The Picnic

It was a glorious day yesterday, wisps of cloud slowly meandered across the sky as the gentle breeze softly buffeted the long grass. Somewhere in Balloch Park a group of people were sitting on the grass, picking at various foodstuffs, drinking various concoctions, and chatting and laughing with nary a care in the world. We were there as a wee celebration for my sister-in-law gaining her degree. She was quite tipsy by the time we left and apparently went on to the pub afterwards too! It was a nice, relaxing day and I even found time to have a wee nap in the sun, dreaming of future picnics in the sun. All rather lovely.

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Weekender

Grass cut – check Weeding done – check Long walk round Balloch Park in glorious sunshine – check Lunch and lounging in the sun at my parents – check Dinner at sister-in-laws with Louise’s Mum & Dad – check Arsenal vs Chelsea – check Count of Monte Cristo (the film) – check Started new book (Lanark) – check Completely bloody knackered but had great weekend – check! How was yours?

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Concerts

Clair has been recalling all the concerts she’s been to, so you can blame her for this. One habit I’ve always had is to keep the tickets for all the concerts I’ve ever attended (not in chronological order). R.E.M. at Balloch Park. Jools Holland in the Armadillo. Crowded House in the Big Red Shed. The Silencers in the Barrowlands (twice, supported by the Humpff Family both times), the Royal Concert Hall, and the Albert Hall (Stirling!). Martin Stephenson and the Daintees at Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh), King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, and Strathclyde University Union. Bon Jovi at Ibrox Stadium and Gateshead. Aerosmith in the Big Red Shed. Billy Joel in the Big Red Shed. Kings of Leon at the Carling …

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Fingers crossed

I’m standing in Balloch Park as the rain falls, my beer has gone all watery and we’re all trying to be “cheery” because that’s what you do when you’ve been standing about in the rain for several hours. I feel like a stranger despite this being a “hometown” gig for me, and R.E.M. had better be as good as reported from the gig on Tuesday at Glasgow Green or the day will be a complete and literal washout. OR At this very moment I’m sitting on a rug in Balloch Park, it’s a little overcast but no sign of rain, I’m a few beers to the good and I’m enjoying a great day with my friends. I’ve spotted and chatted …

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So much to saySo little energy. Long walks yesterday round Balloch Park on the shores of Loch Lomond. Emptying a loft on Saturday. It was a busy weekend. And then Monday struck and I spent most of my day trying to re-install Windows 2000, and once I managed that, re-install all the applications I use. One quick suggestion for you all: note down every application you use, big or small, from TweakUI to Photoshop, from Winamp to Office XP, get URLs, registration codes, the works. Do it now and thank me later. Put this one down to experience! So I now feel drained. Maybe a quick bite to eat and a shower will perk me up. Or maybe not. P.S. …

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