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Oh dear.
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Mrs B and I can do things a little more spontaneously now. With Arthur in double-figures and a couple of elder siblings generally-available to 'sit', the pair of us can nip off for a meal or to the cinema or to the theatre without having had to run the whole thing through a CRAY-powered, logistical simulation first. I was scraping the last of the giant cous-cous from my takeout pot on Thursday lunchtime when a text popped up: "Rich Herring is in Cheltenham tonight I wondered if you were interested?"

It's the tail-end of the Cheltenham Literary Festival with many famous folk sticking their noses in to the Cotswoldian cogniscenti; last year it was Hilary Clinton taking the place by storm...this year it's Richard Curtis (apparently). Anyway, I've been a long-time fan of Mr Herring's work over the years - Lee & Herring, Collings & Herrin, AIOTM (AIOTM), the Leicester Square Theatre (RHLSTP) podcasts and his live shows (Lord of the Dance Settee et al) - so, for just a tenner each, this seemed like a lovely spur-of-the-mo distraction.

He was in conversation re: his new book (1001 Emergency Questions, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0751574392/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x...) so we rocked up to windy Chelters early enough for some cheesy chips, a browse in the pop-up bookshop and a coffee & crepe.



Funny, interesting and relaxed.

Also this week, I booked a couple of seats for December's Soho Theatre appearance by the excellent Mr Greg Proops who will be recording his Smartest Man In The World podcast there on the 17th; to say that I am excited about this is a gross understatement.

Mrs B and I used to do this kind of thing all the time when we were newly-married.
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The Railway A-B-C 2

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Oh, and I have some Alubari news:

(from Frédérick at Matagot)
"I’ve talked...about the prototypes for Essen. We will do 3 prototypes. The boards and cards are on the way."

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The Railway A-B-C

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The first in an occasional series:





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A Weekend In Pictures

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Friday:
We played host to a surprise birthday supper for eldest pudding Alice; the surprise, orchestrated by Joe (her Beau), involved diversions, 'friend' pickups and a lost wallet - all ending up at Chez Boydell with a huge takeout curry, beer (for everyone else) and board games:


We're big fans of Braggart so, at Arthur's request, this was our 'Starter'.


Suitably warmed-up, I tucked myself behind the box lid and appeared to everyone in their dreams in the form of the excellent Tajemnicze Domostwo:


We won...with just the one day to spare (on Easy mode, admittedly)


Daisy joined us mid-way thru Ghostly Dixit and stayed for the dessert: The Black Overcoat Game:


Fittingly, with three people (out of the five) on the cusp of winning on their next turns, I combo-ed out some extending hands to steal my required map pieces then banged my copper kettle with a wooden spoon to summon everyone to The Lake (which is where the treasure was). No-one was able to play an 'Excuse' card to stay behind (my secret plan), so everyone won!


Saturday:
We could avoid it no longer: Mrs B and I stole in to the Attic with black bin bags and spare boxes to give it a good old 'pre-Christmas' clear-out:


Thomas Lehmann wrote an article about LARP-ing?!





Another discovery: we really don't need to talk about my haircut...


Sunday:
To escape the constant drone of the neighbour drilling/angle-grinding/circular-sawing something on his front drive, Mrs B and I dropped Arthur off at his best pal's and then took the dog up to May Hill for a long, sunny-morning bounce through the gorse and grass.



With just a tickle of a breeze, it was warming and clean-aired; the view from the top stretched far-and-away to the River Severn, the Forest of Dean and the Black Mountains and, even, a Brecon Beacon or two! A chestnut tree was dropping its spiky scrota as we passed, so we filled our pockets with the shiny brown nuggets for later eating. The bracken crackled and crumbled as we explored the undergrowth: rabbit warrens and fungi a-plenty; there were even a couple of groups of picnicking ramblers tucked out of the wind - to which Ziggy was immediately drawn in the (vain) hope of scrounging a crumb or two.

A proper Autumnal and 'close to home' kind of weekend!
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Green or Red? You choose...

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Sometimes it's a struggle to write a blog, sometimes it's easy and sometimes it's simplest of all to put my feelings down in pictorial form.

If you've noticed a cynical undercurrent to my recent posts then that's deliberate; it's a consequence of my current levels of worry. This is not 'anxiety' - as it might've been before - but a genuine, brow-furrowing concern that the World is running away from us and there's little we can do.

I seek to keep myself informed and, so, my comedy and/or boardgaming podcasts have been taking a back-seat to political rhumination, commentary and discussion: Mueller, She Wrote, The New Statesman, Fake The Nation, Smartest Man In The World and What's Happening..? to name but a handful.

I don't much care what anyone thinks about Feudum or Root or {insert this minutes top-o-the-hotness}. Did something nice arrive in the Post today? Have you got a cat that sits on your games? Good for you. I'm more concerned about whether half of the Kickstarted items due after March 2019 are suddenly going to cost me 50% more; about how Surprised Stare Games is supposed to function with the English Channel between us and our best friends; about whether the Pension and savings that I have conscientiously set-aside over the last 25 years will be destroyed by a Government Hell-bent on the appalling 'Brexit'.

Equally, I am appalled by the vampiric cabal grinding the United States under it's rotten thumb; foaming, faecal waves of their misogyny, racism and corruption are washing across the oceans and soaking our shores.

And, Jesus, am I despairing of the bruised intolerance of the populace: blind to the bigger nonsense but electron-microscopically 'on' every semantic ambiguity, every verbal 'trip', every perceived slight, every 'upsetting' comment or image. Yes, I'm getting all political here but a) it's my damn blog and b) no-one needs to think of the children because they deserve to think for themselves and not be blinkered by this mental incontinence. Whether you like it or not - whether you care to think about it or not - this is an important and dangerous time that demands your best attention and your warmest reachings-out to others.

Losing yourself in board games is great as a respite but you've got to surface for a breath of real air some time.
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(for those who complain about Spiel's "Family Day" ie. the Saturday)

This year's essen-tial Spiel accessory!

Are you gonna get yours?!




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The Trolling Shelf

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Cheeky!
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