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Apathy .. June 26, 2007

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TrabiApathy is so close in phonetics to Anarchy and Energy that I often find myself getting them all confused .. I have however been less than energetic in updates ..

My most exciting piece of news is that I am now a ‘Property Magnate’, although that should really warrant all lower case.

We had an offer accepted on an apartment in Berlin yesterday ūüôā Oh happy days .. It is affectionately known as the Glass Palace, the previous tennant being a glazier that liked to dabble with the trade in his spare time also. It is a neat One bedroom place with all things functioning and only surface stuff to fix up, which in itself is great, but most of the surface stuff is incredibly ornate mirrors – everywhere.

It’s great though and although it is at the moment only for investment purposes, I can picture myself on the balcony now, bottle of cheap Aldi Wine and a copy of Berliner Morgenpost whilst the afternoon sun drops over Alexanderplatz in the distance .. ahhhh …

We spent the weekend visiting my Sister and her Boyfriend in Berlin, it was really nice, I get on really well with both of them and feel sad to leave each time. I think you appreciate relatives more the older you get.

We did some sight seeing, T endulged me on the a trip round East Berlin driving a Trabant 601!! It was amazing. She was hoping it would put an end to my desire to buy one, but if anything I know just want one all the more. It was great to drive, pretty smooth for a car 20 years old and thrashed by Tourists. The windscreen wipers made the most humourous effort to clear the rain but nothing could stop the perma grin on my face .. We followed that with a trip to KaDeWe and briefly watched the Gay Pride parade which was pretty impressive ..

We also paid a visit to same resturant and club combo from my last trip there, Zapata and Vicola, which translates to a hip former squat come music venue and a vibrant Tapas Bar under the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn Station .. both really great and a fantastic way to enjoy the city. I love the fact they due to the previous divisions, there are multiple City Centres, and due to that geographical split, the pressure is on each area to retain a buzz – and the all seem to cope with that tension ..

We went house hunting, unsuccesfully at first due to shifty sales types in sharp suits, and also did leisurely¬†Sunday breakfast and flea market bargain hunting. Plus a trip to the Berlin Wall Museum at Bernauer St, largely for T’s benefit, but we also visited the Church of the Reconciliation which is something i have wanted to see for a while – it was the church that happened to be ‘in’ the death strip¬†when they built the wall that was blown up in 1985. It’s a pretty moving building to stand in now that it has been rebuilt..

I have nothing else to add ..

Rebellion .. June 6, 2007

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index2003_r1_c4.jpgSo you think you are a punk? Well no, not really, but picture the scene ..

I am sitting at one PC watching the very entertaining American Hardcore*, grinning at the Jerry’s Kids live set and some in-depth interviews with Ian and Henry .. I even sang along with Minor Threat a little just to get into the mood ..

My youngest Son is listening to JAMES BLUNT on Bebo .. those three wise men can shove their semi’s somewhere unpleasant ..

I am sure their will be some role reversal come the teenage years, but frankly, I might need to beat this phase out of him ..

 * Great film for nostalgia, focuses a little too much on the West Coast for my liking, but a lot of grainy snippets of live footage that I could watch for weeks on end. Look forward to seeing the extras on the DVD.

Wheaten .. June 6, 2007

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A pleasant business trip to Northern Ireland last week, Hogwarts-esque plush hotel, on the coast, just up from the Border in the town of Newcastle. Sitting in the spa overlooking the sunny water, it was a world away from the smog and smoke .. I won the quiz too, impressing a few people with my knowledge of TV Theme tunes & I don’t even watch TV..

Newcastle also has a bakery that boasted the best Wheaten Breadin the whole of Ireland .. I’m not sure how they validate that, but it was pretty fine indulging nonetheless ..

It’s a rare occasion that work and leisure combine these days, I used to work located with my co-workers and miss the camaraderie of that. I think I need to change roles and¬†become a Postman and call in to see people for a cup of tea and chat .. having said that, my Postman is not the happy ‘cup of tea’ type, he is a ‘geezer’ who calls me me ‘boss’ – he would probably be more happy with a Diamond White and an ounce of Charlie ..

Happy Birthday Mum. I cooked for her last night as she was otherwise engaged today. She loved it & we had a really nice evening, although she did take a fair while to blow out the candles & made a wish for ‘More Grandchildren’, to looks agast around the dinner table .. all parties have since recovered ..

Eldest Son is away on a school trip all week. I’m not soppy eyed, but I do really miss him. Reminds me of my school trips – setting off fire crackers in the sea wall at Dieppe and making hay on the back seat of the coach, metaphorically speaking of course .. I’m sure he is having a fine time – the joys of youth ..