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WHERE IS THIS Week, Monday 26 May 2014 ?

Gaaah! Time Is Running Backwards

I think is. It appears to be Wednesday night yet I’m sure I just got back from Amsterdam the other day… but no. I’ve been back for gosh, nearly two weeks and so far I’ve managed to document up to the end of day two. I am a baaaad blogger. I sincerely apologise. In the meantime, many things have occurred.

There is a galactic-scale metric fuck-tonne of work to sort out. Without giving too many details (because I shouldn’t) we’re right in the middle of severing a public sector organisation into public and private organisations. I’m in the IT side of it and well, it’s going catastrophically. We’re being deluged daily with new, late, contradictory, implausible, insane and incorrect information – all at a rate too great to get our own heads around, let alone adequately convey its meaning to users. Nonetheless it’s going ahead, out of our control entirely despite endless protests, argument and risk. Ho hum. It’s migration week, so that’s why I’m a bit out of touch. Right now (9.30pm) I’m logged into all of my computers!

But these things are not interesting – they are the day meat that enables me to feed and live in the evening and weekend.

Scotland – There And Back Again

This is deserving of far more time and detail, but for my sanity (see above) I’ll just give ye a wee snippet. Last weekend I travelled up to Scotland with my mum, step-dad, brother and sister. We went to scatter my uncle Colin Barnfather’s ashes in the area he died in a walking accident last September. It’s a remote place called Stob a Ohbain in the area of Kinloch Hourn. It’s an utterly beautiful area, and difficult to get to (I’m struggling to get Google maps to show me the right place – a later post will have the coordinates and stuff). We scattered his ashes near to where his body was found, and where the helicopter and POLSAR team communications van implausibly parked.

Kinloch Hourn

We had a lovely time, and though it might seem rather odd to return Col’s ashes to the place he died it makes a kind of sense for us. The journey was as much about seeing where and why he went there to begin with.

It was an epic drive from Nottingham to Inverness on day one, then a trip about Scotland via Fort William, Glasgow and Gretna Green before finally heading home. I don’t like being in cars. On the plus side we listened to almost all of the BBC Radio dramatisation of Lord of The Rings – very fitting for the extraordinary countryside we were in.

Last Week’s Scribbles

This Week, Monday 19 May 2014 – shows, fun stuff and coming home

Amsterdam Day Two – Out Wandering  – the delights of Body Worlds and the Kattenkabinet!

Amsterdam Day Two – Drinking  – drinks and more in Amsterdam

Events and Excitement

Friday 30th May 2014

MissImp in Action – live improv comedy show


Thrilling all-action end of the month show sporting the best of MissImp inventing scenes and playing games.

The Glee Club
Get Tickets NowThe Waterfront
Canal Street
8.30pm (doors open at 8pm) – £4.50 in advance/£6 on the door (£3 students/MissImp)

Thursday 12th June 2014

Gorilla Burger – Improv Comedy Carnage

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Jam show – a chance for anyone to get on stage and have a go at improv games and scenes for the first time, or the fiftieth!

The Corner
8 Stoney Street
(off Broad Street)
7.30pm – £4

Bring Your Own Drinks

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Interrobang – Spontaneous Comedy Theatre


The only show of its kind in Derby, Interrobang features an improvised comedy jam in which everyone can take part followed by a showcase of the best improv in the region. Proudly presented by Furthest From The Sea and Derby Live.

The Bookcafe
Get Tickets NowCathedral Quarter
Derby DE1 2PL
7.30pm – £5



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