Saturday Night…

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It was a fine evening for some fire twirling, a few beers or 3 and some great music….

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Despite what many would have you believe, the UK isn’t all bad. As the summer finally arrives, beer gardens are as tempting as they ever were. Turn the telly off, call a friend and go visit one.

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And When You Feel You’re Near the End….

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein

Blogging as you will have noticed, has been non existent…

It hasn’t been because nothing has happened, although, not much has, but rather, along with the latest rumblings from Boomerverse HQ of an imminent relocation once more, designs and plans have been ongoing and taking shape for a new virtual home as well. Adjust any links you may have accordingly, as, in the next week or so, you will find Boomerverse HQ over @ www.theboomerverse.com and the new blog @ www.theboomerverse.com/blog where all outpourings of nonsense, pictures and music will be found. As I read somewhere recently, you need to stake out your own little piece of interweb real estate, something long thought about and subject to much procrastintion. Well, as the grey hairs now appearing are evidence, I’m not getting any younger, and time is a race I doubt I’m going to win at, even if I had a head start. So, time to get a move on….

On a new note, I’ve begun tutoring again, get in touch if you’re struggling with maths, either in the UK or Canada. Not wanting to blow my own trumpet, but I’ve already managed to get a lady through her GCSE equivalency exam within 2 weeks of starting, after she hadn’t done a thing mathematically, for the best part of 20 yrs and even then was so awful, (her words, not mine) she never got entered for the exam.

If you’re near enough we can meet up, if not, online tutoring is now the way things get done. Either way, get in touch or head over to the new revamped Mathsmasters website, @ www.mathsmasters.com

In the garden, the tomato plants are coming on a treat, as are the courgettes, which leads us to the thought that the next place we look for has some more growing space for future harvests. Not to mention chickens….

Other than that, plans are, as always, “fluid”….

A Happy Man Indeed….

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A drive and a wander, the order of the day, on a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon….

Having driven past a couple of weeks back, we took a walk around Arlington Reservoir, about an hour,  (unless you’re in no hurry!)

And on the way home, we took some previously uncharted roads by us, through the countryside.

The Old Oak Inn....

A spur of the moment stop at this old English pub, and I became a very happy man. Blue Moon wheat larger…. and on tap! "Mine’s a pint!"

The Old Oak Inn at Arlington, has been there since 1788, when it was originally an armoury for 4 familes, before being turned into a pub at the turn of the 1900′s, says the landlady. If you’re out and about in the Sussex countryside, search it out.

What better way to end an afternoon, than with a peaceful hour in the beer garden, whilst the sun is out and there’s blue skies all around….

"Mine's a Pint!"...

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Water, water, everywhere….

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For the car wash and golf courses, but not a drop from a hose, for the veggie garden….

How the hell is it not OK for me to water my veggie garden using the hose, which would be a fraction of the amount used by this car wash alone, not to mention the golf courses, which are apparently exempt from the hose pipe ban?

Better to keep the car clean, and whacking tiny balls, than to let me grow my own food. Right. I forgot, got to save the planet and all that….

Huh? When?….

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Just taken a peek and seen the last post was Dec 23rd. And it’s now Feb! Crikey….

Very slack.

We’re still in the UK for now, having set up our HQ Command Centre for a few months, whilst we wait for the next pathway of our fate to present itelf.

Other than that, all quiet, as far as I can tell. Nothing too exciting to report.

Snow has arrived in the UK. And the boiler, should you have been following the Boomerverse Twitter Feed, has decided to go AWOL. So, that’s handy. Tea, cheese on toast and mutliple layers of clothing, whilst we entomb ourselves in duvets help us stick 2 fingers up to the bloody thing. We foolishly left our snow and winter gear in Canada, so are ill prepared to deal with too much outdoor activity, settling for  board games, the radio, reading and Netflix instead.

So, on that note, I leave you with Kill It Kid and “Heart Rested With You”. I can’t remember if I’ve alerted readers to this lot, but we’ve got it blaring at the moment….


What next on the classic movie afternoon? “Psycho“?

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Happy Xmas, One And All….

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I didn’t want much for xmas, and then I got a tweet from Nerina Pallot….

…. and discovered she’s only gone and done my favourite xmas tune, ain’t she. Get your lugholes round this…..

I Believe In Father Christmas

 

So, that’ll do for me, thanks. I’ll be playing this long after the batteries run down and the iPads stop working, for years to come, in fact.

And on that note, hope everyone has a good xmas. See you in the New Year, I guess…..

Slow….

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Another track added to the music page….

Slow

“I’ve left the shore behind, I wasn’t watching as the waves came in”.

“Their hands around my throat,
How could we let them take so much from us?”

“Their eyes are everywhere, I tried to tell you all.
But nothing I could say would wake you from the sleep you’ve walked into.”

“Life Will Find A Way”….

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She’s sat, unused, under a tarp for 6 years…..

The Bike...

Both my uncle and brother have had a go at waking her from her slumber, but to no avail….

I’ve spent 2 weekends attempting the same, to no response, and as I was about to throw in the towel, and consign her to history and an ending at the scrap heap, as the rainclouds appeared above…. as I attempted one last option, all other reasons for no response seemingly more elusive than ever…. as I undertook the removal and final strip of the carbs, and a rush job to get them back in before I had to leave…..

…. the beast fired up and growled once more……

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas

Testing Soundcloud…

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Time to start putting tunes up on the interwebs, and I’ve discovered Soundcloud….

So, first up, the demo which was recorded for the recent’ish James Bond audiobook, “Devil May Care”, by Sebastian Faulks. Pour yourself a martini, shaken, not stirred, click the big orange button on the left and then, turn the speakers up loud. That’s my advice.

And gradually, more tracks will appear, all on the music page, if you’re interested…..

Paragliding….

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At last, a sunny afternoon….

On our weekend wander over the South Downs, we came upon a sky full of paragliders as we reached Beachy Head.

One of the ladies undertaking an afternoon of this, happy to chat about it, told me after getting her licence (You need a licence to paraglide? Who knew…..) about a year ago, this is one of the first chances she’d had to get out. August apparently had been a wipe out, due to it being too windy.

As flier after flier zipped past, before gently drifting upwards, the obvious thought crossed my mind,…. I fancy a go….