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Boggle Hole

The pics that got away last week!

Boggle Hole Youth Hostel is near Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby on the Yorkshire coast.

Although Caroline and I both started hostelling through YHA in the 1970’s, neither of us had stayed there before.

Gone are the days of filling out a booking form, getting a postal order and sending both to the hostel along with a stamped self addressed envelope.

Our stay on this occasion was made via Expedia a few days before we headed off.

Comfy hostel? Yes…

Member’s kitchen? Yes…

Bar and cafe? Yes…

Will we go back? Yes…

Does the new app work on the new phone?

If you’re reading this, the answer is also Yes!

Boggle Hole

There should be a pic here, but new phone says no!

Will post it when we’re back home…

No title this time…

After writing a couple of posts recently regarding well known people, this one is about someone closer to home…

I’d seen a job advertised recently for a store manager’s post over in Halifax, but decided not to go for it as I’d worked for that company a couple of times and had walked away from their employ back in 2013 – I finished on the Friday and Caroline & I were having a good meal and some fine wine on a bar terrace overlooking Lisbon city centre 24 hours later.

As I’d got to know Peter the manager of Halifax quite well, I thought that he’d decided to retire after a sizeable length of service with the company. But no.

I found out on Friday that he’d passed away just before Christmas and that his funeral had apparently taken place on Christmas Eve.

Always one of the good guys…

Surprised at this news story…

As someone who has worn, tested or otherwise used Gore-tex in its many forms over the last thirty years or so, I was surprised to see this news story on the BBC here in the UK yesterday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-34142486

Here’s hoping that there is a happier ending to the story.

D’oh!

So much for new technology – the future was looking bright as the item mentioned in the last posting was orange, but…

After assembling that new filing system, I picked it up to put next to the desk and guess what?

It fell apart…

So much for a mixture of design, metal and self-assembly!

I somehow suspect that the item in question is going to replaced by old technology – a similar item in wood!

Right, it’s a bank holiday here in England so it’s time to sort out a couple of bits that I couldn’t get in Leeds yesterday and then the Wisepacking Towers drawbridge will be raised for the rest of the day to indulge in some reading and to watch  a movie or two.

Yes, it’s typical bank holiday weather here once more – it’s raining!

No comment…

Yes, there’s no comments on here at the moment, largely because the WordPress spam filters have been weeding out quite a lot of spam over the last month or so.

The comments facility may return in the not too distant future…

On a different note, Wisepacking Towers has been getting a coat of paint and a couple of vertical sideboards too.

A little bit of new technology is due on the scene shortly and once that’s been sorted, it will be all systems go once more!

London calling…

Yes, three days in London was the reason behind the 10 minute packing session.

Didn’t quite go as originally planned thanks to the Tube strike, but more will be revealed next week.

Hasta la vista…

Location, location, location

Just back from Lisbon where we missed seeing a classic movie that has a connection with that city – it was shown on the 1st July at the art-house cinema a couple streets away from where were staying. We arrived on the 5th!

Not a great loss though as it’s being shown locally in a few week’s time – it’s the first one on this list of ten movies with connections to particular towns or cities that Caroline and I have watched a few times over the years (sometimes in the UK, sometimes elsewhere).

Casablanca  – the title says it all, but there’s a Lisbon connection too…

High Fidelity – set in Islington in the book, but the film version relocated to Chicago…

Brief Encounter – yes, Carnforth rules the roost here…

TT Closer To The Edge – everything you wanted to know about the Isle Of Man TT races, but were afraid to ask. Star in the making Guy Martin’s profile has risen somewhat since this was made…

Shakespeare In Love – that beach at the end is actually Holkham Beach in Norfolk…

Amelie – yes, Paris rules the roost on this one…

Hot Fuzz – visit Wells in Somerset and some sites in the centre may just seem familiar from the Battle Of Sandford towards the end of the film…

Stormy Monday – Sean Bean, Melanie Griffiths, Tommy Lee Jones and Sting film set in Newcastle-upon-Tyne…

The Illusionist – great animation from the team behind Belleville Rendezvous. This Jaques Tati story is part set in Edinburgh and there’s some familiar places in there…

London The Modern Babylon – Julien Temple’s portrait of the city…

There are more of course, but they’re for another day!

Yes, I’m back into action after a few weeks of travelling and dealing with coughs and splutters caused by the post-stroke medications that are supposed to be doing me some good!

More on Friday before some features start coming your way next week.

See, I told you that I’ll be back!

Quick change…

Yes, wisepacking.wordpress.com is now wisepacking.me!

Shorter, snappier name to type and to have on cards etc…

And the first of one or three changes happening soon!

D’oh!

The best laid plans of mice and men…

Yes, there was a cunning plan – then along came damage to the car, a cold, subsequent cough, worse cough and then a cough that didn’t improve because the cough medicine made matters worse thanks to interactions with my normal post-stroke meds.

You might think a bacon buttie might bring some comfort first thing on a Sunday morning, but no.

Second bite of the day saw one tooth breaking free when it came into contact with the bacon!

And all of this in the course of the last week…

Am I cheesed off?

Yes, but fortunately there was a silver lining (and I’m not just referring to the new M&S socks or the Rohan t-shirts I bought last week).

The price of accommodation for a couple of trips and the cost of flights for one of those trips and another one later in the year.

Substatial savings made on both the accommodation and the flights too…

Cue one happy bunny – planned service should be resumed soon!