Summer's back - in October!

Trip Start Aug 22, 2011
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Badders, spin and pilates - boy it was hot!

I'm building up to this entry, making notes in my head as I lay awake at 4 o'clock in the morning while 'da boys' over the way make merry in the garden.  I WILL be back .....

...... and back I am.  We've had the most extraordinary weather over the past week, where it reached almost 80 degrees in many parts of the UK.  Lerwick was an exception but I believe it always is, on the weather front anyway.  People were sunbathing on their window ledges 4 floors up, children were splashing in the sea and I managed to ripen a few more tomatoes.  I still have a pepper and courgette plant fruiting, although I think that will come to an abrupt end this week when we encounter snow!  No really, we won't get snow in the South West, but I believe Scotland will.  Back to reality.

The Kernel is still in hiding however I don't blame him, Libya having been occupied by the UK, USA, France, Turkey and even Qatar and all.  Blair is playing The Good Samaritan in The Middle East acting as Peace Envoy with the so called Quartet.  How on earth did THAT happen?  I suppose he's made SO much money since leaving Downing Street (several million for his book, after dinner speaking and dodgy deals in oil companies based in Iraq) he can afford to swan around looking important, pandering to whoever he feels might be the next money-making country he can invest in.  Socialism at work.

Europe is floundering, nobody seems to be in charge and every now and again someone 'in authority' (this week The IMF) stick their oar in and wind up the stock markets, as if they needed more winding up.  The rogue trader arrested over his $2bn 'unauthorised' dealings looked rather pleased with himself, I thought, when they wheeled him into the police van.  The thing that worries me is that for every rogue dealer who gets it wrong, losing the kind of money you and I could never imagine possessing, there are several others who 'win' deals, but they are overlooked because, well, nobody needs to know do they?

By the way I was wrong.  Well, I say I was wrong, so far the college have proved me wrong in NOT finding me a measly 2.2 hrs of crappy teaching to do in some far flung place in Bristol but instead have written me a letter mentioning the word 'redundant'.  However, I've learnt not to jump the gun with this lot, a letter with a mention and money in the bank are two different things entirely.  All I will say is this, that they couldn't manage to find me 2.2 hrs is worrying from two perspectives.  Either they are really in deep do do financially and have absolutely no spare teaching hrs available, or, management are crap.  I suspect a combination of the two.

I finally got to Nelson Street to photograph the graffiti ( and it didn't disappoint.  I'm always astonished at the ability of these guys to visualise what something that is 30 feet high in its finished state may look like up close and personal.  There's some grafitti at the top of York Road in Montpelier which, from the front, looks like it's just a series of shapes. It was too long to photograph head on so I took a side shot, and it wasn't until I uploaded the photo I realised it spelled 'GRAFFITI', very clever.  Sadly it has been tagged to death now and ruined, but then even Banksy would say that's the very nature of street art, it's transitory.

I've just about finished decorating the front bedroom just in time for visitors this weekend.  We have a new baby in the family, Lottie May, so we're having a get together in order to coo and take photos and generally catch up.

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