02/12/13 A change of laptop, with
(unfortunately) Windows 8 and the latest updated internet explorer has
now made almost every page of this blog display in different ways!
It is most infuriating but there seems to be little I can do about it,
so I apologise if you are seeing the pages in a 'scrambled' fashion.
I keep looking at Wordpress as an alternative means of continuing my
ramblings but still cannot get my head around it!
10/12/13 At the hospital today for my
follow up appointment with the consultant. After X-Rays, ECG,
blood tests and a long chat, he gave me the all clear and discharged me
from the hospital. Now I can travel about a bit and get to see
friends and relatives in other parts of the country!
12/12/13 Received bad news today that my
friends Jacquie and Phil had been caught in the recent Philippine
typhoon onboard their yacht 'Whitby Lass', and the boat had suffered
severe damage on rocks. Thankfully, they are both safe and well.
Despite the local population's own major problems, they helped Jacquie
and Phil to refloat the boat (taking 10 days), and in return J & P
raised funds and bought hardware to help rebuild the homes destroyed by
the typhoon........now that's what you call international aid and
friendship! Well done everyone.
13/12/13 A day of packing up my stuff in
preparation for heading down to Kent tomorrow.,
14/12/13 Up early this morning and Clive
drove me into Blackpool to get the London coach (Network Rail timetables
were too tight....and expensive!) Coach left at 0805 and arrived,
after several stops, in London at 1500. I crossed over to Victoria
Train Station and caught the 1537 train to West Malling, where my mate
Trev picked me up and took me to their house for a few days.
16/12/13 I went into Maidstone today for
a wander around my old 'home town' - it isn't the same place! So
much has changed there, all the shops are different, it's nowhere near
as good as it used to be.
17/12/13 Flew from Gatwick to Köhn today
to see Astrid and family for a week or two and she met me at the airport
along with Andreas.
Merry Christmas everyone!
A whole bunch of Astrid's relatives and friends
came round to her house last night for a meal (in Germany, Christmas Eve
is treated like Christmas Day in the UK). Today we were invited to
Ellen's house for lunch, then Stephanie's house for another family
gathering and dinner.
26/12/13 One year to the day that I had
my heart attack in Kudat!
29/12/13 Today would have been my Mum's
101st birthday. Astrid's stepmum Ellen took us to Waldbreitbach
for a look around and see the Christmas decorations in what is known
locally as the Christmas Village. We had a look around inside the church
and a coffee (thick enough to cut!) in the church hall.
31/12/13 Again we were at Ellen's for
dinner, then back to Astrid's where Andreas, Leah, Jordan and I enjoyed
fireworks as midnight struck on the village church bells.
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