I mentioned the other day about making a long-distance bus journey. The reason was to collect this new-to-me car. It is a Peugeot Partner Tepee, pretty much a replica of what I had before. If you've been following my recent developments, you can probably guess what happened to the other one.

It is basically a van with extra windows, but I love it. They are really versatile vehicles, and are particularly useful if you live in the country or do outdoorsie things. That's me.

Dang!
I really wish one of the things my ex took was this 'fridge magnet.

Other than losing my life partner, and my best friend, it has been the mundane things that have really hit me. I've got all these herbs & spices, and nothing to put them in. I don't have kitchen scissors any longer. Where have all the towels gone?

I have to stop thinking and writing "we", and start using "I".

I don't remember what it is like being single.

It won't change anything I write about on the Fediverse, with one HUGE exception. When my ex-girlfriend left, she took Neachdainn, "our" dog.

Neachdainn was always much more my dog. He only did what I asked him. I was the only one who was allowed to give him a bath. When watching the he always snuggled up next to me.

No matter, I wasn't the one who bought him.

Neachdainn, I'm missing you already.

So, that's it, it is all over. Twenty three years of my life down the stank, that's most of my adult life. My ex-girlfriend left to-day, she is returning to Germany. The timing, just before Brexit, is no coincidence. It isn't the only reason, but it is an enormous final straw.

I've known about this situation for some time, but that doesn't make it any easier.

I'll be back on my feet, to-morrow. Life goes on.

As luck would have it I had to renew my passport this month.

I was wondering if it was going to be blue or have a new design. Nope, neither of those things. The lettering and crest is a little more embossed on the new passport, and two crucial words are missing: "European Union".

For reasons I'll explain later, I had to make a couple of long-distance journeys by bus, yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. The busses were clean, modern and comfortable. The services were punctual, both departing and arriving on time. The drivers were friendly and helpful.

The first bus displayed a satnav image on a large screen for passenger information and entertainment. The second bus provided wireless charging, USB charging and free WiFi. Impressive!

[Tentatively checks the Home timeline and Notifications. Notes that things seem to be working again.]

Hey, I'm back.
It's great to be back!

Lots of folk have got in touch to ask what is happening, which is lovely. I've not gone anywhere. The instance I am on has been seriously broken for several weeks. Posts in my timeline and Notifications take days to come through, if at all. I don't even know if anyone will see this post.

Hopefully the instance will be sorted soon.

I'll be back.

mstdn.io/@admin/10350147370655

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A wee reminder:
the Glasgow march is next Saturday.

AUOB Independence March
Glasgow
January 11th, 11:30

Kelvingrove - Glasgow Green

Looks like the ability to post text is working again [touches wood].

My Home timeline doesn't look right, no posts newer than 13 hours ago.

Server is still borfing on attempted image uploads. I will need to upload images to my blog instead.

Any chance *all* the other Royals could step down, too?

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I could not learn something from him."
Galileo Galilei
15 February 1564 - 8 January 1642

Huh, well seen Galileo died 377 years before Boris Johnson became PM, as otherwise he wouldn't have said that.

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On to-night's we startled a Red Deer (Fiadh-ruadh - Cervus elaphus) hind as we were approaching a gate. The deer felt trapped, and ran a short distance to our left, and then majestically jumped over the fence to make its escape. Ironic, as the fence was a deer fence, and is 2 metres high. Granted, there was a slight decline down to the fence, but impressive athletic ability regardless.

I think my instance is over-stressed again. I can't upload images, and posts from 8 hours ago are suddenly appearing in my timeline. If I haven't replied to you, it is probably because I haven't seen it.

I'm not a gamer, but even I know about the Lemmings & Tomb Raider games. Fittingly, they are to be celebrated by having their own stamps. Strangely, no stamp for Grand Theft Auto (also Rockstar North), which is still going after 22 years.

insider.co.uk/news/lemmings-ge

Summary of Boris Johnson's position on the US - Iran situation:

Bombing cultural sites - naughty, don't do it.
Illegal killings - just dandy, go ahead.

Another excellent event celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Entertainers including: Breabach, Steve Byrne, Sheena Wellington, Billy Kay & Donald Smith.

Hosted by Alistair Heather.

Saturday April 4th, 2020, at 8pm.
Webster Theatre, Arbroath.

ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive/

As part of the celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of The Declaration of Arbroath (signed April 6, 1320), the National Museum of Scotland will be displaying the actual document for the first time in 15 years.

nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events/e

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