2018-06-17

All good things come to an end

I am back from my holiday with my two friends Mike and Simon.


It was fun, and Norway is interesting. We had a couple of days with shitty weather so stayed on the ship (places we had seen before). In Geiranger we hired these strange little electric car-like things that they insisted were two seater! I volunteered to sit in the back, which was rather a squeeze. I could not even have my camera with me, no space! I think I am getting a bit of a hint here :-(


We were able to do more than was covered by the bus tour we did last year, and it was interesting. The car also did a GPS based tour guide thing which was nice.

I did have a few surprised for my mates, one of which was some custom marmite jars for the trip...


The butler had never heard of marmite, so we gave him some to try this morning before we left, and he likes it. So we donated a nearly full jar to him :-)

The internet worked well, as I have already said. Some work was done, but not a lot. Having a proper computer rather than just a laptop was good, but not suitable for all holidays. A lot of playing of cards was done (I brought a selection of decks).

Sadly, right at the start of the cruise (thankfully, after we had done those tiny electric cars) I made the mistake of leaning on the back of a chair, which slid out and I hit the deck hard on my bum. I have bruised or damaged my coccyx and been in pain all week and not been able to sleep properly either. I have to thank Mike and Simon for putting up with me to be honest - I was a tad grumpy and they were very helpful. Still in pain now, and I expect this will take some time.

We met some Americans, and it just happened to be that they were hugh fans of The Fifth Element. When I produced this from my wallet they were gobsmacked!


I was determined to see Shetland, and we got a tour from a taxi, which was nice, even if somewhat painful. I know A&A do VDSL on the island, so it is quite likely that we drove past our most northern customer!


For fun, a friend of mine decided to send a telegram to me on ship, and the confirmation he got said it was relayed by satellite, and printed for delivery by crew. Sadly it never turned up. Shame.

So overall, a good holiday. Shame I have managed to injure myself - it was stupid, I know.


11 comments:

  1. It is a matter of finding the right painkillers and taking more than one kind at once - I find that is very effective, such as paracetamol plus ibuprofen plus food to protect you from the ibuprofen. Or paracetamol and codeine. The other thing that is important is to keep taking painkillers with short spacing between doses rather than taking some then letting them wear off only for the pain to come back, better to make sure it does not come back by taking another dose soon. You could also have overlapping drugs 180 degrees out if phase too. If you are still hurting though get something more serious from the gp.

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    1. A wise man once told me, “Pain is the body’s way of telling you you’re still alive” which I still find a bit comforting when I’m hurt

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  2. I really wonder what sort of conversation lead to you discovering that they love The Fifth Element!

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    1. Possibly a debate about the Bajoran politics and wormhole in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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  3. that little bubble car looks like so much fun

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    1. It's a Renault Twizy. You can buy them (and indeed they're not that uncommon) in the UK. I think Topgear even featured them.

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    2. It looks really nice, I’d love to have a little trip in on of those Twizy cars!

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    1. He he, trust the geekypenguin to spot the detail ;)

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  5. Lucky butler, being given someone’s half-eaten jar of marmite. I bet the poor sod doesn’t even like marmite. Still, you’ve gotta admire his professionalism and ability to put on a smile! He he

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  6. That first photo of the three friends is lovely, you can see there is real friendship there :)

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