It has been a while, Dear Reader but time flies and I feel like I have been damned busy (whether this is a reality is upfor discussion).
In the office this week, one of the Marketing / Sales chaps was left holding an empty "green, linen" company logo'd bag which he had brought a mailshot in for us to post.
After I told Mo that it was not a good look, he suggested he should have a Man Bag, which reminded me of one of my "War Stories" which he listened to with patience, politeness and a smile.
In my previous life, in July 2000 I was visiting the New York office for a few days on the way to Tokyo and all centres in Asia.
My business trip wardrobe was bi-polar : Smart suit for office and client visiting (with a no tie concession for our own offices), but my casual off-duty attire was basically scruffy sod with comfort in mind.
When I arrived at the New York office, I was almost immediately barred until I got some casual clothes - "We don't 'do' suits in NYC"
This took me on a little shopping trip and I found a reasonably priced store called "Century 21" which was in the shadow of the World Trade Center. I guess that sadly it will no longer be there following the events of 9/11.
I picked up a couple of smart casual shirts and trousers but realised that having no suit jacket would leave me with no storage.
Be honest Gents, our jackets are actually a man's handbag - but without the handle and with a few pockets.
To rectify this, I picked up a cheap (less than USD 10) long shoulder strapped pouch style bag with a couple of zipped pockets - ideal for glasses, books/maps, wallet etc.
I have used this bag regularly for concerts and visits when jacketless since then, a small navigation compass has come off but otherwise it is still going strong.
Although I love this bag, it spooks both James and Chris.
Whether this was actually the first Man Bag, I do not know but, 15 years on trendy sorts pay a fortune for this style statement. You, Dear Reader will need to decide - I would be pleased to leave this as my gift to Mankind.
More seriously, when I called on my Mother a couple of Saturdays ago, she had received a letter from Westminster Council telling her that she owed them £4683 for her care costs and that recovery action would be taken if she did not pay it with 14 days.
Now, Mum is 82 and the care she is receiving is from "Dementia Care Services". Whenever I find an invoice on her table I pick it up and send a cheque.
Essentially what has happened is that many invoices have not passed my eyeline.
This matter has now been sorted, but a couple of things really grind my gears about this :
Answers on a post card please.
After great advances, the mighty Arsenal have had an up and down last few weeks to the Premier League season.
For once they have done well enough to qualify directly to the Champions League Group Stage.
Well done Chelsea on winning the Premier League. Also to Newcastle, Aston Villa and Sunderland for hanging on for another season.
Hull City, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley have not made the grade.
A football fan should not be too bitter at the end of a season. Whoever is on the top of the league after 38 games deserves to be.
Next season, AFC Bournemouth and Watford join the top flight. The final promotion place is decided on Monday in the play-off between Norwich City and Middlesbrough.
Next week is the FA Cup Final against Aston Villa.
COME ON YOU GUNNERS !!
Cub Scouting carries on, although we do not have a meeting this week because of the Bank Holiday.
Three more Cubs were invested at last week's meeting.
Upcoming, we have the Athlete's Badge, "From Farm to Fork" with Tesco Supermarket.
In a couple of weeks, we will be down in the Ashdown Forest with 12 Cubs and the normal selection of leaders.
On Wednesday, Koko in Camden calls again and I shall be seeing NEEDTOBREATHE at a full blown gig.
I am really looking forward to that, if not the day after when I unfortunately have to work from 07:00. Wish me luck with that !
I was surprised to receive a pre-ordered copy of the new Summer Camp album "Bad Love" on Saturday (due on Monday). Great vibe and they have discovered the joy of using a bass guitar.
I am slowly getting my kit ready for my Glastonbury Festival break. It will soon be here and the announced lineup is looking pretty good for me so far. Excited...
Adieu, Dear Reader until next time.