Yacht with tequila helicopter.
Haggis: one of your five a day. Someone should write a poem about that…
Enjoy Burns’ Night!
Apparently a thing that exists.
My new year started with a shooting star. And it did turn out to be a good year. On the last day of 2013 I had homemade pancakes with fresh strawberries for breakfast, on the other side of the world, overlooking the waters of Auckland Harbour through the high-rises. Granted, when I saw that shooting star I didn’t necessarily think that this is where I was going to end up, but it’s quite a good place to be. But travelling to New Zealand wasn’t the only thing that made my year a good one. There were trips to Berlin, weekends in Cowal, a week in Gdansk, and a trip to Perth (in Australia, that is). Countless nights out with drunken banter. Soaking up the sun, or watching the rain out of the window with a hot cup of tea in my hands. And sharing some very special moments with some very special people at a couple of weddings. But all it comes down to are the people that made this year so perfect. People I love and care for, my friends and family. I am thinking here of “dinner” parties with Mark and Heather (thanks for the tea, Heather ;), taking in the views of Cowal with Jamie’s family, philosophising with the boys on a Friday evening/Saturday afternoon/any other time of the day or week that seemed appropriate, sampling micro-breweries in Fremantle with Cailean and his lovely wife, Thai massages (honestly, just massages!) with the beautiful Ms Matthies, precious family time in Gdansk, (surprise) visits from Germany to send me off to New Zealand, sharing the beauty of a rainy afternoon in Scotland with my Schwesterherz and Schwagerherz, and finally making new friends on the other side of the world. So I will be thinking of you, my dear friends, when I am raising my glass to the old year and hope that you have many good reasons to think ” it was a very good year”. Now, get your red knickers on, finish that bowl of lentils, and fill up the drams! Happy New Year everyone! xxx
Indeed. All the best everyone!
Top 5 2013
It took a while to get my twenty-seven song *short*list down to five songs but I got there eventually…
5. Gold Panda - If U Knew (Reprise Long Live Take)
4. Young Fathers - Low
3. Alpine - Gasoline (Lusine Remix)
2. Machinedrum - Gunshotta (Radio Edit)
1. Matthew Dear - Earthforms (TOBACCO Remix)
"Artwork" on Ponsonby Road
Not too sure what to make of these…
Merry Christmas from THE FUTURE!*
* DISCLAIMER: not actually from the future.
Pancha Ganapati procession.
Auckland is one of the most multicultural places I’ve ever been. I took this photo, turned around, and saw a forty foot Santa on the side of a building. It was quite surreal.
Incidentally, I saw my first Rangers top in New Zealand shortly after this too!