Sunday, 24 January 2010

Week in the Midlands

Have recently come back from the Midlands after spending a week visiting friends in the region. I had a great time and enjoyed a good variety of company and activity, though I am now happily bankrupt (financially, not morally) as a consequence. There's no such thing as a free lunch!

On that note, the first thing my grandfather noticed on my return was that my stomach had grown a little. My mother had noticed the same thing. They were both right, of course, but what is a holiday without good food? Believe me, I enjoy being kept hungry about as much as a haemophiliac enjoys a paper cut.

There was no single, outstanding highlight to the trip and each night was good in its own way. I don't say this to be politically correct or too polite to have an opinion; I simply say it because it is true. That is what made my time great - the variation. Had I stayed with the same person in the same house for seven days, I would have gone mad. And so would have they. Nevertheless, I am thankful to all my hosts, even those who had to take an early night due to their essay fatigue.

Actually, if I had to mention one place which stood out in particular it was the Dusk till Dawn card room in Nottingham. Apart from the fact that the blinds structure for the tournaments I played in was a little steep, it was still superior to equivalent buy-in games at other casinos. Moreover, the punters were friendly and good-natured. None of the players' games were particularly intimidating, but that is to be expected, as the buyins for the two nights I played were only £31 and £56, which may sound like a lot to the non-poker player, but to the more knowledgeable gambler, these are essentially the lowest stakes available in the casino environment.

Mind you, I am still holding to my conviction that I should not spend too much of my spare time in card rooms. I have essentially given up online play since the New Year and am rediscovering the simple pleasures of life which, I am ashamed to say, I neglected somewhat between Graduation and Christmas. I mean pretty fundamental things, like keeping in touch with my friends, being honest and open rather than secretive and meta, getting exercise and in touch with my environs rather than decaying and falling into grumpy, bloated, lonely decadence. Thankfully, the return of many of the Group of '03 during the Christmas period has brought me out of the worst excesses of idleness and antipathy, and I have been leading a more serene existence ever since.

O, yea, I look back with some pity on the later parts of last year. It always seems to happen; I flourish in the early months of the year and then gradually lose steam as it goes on. Well, this year will be an exception. Why? Because I say it will, that's why.

By the way, whoever wants to sponsor me for the Brighton Marathon may do so at this site:

It's very quick and simple and you can make a nice little vanity comment after you've donated. If you are also participating in a marathon, or some other type of charity event, then email me at and we can discuss the possibility of sponsoring each other on each other's behalf (i.e. both donating money to ourselves).

For all those who are reading this blog for the first time (having discovered it through my facebook link) I say hello, welcome to my blog. It's not much, but at least it's cheap and cheerful!

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