Christmas is Coming…

…and Megan is doing the Yuletide Parade round the village this evening with the Brownies (let’s hope its dry – its sunny just now so fingers crossed).

A quieter week this week in terms of travel for me, but last week included a day trip to Aberdeen and a weekend working in Glasgow on the back of an expedition to Shetland. There’s only one flight per day from Glasgow, and its a relatively small turbo prop that is prone to landing at an unconventional angle to combat the strong sidewinds at Sumburgh.

Made it there and back in one piece all the same, but Sumburgh must be the only airport where to get from the car park to the main road you have to negotiate a level crossing – over the runway! Seriously there’s flashing lights, barriers and a ‘look out for aeroplanes landing’ sign. The ‘Ahead Only’ markings on the road are useful too, helps to stop you from playing chicken with the 15:30 to Aberdeen.

Working again this weekend (Highland Council this time but fortunately its remote so I don’t need to go to Inverness) and next week will include a trip to Alderley Edge but also some days at home.

There may be some broadband fun to be had next week too, my annual argument with Virgin to try and get a good deal out of them went badly the other week. We had been paying £7.50 a month for unlimited broadband and free evening and weekend calls, but our line rental was still with BT (who can be intensely annoying in their attempts to get you to switch your calls back to them). We just wanted to switch the line rental to Virgin (who are finally offering this as a service) but they seemed to think that £37.50 was a good deal for unlimited broadband, free evening and weekend calls and line rental.

We were only paying around £15 a month to BT for line rental so clearly that wasn’t going to happen, so one MAC code later and we should be getting unlimited broadband, line rental and free evening & weekend calls from the Post Office for £20 per month. The switch over should happen on Monday, but I’ve no doubt there will be some teething troubles to report next week.

Last weeks pools predictions were a bit rubbish, but in my defence there wasn’t much thought went into them – it was all a bit last minute.

Draws: 3/10 Aston Villa, Scunthorpe, Motherwell

Homes: 2/5 Celtic, Hibernian

Aways: 3/5 Man Utd, West Brom, AC Milan

I’ll take a bit more time over this week’s efforts (will post them tomorrow) but they probably won’t be any better…

One thought on “Christmas is Coming…

  1. Good postings Steve. Quick comment that Gibraltar airport has the same sort of setup, to enter Gib from Spain you have to drive across the runway, madness.

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