Honey, I'm home!

What damp and dismal weather this country has, what overpriced goods this country has, what lovely finished buildings and roads this country has! We’re back and feeling, refreshed, revived and slightly relieved. Can’t say it was all that easy as it was the first time back in Torrox since Louise’s Mum passed away but overall it was good to see her Dad (Peter), and even better to spend our days reading books and wandering from pub to pub. Diet schmiet! It’s hard to believe it’s over a week ago that we were slamming back shots of pure caffeine at 4.30am in an effort to wake ourselves for the 6am check-in. Mind you, we did have a mild trauma before we …

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Talk talk

I’m boring. Seriously, sometimes I struggle with conversations these days as I rarely go out and meet new people. I used to go out a lot, meet new people every night and talk until dawn without pause (or until they wander off to get away from the strange man who is talking to himself), nowadays I’m so out of practise that whilst I’m chatting to someone I frequently have out of body (mind?) experiences where the second after I utter some banal question or other – “And do you like your job?” – I can almost hear myself laughing at my stuttering inability to do anything except ask stock questions of the very type I used to ridicule. (You know, …

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M74

Unlike Route 66 and the N17, no-one has ever written a song about the M74, but there is time for that to change. With the news that the proposed extension of the “motorway that goes nowhere” is to be built, and naturally that a variety of protest groups are up in arms at the decision (for some good reason), there is a chance for this dead-end of a motorway to grab a share of the spotlight and gain some notoriety. For those not in the know, the M74 ends in a roundabout (hence the dead-end references) and is mainly used as a link from the M8 on the journey south to England. Before we moved to Hamilton, which sits on …

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Friends will be Friends

One simple fact is indisputable; I don’t see my friends often enough. Granted one spends a large amount of the year in other countries and one lives in London, but the other two live and work nearby and there is no excuse other than the usual “time flies” nonsense… which isn’t as much an excuse as a weird rip in the time versus priority continuum. What a great word continuum is… continuUM conTINuum contiuummmmmmm… Every time we meet we promise to meet sooner next time, to not leave it so long, to call on the off chance of each other being free rather than worrying about pre-arranging a dinner, or if one person can make it whilst the other one …

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Pedal Faster!

At this very moment, barring unforeseen delays (I’m writing this a couple of days beforehand) we’ll be strapped in to our seats and accelerating down the runway at Glasgow Airport, bound for Malaga and away from the frosty mornings. Average temperature for the week is 18°C (65F in old money) although it’s to be overcast with showers for most of the time. Not that I’m complaining. Tapas, San Miguel, Spanish Potato and Onion Tortillas, and walks along the beach. What’s not to like? I’ll be back in a week or so, posting will continue sporadically and obviously I may not be picking up email.

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Euro panic

Not quite yet but the countdown has begun. Some “if I wear that t-shirt today I can’t take it with me” packing decisions have already been made and I’m pretty sure I know what books I’ll be taking with me. We have tins of haggis, oodles of teabags, tubes of germoline and 2000 Boots own-brand sweeteners bagged and ready to go. The iPod is nicely filled with music and if I can’t get Louise’s MP3 player (a last minute cheapo eBay job) working then we’ll be sorted. Most importantly, the passports and Euros are safely placed where we can both find them after I caused a minor panic by putting some Euros, that we had received as a wee Christmas …

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The Dying of Delight

Where to begin? I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but any book that is described as “a spirited portrait of lives gone astray” is off to a pretty good start. The book tells the story of Silver and Edna, two women whose stories intertwine in many ways. It’s slightly odd in parts, exciting, funny and above all very well written. Now I’ll admit that it took me a couple of chapters to get into, and now and again I’d lose the thread and have to re-read but those are minor annoyances. The first thing that caught my attention was the chapter numbers. 1, 17, 26, 2, 3, 18, 27, 4… and so on. Yet despite this odd numbering scheme …

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Lethargic

Friday evening and as my family drive away I open the fridge, and crack open another beer. A quick check of the TV and I decide to finish that book I’ve been reading (review to follow). One page of text later and I’m done. Nice ending. Upstairs to the computer, a quick check that I can just “copy and paste” tracks from iTunes to Louise’s new MP3 player (I can) and I start surfing. Blog after blog I realise that my interest is waning, so many, too many, time for a cull. Something in the air? Tomorrow and we start planning for the week in Spain, teabags, square sausage, haggis, sweeteners and more to be bought, and packed amongst the …

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Narnia

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic Bugger all on the TV last night so we headed to the cinema to catch The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Before I go any further I’ll point out that I’m pretty sure I read the books when I was younger but can’t recall much about them, snippets here and there is about the limit of my knowledge and even then I’m not sure how much of that is by cultural osmosis rather than directing read of the text. All in it wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t a great one either lacking any real kind of depth and falling short of other recent remakes (Kong, …

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Football*

“At the end of the day, to be honest, I think I can safely say that I take each post as it comes. Although I’ve always got on eye on the next game post, it’s usually end to end stuff.” Despite watching and (occasionally) playing football I rarely post about it mainly because I’m aware that most my readership doesn’t give a flying galactic toss monkey about it, and also because I’m what I consider a ‘neutral’ fan. This means my views lack the objectivenessless of the diehard, lifelong supporter, lack any real degree of passion or involvement and soon dissolve into an exercise in trying not to offend. The latter is only because I’m a nice guy though. My …

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