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Monday, January 19, 2009


Smile, we're off Round the World!

Well, we're not, but Laura and Chris are!

We took them to the airport on Saturday as they set off on their adventure, which will see them going via the Far East (Thailand to start with), Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and then via Canada back home... 4 months of travelling... to say we're envious would be fair - although it's only a couple of weeks until we head off to Thailand and Vietnam ourselves (we won't get to meet up with them, though, as by then they should be in Cambodia or Laos...).

No wonder their smiles were so wide...

Laura and Chris outside Manchester Airport at the start of their Round-the-World adventure

Other news is pretty scarce this week. I've been working and Tracy's been continuing with her gym work. I've been riding my bike to work most days, including today which was "interesting" to say the least, as it snowed quite heavily this afternoon and I had to ride home in strong winds and sleet... some would say that it was good practice for Alaska, although I'm hoping for better weather when I get there in July!

Monday, January 12, 2009


Happy New Year!

As is by now traditional, I'll start this blog entry with an apology... it's late... as usual!

But there is an excuse. For the first time in around 5 years, we held a New Year's Eve party at our house - something that used to be an annual event until my kids left home. Now the party's not the only excuse, as it hasn't taken me over a week to recover (honest!) - I've also been away with work, but that's not really interesting enough to make the blog (and besides, I'm under a "non disclosure agreement" as far as the takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB is concerned, so couldn't talk about it even if I wanted to...). Anyway, back to the party...

We decided that it would be entertaining to have a fancy-dress theme, and to make it a bit more challenging (and avoid the usual cowboys and James Bond characters), we chose "crap superheroes". Now the way this works is that party-goers had to arrive dressed as a super-hero who had powers that would be of no use in a real crisis... and then during the evening we put them to the test, rewarding the winners the chance to choose shots for the rest of us... it did get a little messy, but not too much, as we're all a lot older than we used to be, and common-sense seems to have increased along with the senility...

Here's a few pictures from early in the evening. I have some from later, but due to ongoing blackmail cases, I can't post them here...

Balloon man - a cross between a Ninja and a balloon-blowing clown

Medusa (turning people to stone doesn't help with evacuating potential victims) and super-chav (always interupts rescues to go shopping)

Christmas Leftovers Man and Middle-Aged Mutant Ninja Cleaner

Captain Credit Crunch and Eco-Warrier Recycle Woman

Needless to say that New Year's Day was something of a 'restful day', but over the course of the weekend I managed to find some time to fit the Christmas presents Tracy had bought me to the bike (including some fantastic new footpegs - I'm really spoilt!). I also managed to get out for a brief ride, but with the temperature dropping to -10C it was very brief...

Since then, it's been back to work for me (and the aforementioned trip to London), and back to the gym for Tracy. She's doing really well and losing so much weight that I'm starting to consider trying to get some exercise myself!

Now we're looking forward to our trip to Vietnam, as we depart in just under 4 weeks...


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