Friday, 29 February 2008
HiArif Begaumi, who has recently joined up with our firm, suggested I check out your blog. While I've seen just the two most recent entries, it was your profile that interested me more, as there are several common areas.I'm a 58 year old male civil engineer, also Pisces, and was with Scott Wilson (and Kirkpatrick, in those days) for a bit over 5 years in London, Basingstoke and up on site in the Humberside / North Lincolnshire area, back in the 1970s. I came back to Karachi at the end of 79 and have been here ever since. I spent several years on the design and construction supervision of KPT projects, principally the Jinnah Bridge Phases 1 and 2, and another one in the M.I. Yard / West Railway Yard.Nice to gather you are enjoying your time here.RegardsKhalid Hasan
Well I work for Scott Wilson as well. Don't normally talk about work in my Blog but this is a bit different don't you think?...
Small world? We're meeting up next week for coffee. Will tell you all about it.
Monday, 25 February 2008
Sunday, 24 February 2008
We did not wake up till noon today. Must be the jet lag but most unusual. Still tired. We decided to get out of the apartment and have drive. Half way to the Hawks Bay area we turned back having decided we needed to get things from the market. Going along we passed a small nursery which seemed to be teeming with colourful potted plants. We swung in there and had a walk round. Lovely and made even more so as all the surrounding area was dry, dusty and very sandy.
The old chap who showed around made out he did not understand English. However after trying several times to grope with Wanna he finally let out an apology. Yes in English! So we left him to it. No tip.
Finished off with a try at 10 pin bowling. Only the 2 of us so not much of a fun event really. I do think anything like 10 pin bowling really needs a crowd.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Having spend a small fortune on a model helicopter whilst in UK and managed to get it safely back to Karachi I decided to give it a bash outside our Condo to see if it really worked. Hand carried it in my brief case no less. That's enthuasism for you. On the way out I had expected to be stopped at Heathrow. We were including scanner, then a take your shoes off job. Never ending... Given all this and the extraordinary lengths they go to just to make travel even more uncomfortable I had expected at the very least to have had it taken off me. That's is my helicopter. So happy surprise all round when I just carried it through without any stops or queries. I rushed back to our Condo. Practiced for at least 5 minutes in doors (why ....to become an expert of course) before venturing out. Truth is that flying a chopper is not that easy. It was also windy out there… Obviously need a lot more 'in house' practice before I venture out. Still it is a bit of fun for me a few spectators. Not sure they realized it was supposed to fly and given my performance they probably still don't.
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
Friday, 15 February 2008
Monday, 11 February 2008
This afternoon was spent helping Mother in choosing a new HDTV. Drama there!!!! Which one to choose. What colour? Do the sticky labels come off? Will the stand fit in my room? Will it work properly? Does it get the golf, etc etc….Difficult decisions so we had to do a trip back to the house to measure what was there and see how well and bigger and more modern TV would fit in? Finally got it sorted out so everyone happy. My blood pressure now back to normal!! Also I can say with conviction it is now safe to leave Mum at home for the weekend. The latter part of the afternoon was taken up with a spot of fishing and we caught a few small ones. Some big ones got away. (Have you noticed it's always the big ones that get away). Check out the big catch below. Wanna still not happy with the maggots!!!
Sunday, 10 February 2008
Paul owns a Lotus Lotus 'ESPRIT' V8 SE and he took Wanna for a spin. 150 miles per hour down one of the country lanes. She loved it.
This was followed by a much more pedestrian trip in Owens car to the maggot dispensing machine. That’s right! A maggot dispensing machine. The idea it that anglers ill buy these and use them for fishing. Must work as the machines appear to be doing good business? There Wanna was not so impressed. "Ugh!" was the reaction when the tin was opened to reveal a bunch of wriggling little maggots. We even ended up having to fix the maggots to the fishing hooks for her. That’s another story.
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Friday, 8 February 2008
Thursday, 7 February 2008
Next off to see Sarah. But before anymore travcl we decided to indulge in a full English Breakfast at a local pub. Then when fully fed on sausages, bacon, beans, fried eggs and toast, we could catch up with Sarah, Christoff and Colette.
Really good to be back in UK and see so much. Things have changed and all seems to be new and very different with a lot more bright colours around. Still cold!!!
While in the pub the Landlord asked if we wanted our photo taken behind the bar. It was all starting out as being a fun trip.
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Sunday, 3 February 2008
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Saturday, 2 February 2008
This event of course was on at the same time as the 1st of the 6 Nations Matches. Well it would be !! Sods law. Including England verses Wales. I missed the rugby not because of the function, but becasue it was not even on the local TV. Real bummer. But WALES did win. So there is a happy very ending!!!! First time since 1988. So a great win. Well done lads.
Oh and yes, it was a good, and, very successful games evening as well.