Since everyone else pulled out of my plan to walk for miles around Kinder Scout and I didn't fancy walking about for 6 hours on my own all day I consoled myself with a short wander around on the Clent Hills in the evening.
I was hoping to arrive on top of the last hill around sunset and be treated to a magnificent sunset with the sun going down over the distant Shropshire Hills. That didn't happen, the sunset was rather pathetic.
Whilst looking for information on making JSON compatible WCF services this afternoon I came across Chris "Brasseye" Morris' fake newspaper column for the Observer in 1999. Half way through he decides to kill himself in 6 months time and document the process in his newspaper column.
He didn't reveal that the fake journalist - Richard Geefe - was him until the last column, where he does kill himself although I can't believe anyone would have taken any of this all that seriously. It is quite amusing ....
I am going to have my ears syringed tomorrow. I have never had that done before so I am hoping it's not quite such an awful procedure as it sounds.
Hopefully I will get to see what the "various types of nasty looking goo" are that the Doctor said he could see in my ear last week. Even more hopefully this Doctor, or Nurse, or whoever will tell me that you can't go swimming for at least 3 weeks after an ear syringing.
I think the experiences of my Walking Crew on Sunday are filtering though to some of the other potential walkers and some of them have decided that they also need to practice doing at least one reasonably challenging walk before we have to do things for real.
To help them out I have devised a horrible looking walk of pain around Kinder Scout, I am hoping they will want to do this the weekend I am in Devon swimming in the river Dart so that I don't have to do it with them but I think we'll probably end up doing it next weekend, if their dedication lasts until the end of the week.
I am going to a digital arts festival in Namur, Belgium. It looks rather good and is free and I only paid £3 to get there and back and am staying in a hostel that this artist used to have his studio in.
As you are probably aware it's my 40th at the end of the year. So as late December is a shit time of year to organize anything and 40 is supposedly a biggie I'm going to arrange a trip to Lisbon for the week and weekends 23/11 until 1/12.
The plan is to try and get as many people as possible together, rent a flat and then get drunk. I would guesstimate around E25pppn to E30pppn for the flat, depending on who is coming, availability, location and size of flat. You never know cheaper flats may be available!
Whilst on my swimming holiday we walked half way up Cadair Idris to swim in the Llyn Cau lake beneath the summit ridge. Cadair is a very picturesque mountain indeed and also has some extremely steep sections so I thought at the time it would be fun to actually go all the way to the summit.