Monday, 21 June 2010

Recovering from a busy week

Well I returned from Glasgow on Friday night and spent the rest of the weekend trying to recover!  Lots of sleep, good food and a walk along the coast seem to have done the trick, although the blisters and sore feet might take more time.

We stayed local on Saturday, with a trip to my parents to give dad his fathers' day card, followed by a trip to the library to get some books for Ellen.  I then spent the rest of the day reading my MOJO magazine!  Not something I would usually buy but Tom Waits was the guest editor so it had lots of features about him, and it had a free CD of music he had chosen as his inspirations - an interesting read and a good listen.

Sunday then saw us cheering on my brother-in-law as he did a 60-mile cycle ride around the Ards' Peninsula - crazy, but I might be tempted to give it a go next year!  Might be a good excuse to get a new bike.  I managed to get some decent photos of cyclists and it was a good way to practice taking some fast shots.  I really want to get some more practice in with the camera before we go to America.

We then had lunch with my sister and my nephew who spent the afternoon charming all the other people in the cafe with his toothy smiles!  I then spent the rest of the day cooking some nice food for a BBQ in the evening with some good weissebeir to go with it!

So this week is surprisingly free.  We have one of our last dance sessions before the wedding and that is it for activities...might actually get a chance to fit some clarinet practice in.

Plus Wimbledon has started so summer is really here and we can watch the highlights in the evening...the perfect accompaniment to the final stages of the wedding planning!

Saturday, 12 June 2010


Felt it was time to update my blog again and as I write this I am sitting in my tenth floor hotel room in Glasgow looking out over the city, trying to avoid the World Cup.

Glasgow is one of very few cities that has taken a while to inspire me; especially compare to how much we enjoyed Edinburgh when we went there last year.

Edinburgh has the romantic, artistic qualities with an abundance of attractions and fascinating things to see, that have been written about by many, but Glasgow seemed curiously empty. Amongst the prevalence of high rise buildings there are a few gems though - the classical architecture of the many banks and townhouses, and the independent film theatre located in the listed art deco building is a favourite. Disappointingly, another former cinema from the same era is now a Tesco Express.

We spent a weekend here in May and felt we didn't see that much, but having spent a further couple of days here I have begun to find a bit more interest in Glasgow. I met up with a friend of mine who went to university here and needless to say he knew a few more points of interest than I did.  Some great bars and some lovely parts of the town up by the university and some quieter bits of the city centre really had lots of great atmosphere.

I am here for a turbomachinery conference to be held here next week for which I, and a few PhD students from Queen's Uni are session assistants.

We have to shepherd the delegates around and help with any technical issues. Dull stuff, but we get to hear some interesting technical papers and presentations, as well as talk to some companies related to what I am doing.

It's a shame the day starts at 6am though - I'll be glad to get home for a sleep! I had better take advantage of a free day tomorrow - there's a grand prix on, oh and there is that cinema I was talking about!

Until next time...

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