The appalling events in Manchester have overtaken my writing of this diary / blog update.
My thoughts and sympathy go to the victims and families affected my this cowardly attack.
This was a soft target, and bad news.
No good ever comes of these acts.
Now, here is the blog, I was going to publish:
Hello there Dear Reader,
May has been another (fairly) busy month in Eggybreadland.
Apart from the usual weekend visits for mothercare, I have been lucky enough to visit gardens, parks and the V&A.
On 7 May, I popped up to the RHS Gardens at Wisley with friends and their families (after a full English at a nearby Morrisons supermarket). Although I am no gardener, I like Wisley - it changes each time you go. There are many opportunities to take some very nice photos.
On Saturday 13 May after a morning visit to my Mum, a friend and I met up and after a potter around the West End, took a 24 bus up to Hampstead Heath.
If you are not aware, a short stroll from the bus terminus takes you to Parliament Hill Fields, which offers a great view of London from the 2012 Olympic site in the East to City and St Pauls round to the BT Tower and Houses of Parliament in the West.
The main features which gave the hill it's name are still visible although the new steel and glass boxes and towers are beginning to encroach severely, but the obelisk that is the Shard still (to my eye at least) looks exciting.
I took a few images and they can be viewed elsewhere on this site.
On Sunday 14 May, after another Full English Breakfast at the Morrisons store in Weybridge, a friend and their daughter left the car at Hampton Court station car park (£2 all day on Sundays - but not public holidays!).
We had a nice stroll past Hampton Court to Henry VIII's adjoining deer chase at Bushy Park. The weather was very good, and I managed to get my first very red face of the year (but just the right hand side).
A lovely day :) <Pictures and page here>
On Saturday 20 May, I was up in London Town checking on my Mum and visited "The Pink Floyd Exhibition-Their Mortal Remains" at the V&A. This was very, very good and if you are a fan, get there if you can.
I was just a little surprised at the £24 ticket price, but would say that as a fan, it was very interesting and immersive.
< Photos and web page here >
Another good one.
The 2016/17 Premier League Season has been a very frustrating one, not only for the Arsenal Fans but I suspect, the players and the Manager.
Yet again, the spine and steel within the team has been lacking, there is a surplus of creative midfield players but the team is shy of defending and strike force cover.
Bad decisions regarding announcements about Arsene Wenger's future seem to have made the ship unstable.
I stick by my statement in the previous blog that it is time for Arsene Wenger to leave the manager's job. I would have no problem with the idea that he could "go upstairs" to a consultative role. In fact I think that Wenger is one of the two great visionary managers in Arsenal's history together with Herbert Chapman in the early days at Highbury.
My issue is really about who should take over, and why has no candidate been groomed ?
I really don't know the answer, but do fear what is to come if Wenger decides to go at the end of his current contract.
I am expecting little from next weekend's FA Cup Final against Chelsea, so would prefer to remember The Professor not as in the slide show at the top of this section, but like this:
I suspect that realisation of what Arsenal have had will not hit most fans until he is gone.
Arsenal Football Club under Arsene Wenger has been very special.
That said, we won't know if he is staying or going until after the Cup Final.
If you would like to review my ramblings about football and more specifically check these pages out:
<The Beautiful Game - my outlook on the football matters>
or select the "Football" category to the right towards the top of this page to see what my blog ramblings have been.
A few people have asked me if I miss the Scouting and the honest answer is a loud "No".
That said, when I went to Bushy Park earlier in the month, I did have my very first heart-tug since giving up my appointment in February.
At the start of the fair, there was a parade of cars and bikes , the groups who were there, a marching ban, local Sea Cadets and a local Scout Group.
The Scouts were a bit scruffy although in uniform as were the Cub Scouts, but I did have a "that would have been me" moment when I saw the leaders with them.
Just 29 days until the <Glastonbury Festival>, which I am looking forward to attending for the third time - it is nice in this instance to be classed as a "Veteran".
Next week sees the local school's half term, and I am taking a few days leave to hang out with my dear friend and their lovely daughter.
There are a few trips planned, but more of that next time.
Until then, pip pip...
And let's be careful out there.
Hello there Dear Reader,
At the risk of sounding my age, "Just where does the time go ?", this past month has flown by!
I ended last month with a theatre trip, started this month with a seaside trip and have visited one of Henry VIII's old places...
... and I have celebrated another birthday on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.
25 March - A trip to London Town to see Matilda at the theatre and also see the "Bond In Motion" exhibition at the London Film Museum with friends.
The adaptation of Matilda by Roald Dahl was brilliant and I loved the sets.
We also took in the "Bond In Motion" exhibition of vehicles from the James Bond movies, which was also interesting.
<More Photos Here>
On 2 April, I had my first trip of the year to the seaside and went to Worthing with friends and their daughter.
A nice day - <More Photos here>
15 April - and a brilliant 59th Birthday chilling with friends and their family at Hever Castle .
28 April, I had a cheeky weekend away in the North Staffordshire and the Peak District with friends who had never been. I visited the cemetery in Alton and a few tourist and not so-much tourist sights. A good weekend.
<More photos here>
I have seen a few things around the office this month..
There won't be any St Totteringham's Day this year - after more than 20 years Spurs have managed to finish above the Gunners.
It is about time - the balance of power in North London has been on the red side for too long.
Enough for now.
Let's be careful out there.
Adieu mes amis...