Back together again...

Well, from months between posts to weeks to days. Guess that's heading in the right direction.

I'm now happily reunited with the N97. Took it to Carphone Warehouse at Tottenham Court Road on Friday. The staff there openly told me that they'd have to charge me some £120 to fix the screen, that it simply wasn't worth it and that I should try one of the independent stores! Sure enough, not only did the first one I walked into quote me £65, they said they'd have it done in an hour. And they did!

Saturday - did another run to the Big Yellow with aeshna_uk before attending another of the filk thingies up at the local archery club. On the way, I got a voicemail to tell me that the Skoda is now likely to arrive in about 2 1/2 weeks rather than in Jan/Feb! Suspicious side of me wonders if that was always the likely delivery time but kept in reserve to provide the customer with some unexpected good news....

Speaking of paranoia, does anyone else find it interesting that, just after the Chairman of BA starts saying much of airport security is security theatre and kowtowing to the US and has lots of people starting to agree with him, this new air bomb plot emerges and, suddenly, all talk of re-examining airport security is gone again?

Sunday - headed up to Coventry for a Redemption hotel visit. All I will say is that I haven't missed the M6 or the M1 roadworks one little bit!

Coming up this weekend - Rawdons are doing musket fire as part of the Bonfire Night activities at Waltham Abbey/Royal Gunpowder Mills and I have an invite. Woohoo! One last chance to fire the muskets this year!

Emerging from seclusion

Wow. It has been over two months since my last post.

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Well, that's about it for now. Probably lots of stuff I should have mentioned. Life should ease up a bit but never can tell...

A strange thought - just heard about the Chilean miners' rescue being brought forward to tonight. Interesting coincidence that they've been trapped since the start of August, when things started getting really busy for me, and they're coming out the day I finished up the big report that's been occupying me most of the last two+ months!
ARVN Ranger

Time-travelling militaristic weekend

Thursday: first night fencing in a long time. Ouch. I'm sure even back in Poly days when I didn't fence over the Summer, first night back wasn't so hard. OK, so I won my bouts but by God, did it hurt. Not so easy to convince myself I'm not old, just older...

Friday: I'd booked the day off and headed down to the War and Peace Show at Beltring. Funny feeling going in as a day punter again. Also funny how familiar the layout of the stalls is: Avis and Soldier of Fortune on Row A, Johnson's of Leeds on Row F etc. Slightly scary that some of the dealers like Pascal recognised me. Then again, in his case, I guess maybe there aren't too many Orientals in ARVN uniform who hunt him down looking for more repro ARVN gear!

Alas, failed in my main shopping objective - an A&K Vietnam M60. Opinion amongst the airsoft retailers seemed to vary from any day now to never (due to Chinese government action). Mian highlights on the tat front: a Black Panther ARVN Ranger helmet from Pascal though, some OG107s from an Italian dealer (so I finally managed to get rid of the Euros I had left over from last trip to Dublin!) and a new set of jungle boots. Oh, and a bolt of olive drab green fabric.

Next: down to see the guys in the 'Nam. Yet again, Graham exhorting me camp with them next year but also trying to persuade me to forget the English Civil War muster and stay over as an ex-ARVN officer was coming to visit the next day. That was sooooo tempting...

Also saw the MACV-SOG guys and got talking about Detling. Since there isn't an ECWS muster on, there is now a distinct possibility I might be going to Detling with them.

Definitely hard tearing myself away to drive on to Suffolk. The campsite was a bit of a shock - huge amounts of space, a real change from the usual pack cheek-by-jowl sites!

Saturday's battle was distinctly crap though. Royalists seemed content to just sit at the foot of the hill and, I'm no Fairfax or Gustav Adolphus, but I'm sure that when firing, we should have been facing the enemy, not some 30 degrees off (maybe it was to discourage them from infiltring through the car park).

Fortunately, Sunday was much better, following much mutterings and threats of mutiny. Managed to burn through most of my powder - always a good sign.

And... we spotted a 2nd hand flintlock at one of the stalls. After some discussion and getting of opinions from Kate and Simon... yep, it is now mine. Temporarily with Simon at present but I really do need to sort the steel cabinet now.

So, overall, proved to be a good weekend despite Saturday. One thing I wondered about though - this was a multi-period event in support of Help For Heroes and so had a significant Army and British Legion presence. I did wonder what those guys must make of us playing at toy soldiers.

Speaking of which, I know ECWS and Sealed Knot are by far and away the largest re-enactment socities in the UK but, even so, some of the groups there seemed, well, a little low on numbers; the smallest being the 95th Rifles guys. Both of them. Really. Maybe I can go next year as the UK ARVN Re-enactment group ;-)

So, staggered home last night knackered, sweaty and reeking of gunpowder but happy.

Thrilling CNN footage

Received this CNN news email yesterday:

-----Original Message-----
From: CNN Breaking News [mailto:BreakingNews@mail.cnn.com]
Sent: 15 July 2010 20:57
To: textbreakingnews@ema3lsv06.turner.com
Subject: CNN Breaking News

-- BP: No oil flowing into Gulf of Mexico for first time in months as part of test of ruptured well. Watch live on CNN.com.

That must be a really exciting footage...
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Couple of pleasant weekends

Had a couple of fun, if rather hot and sweaty weekends.

Last weekend was mrmrsmith's stag bash which consisted of a treasure hunt around Westminster/Whitehall followed by drinks in Camden Town. The treasure hunt, organised bv Giles, was a lot of fun; following clues from one location to another. I will confess to being more than mildly gratified to note that 25-year old memories of childhood visits to the area and Nokia Maps on my N97 beat Google Maps on the iPhone for accuracy :-) Alas, I wendied out of the drinks rather early - heat combined with too much travelling up and down to Newbury had left me wiped. Still, a great laugh, especially mrmrsmith in a fez!

This weekend, there was a street party in my street, right outside Firebase Finchley. No special occasion, just that some people in the street thought it'd be fun and an opportunity to meet the neighbours. aeshna_uk came up on Friday night and the next day, got to meet the neighbours, pretty much the same time I did: Couple of embarassing incidents where other people who'd also been in the street for decades and I had to admit never having met before. All in all, great fun, much booze consumed, finally got to meet the other people in the street (and their dogs!). Hope there's another one next year!

Other things:
Couldn't resist stopping by Ikea on the way home from company offsite and getting some rather boldly coloured bed linen - choice of colours were very much inspired by Shanghai Tang so I'm blaming my sister for this :-)

Alas, discovered that I've missed this year's Finchley Festival - it was on the 20th, when I was off at the muster at St Ives! :-(

Now struggling to decide what to do about the War and Peace Show at Beltring - looks like nobody else is free to go and that weekend also happens to be a major ECWS muster in Suffolk. Looks like best plan might be to take the Friday off, head down to Beltring and then head up to the muster from there...

Lastly, so, World Cup's over for another 4 years. I must admit, much as my sympathies were with the Dutch, Spain was the better team. I am also moderately amazed that Van Bommel and De Jong managed to avoid getting sent off!
Keep Calm

A moment to remember

I have just been informed: today is Ianto Jones Is Brown Bread Day (or anniversary thereof). When forming your congas, pl.ease show consideration for neighbours. Now, need to look up what Ianto Jones Should Have Been Brown Bread Day (post -Cyberwoman) was...

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More on FIFA and the IFAB

Just out of curiousity, I did some Googling on the IFAB - the International Football Association Board, after Nicolas Maingot's comments about decisions being approved by UK football associations which seemed rather specific.

Turns out that the IFAB is composed of the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (who have one vote each) and the FIFA executive (which has 4 votes) who effectively represent the rest of the world! Furthermore, decisions must be approved by 3/4 of those present and entitled to vote. Effectively, this means FIFA plus two UK national football associations.

According to the BBC website, the Football Association of Wales and the Irish Football Association have been siding with the FIFA executive in opposing goal line technology.

The FIFA website does a pretty good job of explaining the history of the IFAB (with some additional details from Wikipedia) - when it was founded in 1886, International meant the four Home Nations and FIFA didn't joint till 1913.

Wow. That's one Hell of an interesting system!
RSF Unity

Swift action from FIFA on yesterday's World Cup errors

Looks like FIFA is acting decisively to avoid any repeat of the controversies around Lampard's and Tevez's goals. Yep. They're going to crack down on replays of incidents like that, at the stadia, at least. From BBC news site:

"(Fifa spokesman Nicolas) Maingot added that Fifa will be cracking down on World Cup match action being shown on stadium giant screens after replays of Tevez's disputed goal against Mexico sparked arguments on the pitch.

Maingot said the replaying of such incidents "should not happen" and will be more tightly controlled at future matches."

Yep, that should put a stop to all that nonsense!

Well, at least the Netherlands are winning at the moment.