Revolution, Murder and Traffic Wardens Part 1

Last night we went to the launch of a friend’s radio play, Revolution, Murder and Traffic Wardens.  Haydn (our friend and the author), used to get pissed with us in the pub, then walk up to people and say “I’m going to start a revolution – will you join me?”.  They would look a bit taken aback then say “Yeah, okay, I’m up for that”.

Revolution, Murder and Traffic Wardens
Revolution, Murder and Traffic Wardens

The traffic warden thing seems to have come about six month because he got eight parking tickets in six months.  Perhaps he parks really badly or perhaps he was just super unlucky.  I must say that I like traffic wardens – when my daughter was a baby and my son a two year old, I remember one stopping him from running out into the road.  Plus I live in an area of London where, if there were no traffic wardens, I would never be able to park.  Ever.  I would end up doing what a friend in Brighton’s dad used to do and park outside the house, then refuse to move the car for five months because he didn’t want to lose the space.

This actor is playing a very dangerous role
This actor is playing a very dangerous role

I haven’t listened to the play yet (I got the CD last night).  When I do, I’ll let you know.

Afterwards, we ended up going to Barnyard for dinner.  I just love their black pudding.

Barnyard!
Barnyard!

Skiing accessories

Okay, I will STOP GOING ON ABOUT SKIING.  Soon.  However, I bought a snood while I was in Morzine and it was a revelation.  I do have a grey knitted one that my lovely sister-in-law gave me for Christmas but that is more a thing you wear around London rather than when you are exercising.

Snood and headband
Snood and headband

The red snood was EUR 10 and was awesome for keeping my face warm on the chairlifts.  The last few times I’d been skiing had been so warm that I hadn’t needed a fleece, let alone a snood, so I was kind of jealous of everyone else’s once the wind and snow started.

My orange headband is incredibly bright and not at all stylish but I’m told that it makes me easy to spot on the slope.  I bought it from Sweaty Betty a year ago (ish).

Stuff for kids

While we were away, I was rather seduced by a film that my friend M had brought for the children – My Neighbour Totoro.  This is a Japanese film (which I find incredibly chic – but then I am like that) where nothing all that much happens but the kids were transfixed.  Of course I ordered it right away from Amazon, along with Spirited Away (which M also recommended).

Japanese kids' films
Japanese kids’ films

Can I also recommend Zorbing?  My son thought this was a superb activity.  Some of the older kids were a bit rough so I decided that my daughter was a bit small for it but my son got well into the spirit.

zorbing
zorbing

Fancy new ski outfits

One side effect of going skiing is that it tends to give me an urge to go out and buy a fancy new ski outfit.  This would be a ridiculous thing to do because:

  • there really is nothing wrong with my ski outfit;
  • I don’t fit into most ski gear (it’s designed with a UK size 10 – about a US size 6/8 – in mind);
  • I can’t really justify afford a new ski outfit; and
  • I only go once a year.  This doesn’t make a £500+ outfit a worthwhile investment.

However, I have been looking at Snow and Rock’s website.  One thing I’ve noticed is that ski clothes have got BRIGHTER.  What I would have thought garish ten years ago I now find sensible – when you are in a whiteout or blizzard, being able to pick out your mate’s fluorescent orange trousers is a real bonus.

I like this ski jacket a lot.  It looks super with the purple ski pants.  However, it won’t fit me and I don’t need it.  It would be good for apres ski though.

This is what the slopes look like at apres ski
This is what the slopes look like at apres ski