Sorry for the total lack of any updates over the Christmas/New Year period but I was a little busy trekking the length of the Country.
Christmas itself was spent in Sheffield with the respective families there. As is tradition, mince pies were smothered in brandy cream and eaten whilst watching the offerings on television. The BBC actually offered quite a good selection this year. I enjoyed the two ‘Wallace and Gromit’ movies the best as I had not seen them before. lets face it, a man and a dog made of plasticine that like cheese are winners in anyone books. I was however deeply disappointed with the quality of boxing day sale shopping in Sheffield. The bargains were not only of poor quality but they were so few and far between that i only ended up buying three pairs of full price earrings. How terrible is that?!
Presents consisted of money and books mainly. This little ditty was given to my other half by my Mother. it’s a reference to an on line game we all play. She also purchased one for herself and I applied them to the corresponding vehicles. This is the one on our Yaris’ back window: –
And this is the one on my Mother’s car’s boot lid: –
If you play the on line game we do – you will get the joke. If you don’t, I urge you not to be tragic enough to look it up.
Then back to my hometown for a few days to see family and get the car serviced. I dont’ know how many other readers have a friend who is a mechanic but I shall regail you with how wonderful mine is. His name is Lee and he’s stored in my mobile phone as ‘Lee (The Car God)’ because he is the one stop wonderfully amusing and charismatic shop for anything that has an engine. He sold us the car we currently drive (a Toyata Yaris T Spirit) as a huge favour. He owned it previously and he loves it to pieces. Due to the fact that Lee loves this little Yaris more than me – I HAD to wash it before I took it to him for a service. You may think that’s a bit of ass kissing going on there but it’s not. Here’s my proof: –
I would just like to clarify that the wheel was not in shade one side – it’s dirt. The car was in a shameful state and Lee would have beheaded me if it had arrived looking like that. Thankfully next to nothing on the car needed attention and Christmas money paid for the service so that was much appreciated as I am still unemployed so all outgoings are a pretty big deal at the moment.
We have only been back in London for 2 days now so haven’t had much time to do anything other than unpack, washing and food shopping. We did manage to go and socialise for a little while today. We met with two friends in central London and ate at a BBQ smoke house called Bodeans. I had the very appropriate ‘Boston Butt’ Sandwich consisting of shredded pork and beef topped with coleslaw. It was getting a little dry by the time I had munched my way through a rather large bun of it. I am sure that in a smaller portion it would have fared much better. The purpose of meeting up was to finally start a ball rolling with regard to a website we’re supposed to be creating. I think more coffee and meat was eaten than website was discussed. All things in good time I suppose.
Lastly, I am VERY excited to inform you all that my friend Paul and I will be bopping along to a Fall Out Boy gig at the O2 in London in March. I bought their new album ‘Folie a Deux’ for research purposes and have to admit – I am totally blow away by it. It’s incredibly original and well constructed. My absolute favorite track from the deluxe edition version I bought is ‘Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet’. It’s just a fantastic fusion of guitars, drums, piano and good old brass with what I sense a bit of synthtasticness in the background. After a few listens I couldn’t stop myself shouting/singing along to it. The entire album is a joy with only one slightly ropey track on it and I would 110% recommend it to anyone who has any interest in extraordinarily well produced and performed music.