Week 48 of Gibraltar Diary

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Sunday 8th February 2009

Yet again we climb the Rock and this time we go up the Mediterranean Steps in 14m 10secs. Getting better.

Monday 9th February 2009

Off to the UK via Monarch whose food is surprisingly good.

In the evening we set off on an exciting ride to Blackburn where are to stay at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel. Of those three words I can pronounce at least one which is a good start.

Tuesday 10th February 2009

We arrive at the hotel at 1.00am and find reception is manned by a skinny youth to whom everything is "No Problem".

In the morning I ask the skinny youth how much he will knock off the bill for the fact that the shower does not work. To my great surprise he suggests 25 and I agree.

We spend all day driving through a snowy lanscape and arrive in London very late at night. Quite what "The Dude" was up to, I am not sure.

Wednesday 11th February 2009

In the morning we attempt to find Denmark Terrace and finally track it down to Fortis Green. We spend the rest of the day in London but suddenly, at 5.30pm, we set off to drive to Glasgow. At midnight we are still sixty miles away.

Thursday 12th February 2009

At 1.30am we are driving around looking for a hotel when we spot the Express Holiday Inn where we check in. Everything seems to work.

Late in the afternoon we set off for Stranraer to take the ferry to Belfast where we arrive on time at 10.00pm. As always, the food on Stena is really good. We cross the border into Ireland at about 11.00pm and keep on driving ...

Friday 13th February 2009

... until we check into our Dublin apartment at 15 minutes after midnight.

In the evening we go to see Vicky Cristina Barcelona where a Wannabe Picasso shags a couple of American tourists. Then his ex-wife shags them as well. Meanwhile one of them is worrying about her "feelings" with the encouragement of an ugly friend. It ends badly of course but the ending would have been even better if Penelope Cruz could learn to shoot straight.

Quite a good film actually - apart from the infuriating commentary. Maybe the commentary is meant to be ironic? Probably not - it is American, after all. The film will have done wonders for the Barcelona tourist trade.

On the way home we go for a trip on a Big Wheel which has suddenly appeared. Great fun.

Saturday 14th February 2009

My girlfriend buys a packet of crips and we are relieved to find that they do not contain Kryptonite. Other than that nothing exciting happens all day.

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