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Bread Winners


So what else is going on in my little world this week?

Well, for starters, all my lovely children are now reinstalled in their places of employment or study following the winter break. They're all a long way from here I’m afraid. I love my own company but I always have such an empty feeling when they go back. I hope they’re happy. I hope they're safe. I used to worry about sending them to the shop with a note to buy a loaf of bread but now they’re out there in the big wide world doing stuff like giving injections to the sick, interviewing football managers and discussing Engels and these days they don’t come straight back home when they’re done like good little children. I’ve got to go out and buy my own bread these days.

Our Seán was on Pointless on telly again on Monday with his mum, Hilary. They still didn’t win (not even a loaf of bread or a Crackerjack pencil) but they did a lot better than they did last Friday and they made the presenters laugh and all my customers who have spoken to me since watching the programme have said how lovely they were. For Hilary this was just a televisual training session to get her fired up for her forthcoming appearance on Countdown.

On Monday I had the first of my anti-rabies vaccinations and it really hurt. The needle going into my arm was fine but the £55 coming out of my wallet was agony, especially considering it was only the first of three. But I am sure they are worth every penny and soon I’ll be able to walk around Melksham with a reduced sense of fear.

I’ve been listening to a lot of African music this week, especially from Mali. Mouso Teke Soma Ye absolutely rock. I wonder if they’ve got a fan club. They, along with yer man Ali Farka have intensified my desire to make a trip to Africa and I know the very trip that I want to do. It covers bits of Ghana, Benin and Togo and it’s a bit of a cultural voyage of discovery into the world of the Ashanti people so there’s more human stuff than animal stuff, which is rare for a trip to Africa. I don’t mind a few animals but not all day and every day.

At the top of my list of priorities has been my need to do something about getting fit for my Indo-China cycling trip in just over six weeks’ time. I’ve been trying to get out on my bike for ages but work, weather, colds, Christmas, whiskey and lethargy have got in the way rather. I reckon I'm fit enough already but I'm not sure how my arse is going to cope with five hundred miles on a bike so I'm going to get out there this weekend and thrash it into shape. I have, however, had a bit of success on the weight loss front. I’ve been on my diet for about a week now and already I’ve lost the will to live.

P.S. Yoo hoo Pat!

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