So... back to work after a nice break. The weather wasn’t brilliant, but we managed to get down to York for a day and then up to Edinburgh over the weekend to see my daughter Rebecca. We stayed with my ex-sister-in-law Dianne and her partner Joe... their home is just a few miles outside Edinburgh, situated in a lovely estate; we were made really welcome and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
We saw a few of Edinburgh’s “sights” (including Greyfriar’s Bobby - left), as well as popping into Becca’s work... Topshop... where we met a few of her colleagues (who all thought she was the double of her Dad... much to Becca’s embarrassment) and I also had a chat with her friend Euan, who is the lead singer with a local rock band called Eras. They’ve just released a new EP if you’re interested... have a look on i-tunes, they’re excellent.
On the Saturday, we ventured over to Leith... the inspiration behind songs such as Sunshine on Leith by The Proclaimers... and Chicago’s 1976 no.1 hit, If You Leith Me Now...
We enjoyed a huge breakfast in the Ocean View complex... Becca ordered hers without egg... without mushrooms... and without tomato... It would have been easier to have asked for some bacon and a sausage... please...
After that, Elaine and I visited HMY Britannia, the Royal Yacht that was decommissioned in 1997 before being permanently moored at the place that was immortalised by Engelbert Humperdinck’s 60s classic Please Releith Me..
The ship was really interesting... elements of regal splendour contrasting with tiny cabins which housed upto six crew. I suppose it was all about the honour of serving the sovereign, but a decent kip every now and then would have been nice. The Queen and Prince Phillip had separate bedrooms... in fact the only double bed on the vessel was in the “honeymoon suite” that had been occupied (albeit at different times) by Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew and their respective spouses... we did consider adding our names to the illustrious list, but the door was locked...
The picture at the foot of the page was taken on board Britannia... in the Officers’ Mess to be exact. They must have known that people from Middlesbrough were visiting because the “beer” was made of plastic and the glass was stuck to the bar... Not that you’d tell from my most convincing pose.
All in all, we had an excellent weekend; it was brilliant to see Becca settled and doing so well... For now though, I will let Will Young bring this blog to an end... take it away Will...
“Think I’d better leith right now...”
All my own work... almost.