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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 [...]

Return To Base

Well! I had a fantastic time. Thank you Northampton! Thank you for all the mini-skirted girls, the (surprisingly) low drink prices, and the decent food. Thank you for exposing me to cocaine use in the gents bogs. That was a sight I was hoping to never witness, but there it is. Thank you for being (mostly) a friendly and welcoming town. Thank you for hosting what is surely more than your fair share of Eastern Europeans. Thank you for permitting [...]


Tomorrow morning at Stupid O'Clock I am heading south. My old army pals and I are having a reunion tomorrow night. I will be seeing 20 guys I haven't seen since 1984. As you would expect, I am quite excited about it. My troop was 50 strong, which was unusually high. A standard troop is around 30 but we had several major projects to complete at RAF Laarbruch and we needed extra men. RAF Laarbruch (it is now a civilian [...]

More Fun With Debt Collectors

A couple of weeks ago I received a letter from HMRC. They were demanding money from me. I wrote back telling them (politely) to provide hard evidence or to erm, fuck off. Rather than provide the proof I demanded from them concerning the alleged debt, they simply had a debt collection agency contact me instead. The DCA phoned last week but I missed the call. This morning I received a threatening letter. They demanded that I pay up or they [...]