Na shledanou

August 10, 2008

We’re off to Prague for a few days. We did the online check in last night and we are all set to go 🙂

See you soon, be good!

Yay, we didn’t waste the weekend!

July 19, 2008

No, we didn’t waste another weekend, we went to the coast 🙂

It wasn’t planned, I first suggested this around 11am and after a short debate we made a plan. “Go and get in the bath”, I said. I’ll iron some stuff while you’re in there and then I’ll come and get a shave. Once you’re out of the bath, I’ll jump in the shower. slightly behind schedule we were ready and in the car.

The drive was good, Paul did it and he was well happy with the first long drive in the new car.

Cleethorpes 19th July 2008

We had a great time, it rained a bit when we arrived and we had to run to the cafe, after we ate it totally brightened up. We had a walk up and down the front and took a few photos on the pier.

Runner up photo, and yes I got told off by Paul for taking it but hey, I love the cheeky candid pictures, feel free to suggest a title 🙂

Cleethorpes Chair Idol

Living Will

April 27, 2008

Look what I spotted in a well known store inside Manchester Airport.

I’m sure they give a lot of comfort to all the nervous flyers that pass through every day.

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The thing is they were everywhere, not only on this display unit but also repeated at regular intervals around the store. That’s what I call selling to peoples fears!

One or two thoughts spring to mind, if I buy one and fill it out, perhaps in the bar, dont I need some sort of witness? Perhaps a Solicitor to make things official?

How about the fact that if I fill it out, I now have the only copy of my possibly invalid Will with me and in the event my plane goes down it will go down in flames along with me!

What a gyp!

A present from Cyprus

April 24, 2008

I woke up yesterday morning feeling a little stiff. My ankle felt like I’d slept on it funny and was quite difficult to get out of bed. I walked it off around the pool, thinking it would be ok once I got it moving again. By the time we were at the Airport it was feeling a little stiffer and again I shrugged it off, no way I’m going to be refused travel by asking to see a Doctor!

Landing in Manchester, I was in agony, the damn thing had seized up completely and it was a real struggle getting home, I just tried to sleep as much as possible in the taxi. I took some painkillers once we got home and then went straight to bed.

Paul badgered me about seeing someone this morning, the swelling was getting worse and I then remembered the bite on my ankle. He was sure this had something to do with the swelling, I had to agree at this stage, (I’m not good about being poorly) so eventually he won me over and we went to the Hospital walk in centre.

Turns out it’s quite common, the Nurse I saw had worked in Cyprus, and she was quick to diagnose a Spider bite. A prescription for antibiotics and antihistamines was quickly filled and I was in and out in 20 minutes. I was actually pretty impressed by the NHS service.

Here is a lovely illustration of the swelling 🙂 I can’t put any weight on it at all now and am reduced to hopping around the house in a very undignified manner.


As I write, I think its actually swollen by half again over the last few hours. If it starts going funny colours or anything I’ll be sure to get more photos!

Of course, this all means that I’ll be taking a few days off work, my first sick time since September 2002.

Daytime telly is already driving me to despair, thankfully I have a few items in the Sky+ planner to catch up on. Oh, and the Internet, thank god for the Internet, anyone for Scrabulous??

Long tall glasses

January 30, 2008

I must try harder to post something of substance very soon, just been very busy of late. Until such time as I get my arse in gear, please be enjoying this film.

How pleased am I now, that for all these years, Paul always brought a pack of plastic drinking cups on holiday with us.

Enjoy 🙂

A return and a recipe.

January 17, 2008

Did you miss me?

In all the excitement I forgot to remind you all that I was going on holiday on New Years Eve. We had the most brilliant time, the weather was fantastic and it was just so relaxing, We did no excursions, no major sightseeing, just relaxation on the beach. Bliss!

We got back on Tuesday afternoon and then we were straight back to work on Wednesday. The jet lag thing wasn’t too bad and Its now Thursday lunchtime (as I write this) and I’m feeling all back to normal.

Speaking of lunch, I’m enjoying the most wonderful soup, I have to share it with you.

I took a can of Baxters Potato and Leek, added a few dozen cooked Chick Peas and a small handful of dried noodles broken into half inch pieces. Once this was warmed through, I boned, flaked and added a ready cooked fillet of peppered smoked Mackerel. A little salt and pepper to taste and a little extra water to allow for the noodles and it all went into a flask to take to work. After about 4 hours in the flask, its ready to go 🙂 The smokey Mackerel has infused thoroughly and the overall flavour is divine. The Chick Peas and noodles give extra body and mean I’m not filling up on bread along with the soup.

Apparently I’m supposed to be thrilled that I’m getting my anti-oxidants and my oily fish all in one shot, in fact I’m just thrilled with my own inventiveness 🙂 It makes Paul laugh, but I can never resist adding a little something else to canned soups. Maybe next time I’ll share my recipe for improving a can of Bouillabaisse, all I’m saying now is that it includes adding Garam Masala. No really, you’ll love it!

High hopes and holidays

November 10, 2007

I’ve been trying all day, unsuccessfully, to sit down and write something here. We’re off to Thailand tomorrow so there’s been loads to do today.

We’re finally sorted and able to relax, hopefully we’ll have a couple of hours sleep before the taxi to the airport,


Tickets, money, passports, check, check and check.

Mp3’s and movies loaded on laptop, check.

Ready to go? Check 🙂

Waiting to expire

November 6, 2007

A couple of years ago, I spent 4 months working in India, which was quite an experience as you can imagine. One of my favourite things was reading the Times of India every day and I still like to dip in and out via the wonderful Web.

One of the most endearing things about India is the use of language, the odd turn of phrase, things that you no longer hear in the UK. It’s almost as if somewhere around the 1940’s and Independence, India fixed its idea of what English is, whereas in the UK, English has continued to evolve. Not always for the better, I might add.

Hence, its not uncommon for news stories where people are waylaid and relieved of valuables, usually by miscreants and often in the wee hours. At work, you’d not be popular if you shifted someones timings meaning they had to drive their two-wheeler in rush hour with all the rash drivers.

Something that still makes me smile are the obituaries, not because people died, that’s sad obviously, but it happens. No, it’s the use of expiry and expired to denote death. Here’s an example…


Now picture yourself in a room with 20 Indian faces hanging on your every word as you train them to take calls about debit cards. Imagine the confusion in the room as you explain they will need to ask for the expiry date on the card.

A hand is raised, “Do you mean the card says when the customer will expire??”

You reply, “Almost right, it’s when the card expires.”

Another hand, “How can a card expire?”

More hands go up and more odd questions are asked. Dumbfounded you turn to your SME, he’s been here longer and should know what they are going on about. He’s laughing and then you remember how eager he was for you to deliver the bit about expiry dates.

Set up!

* I downloaded this picture several hours ago and only studied it closely as I was preparing this post. This admirable lady, was born on the same day as me. How spooky! I mean really, that’s spooky, I’m a bit freaked out by this coincidence.