So here we are... Saturday morning with the prospect of a week off work to follow the weekend.
We haven’t got any major plans, but hopefully it’ll be a relaxing few days and some battery recharging. Hopefully...
I’ll be spending time finishing off my Gateshead Thunder history (volume 2) and ordering a proof copy for a final pre-publication check. The book covers the period from November 1999 to the end of the 2002 season and I hope that in amongst the memories (and the seemingly never-ending ups and downs) reflection will recognise the incredible efforts of those around whom the text is built.
More than a decade had passed since the main body of the book was completed – I guess I’ll soon find out if people want to relive a remarkable chapter in the club’s history, but for me the simple fact that Gateshead Thunder is still here bears testimony to the determination of those whose names fill the 279 pages.
Next is Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman (volume 3) complete with this brilliant new cover design courtesy of Dominic Lea, to whom I’m extremely grateful. I’ve still got the last few chapters to write, but as Doctor Who closes in on its fiftieth anniversary, now seems the opportune time to bring to an end my search for the female TARDIS companions with the final instalment of a book I’m really proud to have conceived and written.
One plus of having a break from work is not having to complete the daily 100 mile round trip to Newcastle (and back... obviously...) or the 125 mile journey to and from Leeds which I’ve done a couple times these past two weeks. The bank balance benefits, which is always good news, but I will have to play my music a lot quieter for the next few days...
That said, Monday will bring The Karma Heart to Middlesbrough and the chance to meet up with Jen and the lads and listen to some long overdue live tunes from a top quality band. But today’s short piece ends with a picture quiz... the girls below are my current rock band of choice as I speed up the A19 (within legal limits of course). There might not be a prize for giving me their name, but you can’t put a price on a sense of satisfaction so... can you name this fantastic band?
All my own work... almost.