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Unplanned….

DAD5CC1A-407F-4F95-8BAE-C0A2106EACA0The email that changed things for this week…

Yes, we should have been elsewhere this week, but things changed after the above email touched down and the one from our airline to say that they were suspending flights to Malta.

Fortunately we’ve got refunds from the airline, the online entity that we’d booked our b&b plus ground transfers through and the airport’s car parks.

So, what’s happening? Well, there’s the UK’s new rules to follow, the shop has been closed temporarily and there’s reading to do & box sets to watch.

Four new guidebooks turned up about ten days before that email, so there’s some reading to do about Genoa, Sardinia, Mallorca and Crete to do in readiness for wherever the next non-UK might be after Malta.

There’s also biogs of Phil Lynott, Rod Stewart, Alan Bennett and David Bowie to read on the Kindle plus a few print magazines too.

Visual sustenance over the last few weeks has come courtesy of box sets on iPlayer, namely Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, but there are also plans to rewatch State Of Play, Our Friends In The North, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Thunderbirds.

If the “break” is further extended then there’s always The West Wing to watch again, along with a few episodes of Young/classic Montalbano, four series of The Bridge and three of Borgen (although that has been seen recently).

And if that’s not enough, there’s some CDs to listen to as I managed to find a very reasonably priced CD/DAB radio system last month.

At the end of the day though, I’d rather be travelling!

All quiet in Leeds, 21/03/20

We should have touching down at Luqa airport in Malta yesterday, but that was cancelled on Friday 13/03/20 when the airline suspended the flights we were booked on…

So I ended up in Leeds yesterday and this is Briggate just before noon.

An inspector calls…

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First the house, now the office…

Whose office and desk is this?

Who lives in a house like this?

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Earlier today, somewhere in Europe!

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…