Thursday, December 28, 2006

2006 signoff

This time tomorrow I'll be in the air, Egypt-bound, for a week of diving from a liveaboard on the Red Sea. So no blog updates till at least January 6. My best wishes to all for a prosperous & healthy 2007.

I dropped Bondi off at the boarding kennel this morning, which is never easy for me to do. After 8 years together, which is longer than I've spent with any creature outside my immediate family, and 3 1/2 years of being joined at the hip in our travels, I feel that a part of me is missing.

Yesterday I left him tied up outside a coffee shop near Ealing Broadway. As usual when I can't see him from inside, I can follow the sight-lines of people outside, which akin to perspective lines in a painting take you directly to where Bondi is sitting, in the centre of the picture.
End of year statistics #1

Countries visited since start of trip: 14 - England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France (Paris link), Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Egypt.

English counties visited and not just driven through (omissions struck out): Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, East Riding of Yorkshire, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worcestershire.

Number of times I've said the word malamute over this trip, conservatively guesstimated at ~20 utterances/day : 12000

Longest walks:
  • Hadrian's Wall: Tynemouth to Bowness-on-Solway with diversions (100 miles, 160km)
  • Great Glen Way: Fort William to Inverness (75 miles, 120 km)
  • Capital Ring: (78 miles, 125km) completed to-date: 43 miles, 69km
  • Number taken: 6000 (last year: 2900)
  • Disk space taken by photos & movie-clips since commencement of this expedition: 20GB (approx 5 DVDs or 28 CDs)
Family Tree statistics:
  • Number of individuals: 1380 (includes ancestors, their siblings and miscellaneous descendants)
  • Earliest birthdate: 1541
  • Total generations: 15
  • Different surnames: 357
  • Countries of birth (ancestors only): Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Sweden
Favourite CDs of 2006:

I've been noticing posters up around London for a new TV series, Ugly Betty. This instantly recalled my Spanish lessons in San Sebastian last year, where my conversation teacher used the original Colombian soap opera Yo soy Betty, la fea as the basis for some classroom exercises.

My favourite show of the moment is BBC Three's Pulling, which does for singles and dating, what Ricky Gervais did for paper-supply companies in Slough. Writer/star Sharon Horgan was also part of the team behind Monkey Dust.

The biggest televisual disappointment of the year is the Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood, unkindly but perhaps accurately described as Scooby Doo with sex. While its Cardiff setting lends itself to being spoofed as Under Torch Wood, the SD+sex description suggested Pwlling as more apt.

BBC Radio 4 continues to produce a ton of interesting entertainments and documentaries as one-offs or as series, e.g. Page to Performance traces the development of a piece of music (like Gershwin's I Got Rhythm) from its creation through various performing arrangements. All of these can be listened to for a least a week after airing via the Radio 4 website.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:01 am

    Hey there, if you liked "All' Improvviso" check this one, you should like it too :


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