thread I'm off to
the Netherlands and Belgium tomorrow night, for a weekend of cycling and watching bike racing.

What fun plans do you have?

If your answer includes "watching Half Man Half Biscuit in Cambridge tomorrow night" I have bad news for you.
permalink Birthday parties on saturday
And maybe watching some cycling on Sunday.

permalink I'm going to do the watching
in Kwaremont
permalink Remember to check the percentages of the beers on
Saturday night.
permalink This was a fun thing to do
permalink Don't forget
we're picking up some free compost
permalink Rock and
permalink never turn down free compost
permalink Yeah, glad I didn't make the trip
to the Junction like last time!

Weekend plans uncertain. Some gardening, some running, probably some Ph.D. thesis examination. Depends on the weather. Which isn't looking terribly flash at the moment.
permalink flash!
haven't heard that in a while.. how's your kiwi accent coming along?
permalink Yeah nah bro!
permalink On my way north right now...
work to do en route. Should be done and on holiday by about 2pm.

Grab my gear from mum's and drive to Glen Nevis... tonight in the bunkhouse at the Ben Nevis Inn... up early tomorrow for the Ring of Steall in late winter conditions. Weather's looking good... should be superb.

Back to mum's tomorrow evening, then pick up minilluminator on Sunday morning, go to airport, fly to Paris, meet Spaniard off Eurostar, then 4 days of Paris/Disney/etc.
permalink my plan is roughly
today: train to Ipswich, cycle to Shotley, tiny ferry to Harwich, find something to eat there, board massive ferry
tommorow: get off massive ferry at Hoek, cycle to Antwerp (weather looks ok) including at least one further small ferry.
Sunday: trains to Oudenaarde and bus to Kwaermont, beer & chips (with mayo) at the Tour of Flanders, bus + trains back to Antwerp
Monday: ride to Rotterdam
Tuesday: Rotterdam tourism, short ride to Hoek for overnight ferry
Wednesday: direct train home
permalink That sounds splendid
I like this.
permalink If you can work in the delta works
to the route from anterp to rotterdam i highly recommend it. though not in a headwind.. and it's a bit of a detour.

also the hague is a nice place to visit. could be good for dinner before big ferry home.
permalink hang on...
given your choice of viewing point

isn't going via rotterdam rather... out of the way. canterbury is closer.

permalink The whole cycled home from Barcelona
doesn't understand why someone would want to go for a long ride....
permalink guilty m'lord,
i was just wondering why the bus was needed.

permalink staying in a hotel in Antwerp.
Kwaremont is an (off the bike) day trip from there
permalink sounds quite full on
have you been to the 'Lost Valley'? that's somewhere south near glen nevis isn't it
permalink Glen Coe
Not far away.

Lovely. Special place. part of the route up, or down from, Bidean Nam Bian.
permalink Wether forecast had changed completely by Friday night
It wasn't shit, but the cloud was lower. Conditions on top were fairly full-on snow-on-rock chaos. I hooked up with a group of 4 from Edinburgh and we had a great ascent of An Gearanach, but got well along the ridge to An Garbanach before reaching a bit that was just not safe in those conditions (especially since not everyone had ice axe and crampons... I did , but I still thought it was too hairy in the super-low visibility.). So back we went. Still a good 7 hour day on the mountain though.
permalink Lying on the sofa,
up to my eyeballs in painkillers, my left knee wrapped in ice. Spent 4 hrs yesterday at A&E at UCLH, yelping in agony regularly, then an x-ray told me nothing I didn't already know (bone crumbling on the top surface of the tibia). Seems to be some sort of ligament damage this time, but they barely register on x-rays so I have to wait till the swelling goes down and get it MRI scanned. Meh to the motherfucking max.
permalink ouch...
you should have listened to baz luhrmann

permalink Not sure how Sunscreen
could help...
permalink Oh tits
permalink I was just about
To say that
permalink *hugs tits*
permalink hang on
a goshdarned minute
permalink It's all gone a bit wrong
Whether that's a boardspack, or all my own doing, who knows!
permalink you'll miss them when they are gone.
permalink ouchieMcOuchKnee!
you need more yoghurt :)
permalink In further developments,
I've been speaking to BUPA (got free health insurance through work) and they're being lightning fast in organising an MRI scan and an MSK appointment. So by the middle of next week, I should know what the fuck is going on. I do feel ever so slightly guilty about going private, but I'm justifying it because a) I have it as part of my pay package so I might as well use it, and b) it'll free up an MRI slot in the NHS for someone who doesn't.
permalink also C:
you pay income tax on the cost of it as a benefit.

But as you say it frees up NHS resources. I went 6.5 years with corporate heath cover and never used it.. then left and spent a year in and out of hospitals.
permalink This'll be the second time we've used it
(Mrs Dublin is on my policy too), ironically both for fucked knees.

Thing is, the NHS MSk guy I saw a a year or two ago told me I'll have to get that knee replaced in 12-15 years one way or another.
permalink Just knock it through and put in a side return with an island kitchen

Add a load of value
permalink and somebody without insurance is one step closer
that's how I justify using mine.
permalink And now
on top of all that I have the most horrendous dose of food poisoning. The mayonnaise in a sarny yesterday I think.
permalink I too justify my use of health insurance
by the fact that it frees up the NHS for others, plus I'm paying tax for the benefit so I may as well get some use of it.

It was certainly reassurring when I had a cancer scare a few years ago and could have the barrage of tests done immediately, rather than having to wait several months.

When you go for your MRI scan, ask for a copy of the scans on CD/usb - you can get free medical imaging software online to render them at home. It's great fun looking through your own internals like that.

My knee:
permalink Cool!
Or maybe not. I can't tell if it's supposed to be like that or not.
permalink I have two scans of my knee, one before surgery
and one after, and I'm damned if I can tell a difference.

Either way, my knee is still a continual source of problems.
permalink I have been told not to take painkillers today,
as I'm seeing the consultant this afternoon. As a result, my knee is made of pain.
permalink You have my sympathies.
I've lost track of the number of times I'd contemplated a diy amputation.
permalink I can see that.
Today, I am awash in Nurofen but it's still fairly hurty.

The consultant told me it's actually probably a hamstring injury, though we won't know till the MRI on Friday.
permalink I've got my head on a CT scan
Keep wondering how hard it's be to have my brain and head 3d printed.
permalink I think it's easier to isolate the brain from scans
as the tissues are very different, so show up clearly. Although I neglected to get a copy of my head MRI when I had one done, so I've not had a chance to try it.

permalink are you going to join
in with the race?
permalink he could get involved like this guy did
permalink yeah, rubbish
It's the child's 5th birthday tomorrow, so hoards of screaming children tomorrow then the family Sunday. Fucking hell.
permalink Just got in from street pastoring. One lass told us she'd been told about street pastors
in her a-level RE, and she was going to tell her teacher she'd met us.

then we walked past the retro bar and they were playing my music, so I'm feeling a bit old.
permalink being taught about in RE
does that give you a god complex.

permalink Will constantly being called a good boy
give you a dog complex?
permalink Woof

*Head tilt*
permalink *scratches alistair behind ear*
permalink we found out we're having a boy!
and he's a hell of a wriggler.
permalink Easier answering here rather than twitter,
you should be able to get a maternity exemption card, ask your doctor or midwife. That'll get you free prescriptions and free dental care, and includes the right to send your man to the nearest chemist with it to get peptac/gaviscon. It lasts for a year after birth too, I think.
permalink I have one
I thought I'd have to get a prescription to use the card.
permalink yay to the continuation of the patriachy.
i think.

permalink well Dave was the last of his name
so he needed an heir. and he gets to play boy stuff with him probably. I suspect lots of car tinkerings together.
permalink And how would this have been different with a girl exactly

permalink I've trained you well
You are, of course, correct.
permalink I walked past some kids in my street playing football
with my mum and my two year old. My mum said "it's a shame you're not a boy or you could play football too".
permalink How subtle were you
about kicking her in the ankle?
permalink I told her she was wromg
and assured Eve that she could play football if she wanted, but not with big kids using a hard ball as she'd get hurt.

I then had a word with my mum about limiting anybody's horizons.

She comes from a "women, know your place" kinda church though, so it's very much her culture.
permalink Jolly good
Women do know their place, it's everywhere :)
permalink oh I agree
I would expect him to do the same stuff if the child and he wanted to together. I know I'm going to teach the boy how to cook, clean, fold and iron and sew and knit and craft in general.
permalink Skip the ironing
Nobody needs to know ironing.
permalink But you know *how*
in case of emergency.
permalink exactly.
if you don't know HOW to do it, how do you know to avoid it?