We can fly like birds over this diseased planet but when will be land?
Random Graffiti I saw in Bristol
Well I’m back and so ends the “travel blog” part of my trip.
Yep, it’s a little strange to be back and a little too easy just to settle back into my life, only to discover that I’m unemployed and probably should get around to doing something with my life. Naturally, I’ve lots of ideas about what to do with my life but I’m not going to write about them hear because we all know that many of them might not come to fruition.
So what I thought I’d do here is just write a couple of lists of things that relate to my travels, then move on to the next phase of this blog, never to speak of my travels again.
So first up has to be a list of the places I went to by city:
Kilkenny (day trip)
Cardiff (day trip)
Cambridge (day trip)
Mont Saint Michel
Florence and Rome
Edinburgh (the Fringe Festival was on)
Naturally I took about 30 gig of music away with me but the following songs were on high rotation:
Edge of the World – Faith No More
I’m Lonely – The White Stripes
Back in Black – ACDC
Slam – Pendulum
You Fucked Up – Ween
Que Onda Guero – Beck
Man in the Garage – Cold Cut (in fact the entire Sound Mirrors album)
Dirty Harry – Gorillaz
Snap Shot – Roni Size
I also sat on trains for days on end which is highly conducive to getting a few books read so the following books were consumed during my travels:
Hard Times – Charles Dickens (Mum has been at me my whole life to read a Dickens – it was ok but I don’t think I’ll be reading dickens again
Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire – Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell (what can I say, I was in London)
Illywhacker – Peter Carey
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 – Hunter S Thompson
The Corporation – Joel Bakan
Animal Farm – George Orwell
An Ordinary Persons Guide to Empire – Arundhati Roy
A book about Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution that wasn’t particularly interesting but fill a few gaps in my knowledge of Che which was nice
On Democracy – Robert A. Dahl
Tell Me No Lies – Edited by John Pilger
High Fidelity – Nick Hornsby (left me feeling that John Cusack’s role in the film should have been played by Dilan Moran)
Notes from the Underground – Dostoevsky
The Odyssey – Homer (although I haven’t finished that one yet)
Normal progaming will now resume, although I might pop a few more photos up on the blog when I finally go through them all.
I will also probably update the look and feel of this blog shortly and, all going to plan, I’ll have another person writing on the blog soon enough… I just have to convince him it is a good idea.