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I like September 2005

29.09.05 - Out and about

27.09.05 - Seaside special
Dodgems We had such a good time in Scarborough that it's hard to know where to start. I'm going to have to report back in bits as we went to a few different places, all of them smashing, and Scarborough itself has plenty to offer. One thing that's odd for me is I had loads of holidays in Yorkshire as a kid, but we never went near the coast. Why oh why oh why? My dad was a history teacher and instead I've been round every castle and ruined abbey in the north of England (and a fair bit of the south). Sometimes I wonder if this is what has driven me to the tack and the candy floss. And if it is, what effect are our family holidays having on Tommy? A yearning for high culture? Seems unlikely. Of three action packed days paddling was his favourite thing, followed closely by the dodgems and eating chips in a cafe that had one of those (hideous) figures of a man shaped like a chip with chips coming out of his head. After this foreign holidays seem like a bit of a waste. Time to get a camper van.

20.09.05 - A man's gotta chew what a man's gotta chew

18.09.05 - The seaside needs us more than ever
We're off to Scarborough this weekend so I'm looking for tips on what to do in and around the area. I've been there once on a day trip and thought it was a lovely place. Lots of lovely grand buildings. Seeing it again on Coast sent me rushing for the map. I wish every town had a guide like Morecambe has Michael Bracewell's I know where I'm going which points out lots of things you'd never find normally (like the SS Berengaria). I will of course be looking out for the Harbour Bar, but am looking for recommendations for other bits of the east coast or anything inland nearby. I've just been watching Patrick Keiller's Robinson in Space (the follow-up to London which covers bits of the rest of England) and can't wait to get on the road. That's my ideal trip, being driven about with a flask and a picnic, seeing whatever there is to see. It sounds like there's a lot to choose from on that bit of the east coast. Would I like Filey, Bridlington, Whitby? All tips gratefully received.

15.09.05 - If I ruled the world

13.09.05 - Little help here
Birthday lady I like is 3 years old this month. I never thought I'd see the day, etc. So while it's been a lot of fun and all, I think times have changed enough for me to need to move on a little. I want to keep doing it, but I need a better way of putting it together. Something proper bloggy. And I'd also like to do something new (which will probably take years to get off the ground, but hey). Anyway, I'm looking for advice. I think a hosted Movable Type account is probably what I need. Bearing in mind I have no technical expertise whatsoever but want things just the way I like them is this a good option? Is there anyone using this (or alternatives) who can give me some tips, and an idea of which one to choose? All answers to the usual address please. Let's hope it's the start of a bright new future.

11.09.05 - I love your friends, they're all so arty

08.09.05 - Playtime
Updates are a bit thin this week, partly due to work and partly due to Gorillaz Mahjong.

06.09.05 - Kites are fun
Dan-Air 1970s seatsWe had a grand day out at the Museum of Flight (photos). It's an old RAF base east of Edinburgh (RAF East Fortune) so even without the planes it's pretty interesting - lots of dinky 1940s wartime architecture. There's a Concorde you can go on (it's very pokey, I guess you weren't paying for the legroom) and even better than that Dan-Air passenger jet, retired in the 1970s, with geometric seating and fake teak panelling in its kitchen. It was the fashion at the time. As an added bonus we turned up in the middle of Skyfest which meant kites, hot air balloons and parachutes. We were there for hours wandering from hangar to hangar, trying out morse code, sitting in cockpits. I can't recommend it highly enough. Linked: A Dan-Air website with some nice memorabilia, comprehensive Airline History site, Airline timetables with bonus baggage labels oh how I love thee, and the essential Stewardess Uniform Collection.

01.09.05 - Pinch, punch, first of the month