Back in Sydney

We have been back in Sydney for a week now and the jetlag has more or less been ironed out of us. It hasn’t been too bad actually. Mostly just needing to go to bed a little earlier than usual which is not a bad thing. It was a very hectic trip over to Europe and obviously far too short. But at least Dani got to see his family; and they him.

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside….

We escaped the intense heat of Madrid and took a short trip over to the UK which gave Dani the chance to catch up with is British family including his cousins. While there we made a visit to the British seaside. The UK had already had its own heatwave back in June and by the time we were there it was back to what I suppose you would call normal British summer weather. In other words you could get almost every season in the same day.

Classic Bingo machines in the British seaside Amusement Arcades

These old seaside towns brought back memories for me. This is how we used to spend our summer holidays when I was Dani’s age. Back before flying off for a foreign holiday (to places like Spain ironically) became the thing. This one was on the North Wales coast, but they are all very similar. And there is nothing wrong with them. They retain their charm albeit (in many cases) in various states of decay. Some “resorts” could do with a facelift more than others.

Dani plays Bingo and the highly addictive Two-Penny Falls game.

Those Two-Penny Falls machines are instantly addictive for kids. As much, if not more so, than those bloody video games. But at least it’s a relatively cheap form of “entertainment”. It kept Dani and his cousin Stan amused for a coupe of hours at a cost of about three pounds. Naturally they wanted more money to continue “playing” the machines. That’s the idea eh… But no. Instead we had a few games of Bingo and left.

A week was never going to be enough but off we flew back to Spain for a couple of days before the long flight back to Australia. We arrived home about 11pm and Dani had his first day back at school the following morning with a 6.45am start – for the pre-school activity of football training. LOL. And he made it. Fine and bouncy. The next day he was off for a two night stay at a camp in Bathurst with his school year. Including a couple of touristy stops in the Blue Mountains. Lucky lad. It was a tough first week back in school for him but he managed.

Double Digits

Meanwhile back in Spain Dani’s cousin Susana is now at the landmark age of 10. Yes, double digits from now on. Where did those 10 years go? Wow! Dani and Su were almost inseparable for many of those years of course, doing almost everything together. More like twins than cousins. Happy birthday Susana.

What The FXck is This?

Meanwhile…. If you don’t already know; Twitter, that online (anti) social media giant has changed its logo. Gone is the little blue bird (called Larry apparently); and in comes the big “X”.

The New Twitter Logo (for those into such things)
Larry the bird. The old Twitter logo is being phased out.

This is all part of a new rebranding by new owner Elon Musk. I really couldn’t give a toss but the twitter link at the bottom of this blog’s page remains a bird logo. It seems that WordPress – the basis of this blog site – are not as quick on the uptake as some. Not to worry the link still works. Try it.

Apparently co-founder of Twitter was (is) a big Boston Celtics basketball fan and he named the company’s logo Larry, after the Celtics famous ex-player Larry Bird. Get it? Nah, me neither really. Well, OK, I do but… These social media nerds have a lot to learn about real life in my opinion. Still, they are the ones making billions of dollars… Grumpy old dad stuff I know, but cut me some slack eh…

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