Archive for February, 2009

I worked in the Egyptian desert, it's western desert, as an inspector of civil works. The whole trip was an experience particularly Cairo. I know cities can sprawl, but Cairo when flying over it in a small plane is huge!! Anyway to the desert, the company I worked for, was, from memory Solus engineering and the guys i worked with were all brits, so we stuck together. Americans were there of course and that multi-national company Schlumberger. Anyway to the point of the blog, El Alamein, amongst our group were two pot smokers,¬† plus me and a scouscer boiler maker…
Sent by Wimpey Asphalt to set up a post as technical manager, I arrived in Hong Kong, the MD immediately set about me with beer and the need to stay. I was resolute having been an expat I had to measure up the place. It did not measure up, plus for the first time in my life I had jet lag!! When you lie awake in the middle of the night having had a belly full of beer you know you are in trouble. So what of Hong Kong? Great for shopping, terrible for driving, most cars are automatic, because…
Pete and I were so fed up with St Lucia, that from information gleaned from the Italian owner of our local restaurant / bar the Il pirata (the pirate) we decided at Christmas we were off. Landed Christmas eve got to hotel, booked in and took to our feet. We were lucky to get fed and watered by 9.0pm as everywhere was closing down. So ended up in bed early to be woken at 12.00 when the whole place went mad with fireworks and a street full of people. We stayed in bed. Next day we started to explore on…
Being a juror, not just called to court but one of the chosen 15, that has to note the evidence and make some sense of it. There is a natural reluctance to be one of the chosen 15, as evidenced by the reactions to being chosen and not being chosen. so there you are chosen, huckled, no escape apart from a serious ailment with a doctors note, or a pre-booked holiday of a lifetime. Both these cards were played during the currency of the trial and 15 became 13. Still a majority verdict had to be 8, hmm.. the law…
Once I'd seen images of grizzly bears catching salmon I was sold.¬† I had to go see for myself and try to capture similar images. After a bit of research on the web and through photographic forums my wife and I came up with only a¬†few options where we could view grizzlies in the wild, have guaranteed sightings (well almost!), and be safe all at the same time.¬† We chose Brooks Falls in Alaska, within the Katmai National Park, for our adventure of a lifetime.¬† Further research lead us to our tour operator Katmailand at¬†www.katmailand.com.¬† [As a wee…
Prauge is a very beautiful city, especially in December when the Christmas markets are on the go.¬† Here are my thoughts and musings after a long weekend trip there last December. We flew from Edinburgh to Prague using Jet2.com - very easy and quite cheap.¬† You may hear "horror" stories about being ripped off by taxi drivers and to make sure you book a transfer from the airport.¬† These transfers will cost around ¬£40 return.¬† We chose to find our own way into the city from the airport.¬† Get on the 119 bus to Dejvicka metro station (it's the bus…
Well you must have come across them, the criticisers, those who have a knowledge of the rules but not the activity. Usually they are in the control line, the purse string command line. As I referred¬† golden rule in a previous post, he who has the gold, rules. They're not really "jobs worths" usually well meaning, even thoughtful, helpful when it suits but lapse to criticism when the rule book cannot be obeyed. And sometimes it cannot be obeyed. Because the rule book does not apply to a current problem or covers all aspects of problems that it should. English…
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