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Open Thread

This may cause an outcry, but I have absolutely nothing I need to rant about today. It may be because I am here, in the sunshine, with cheap beer and fags. If you have anything to vent, please go for it. CR.

My Dark, Dark Secret…

In all the years I have been writing this blog, I have never told you a lie. I am proud of that. I am not proud of what follows. I have something to tell you and it isn't easy to write, and, I suspect, it won't be easy to read. There is a good reason for telling you, dear readers, and I will explain why at the end. Your support and advice has been staggering. The various things I have [...]

Still Alive, Still Kicking

Thought I'd drop you all a line. I have now settled in and I have started to enjoy Johannesburg. It is a big city, with lots going on. So far I have: -renewed my relationship with my two nephews and my niece (tragically, my brother and my sister-in-law both died far too soon) but the kids have coped with all that misery and grief and have emerged into balanced, lovely adults. -attended a fundraiser for orphaned kids. It was a [...]

Scotland Says No

But it was hardly a landslide. 55 to 45 is not a massive, overwhelming victory. It means that we will have 1.5 million very pissed off Scots and I cannot help but wonder what happens next. Will the Yes camp accept defeat and get on with getting on with it, or can we expect nastiness and upheaval? Not sure what to expect when I return in December. Update from South Africa: I am settling in well. I have a stunning [...]

D Day

That's me then. Off to the Netherlands tomorrow for some training/familiarisation and on Saturday I'm off to Johannesburg. My apartment looks really nice. As it should be for £1,150 per month. Just as well the firm are paying for it... I head back to Blighty on 5th December and I will try to blog as often as I can. Meantime, you lot stay safe, and stay well. Adios amigos. (or if you prefer Afrikaans-Totsiens kerels). CR.

Heading South For A While

Well, I managed to secure the South African job, so I will be heading out in a week or two. Not exactly sure what that means for the blog, our marriage, or anything else for that matter. I'll try to post now and then if only to let you know I am alive and for you to let me know that you are alive. Stay well, CR.

End Of The Line?

Apologies for the lack of posting lately. There is an awful lot of stuff happening and I am struggling to maintain control and/or understand it all. First up, I have been a dolebum since 1st June. This evoked some alien feelings and some rage. I signed on at the dole office and they were sneering, unsympathetic and the absolute epitome of the 'jobsworth' descriptor. Nasty, nasty people. I tried to explain that I had been paying their wages since 1978 [...]