Thursday, 26 October 2017

Whit’s Fur Ye’ll No Go Past Ye

I read an article the other day about a geordie bloke who had a meeting in London. Hmm, this is beginning to sound like a limerick. Anyway, he managed to skirt around the UK's staggering train fares by taking a cheeky detour to Spain. This ingenious idea was not only cheaper, but - actually, see for yourself:

Newcastle > London train: £78.50


Newcastle > Menorca flight £15.99
Menorca > London flight £10.99
Car hire £7.50
Sex on the beach cocktail £4

This chap realised that he could spend an afternoon on an exotic Spanish island, hire a car, have a cocktail on the beach, then fly to London and still have £40 left over - or sit on a three hour train. What would you have rather done? It especially made me chuckle as in the past I too have gone to extremes to get from A to B, managing to not only save money but squeeze in random City breaks as a bonus!

Norwegian chocolate wrappers stuck in one of my old high school diaries.

At the tail end of summer 2012, I saved a decent amount on my Corfu - Manc flight by flying via Oslo. My pals and I made the most of our 8 hour stop and had a majestic afternoon exploring Norway's capital. Similarly last year I flew Corfu - Manchester via Glasgow. As a bunch of my Greek friends are studying there, I stuck around for a couple of wild days then got the megabus home. The flight was a third of the price and the megabus cost a measly £13!

I've actually visited Glasgow a few times now and am head over heels in love with the city. I even dedicated a post once to my favourite jaunts in the city. During my fleeting trip last September, I insisted on squeezing in a trip to my favourite spot: the gallery of modern art:

I also caught the cosmic adventures in space exhibition at the lighthouse. I spent the afternoon exploring the history of architecture in science-fiction through books, films, TV and comics - I was engrossed!

If you're a fellow sci-fi enthusiast, I recommend checking out Aeon Flux!

The next time you're trying to get from A to B and find yourself setting the Erinyes on northern rail's ludicrous prices, remember that there are more than two letters in the alphabet...

Thursday, 19 October 2017

You Won't Believe What Mr. Sticha Saw...

I walked past a lady this evening dressed in all black with horns -
she was smiling like she knew a secret. 

Perhaps in 12 days she'll tell us..

Sunday, 8 October 2017

What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?

My brother and I went for coffee + cake yesterday and I couldn't help but gawk at his watch: the Omega From Moon to Mars Speedmaster. My brother followed in the footsteps of our father and works in the jewellery industry, where one of his specialities is watches. It's so inspiring the way he lights up when talking about the rich history of the latest watch he's sold. We also caught the latest Quaker Oats advert the other morning featuring Buzz Aldrin, to which Bill yelled with glee 'he's wearing his speedmaster!' Buzz, and his fellow Apollo 13 astronauts, actually wore one on their trip to the Moon back in '69. That's right folks, this was the first watch on the Moon!

The history behind this watch is fascinating. The special edition number of my brother's is 1992, which is his year of birth - doesn't get much cooler than that. Bill actually has this groovy book dedicated to the watch and I planned on highlighting more of its features but it's 8:19 and Escape To The Chateau is on at 9!

When Apollo 13 safely returned to Earth, they gifted Omega the silver snoopy award, snoopy being NASA's mascot. To celebrate the 45th anniversary, Omega released a mega rare Snoopy Speedmaster! <3

My first watch was a gift from my best friend Amalia when I was 8. I still have it hidden somewhere special and more importantly am still in touch with her. In fact, I visited her in Thessaloniki last spring. Throughout high school I owned a little black casio. These days I like to keep it simple at work with my mums old watch, which was actually a gift to her from my father. Or, on my days off I often wear multiple à la this 90's swatch ad.

I've been exposed:

#me #indecisive

My dream watch is Bulgari's Serpenti watch. I mean...

In the meantime, I'll stick to something more modest. Perhaps these groovy Timex x Peanuts watches:

What's your dream watch? If you don't say Bernard's, you lyin. 

'Stop Watch' by Tom Binns