Monday, 16 February 2015
Yolonda is a cool character in Pulp fiction and hey, I could be a hitman with a cool car, meeting Yolonda at breakfast.
Four months and a day have passed since I collected said car, and I am holding on to her for a fortnight yet, until I take on my next and permanent car, which is in fact currently driven by my boss who is leaving on March 2nd.
In those working days I have driven 9822 miles, and so I will pass 10, 000 tomorrow as I make my way to Shrewsbury. That is some going and it is the total mileage I have put onto VX52 in the last 18 months.
Where would I have travelled had I driven 10,00 miles in a round trip from BS5, just in one long journey, and not schlepping it around my Retail Area?
You know what - it's the same as Bristol to Bhutan and back.
There we are stats fans, another exciting post here at Blog BS5.
Bring on March, and with hope, onto the car in the last image here.
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Friday, 9 January 2015
My mum and dad have been married for fifty years today. Half a century of peaceful togetherness, whilst gently bringing up we three sons, now aged 42, 44 and 46. I am writing this blog post at their house, ahead of my brothers joining in tomorrow for a family dinner out with loved ones and important friends.
The self assuredness, confidence and ease of mind this upbringing has instilled in me is Cathedral like, and I am grateful for that.
Here is a picture of them both, one of we three , one of me and one of said Cathedral. Toby and Quaddy are there too, latest loved hounds in a long family line.
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Monday, 8 December 2014
Friday, 28 November 2014
Two years ago it remained an all American story.
A year ago it caught on a little in half a dozen British high streets, but was already strong and prevalent on line.
This year and today, it was in absolute full swing. Almost every retailer had some sort of offer, with 20, 30, 40 and even 50% off everything, right across the high street and into the coming weekend. Full-on POS and window posters too, and appropriate staffing levels, in this orgy before Christmas and coinciding with pay day for most.
I worked Black Friday in Cheltenham, hardly renowned for vulgarity, and yet the streets were full and the elbowing, grasping disposition was there. These well to do pictures are all within 100 yards of each other on The Promenade at Cheltenham, and even there the buying was forceful.
Elsewhere in the UK (north London and the north west), fighting, police intervention and vulgarity seemed present all day.
What is it all about?
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Dunster is a wee little village in Somerset, just tucked in from the Bristol Channel. 817 people are registered as residents. It has a Yarn Mill in the high street where local yarns were traded from 1609. It is also the village where All Things Bright and Beautiful was penned, and the location of Dunster castle, built by the Luttrell family in the 17th C and given by them to the National Trust just a few decades ago.
Each year Dunster has a festival, Dunster by Candlelight. I am working at my store for this year's event and we will trade 10-10, so I will work the whole day and stay overnight. I am really looking forward to it - store event days are often fun, fast and hard work. Customers are usually in a good mood, and all in all it is a pleasure rather than a chore.
I will take my own pics in a couple of weeks but here it is from a previous year, along with some village shots.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Three weeks is really the gap, but after a spurt of blogging delight this year, the mundanity of regular work has kicked in via my new job and I have been getting home zonk-out tired every day.
So here's a blog burst; a quick unloading of phrases as they occur to me tonight.
M&S Chocolate sprouts
Gambled spoons & games of cards
Dry Requisite Trousers
A zip pocket suit? FFS.
Shrewsbury pop up
A bit pissed in Cardiff
Massive screen clarity
Comfort of Bath tobacco
Brother going to Spain
Fixed vacuum cleaner
Feeling taller than I did three months ago (actual, not spiritual)
Nudging 12 stone again
Tractor theft in Los Santos
General theft in Los Santos
Earning immoral dollars in Los Santos
Sixteen bit Lolitas (Pete Tong)
Mac u'g to Mavericks
Yolanda 3800 miles already
Where to rest for Christmas?
Like using my fountain pen