you’ll see posts about my cat Kit, Captain Satsuma (our wonderful goldfish), maths, computing, Formula One, Geocaching, brass bands, photography… all the things that fill my time when I’m not in front of classes.
Formula 1 has been my favourite sport for a long time. My interest coincided with the end of the 1993 season, although I don’t really remember much of that. From 1994 onwards, I can say that I’ve seen the vast majority of races and the dark weekend of San Marino that year is embedded in my brain forever. In both 2004 and 2013 I was fortunate enough to get to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and would love to visit again in the future.
2013 British Grand Prix
The outdoor hobby of Geocaching entered my life in 2010 and Mrs Pitts and I have tried to make time for that whenever we can. It would be lovely to get out and do it more often, truth be told. Through that we have met some lovely people and made some good friends.
Music has long been a part of my life, having played the violin since I was 8 – although I would be very rusty if you asked me to play right now. That interest has developed and I now conduct the Morley And District Concert Band as well as playing percussion with Grange Moor Brass Band. Playing percussion has lead me into some interesting avenues, ending up on stage with Knottingley Silver Band more than once.
On stage with Knottingley, March 2014.
All views, posts and opinions shared are my own, and I do endeavour to acknowledge the work of other people where possible with a link back to the original source. Often, there will be quotes, reposts/retweets, and links that I find interesting.