The Chennai Chronicle

Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
Trip End Dec 25, 2013

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Flag of India  , Tamil Nādu,
Sunday, September 29, 2013

I'm sat reading the Sunday papers whilst drinking decent coffee. The sun's out the temperature is pleasant and the palm trees are swaying gently in the sea breeze. The view out to the beach is good and most of the locals fishing boats are at rest on the golden sand as the fishermen set out to repair their nets. To me, it looks like a scene that probably hasn't really changed that much over the years.

It really is quite a nice start to my relaxing day - perfect!

Richard sent me a text yesterday detailing the joys of a wet Weston Super Mare and a Saturday car journey on the M5 so thought I ought to write the above! I am a true friend yet despite informing him (via my text reply yesterday) of my current location he sought to question my parentage and offer helpful future employment advice about maybe becoming a bar steward or something?

During my skinny cafe latte (or whatever it was called - coffee to those less pretentious among us) I've been attempting to upload a few photos but the wifi connection isn't great here so it might have to wait until I wander off in search of a croissant. .

In todays titled newspaper there's a full page article on shoes titled 'Well - heeled and well taken care'
This is particularly amusing to me as (those that know me well will confirm) I only regularly wear the same style of shoe and have done so for years. Desert boots, size 10, job done. The only thing I like to do though is write the date of purchase in the tongue then I get to know how long they last prior to relegation to 2nd best, then garage use etc etc etc. This might make me sound a bit weird but it makes perfect sense to me - most of us like to know mpg figures so why not with shoes?

Anyway, I digress,  a big old article on SHOES and how to look after them - the shoe laundry apparently. Isn't life a bit too short for this sort of silliness? The bit that really caught my eye though was the line Men travelling the world need to be given attention and care and shoes are part of that look (I wonder what Imelda Marcos would have to say about that?).

What a load of b★!*-*#s - they ought to take a look at my Lidl's motorcycle boots that have endured many a good road trip without so much as a dab of cherry blossom noir. 

So that's my Sunday rant over on the stupidity of media driven consumerism - whatever next? 

I'm sure if I had a current issue UK bike magazine I would discover that I needed a big BMW to do this trip complete with more accessories than I'd know what to do with - not a 150 cc bike and boots from a UK supermarket  ;-)

I don't wish to make myself sound like a total eccentric (I'm sat typing on a Samsung tablet afterall) but do we really need all that we're told we need?

Now what was it I was saying about those fishermen?

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