Ups, downs and outs.
Earlier today, I had a really fascinating post all ready to put here. Then PLN cut off our electricity, and everyone else's in our street. And why? Was it an emergency, a fire in a sub-station, perhaps, like the last one?
! Nope: they were changing a cable but didn't have the courtesy, foresight or nous to drop by and let us know. Bastards.
I was also going to have a wry little chuckle about the problems we addicted Addicks have. I wasn't one of the nigh on 6,000 who travelled up from London, southern England, and, in the case of one intrepid fan, from Australia to watch our lot lose and seemingly condemn Charlton to the degradation of the so-called Championship division next season. Actually, numerically it's the second division; whatever, their matches won't be on ESPN.
This gives me a dilemma - is it going to be worth renewing my subscription to Indovision, our satellite provider?
What for, I ask myself. Do I really have to watch American Idol
and Amazing Race Asia
? The film channels endlessly recycle the same ones and King Kong
is more like Mighty Mouse
on a 21 inch screen. Besides, I seem to already have most of those shown on DVDs of variable quality. So what's left? Animal Planet
, National Geographic
and a channel which delights in showing us how the rich and infamous like to gloat.
However, a recent 'up' is that my erstwhile employer is making some of the right noises about settling the claim related to our unfair and illegal dismissal; this means that I should be able to afford more hours in front of the box.
Otherwise I would have had little choice other than to spend my time digging out more blogs to point you in the direction of. My current backlog includes the following:
A Malaysian musicaholic
gives Jakartass a link. He's into music.art 'n design. advertising.traveling. photography.books. rollercoaster.watersports. movies.food.chitchat.
in a range of colours I thought we hippies abandoned 35 years ago.
An Eastern man going west
, has great pics of foodstuff labels in bahasa Indonesia.Simply Lita loves to read and spend most of
(her) free time reading a book.
A simple blog with a simple layout which is simply delightful to read.
Yosef Ardi has ceased blogging in favour of a subscriber-based site.
Whilst I do get referrals from his blog to here, I can't recommend that you fork out up to $310 a year for his snippets of political and business gossip. I wish you well, YA, but, sorry, you've lost your place on my blogroll.
Finally, to a couple of bloggers who I've known online for since before Jakartass was born. Inspector Sands I got to know because he is a fellow Addick. For a number of years he kept a blog, Casino Avenue, related to the goings on in his corner of south-east London, which served as one of my catalysts. He has recently resurfaced with Last Bus Home
and gets put back in my London blogroll.
Another blogger has recently resurfaced. For a couple of years Steve Jackson was Our Man in Hanoi, recounting his work as a VSO volunteer in a project putting street kids back on their feet. His duties done, he returned to Newcastle in the UK to find another gig. And now he is Our Man in Granada
I wonder what's next for Jakartass.