Apologies. You may have wondered at my lack of activity. I have been busy, busy, busy and not getting anywhere particularly quickly. Half term, a visit to York (by the way Leeds Armoury is stunning; I could easily have spent a whole day there) and then I return to find my Dell laptop is completely spaced out. God knows what happened but it’s still in sulking mode despite hours/days of TLC and coaxing. Maybe a few too many blackouts have frazzled something inside but it is 11 years since I was in IT (and my eyesight is worse too). I’m hard put to fix anything via the registry nowadays – it’s amazing what you forget after a decade.
Where was I – oh, yes, ‘being busy’ + PC playing up + major panic when I couldn’t access my novel (final draft 75% complete!!) which resulted in my absence from the blog-ether.
But my brain was still whirring away. I have several questions/observations.
1 – I love the ‘Idiot Abroad’ series. I know Gervais et al think him to be a numbskull but I find him strangely insightful and extremely gentlemanly. Several times he has been in situations where another would have walked away/shouted/lashed out but he was polite, courteous and self-effacing. I would rename it ‘An Idiot Gentleman Abroad’. I raise my glass to you Mr Pilkington – for someone who hates being outside his comfort zone you handle yourself with a great deal of equanimity.
2 – Recession, cuts, redundancies… The backlash has taken its time in coming but here we are, reeling under a direct strike. That whip was wielded with devilish accuracy and still managed to miss the backbenchers and bank managers! I just wonder what the other hand is doing – having a good scratch?
3 – If you like to read, enjoy philosophy and entertain various disparate thoughts churned together to make silk, smooth, buttery conclusions then I highly recommend ‘The elegance of the hedgehog‘ by Muriel Barbery. Loaned to me by a friend, I found it so enthralling that, in the manner of Remington, I bought myself one.
4 – Sod it, PC is playing up again so I’m off to bed. I’ll try again in two days. If we do have a funeral for the laptop then it may be a few more days than that (mourning period, don’t you know).