Some things we don’t appreciate until they are gone. There is a very significant comedienne that fits this category. I never really appreciated her when she was alive, maybe it was an age thing? By crikey this old bird was sharp. Sharp, funny and not afraid to say what she wanted.
Stop for a moment and enjoy this old bird at her finest.
Yeah I know, not to everyone’s taste but by crikey she makes me laugh.
So – my silence. Let me explain.
Studying. Taken over my life so far this year, certainly over the last 2 months or so. I have been consumed with pushing myself to improve my marine licence and get onto bigger boats with a more acceptable schedule. So for the last few days I have been in sunny Newcastle to sit what should have been my last two papers of the year.
Newcastle hasn’t been kind to me over the years. A few years back you may remember I came up here for the Great North Run aiming for a 1 hour 45 min finish time, instead missing out by around 17 minutes.
On the way up on Tuesday afternoon, I triggered a speed camera on the motorway. I reckon I was doing about 71mph when the gantry suggested only 60mph. Doesn’t matter that there was sod all on the roads and sod all reason to issue the 60 limit. I was over. Amazes me to be able to do 30mph past a school at kicking out time but 70mph on a 4 lane motorway on a bright sunny afternoon when only 2 lanes are busy is a no no.
Yesterday, Newcastle continued to be unkind. I was served up an exam paper that was an absolute fucker ! I am pretty sure I have not done enough to pass that one. A resit is on the horizon.
Its weird really because Newcastle and the locals are superb. I have never met such a cannie bunch in all fairness. As far as accents go, a geordie accent is as sweet and sexy as an East German.
I once worked with a geordie at LeasePlan, Brian Cairnes I think was his name. He told me once, if you can master these 3 words in Geordie, you can master the whole lingo. Try it for yourself
Anyway – I now have a few weeks to either get back to work or sit and wait for my results to come through. There are a few things I would like to catch up on, including just seeing friends. I have been so consumed over the last few months that I have seen no-one.
Is it just me or are Fire Engines getting smaller? I was at the birds the other week. As we pulled up, I could hear a smoke alarm. I wandered to the bottom of the street and sure enough a house was on fire. Being fully trained for that sort of shit I checked with the owner that everyone was out then had a cheeky gander myself to see if there was anything I could do. In all fairness, everyone was out, no pets missing and the back bedroom was well alight so I retreated to the street to pass the info onto the brigade when it arrived.
I could hear the sirens in the distance, I knew the were coming. Surely they could see the smoke too. When they arrived – I was shocked. That engine wasn’t much bigger than my Range Rover. I also noticed at my local station that they too have one of these smaller units. Maybe fires are just not as big as they used to be, all these flame retardant modern materials and stuff?
Silence over. Maybe I will write some really interesting shit this summer. Maybe I will find something that completely mesmerises me, maybe I will work on my fitness and lose some weight, maybe maybe maybe…….
I was reminiscing the other night, the good old days of early Saturday morning starts to be on the break in Cornwall by 9am. The SRI Vectra dropped on its arse, boards on the roof and The Distillers for company on the 4 hour drive down. Leaning forward as we approached the ‘Welcome to Cornwall’ sign on the motorway then shouting at Mr Richer that ‘I was in Cornwall before you’.
So I guess I should treat you to Ms Brody Dalle………..hot hot hot hot hot.!
But remember, I am a classic Libran – perfect balance, a yin for the yang, a feng for your shui, a McDonalds for the Burger King.
So lets balance the musical mood with a Dance Classic from back in the day (you can see my previous rants about that phrase further down the page). I remember this tune with fondness. I was working in Royal Leamington Spa at the time, and , if I say so myself, it was an insanely buff period of my life – I turned heads even when fully clothed. I went into a record shop (youngsters ask your parents about those!) and asked for this track by the artist. So cool was my Mojo that the mofo behind the counter said ‘Who?’
They just don’t make ’em like that any more eh?
So what next I hear you ask? A summer of indecision I think. Do I work or wait for my notice of exam failure and get straight back on it?
I will let fate help me with that decision I think. I have a few chores to catch up on at home, at the birds and the birds’ daughters so surely I can keep busy for a coupe of weeks at least? Hell I might even win the euromillions tonight.
But in case I don’t – I have a plan. If you have a plan, stick to it.