Week 73 of Gibraltar Diary

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Sunday 2nd August 2009

We cower inside all day and eventually emerge into the searing heat at 8.30pm when we venture across the border for something to eat. By the time we have eaten the temperature has dropped to about 27 degrees and we wander along the sea front for a while in the fading light.

Monday 3rd August 2009

Most cruise liners seem to arrive at about 8.15am which is a bit early for me but Pacific Dream turns up somewhat later. Well, what do you expect from people who are in the wrong ocean?

Later we go for a wander around. Slightly cooler today - although you could still fry an egg on the bonnet of a car it might take a little longer.

I wonder if Beryl Cook ever came to Gibraltar?

Tuesday 4th August 2009

Finding out the postal rates in Gibraltar is very difficult for the same reason that it is difficult to find various public buildings and squares - "because everybody knows that already". Well, maybe if you were born in Gibraltar but for the rest of us it ain't so easy. So, here as a public service, are the postal rates as kindly explained by Messrs Morrisons to whom we make a visit in the afternoon.

But first we have a snack in the Timeout cafe who explain very apologetically that they have run out of white baguettes and only have brown ones! A bit like saying at the car hire shop "sorry, we have run out of Ford Escorts will this Audi R8 be all right?"

Wednesday 5th August 2009

If you go to the Shell garage on Line Wall Road, Gibraltar they have 20% discount cards for the Pizzaghetti Factory in Irish Town, which is actually a street rather than an area. Unlike most such things this is genuine - we get 20% off everything including drinks so the bill is about 18 rather than the normal 23 or so. Excellent.

Then we got to see The Proposal which is cliched, predictable and somewhat sacharine but great fun, nevertheless. There is a scene where we think the immensely irritating granny is dying and I am screaming "die, bitch, die" but unfortunately she recovers. Pity.

The film is partly set in Alaska but mercifully there is no mention of Sarah Palin - who is really George Bush but without the intellectual depth.

Thursday 6th August 2009

We are driving along discussing the fact that you rarely see a decent car in Spain, when Omigod, Omigod, Omigod - a Bugatti Veyron. Like really awesome, know what I mean?

We slow down to about 30mph before it overtakes us on the motorway and we shadow it for a while with my girl-friend leaning out of the window taking photos. He accelerates away and within a few seconds we are both doing about ... well, pretty quick. Normally people are rubber-knecking us but today it is our turn to gawp. Nice car.

Friday 7th August 2009

My girlfriend's laptop is feeling very ill so she takes it down into town in search of a cure. Much later we go out for something to eat and end up at The Celebrity Wine Bar in Ocean Village which is not only quite a nice restaurant but very reasonably priced. From there we go to Casemates Square which is the hot spot on a Friday night.

Saturday 8th August 2009

More pretty girls at a wedding in the centre of Gibraltar.

Later in the evening it gets surprisingly chilly as the temperature drops to about 25 degrees.


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