50shadesofsun.com is back


This is just a brief note to say that 50shadesofsun.com is up and running again.

I know there has been a lack of posts for a few months, but the site is back in business.

Regular readers will know that I live with multiple sclerosis, an unpleasant, unwanted, degenerative disease. It is oppressive and daunting but I am still the same person, positive and mainly cheerful athough there are times of frustration. But everyone gets frustrated sometimes, right?

The good news is that MS had nothing to do with this site’s short break, read more here.

The site has a new look, is easier to read, and has changed its host to WordPress, so costs have been reduced – which is essential. After all, 50shadesofsun.com is not designed to be a money-earner.

It is an independent site which is totally free of any commercial influences. And it will continue to be just that. I promise.

Freedom of the press, of which digital media is a part, is very dear to me. As such, I will continue to voice my opinions, whether to praise or criticise, to encourage or warn, Whatever they are, my opinions will be honestly held and be fair comment.

Watch this space!

Making this blog your blog

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What do you, yes YOU dear reader, want to see in this blog? I have spent the last six months making all the decisions but you really deserve to have your say.

The daily figures already show that the most popular topics since 50shadesofsun was launched, last August, have been about fearless volunteer mountain rescuers, different aspects of multiple sclerosis and strangely, perhaps, lifestyle posts – mainly about Lisa and I moving from the UK to Spain and setting up our new home.

So, now it is your turn. What would you like me to write about? To help you, let me give you a little insight into my life.


My name is Ian Franks, I am 63 years old, British and live near Cuevas del Almanzora in Spain’s Almeria province.


I am married to the love of my life, Lisa, who is American – a proud New York city girl, born and bred in the Bronx.


We have two cats who were also born in the States. Pooka is closing in on 18 while Priscilla (Prissy to her friends) is almost 10.


I have Multiple Sclerosis with all that entails, Epilepsy that has been controlled totally since 1976 and a cardiac condition called Atrial Fibrillation that is an irregular heartbeat. That is being treated with medication and my UK cardiologist was happy that, despite the beat remaining irregular, my heart was improving in health.


My working life has been spent in newspaper journalism and public relations, which are two sides of the same coin. Writing has been my life and now I devote it to my blog www.50shadesofsun.com. Click on that link to catch up on any stories you may have missed.


      Why sun?                         Because, in November 2015, we moved from the gloomy UK weather to the sun of Spain.

     Why 50 shades?               Nothing is ever really definite, life is full of shades.

     50 shades of grey?          Yes, the title influenced my choice. ‘50 shades of’ is a catchy, easy to remember name – and Lisa says I am her Mr Christian Grey but without the troubled childhood.

     Blog description               News, Opinion and Life

My special interests

Multiple Sclerosis and other disabilities, disabled access issues, rural affairs and religion – but not as you might expect.

Your turn

Now, please let me know your views as to the type of posts you would like to read or, possibly, exactly what story my post should cover. Intentionally, there is no survey form as I prefer not to lead you in any particular direction. I am seeking your views. Please do let me have your ideas by using the comment box at the bottom of this page.

Thank you.