We're in London this weekend
in and around Nottingham, with the Olympic Torch procession billed for later
in the morning. The roads were closed from about 7.00am to 10.00am, which
will have caused major traffic disruption, as it did yesterday evening when the
I didn't feel at all interested in seeing the Torch myself, which looks like a giant
Cornetto ice-cream cone with a flame on top. I gather that there are several
copies of it, being used up and down the country. I'm not interested in the
Olympic Games either, though I probably will watch a few of the highlights being
shown on the telly. I will be more interested in watching the Mens and Womens
Wimbledon Tennis Final on the TV.
Tomorrow we're all going to a school sports day in Kingston (London), during
which one of our granddaughters (Mini) will be competing. Her classmates will
be having their bit of fun at the beginning of the day (around 11.00am), but we
are all expected to hang around for four hours, to watch other events & for the
awards ceremony at the very end. "All children will attend, and all children will
wear their (award) badges / ribbons at school next Monday" ... so the headmistress decreed. Groan!
We'll be on the motorways going back to Nottingham on Sunday, while the Euro
2012 football final is being played. I predict that the roads will be very quiet that
evening, so it should be a fast journey home. I look forward to seeing the highlights
of the match when we get back. I'm not one for sitting around watching an entire
football match on the telly ... I just like watching the highlights (the best bits)
at the end of a match, and while the match is on, I prefer to watch some more interesting on the box instead (e.g. comedy or drama, on "catch-up").
Yesterday, Mrs C and I went to Scarborough with my mother-in-law, J, for a
family funeral. It was C. of E. church do, which we didn't really like ... too many
references to the dearly departed going off to Jesus' / God's home, which we
don't really believe in.
For those who are believers in Christ / God, it is obviously a great comfort to them
that there is an after-life, and that one day, they will be able to meet up with their
loved ones in the next life. Not so good however, if the person you married had
run off with someone else, and had made your life a misery. In the after-life, all
you'd wish to say to this person is: "Fuck off!"
After the church service, we met up with the widow and her family for a chat over
a cup of tea and nibbles, which went very well. The widow is a distant cousin of
Mrs C, whom we last met in 1999, at a family get-together, when a New Zealand
cousin and his wife came over to see us all.
Between the showers of rain, the sun shone brilliantly in Scarborough, and the bays
looked glorious. We'll be back in Scarborough in early August, to celebrate our
40th wedding anniversary with our family (daughters, partners and grandchildren).