Monday, 23 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017


I think this has been the longest we have been off air since the Blog really took off.  Although we did have limited access to the internet during our stay in Bielefeld (we cracked and bought a dongle, which worked a treat) I really didn't fancy spending my time in front of the laptop; when we finally got it working again -more later, as I just wanted to cram in as much in my birth town as possible.

We did all that and more and so we should have some new things to post about over the next few weeks.  It won't be in chronological order, rather a bit of a hotch-potch of what we've been up to since we left Izola and have travelled through Germany to visit our family on their big birthdays.

It's been fun and we've had a marvellous time, which we shall be describing in further detail soon.

Enjoy the peace and quiet as once we're settled back in Bangkok, it will be business as usual...


The Oatmeal

Well Said

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
Heda Bejar

(Old) News Thump

Uber drivers hired by Ryanair
Ryanair boss, Michael O’ Leary, is seeking to recruit newly-unemployed Uber drivers with a head for heights, it has emerged.
The chirpy Irish entrepreneur has shrugged aside safety concerns, insisting if you can taxi around London, you can taxi down a feckin’ runway.
O’ Leary is offering the contracts on a work-when-you-can basis and claims the job should appeal to anyone used to eating shit food in a confined space.
Under the scheme, Uber drivers already familiar with quick turnarounds, will receive a crash course in basic aeronautics and how to deliver weather reports in a non-sexually threatening manner.
O’ Leary said, “Modern piloting is ten percent button-pressing and ninety percent selling scratch cards.
“We’d like to hear from former Uber employees who learn fast and don’t have a problem with dropping customers off many miles from their requested destination.”
Former Uber driver and newly-qualified pilot, Simon Williams, said, “We are currently cruising at 37,000 feet, but a pretty girl like you doesn’t want to worry about that.
“Just relax, enjoy the flight and stretch out those shapely legs of yours.”

Honesty/Policy Etc

And That's It

Bar a couple of older post I have just discovered in my pending folder, we shall have to leave it here until maybe tomorrow.

We're off now to explore the city for the entire day but if we get time before we check out of the hotel, we'll quickly drop in for a bit.  If not, we'll see you all at the Corner on Sunday (22nd) for opening time and thereafter, we'll be back on here towards the end of next week.

Sorry for the delay on posting new stuff, but we'll be catching up with all sorts of things when we get back home and the Blog will just have to take a back seat for another short while.

Back Home Tomorrow

We fly back from Koln tomorrow (Saturday) at midday and should land back home on Sunday morning at around 05:00.  It's a direct flight and if all goes to plan, we shall be at our local to reacquaint ourselves with the deadly Chang.

It's going to be difficult as we've been spoilt over the past few months with decent ales in London (yes, we fly back to England for a mad 24 hour visit, more on that soon), tasty beers in Slovenia and of course, top quality lagers (and alt beers) in Germany, but now it's back to reality and we'll have to up the beer ninja training to accommodate the Chang.

The Dom

We've all seen it in pictures (above) or if you're lucky in real life and every time we see it, it takes the breath away.  But one thing has always puzzled me, how did it not get bombed in the war as everything was here?

I only stumbled across this recently and the reason is simplicity itself and really quite clever).  During the bombing campaigns by the allies, they deliberately avoided bombing this iconic cathedral so they could use it as a landmark to get their bearings.

A Whole Day in Koln

Like Vienna and Budapest, we have visited Koln a number of times and found it to be missing something.  Usually it's because the accommodation is poor and expensive or it's we've had only a little time to look around.

This time we've cracked it as the hotel is delightful (review in due course) and we are staying two nights before we fly back home to Bangers tomorrow.

We've already had a far longer look around and it's time to admit we have done this city an injustice; it's bloddy brilliant and I can't wait to leave you and hit the streets shortly.

Back Briefly

As you'll have noticed, the boys are back in town and C & H continue to delight.  It also means we are back on line for a short while as we rob the hotel in Koln of their free wi-fi.

We have far too much to catch up on and we'll leave that to later, but in the mean time, instead of pre-timed birthday posts clogging up the Blog, maybe I can refresh our offerings by banging on a bit.

C & H

Monday, 16 October 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Lack of Wi-Fi

Sorry folks, we'll be right back as soon as we solved our technical difficulties...

Stray Ray

My aunt does have wi-fi but she can't remember her password and so we have been without access since we have arrived in Berlin.  That said, we seem to have picked up a a rouge stream of unguarded wi-fi and so we'll use that opportunity to say all is well.

We're shortly due to head off to the birthday venue for brunch, (10:00 - 16:00?) and if all goes to plan, I shall then be off to see Hertha Berlin take on Munich at the Olympic Stadium.

Following Munich's 3 - 0 loss to PSG during the week, it's a pretty good time to play them and maybe Berlin can get a decent result?

Anyway, we travel to Hamburg tomorrow and unless we get lucky and get some free wi-fi, we will be off the grid until Bielefeld where we shall either pick up a dongle or use the cyber cafe opposite my aunt's flat.

See you all soon and have fun.  We are.


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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Well Said

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
Jean Paul Richter
German author (1763 - 1825)

Viz Bits

Spick and Span

Wifey spent some time cleaning up the flat and it's looking good for our departure.  We then met up with the O2s for coffee at the Bariera and said our farewells there and had a lovely time just sitting in the blistering sun.  I kid you not, it was so hot we had to move tables to sit under an umbrella.  A very nice way to leave our seaside resort but we shall be back soon enough- although 2019 is quite some way off.  Until then, ciao, ciao.

Berlin Here we Come

Pick up with GoOpti is scheduled for 11:15 and we drive to Marco Polo airport in Venice.  We've already checked in so that's all good and all that is outstanding is dropping off our two hold bags and we'll be clear.

We have plenty of time before our flight leaves at around 19:00 and then it's crossing over Berlin from Schoenefeld airport to our aunt's place at Tempelhof.  Hopefully we shan't be arriving too late and we can begin our German leg of the adventure.

Lean Pickings

We're going to be on and (more) off the Blog over the next few weeks as we head back to Germany today.  The reason being is that we will be crashing with our relatives and they prefer to keep nasty internet waves well and truly away from their places of abode.

If we can we'll pick up a dongle and get through with that, or we'll hit the odd cyber cafe, but on the whole we're not too fussed as we shall have plenty to keep us occupied before we fly home.

Keep an eye on the Blog for any updates but it will be rather more miss than hit.

C & H x 2

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Viz Bits

Flying the Flag?

Donald Trump has been heavily criticised for his comments against professional athletes who kneel during the national anthem as a protest to police injustice against ethnic minorities.

Trump described it numerous times as “disrespecting our flag” – something it’s safe to assume he feels very, very strongly against.

But Twitter user Henry Wise was quick to helpfully point out chapter 10 of the US’s Flag Code.

Wise also points out that it actually isn't disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem, and that Trump and any supporters of his comments should look at their own behaviour.