Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Excalibur marathon

Stef,  Tuss and I ran the Excalibur marathon in Wales on Sunday. Stef ran well and Tuss breezed round getting compliments galore. Hewas awarded a medal and t-shirt by race organisers (and our friends) Pat and Nigel from Runnershub plus a huge sausage from the caterers. I finished with a sore hamstring having been reasonsbly okay if very slow until the last three miles or so. The only other dog / human team in the race finished an hour or so ahead of us but I think Stef and Tussock could have probably matched them without me if I'm honest

The race was fantastically well organised with a lovely route starting beneath Moel Famau. Support from NE Wales search and rescue was outstanding too. We will definitely be doing the event again next year

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Catching the curry fever

It was my birthday recently and it coincided with one of my regular Leicester business trips. The Khyber is my go-to Monday night standby, but there was chance to go somewhere different for a change. It was time to (re)catch the curry fever!

The manager suggested I try a "Kenya Tusker" and when I ordered veg paratha, chicken shashlik and "black" daal he quietly said "good choice", and smiled. The food (which is classic Punjabi) was outstanding. I need to catch the fever more often in future

Monday, 15 May 2017

Hand in glove

Last week (while in Frankfurt for work) I finally got round to reading Johnny Marr's excellent autobiography "Set the boy free" I had completely forgotten how much I loved the Smiths and the book took me back to being in my late teens (and having a huge Morrissey-inspired quiff). Happy memories 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Pop Group

A classic slice of radical Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell produced 1979 post-punk funk. Scratchy, thumping, screeching and absolutely essential

Monday, 1 May 2017

West Country bank holiday weekend II

Yesterday morning we did a ten mile run on the coast to Branscombe and back. We hadn't been finished long when it started raining, and it didn't stop for 24 hours. Today has been a much better day weather-wise, with a few hours fishing at Lyme Regis and another new species of fish: common blenny 

Stef ran from Seaton to meet me and we met up at the Cobb Arms for a pint before heading back to her folks'