Monday, July 16, 2007


I'm still alive, dear readers. Work, home, play, and Elton John have kept me distracted. Something had to give, and it was the blog. It was hardly going to be TV that I gave up, was it?

Work. A key staff member is leaving so I am having to fill (at least one of) his shoes. It has therefore been a hectic time at work, but on the plus side I will get to travel to Venezuela and Malaysia in the next couple of months.

Old home
. The sale of the current Swish Towers to Niall is almost complete. My flat will become the fourth prong of his property empire, and net me a tidy profit in the process. Which leads me to

New home. The search for a new flat has taken up a fair chunk of my time. Contrary to my expectations, I have fallen for the upmarket, and therefore expensive, west end of Aberdeen. I'm concentrating my efforts there and have found a place that I like. The occupants have put a closing date on it, so I'll know this week if I'm going to get it or not. They were going to piss me about by leaving it open to offers for a couple of weeks, but they are obviously scared of losing me so have brought it forward. More on the flat if I am successful.

Fillums. I have seen both Die Hard 4.0 and Harry Potter 5.0 in the last couple of weeks. Die Hard was as expected, only more so: an extremely cheesy, but fun, action blockbuster. You learn everything you need to know about the film from the fact that there is a sequence where Willis leaps from an exploding truck onto a hovering jump-jet and then hops off as it crashes to the ground. If that sounds fun to you (it does to me), then I commend the film to you. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix is not only easily the best of the Potter films, but probably the best film that I have seen this year. Every performance is spot-on, the tone is dark, the pace is perfect: a really accomplished piece of film-making. The final book is out at the weekend, so I will have to read it as quickly as possible to avoid finding out the end. I bet that Harry doesn't die, though.

Elton John. He played Inverness yesterday, and my parents got tickets to see it. Whilst I would by no means count myself as a fan of his, it would have been churlish of me to turn down the expensive ticket bought for me, so I went. For an old geezer, he put on a good show, belting out the hits for 2-and-a-half hours. I even recognised up to a quarter of the songs. One thing I noticed (maybe due to Sir Elt's fan-base) was that Inverness has far more fat, ugly people than I remember.

And finally, badgers. Quote of the week was found in a Times story about local myths that have emerged in southern Iraq: "We have not released giant badgers in Basra, and nor have we been collecting eggs and releasing serpents into the Shatt al-Arab river".

I'll post again sometime in August...


Blogger Jenny said...

Word to the wise: Niall will almost certainly trash your flat. I say this with proof from his existence at other flats of his in the city. Make sure you secure the posh west-end flat before letting him take over.

I hope you don't have to travel from Malaysia to Venezuela. How long will your stays be?

The way you spell out "fillums" reminds me of how the Jamaicans said film and how my friend Tracey from N. Ireland says film. It just makes me shake my head. Yours is the first positive review of HP that I have heard. Mostly I have heard that it's not very good, boring and too angsty.

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Blogger swishfish said...

Niall can do whatever he wants to my flat as soon as he has paid for it... I'll hopefully be buying the next property immediately after selling to Niall (at the end of next month), but if I don't get or find a place I may indeed have to live in a building site. It will be his flat, after all.

Venezuela and Malaysia will be at least a month apart. Probably a week in each. Malaysia is the best country that I have ever visited (3 times so far), so I am really looking forward to that one.

And the Potter reviews seem to have been very positive over hear. The press seem to all at least like it, with most calling it the best yet.

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