Updated some of the old posts

Some of the old posts from my first year in Whistler had broken links to photos etc. I decided that this simply would not do.

I’ve updated the posts to include (some) of the photos that were missing and remove the links to the old galleries:

It seems that I’ve lost the photos from Big Mike’s 30th Birthday or these ones from a night on the lash?

Took quite a while to edit them in but I think it was worth it. Enjoy!

Advertisements

The Whistler Meetup Weekend

Hey folks, know I haven’t updated in a while. There’s not been a lot that’s really worth posting since I left Whistler, plus the motivation to do it has died a bit. It’s easier to stay in contact. Perhaps I’ll start writing this again but really it’s run of the mill “went drinking, went to work” at the moment.

But, there is a good reason for posting this particular entry. Last weekend, Shane, Caroline, MC, Alex, Elaine, Helen, Andy, Janet, Alan, Hayley and Me all met up in London! My god it was good to get together!

We started organising the meetup in December, so that the Scottish/Irish Girls/Girl had time to book flights from Glasgow/Dublin/Edinbrough and Helen could plan to get here by road, everyone else was in London. (FYI, I’ve moved down here from Leeds to work at a software firm doing Siebel Support). After quite a bit of sticking about the date we settled on it, and last weekend was it.

Met in Weatherspoons in Leicester Square on Friday evening for loads of cheap (relatively cheap for London at least) drinks and to catch up. Worked well since they don’t play music in that place so you can hear each other. Many many rounds were consumed, and stories shared. Brief rundown of what people are doing now:

  • Me: Support work for a software company (supporting their sales force, worldwide) in London
  • Shane: Property accountant in London
  • Caroline: Training to be a Primary School Teacher in Glasgow
  • MC: Working for Holiday Inn and getting GOOD TIPS (£110!? Jesus MC!) in Glasgow
  • Elaine: Finance work in Dublin
  • Helen: Personal Trainer for Holiday Inn in Wrexham, North Wales
  • Alan: Search Keyword Pimp…? Not really sure but he bids on search engine exposure… in London
  • Hayley: Some accounting work for a promotions company in London
  • Janet: Accounting work for a Train Ticket Company in Edinbrough
  • Andy: Teacher in a School in London

So… we had to hit the Jager! Over here its cheapest to buy 2 shots of Jager + A full can of Redbull (which they usually try and mix, known as a JagerBull, we insist they DO NOT). Slammed those quick and tongues started to loosen. I was defiantly making “less than shy comments” (sorry MC).

Barrelled out of Weatherspoons, got some munchies in McDonalds, headed to a bar called Fuel (or something?) in Covent Garden. For those of us who are not 6 foot 3 inches (which as you may remember is every bloke there) this club was very roomy, vertically, however muggins here, Alan and Alex all got sore necks. Hayley also invented some weird thing where she puts her cardigan on your arms, backwards, and then dances infront of you so it looks like your arms are hers… very creative but could go so wrong.

Headed out, took a group photo. Hopped in expensive taxis and I got back at 3am.

Next day woke up late, left house later still, met MC and Cas in O’Niells near Kings Cross to watch Celtic vs Aberdeen (which was quite good, especially when a Celtic player ran full on into a copper). Ate the remains of their full breakies (I wasn’t that hungry for some reason) and gradually the group arrived, all drinking the hair of the dog that had bitten them.

Decided to go and hit up Camden market. That place is fantastic! Loads of weird, creative and hard to find stuff there. If I’m ever caught short for a gift that’s where I’m going. Also if I’m ever in the mood to go raving and want some neon orange spikey trousers, I will also go there. Anyway, after some Earl Grey and antiques I headed back to drop the white hoodie back home and get into some gear to meet up in Hammersmith for the evening drinks.

Met at some bar somewhere in Hammersmith, fortunately it was one of the chain pubs that are quite prevalent down here, so drinks weren’t much. Had a Chicken Club Sarnie for tea! Haven’t had one since Whistler and frankly… it was a let down compared to Merlins. Still, good live music I’ve got to admit, even if they couldn’t get the levels right.

Moved onto Lloydd’s where we were searched at the door and even had IN BETWEEN THE NOTES IN OUR WALLETS CHECKED! They checked that but failed to find the blister packet of flu tablets I had in the top pocket of my jacket (to be fair, I forgot they were there as well).

At this point more drinks were consumed, Caroline and MC arrived having met Elaine earlier, who couldn’t make it. Helen couldn’t either as she had a course the next day and needed some rest. This is where the JagerBombs started… video this time:

Slammed 4 of those then headed to some bar in Fulham where we queued for ages to spent £10 (that’s a lot) to get into some club where you couldn’t move whatsoever and drinks were expensive (Janet and Andy, realising what this would be like, headed home beforehand). A good night was still had by all!

On the way out we were all stood about when suddenly I see Shane lurch forward, and 3 or 4 blokes behind him, one wielding a chair, kick off. Note to Alan: Do not stand in the middle of that and then say “They wouldn’t have started on me” when I pull you back from it. Note to MC: You seemed well defended on the other side of the croud, and Caroline was trumpeting how good you were in a fight.

Said our goodbyes at that point, we knew that Sunday was a complete writeoff. Infact I went and got an £11 desk at Ikea on Sunday to stop myself spending any more money. Then Alan and Hayley and Me went to see Hot Fuzz, which is hilarious!

To all that we’re there: it was fantastic seeing you all! Will have to organise another, T in the Park or Leeds Festival anyone?

To all that couldn’t make it: you were missed and reminisced about. Let us know if your in Blighty and we’ll meet up.

Photos

Just from the camera phone…

We all still had local's stickers from Whistler!

We all still had local's stickers from Whistler!

Had to be done!

Had to be done!

The gang! (from Alan's camera)

The gang! (from Alan's camera)

Henry!? Where the hell have you been?

Sorry for taking so long to update folks. You know how useless I’ve become. But! I’ve got quite a bit of exciting (I hope) news.

Dad + Gill + Boys Over Mk II

Dad + Gill + The Lads came over to Whistler for the final few days that I was up there. We did quite a few really nice restaurants. Rented a car and drove (eventually) all the way to Lillowet (which was really boring, but the drive was bleeding spectacular!). Took em to the Peak where we all got sunburned. Took them all to Lost Lake which was a lot of fun, but it’s was still COLD AS HELL! Anyway, Dad decided to bring me back down to Vancouver on the Whistler Mountaineer train! That was great, nice food, STUNNING VIEWS. Will have to get the photos off them

Last night in Vancouver

After the family left, me, Mikey, Alan, Liam, Cas, MC, Claire, Claire’s Sister Gemma? and Janet all met up in Vancouver for one last insane night! And believe me it was. After a lot of double-high balls in the Royal we ended up at some Gay Club that was having a Straight night. Anyway, a lot of insane things happened and some of my close friends get to know what they are. I will say they involved ladies.

Hangover

Had a hangover and no sleep on the real last day

Flying home

Do you know they don’t feed you on internal Air Canada Flights! Too boot I couldn’t bring any pancakes with nice, liquid, maple syrup on board with me! Terrorists won that one.

Scrummed down my last Roast Beef Dip Sandwich in Toronto Pearson. Should have bought beer with it because when I got to the “infield satellite terminal” the bar was closed!

However, I had nice emergency exit seats and befriended an air hostess, so there were plenty of free drinks and perks on the flight 🙂

Tosca! You’ve changed colour!

Tosca is now a lot grayer and a lot browner on her back fur! What have you been doing this last year pooch!? Billy is still full of life!

Time passes at this point… skipping forward to:

Down to Norwich to see Jason and Rob

These two have been living near simultaneous lifestyles to my own, but in Norwich. We were drinking as soon as I got out of the car!

Anyway, it was School Disco night at the Waterfront, but first we ended up in Cougartown, Chicago’s! Jason got some lass writing in lipstick on his exposed legs (since he was wearing school shorts, which were also cutting off important blood supplies). This then turns into us all writing on his leg in marker pen!

I’m there reveling in (what I consider to be) cheap drinks, slugging back tons of boose. Why I forgot to get a snakebite I will never know.

When we got to the Waterfront it was a case of playing “ram the crowd”. At one point I thought we were going to get thrown out for forming a circle and then running into the dancefloor.

Oh yeah… there are photos!

I guess we must have gone here?

I guess we must have gone here the first night!?

Must have if I look like this!

Must have if I look like this!

Nothing like a school disco night!

Nothing like a school disco night!

The lads are back!

The lads are back!

Rob was clearly suffering!

Rob was clearly suffering!

I woke up to some random girl called Keri saying good morning. I had no idea who she was and I wondered how I ended up on Robs sofa in my boxers… things soon became clear, I was back in Uni mode! That’s how.

The day after was more of the same, basically in the pub all day having a great time!

David is back

David survived his trip to Mongolia and has come back with a beard! His tip: Car maintenance is great over there, $1 gets your clutch cable repaired!

Will try to post a picture of that bearded rat later.

My new phone

I’ve got a great deal on 3. Basically I’ve got 18 months at £15, a Nokia N70, 2000 texts, 600 minutes for the first 6 months, then they drop to half. 50 free MMS, 50 free voice minutes , £5 credit to spend on downloadable junk etc…

If you lot want it (and want £30 credit on your bill and mine because you said I referred you), ask away.

New Job

Ok… I’m running out of typing energy. But…

I’ve got myself a nice IT Support Job down in Clapham, London. I’ll tell you more about it all later… keep you hanging on.