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2011 vs 2012

In which we see just how well I did in trying to keep my New Year’s resolutions this year.

  1. To get to see Arsenal play at least once this year – FAILURE. Wasn’t expecting to succeed, seeing as how the economy is in a poor state and all that entails. However, I do feel a trip to London coming on in the early part of the year. I may have some business to conduct over there, and if I could tie that in with a “handy” trip to the Emirates, then so much the better. But what’s a “handy” trip to the Emirates these days…?;-)
  2. To visit a country I’ve never been to before – SUCCESS. Avid readers of my blog (you know who you are…) will recall I spent a few days in Copenhagen in October. And Copenhagen is in Denmark, innit? Although technically I had been in Copenhagen some years ago, that was merely an hour spent in the transit lounge in the airport, on my way to Helsinki, so it doesn’t really count, IMO…
  3. To start cycling again as soon as the weather improves – SUCCESSwell technically so, since I did actually start cycling when the weather finally improved. But it didn’t last very long (either the cycling or the improved weather). And hauling ass up to Portumna Forest Park is time-consuming and you really have to be in the mood for it. However, things may be looking up in 2012, as the old N7 road between Nenagh and Limerick is being made more “cyclist friendly”, what with the hard shoulders being widened and all. Should provide me with some incentive to cycle more regularly, you’d think…
  4. To generally get the oul‘ bod a bit more together – FAILUREalthough I did a fair bit of walking and even some gym-type exercising at home. Not enough, unfortunately…
  5. To start doing a bit of handiwork around the house – SUCCESSI made up a big list of things to do around the house and achieved most of them. Still some things to do, but I’m sure I’ll get to most (if not all) of them by the end of the year.
  6. To get back into doing a bit of picture painting (I kid you not…) – SUCCESS  – Avid readers etc. etc. The first painting is almost finished (not much left to do with it, really) and then? Who knows…;-)
  7. To have a better year at work this year than I had last year – SUCCESSapart from a few ropey weeks in early Summer (where the ropeyness was somewhat self-inflicted), 2011 was just about the best year I’ve had workwise in several years. Several severals, in fact. Hopefully it will continue in 2012.
  8. To see friends more – SUCCESSbut more to do in 2012
  9. Not to volunteer to do anything for anyone under any circumstance – SUCCESSno significant acts of volunteerism that I can recall…
  10. To stop wrecking me own head – M’EH

And so, for 2012:-

  1. To get to see Arsenal play at least once this year
  2. To visit a country I’ve never been to before
  3. To start cycling again as soon as the weather improves
  4. To generally get the oul‘ bod a bit more together
  5. To have a nice foreign holiday this year
  6. To continue the picture painting
  7. To have a better year at work this year than I had last year
  8. To see friends more
  9. Not to volunteer to do anything for anyone under any circumstance
  10. To stop wrecking me own head.

Check back with me in 6 months, OK…?;-)

Regards,

djp

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Copenhagen, you’re the end…

Was in the Danish capital a couple of weeks ago. Herewith some pics.

It wasn’t exactly what I expected – I thought it would be all shiny and pristine like some kind of Ikea-ville. But it’s dirty and grimy, riddled with graffiti and with rather a lot of apparently incomplete construction projects. Some of the public buildings look all Lutheran and forbidding.  The place looks like it could do with a lot of money being spent on it.

And the bloody bicycles – I’m all for a bit of cycling, me, but my Danish friends seem to take it to extremes. On more then one occasion, I almost came a cropper by stepping off the footpath on to the cycle lane. Not recommended, dear reader…;-)

But the people are very nice and friendly, and I felt rather at home amongst them – must be something to do with my nth generation Viking background.

And the Tivoli is lovely and quaint and everything we never had in Ireland as kids. And that made me rather sad and angry at the same time. But I got over it…

Regards,

djp