Category: Going Out

Oct 11 2017

Not Yet Dead

Looking at the sad lack of posts on this here site, one could be forgiven for thinking that I have shuffled off this mortal coil. But that’s not the case. Things have been happening, I’ve just not bothered mentioning them here. So what have I been up to? Well, my garage had an attempted break-in …

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Aug 21 2017

Sprachen ze lingo?

Well, I’m back from la belle France… and what a wonderful time it was too. A bit too hot for my liking, but an enjoyable getaway, nonetheless. I’ve been to french France many times over the years and whenever I go, I’ll always have a go at speaking the language, because I’m told that they …

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Jul 23 2017

Welsh For A Day

Yesterday, was my future brother-in-law’s Stag do. Coming from the valleys – as he does – and being surrounded by us English taking the piss out of him all the time (yakki dar), we all decided to be Welsh… just for one day. To make him feel at home. And so we went to a …

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Jul 03 2017

Another Tom

This weekend – the one just gone – the current Mrs Masher and I went on a cruise. Just a quick one. Down the Thames. And a very pleasant evening it was too. Top notch grub, served and eaten to the sounds of a live jazz band, whilst taking in the sights of London as …

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Jun 27 2017

Theatre Review: Penn & Teller UK Tour

In a dramatic re-interpretation of the rules of this month’s challenge – in which I am going to fail, anyway – I thought I’d do a review on a show I saw on Sunday. Live at the Hammersmith Apollo (or the Eventim Apollo, as it is now called), the American magicians, Penn & Teller, wowed …

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Jun 19 2017

Film Review: Wonder Woman

We saw this yesterday, as part of a Father’s Day present – followed up with a meal at Chiquito’s, which was all rather splendid. So, Gal Godot stars as our eponymous heroine, and really, what’s not to like there… on Father’s Day? Set during WW2, we see Wonder Woman grow into the fighting machine that …

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Jun 09 2017

It’s the drink talking

Last night I went to the pub, for one of our regular BT Curry Night get-togethers. It’s the first one I’ve been to for quite a while now: sometimes, by the time I’ve struggled home from work on the motorway(s), I just can’t be bothered to go out again, despite knowing that I’ll have a …

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May 28 2017


Here’s an updated picture of Saber. She’s growing quickly now and has settled in nicely. Having had her second set of injections, she can now go out, so we have taken her on short walks… with mixed success. She loves the park, when we get there, but she is not so keen on the walk …

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Mar 26 2017

Spring has sprung…

… the grass is riz… It most definitely is, because I cut it yesterday! There are many things to indicate that Spring has arrived: plants; animals; insects, all sticking their heads out. Buzzy bees buzzing around; the daffodils and crocuses (crocii?) in full bloom and an increase in the amount of roadkill littering the lanes, …

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Feb 20 2017

Driven to distraction

Last year, I bought a new car, because my old one was starting to show its age and – at 175,000 miles – was starting to cost me money on servicing and such. My new car is nothing special, just a Ford Focus – with an automatic gearbox for driving on that goddamn M25 each …

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Feb 18 2017

Coming home

This post comes to you courtesy of the 30 mins free WiFi at Miami airport…  so I’d better type quickly! Well,  we are now at the airport after spending several hours on a couple of open-topped bus tours around the city. I always enjoy guided tours,  and this one was no exception. After,  as it …

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Feb 17 2017

Hotter than a monkey’s bum, Your Majesty

Today’s post comes to you from the Bahamas. About an hour ago,  the ship docked in the port of Nassau.  Bloody amazing to watch it being parked, as it had to be reversed in. I struggle reversing my car into a space sometimes,  but this ‘kin huge vessel just effortlessly backed in to the dock …

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Feb 15 2017

Underlay, underlay

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Feb 04 2017

Hang that bloody DJ

Why do disc jockeys (are they still called that?) play their music so loud? I’m not talking about the ones on the wireless, I’m moaning about the guys who do the music at a family party. Every party I’ve ever been to, the DJ has played the music far too loud. Now, I can (and …

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Jan 08 2017

Dry January

December was quite a hectic month, what with Christmas and New Year’s Eve an’ all. I had three Xmas parties in all, plus a birthday bash, Christmas Day itself and the traditional New Years’ Eve riot at my dad’s house. I probably hadn’t, but, I felt like I’d had more food and drink in one month, than …

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Nov 20 2016

All shopped out

“I’m stressed and I need some retail therapy”, wailed Mrs M, yesterday morning. I had to admit: she’d been working a ridiculous amount of hours recently and it sounded like she’d been having a torrid time of it at work. As much as I hate going shopping with her, she deserved a little treat, and if …

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Jul 12 2016

The smell of the greasepaint

Yesterday evening, we went to see Harry’s end of term school play: a slightly revamped version of The Jungle Book. Eleven year-old kids are bloody rubbish at acting, aren’t they? Yesterday proved that much, as child after child read out his/her lines in a stilted monotonous voice, with no pausing or intonation or characterisation. All …

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Jul 03 2016

Two-wheel triumph

Today, I have been out riding with a police motorcyclist. The feds do a Ride Safe scheme, y’see, where you go out for a ride and a police motorcyclist – on his police bike and wearing all his police garb – follows you closely and then afterward he critiques your riding performance. And it’s all …

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Jul 01 2016

Those that can’t…

Today is my wedding anniversary. By curious, lucky coincidence, it is also that of the current Mrs Masher. As such, we would normally celebrate it jointly, such as we did last year. But tonight, I’m home alone, whilst the kids are at Scouts and Mrs M is out, knocking back lattes with her bestie. Last …

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Jun 28 2016

28. A Favourite Song From The Last Decade

I got nothing. Again. So… I can’t remember how long it took, but a while later, Jacko was back on his feet and the concert was re-scheduled. Of course, they honoured our original tickets. Mrs M and I duly went along, this time with other members of her family, as the original lot weren’t able …

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May 23 2016


Yesterday, I went to the annual Dunstable Downs Radio Club bootsale. As I do every year. Whilst there, I was pleased to meet up with Dave, a ham friend of old, who is just too damn clever for his own good. I find Dave’s enthusiasm for radio and electronics so inspiring and I always enjoy …

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May 07 2016

Mad as a tree

For several weeks now, I’ve been keen to get my Open Sesame geocache back out there. But things have conspired against me – the inclement weather being just one of those things. Due to the nature of the cache, the opening mechanism doesn’t work too well in the cold weather and so I tend to …

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May 01 2016

Children are alright…

… as a concept. Of course, we all love our kids to bits, don’t we? They enrich our lives and bring joy and boundless love to our hearts. But isn’t it fucking great when you can occasionally get rid of them for a few days? My two are at Scout Camp this weekend, thereby allowing …

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Apr 21 2016

Newbury Racecourse

Today is Mrs Queen’s 90th birthday. Funnily enough, last week, I was in her box. She has quite a capacious box, actually. But, it was surprisingly austere. Just like you’d expect a rich old lady’s box to be. Simple but quite roomy. With lots of pictures of the Queen Mum Gawd Bless Her on the walls. …

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Apr 01 2016

Sun bronzed Adonis calling

 This post comes to you from the Caribbean. Because that’s where I am. On holiday. And man,  is it hot! We’ve been parasailing. We’ve been jet skiing. We’ve been geocaching. We’ve lazed around in the sun (the shade,  in my case) and we’ve all eaten way too much…  because the food here is fantastic.  If …

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Feb 21 2016

The country where I’d quite like to be

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my cousin’s birthday party. Actually, it was a joint party for him and his wife, as they are only a couple of months apart agewise. Anyway, John is six years older than me and was always a bit of an inspirational figure for me when I was …

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Feb 18 2016

Going soft

I had a day out in the field, yesterday. Not an actual field, of course. I try to get out of the office at least one day a week, and I like to go visit the guys at the sharp end, those blokes out in the streets, digging holes; laying pipe; fitting meters; dealing with …

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Feb 15 2016

Blog meet!

I had a busy day yesterday. I changed the ball valve in the water tank in the loft, as it was continually running. Not quickly, but enough to be annoying. I also changed the valve in the toilet cistern, as that had stopped closing correctly and was causing the overflow to permanently drip. I fixed …

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