October 2014

Podcasts of the month


Last day in Madrid, was sad to leave the hotel and the area we were staying in. Some great images Javi Crespo

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My trip advisor review of the hotel

Great location, near lots of bars, restaurants, placed near a square, perhaps would be a little too noisy for some people as the party continues in the early hours.

Friendly and helpful staff.

My only quibbles with the hotel would be for the price of the room (ours was at one point close to 400 euros a night for the time we stayed) we paid you should really get toweling robes for your room and having a kettle/ tea/ coffee making facilities I see as basic now plus the hotel should really provide some decent wine glasses as standard in the room without the need to ask. I also think they need to purchase a more ‘luxury’ toilet paper

For some reason the room had a CD player and a DVD player, I am note sure who travels with CD/ DVD’s these days, maybe lots of people do, although as the CD player was not plugged in and the cord for it didn’t reach the plug anyway, maybe no-one does, which Is why I think a kettle/ toweling robes/ glasses is more useful for people

I am not sure I would stay again as the noise from the square was perhaps too much for us, but I definitely fell in love with that part of Madrid and am already planning our return visit 🙂

At the airport. And the journey home was awesome


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Woke to a sunny day

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Dont’ know why the BBC website was offering masturbation in its search for Bargain Hunt



Conker harvest



Sputnik images

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Did my October display


Went live on SPACE DOGS RADiO – played a request for Paul



Lovely warm day




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Boys ‘Larging It’

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Sometimes, duolingo, its silly


Did my show

Some of the tracks played

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Glorious morning, sun lit up the fog like a lamp

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Will try this recipe this weekend


Did my show

Some of the tracks played while I sipped from my great mug from Museo De Americas in Madrid


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Was a lovely warm evening




Tried to work out possibilities in Bergerac

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Off to Limoges to pick up Jane and then to Bergerac before picking up Paul at the airport

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Our ‘spices orchestra’ wine from Bergerac, twas ok, bit odd


FAQ show on belter radio


Misty start to the day




UP very, very early, still dark for fecks sake and took Jane to the airport, home then off to French lesson in Thiviers







Misty start to a scorcher of a weekend


Back to Bergerac, Cooky arrived for Le Weekend

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FAQ show on belter radio


Picnic at Cubjac, then Paul and Cooky off to London

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Did my show

Some of the tracks played




Had a crap IT day, oyster and zipcar, took me 9 hours to finally update credit card details on their system, finally someone there did it, praise be for twitter, emails and phone calls



Getting for trip away!






Senor Squeak having a #chillax



And we were good to go

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Plane to Stansted, premier inn, Squeak with posh nosh and then both bit popped


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The lovely hotel view

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In the morning back to the airport, £9 for days wifi? ha ha ha ha


Met Paul who arrived for Arahus, bag checked in, sandwiches and off again, this time to Dublin, wait for 4 hours in the airport and back to London Heathrow

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In the chaos of the gate where 3 planes seemed to taking off from the same gate at the same time, there was the sky


San Francisco 2014

Here we are sat in Dublin airport, we haven’t actually left the airport, flew in from London Stansted and after 3 hours fly back to Heathrow, and in doing so saves us thousands of pounds – which is mad – but there you go
We have a night in Heathrow, a hotel not in the actual airport, in the Hilton, and then tomorrow we are off to San Francisco!
It’s been over two years since we were there, many waters under many bridges since then – I would like to leave some of water behind now and consider such questions as ‘do they still do golden gate cocktails’ in the Hyatt Views Lounge
It’s difficult not to have high expectations from a trip to Frisco, previous trips have been so awesome, but it’s probably wise to put those expectations aside and consider what might on a shopping list and allow it all to happen how it happens

Taking off in the dark Dublin had an amazing glow about it, Landing in London, fireworks/ rockets everywhere, like being welcomed back, it was Diwali, the festival of lights, the world seemed to agree


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My bag from Madrid, is a hit. Long walk to the Hilton!!

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What is the point of a wifi service telling you its’ coming soon’???


And finally we were in the lounge, so many times we have sat at Number 36

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The madness if finally buying the Isle Of Man house in the feffin airport, but its done!!


And we are in Upper!

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We spent much time chatting to staff, Paul may have met a relative, who gave us a bottle of Lanson as we were leaving, we still have it you know!


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A world of trolleys



‘ingredients you can pronounce’




Lunch in the garden


Out for a walk in Castrp, everyone getting ready for Halloween

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FAQ show on belter radio

Monday 27th

Into downtown for a bit of shopping

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Out to Starbelly for dinner, and very good it was too


My belter radio show


The contenders for possible trainers, we will see what they actually have in stock


Off to El Macy’s at Stonestown for a bit of morning shopping, and lots to be had, great shop


Out in the afternoon/ evening to cinema at Embarerdero to see Birdman, a very strange but OK film and at least we didn’t feel tired during, so that’s a boon

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Paul off v v early to a conference, me downtown for shops and hopefully buying new trainers, which after about 3 hours of searching I was very unsuccessful, hey ho, was a lovely warm sunny day

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Our plans for the evening from Paul……

I have booked for Thursday1830 Redwood
1930 Colibri
2030/2045 Wilson and Wilson – password Amber

Friday isn’t possible. Let’s hope Marianne and Michael want to meet on Saturday!

Off to The Haight, Ameoba records and bagels 🙂

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Later, downtown for cocktails in bar we havn’t tried before, the grand views lounge for golden gate cocktails has shut, so off to the View, which was good and apart from the two friends shouting at each other (talking) was all fine, then off to Colibri and Wilson and Wilson for mad ‘three course cocktail flight’ including a cocktail we called ‘crazy baileys’


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We didn’t do much today, but Squeak considering going into the movies and was trying out his versatility, happy, baffled, alluring and dreaming

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Scary mummy/ spider thing going on



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