30 Today

Well, I have been on the Earth for three decades as of today, and I can’t really complain. I’ve been blessed with good family and friends, and generally some pretty good luck.

In celebration of old(er) age, it only seems fitting to show a few recently acquired photos of more innocent times.

Not a great jumper, admittedly…

Me in the blue Everton kit, next to my brother in the red Liverpool kit. No idea why we were dressed in those colours to be honest, but in the 80s they dominated English football.

Obviously tired out from all the energetic things one does at that age. The jumper hasn’t improved much.

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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.


  1. Happy Birthday! Enjoy…

    Pictures are wonderful memories aren’t they? You have reminded me I should take more snaps of my family. Although, now a bit older they tend to shy away from the camera.

  2. Happy birthday, sir!

    And re: jumpers. Nonsense! They are fantastic jumpers. Kids these days are better dressed than me.

    *shakes fist*

    ‘Get off my lawn!’

  3. Happy birthday. Mark – go easy on the malt.

  4. Happy Birthday!

    30 is still young …. I turn 52 in summer.

    Enjoy life and please write more great books.

  5. Happy Birthday!!!

  6. Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone (including those who said so on Twitter and Facebook).

  7. I remember when you were an obscenely young writer with only one book out.

    (Happy birthday! Also, I would wear those jumpers even now)

  8. Happy Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Happy Birthday, Mark !

    I’ll drink some Jameson (all that I have left atm) in your honor !

  10. Happy birthday! I’m a week off the big 3-0 too. Hope it was a smooth transition ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hope you had a fabulous birthday Mark! Many happy returns!

  12. Happy belated birthday! Your birthday follows exactly one week after my brother’s and exactly one week before mine!