Silver Lining 

My 22 year son had a bad week . First his girlfriend ended the relationship,  totally out of the blue. No fault on his part, she declared it was just she needed time to sort her own head out.

Next his beautiful new car was vandalised, the windows smashed and his precious items inside stolen Inc sat nav,  sun glasses, prescription glasses. .. Yes that’s right prescription glasses, bank cards, money etc 

The point of this blog isn’t one of sorrow though. the end of the week he told me how surpringly upbeat he was and it was because of all the support he had from people, family and friends had rallied around him and showed him how much they cared 

Wow, such Talent 

Well, it was my spoken word and music event at the quirky little bohemian cafe in Balsall Heath last night and it was a night bursting with talent. 

It’s not just spoken word and music  (maybe I should rename it) there are comedians , a magician and often more. 

I remember way back when variety programmes began to receive high ratings , programmes like, “The good old days.” Yes, I am that old!  We still love variety acts today, I believe ,”Britain’s got talent” is still on . 

What lots of people may not know is there are many venues in Birmingham where talent is overflowing, last night was just one of them

Election Chaos 

Teresa May should have listen to the old wise proverb, “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. ”

Her party wasn’t doing too bad considering the difficult circumstances, Brexit, terrism etc.  And now she has ended up in a weaker situation forced to be allies with a group called the DUP, which I and many others  have never heard of. Albeit I know little about politics.

I feel a part of the Conservative losses today were down to social media. In today’s society, it can make or break things.  For example it can make a number one hit song. ..and as shown today virtually break a government.  

It’s a strange but fascinating world we now live in…..

Breakfast Meetings 

Running my own business, one of the delights is the amount of free workshops available in the Midlands. 

This morning it was a two hour workshop on improving your website. ..great.  Yes it started at 7.30 am! 

But none the less, virtually every day of the week there are a plethora of  either helpful workshops and networking meetings.  Wait for this….a lot of them give you free breakfast /lunch too! 

Tiny but Full of Character 

My final day in Malta was spent on the wonderful little island of Gozo. 

A tiny little Island , overflowing with personality.  Gozo is easy to get to from Malta and despite what we were told,  transport around the island was easy.  

We visited Victoria and it’s citadel, at the top of the building looking around the island, surprisingly it’s reminiscent of Israel, the sand colour buildings and sparse vegetarian 

A storm is brewing. .Malta

By this u do mean literally!  

It’s 10am and we are sitting in a cafe, with thunder getting closer and closer. 

I don’t like storms at all. This goes back to my childhood when my mum believed the safe place from storms was under the stairs in the cupboard.  You also couldn’t make telephone calls, have baths, all plugs were pulled out. ..and you must stay away from all windows. 

I have come a long way from.  Then but I still know all danger signs of storms and the dos and don’t of storms are never going to leave me.  

Maybe one day I will see the beauty of a storm and not the danger 

Commonsense left the country. .Malta 

It started at breakfast, my partner and I heard what sounded like bombs and gunfire. . A little unnerved because of the recent terrorist attacks I  London. 

I had an ah hah moment. .It’s the Maltese elections, this was confirmed by the news 

Off we went to a small bay by Valletta, Spinola Bay. .a huge huge huge mistake. 

All common sense left the town.  Yes, it was election day and people were pleased that labour had once again gained power.  Not may I add unusual because they have been in power since 1987  (apart from 94-96, I wonder what happened then) Spinola was now party town. 

I am not a party pooper. . But the continuous beeeeeeeeeeeeepingggggggggg of  mostly car horns at top volume began to annoy me after an hour,then two hours….6 hours 7 hours………. )

It seems the done thing in Malta after elections is to get in a car,  van , skip,  truck or any mode of transport. ..fill it to over flowing proportions of people. If no more people can fit in,  stick them on the roof or windscreen, apparently two grown men fit nicely on a windscreen ! Then get as many noise making devices and ride in a traffic jam of everyone else around Spinola Bay using the horns as loud and continuously as possible!!! All day long 

Oh I forgot to add on this day it seems drinking cans of lager, using mobiles whilst driving is fine,  putting flags on the windscreen is fine, smashing up your car  by thumping it also seems fine, stopping the vehicle wherever you please is fine, causing the biggest traffic jam in the world is fine  (buses. ..what bus,  we were stranded!)

With ears worn out we eventually found a taxi,  one small amazing high point of the day was a load of crabs in a some kind of crater/whole  on
 the beach though. .it’s the little things 

A Fun Place

I saw on TripAdvisor a little spot in Malta called popeye village.  It’s the scene set for the Disney movie popeye from when they made it in 1979 and is now a tourist attraction.

Well it’s a delight, a wonderful Cove of green /blue sea, quaint colourful albeit artificial houses.  You can swim in the sea. ..which of cause I did, take part in a movie, explore all the houses. ….

Yes , I definitely liked the popeye experience  …I didn’t expect that 😉

A tiny capital 

Malta has a small capital city, but you need to travel there to appreciate how small it is. 

The population is only just over 6,000 I think some senior schools in the UK have numbers nearly that large. 

On arriving I stood at the top of the city albeit on a hill, looked left and saw the sea, looked right and saw the sea and looked ahead and saw the sea.  You feel that you can view the whole capital by just turning your head around.  It’s a small yet perfect capital city though and don’t miss the quaint little cannon firing ceremony twice a day 

Catacombs Malta

I love being underground.  Whenever I am travelling and there is chance to go subterranean, I do

The catacombs in Rabat, outside the walls of Mdenina are fantastic. Large interesting and somewhat spooky, you are welcome to wander through the humid underground narrow passages for as long as you wish.