Week 92 of Gibraltar Diary

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Sunday 13th December 2009

In the afternoon we take a trip to Friar's Roses which has turned into a very nice cafe with a garden centre attached.

Monday 14th December 2009

In the morning we go off to buy a 2010 diary from W H Smith and my girlfriend spots a very nice Lamborghini Murcielago. Nice to look at but virtually impossible to drive around in.

Later we get a train from Crewe to London that arrives in just over 90 minutes to our mutual astonishment. When did they do that?

In the evening we go to Leicester Square on the tube as it is wet and cold and there are no taxis.

Tuesday 15th December 2009

We discover to our amazement that we can get a tube train direct from Russell Square to Heathrow, without changing, for 2.20 each. Our amazement is tempered when we find a woman near us coughing and sneezing non-stop. Furious, we get off the train and wait for another. We select a disease free carriage but at the next stop a little weasel gets in who stares at us for the next 40 minutes. At the stop after that a woman gets in who sneezes and coughs all the way to Heathrow.

In the plane a man next to us starts coughing and I hand him a cough sweet - which both shuts him up, thank God.



When we get off the plane we discover we have been sharing it with the parents of Kaiane Aldorino who has just been crowned as Miss World.

Wednesday 16th December 2009

We recover and stay in all day

Thursday 17th December 2009


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In the late afternoon we await Miss World who is a bit late but we forgive her for that. Well done Gibraltar! For a country of 30,000 population to win is a 1 in 200,000 chance. Unless the average beauty level in Gibraltar is much higher than in most countries (which it is).

Meg Griffin: You could kill all the girls who are prettier than me.
Death: Well, that would just leave England.

Less well done is the Gibraltarian habit of assuming we are all telepathic. Why announce a firework display at 9.00pm without telling us where it is? We assume it will be on the roof of the Chamber of Commerce Building in Casemates Square where they always have them. We check that the scaffolding is in place and it is. Accordingly, at 8.30pm we set off to walk down town where we discover that, in fact, the display is taking place directly under our flat - had we stayed in we would have had a grandstand view. Bastards.

Friday 18th December 2009

Suddenly, there is a crash and uncut diamonds descend from the sky! Well, actually, hail stones but pretty amazing even so.

Saturday 19th December 2009

On the way to Spain there is another crash - this time involving terrestrials. You may imagine that the top of the photo is chopped of for reasons of art or anonymity but in fact it is caused by the fact that whoever used the camera last (me) set the shutter on two seconds delay. Very annoying. in fact, the only thing more annoying is ten seconds delay.


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