Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Le Chateau

We had a wonderful and relaxing time staying at another Landmark Trust property close to the River Trent, just south of Gainsborough. As usual, we were able to divest ourselves of all the annoying 21st Century distractions like TV, Internet, & Phones and enjoy our immediate surroundings to their fullest.
Gainsborough has a wonderful Mediaeval Hall (but little else to offer), and being in familiar territory allowed us to renew our affinity with big skies and Steep Hill and even afforded us a personal airshow by the Red Arrows.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wet Weekend Watching Whales

We had a surprise and very welcome visit from Jon and Myles recently. The wet weather on Saturday gave us the ideal excuse to go and visit the Coventry Transport Museum. Unfortunately we arrived just too late to catch the ThrustSSC simulator ride, however the vehicles from the recent Alien film, 'Prometheus' were an added bonus.
Saturday we played games with Simon and ate pizza. (Nothing new there then!)
Sunday was sunny and dry but the recent rain meant that Whale Watching trips at the Red Lion had to be cut short, because no-one could reach the dinghy. Food was good as usual and the close-up magic was a real treat!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Alan Davies

Another comedic night out, this time with Alan Davies who gave a brilliant stand up performance. There was no particular theme although he did explain that his tour name came from the lips of a 6 year old child who calmly responded to her mother's chastisement with a sigh, and the first Buddhist truth that "life is pain." Other highlights included the ritual denegration of any latecomers, (particularly those from Nuneaton), and the public 'outing' of his mate Dave via the the medium of Facebook Pokes.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Rhod Gilbert

For his most recent tour Rhod recounts the life-changing effects of having a flaming battenburg tattoo inked onto his shoulder. Topics range from the non-availability of egg & cress sandwiches ('Sorry sir, that one is for display purposes only, so that customers know we sell egg & cress sandwiches') to the futility of anger management diaries ('Given the recent incident that has made you angry; on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is not at all, how angry are you right now?')
Rhod claims that he is calmer and less angry nowadays yet he still manages to deliver his punchlines with as much scathing wit as ever.