"You hear laughter breaking through, it makes you want to fart. You’re heading for a breakdown, better pull yourself apart. " - John Cooper Clarke

Blood is thicker than water.

I’ve just recovered from a tiring trip to and from the UK to celebrate the Ruby Wedding Anniversary of some friends of mine. To be honest, I had only met one half of the couple prior to the event, but not only his wife, but his entire family were absolutely charming as were the friends invited to the rather impressive knees-up that was held on Saturday.

The weather was wonderful although I did feel that I was slightly over-dressed which, admittedly, is better than being slightly under-dressed, as is my norm. But there again, there is nothing better than an exhibitionist at events such as these. Before melting into a puddle of purple gloop we were all ushered into a marquee where the wine and food was superb. The speeches, by people that I didn’t know at all brought tears to my eyes and all in all, it was an absolutely wonderful event consisting of people that despite never having met, were each and every a charm to society. It almost reminded me of my Diplobrat days….

The journey home was equally tiring – I enjoy travelling by ferry but I was so tired that I ended up sleeping all the way home from Dunkerque to my front doorstep and have spent the past two days lounging in the sun – the only good thing about being unemployed at this time of the year. I’m hoping to hear from a couple of companies early next month – if my CV was of any use….. You never know.

Yesterday afternoon I had to go to the VDAB (Job Centre) and have been given papers to fill in that will be of use to my future employer. It involves the VDAB paying a certain amount of my future prospective salary and my employer paying the rest so in fact, it is a Win-Win situation. Well, that’s what I understood…. I am also entitled to free computer courses – once employed – and having already witnessed one by a former colleague, these really are useful. Belgium has some useful tricks up it’s sleeves, it appears.

I very much wish to meet the family that I met last weekend in the very near future – I wish my own family is as close.

So that’s the serious part of my life. But guess what?

Coralie comes home on Saturday – finally!

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