Where are we today ? – still in mallorca but hopefully only for two weeks more.
I just got back from a short trip to England, which was of course, immense fun, but before i start my untrained waffle, let me please issue a thunderbolt on those inconsiderate baggage handlers who damaged my brand new, still unwaxed surf board. (you may be amazed at my controlled language back there – i recently learned about some of the readers of this blog and have decided not only to keep it mum clean but also juniors clean too)
Anyway – i spotted my surf board on the conveyor and then, before it got to me, spotted a hole in the top of the bag. I knew what to expect, i have never travelled with a board on any airline and got away damage free – its just one of the certanties in life. What really grieves me is the severity of the damage that they can be dealt. The damage is so harsh , i cannot believe it was accidental – it looks like the bottom of a pram frame has been rammed dead centre on the top of the board, ripping a hole in the bag an inch wide and inflicting even more damage to the glass and polystyrene below. Of course, it can be repaired, and then coated in sex wax so i doubt you will see anything of it but i am still miffed that people can be so inconsiderate of other peoples belongings.
Moving on swiftly……..
I would like to thank Hertz Car rental for not giving me the Mondeo that i had booked but instead a Mercedes Coupe. It was pleasant to say the least and i found the cruise control very handy for the trip north. all the roadworks and their average speed cameras – bah – cruise on at 50 and hey presto, no tickets.
Bristol – its a funny place i know. I have been crossing that bridge for maybe around 15 years now. I cannot ever remember a time when there were no roadworks on that bridge. It has been a constant coned off area. I don’t get it. Have they been overrunning on their works for a decade ?
Eventually of course, I would arrive in Rugby, home of Rugby Football. It does startle me on my travels, how few people know that the game of rugby football was named after the town where it was invented. Maybe i am a little bias, the link is easy to make in my mind.
It is infact, one of my favourite views of the town in Autumn. From Barby lane looking across the fields where all those years ago, a young nipper called William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and put it over the goal line of the football pitch. The referree of course, blew his whistle incessantly until Ellis had stopped his run and placed the ball. Removing the whistle from his mouth, the referree (who was also a teacher at the school – proper old english stock don’t you know) then shouted, ‘nice try ellis – but you can’t do it that way you fool’ Not only was the game invented but also the name for the act of scoring had been born, all in one foul swoop.
Anyway – the view across the field, as the leaves are turning colour and falling to the ground. Sound seems to carry better on autumn days, it has more clarity to its volume, you hear things that you dont hear in other seasons, even though they are still there.
You can almost imagine the long shorts and even longer socks and the toffs play on that field – sorry, i was getting carried away there, its just a view after all….
Let me hurry up………saturday night, went out to a party and into town. bumped into a shed load of family and friends i havent seen in years – got well munted and went back to Deano’s house who then threw up in his kitchen sink, then went to bed – spewed all over his duvet, then slept in it. The G man, also puked in the downstairs toilet, then fell asleep next to it but not before getting his old man out for the camera. Justina made some very sexy poses of the bonnet of the Mercedes, then deano deleted all but one of them. Another of life’s certanties – Deano will always be a dumb ass.
Bumped into Junior Gurnsey, never saw Lynsey, Sharon Williams who i havent seen in 20 years, sharon evans who i havent dated in 14 years, Michelle Belton who didnt look as if she was enjoying her date, Clive Hagues from school and Jackie Evans to complete the mischievous twins scene.
It was a wonderfull 6 day break, take a look at the photos next door.