Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Alva - Stories of Portugal

Great to see the return of my pictures.
The last two weeks I was away in Portugal. Down the Algarve with Ma and Pa. The weather could have been better. Rained every day but at least the sun comes out to play at least at the end of the rain.
Flew into Faro and the drove to a place near Lux, west of Faro, down the A22.
Parents relaxed, I relaxed. Taking day trips, by car, around the area.
I was away from the internet for 2 weeks. Loathed to us my vodafone, since the last bill was 700 pounds. Still to write that letter. Rip of Britain. Anyway that is in the past.
Feel quite fustrated with life. Things seem to pile up, nothing seems to get done. I get up early in the morning to get things done, and something else stops the closer of tasks. Makes my head hurt and brings back the anger.
Back to the yoga, hopefully will sort it all out.
So I need to write that piece for Escape Magazine on City Break, nature escape. Also sort out my visa so I can get the NI back.
Plan to return to Tokyo at the end of November, for 3 weeks. So I can keep my stuff in storage. 6 months past, and no further forward with finding myself. To much thinking. Despite this I still feel positive about the future.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Alva - DIY and Ozone layer


As I sand and varnish the 130 year pew that mum and dad had bought for 10 pounds sterling I start to think about the ozone. How DIY is damaging the ozone layer, making the whole bigger. Paint and related chemicals are now rated. Informing us how damaging the product is to the ozone hole. So should we never paint or varnish ever again and let things rot? Then if they rot we need buy new. Then the transport used to get the new bench, door, window will cause a whole in the ozone. Seems we are in a no win situation. Things are getting so close to the edge that we now have to start considering doing only essential repairs. How things have changed in the last 10 years. It is like I have been on a different planet not 6000 miles away. As flying and the ozone affect of paint does not seem to be considered in Japan. I can see a day coming soon where just like now people are encouraged only to make essential journeys the same will apply for DIY. Any way I do I little bit by using the bus as much as possible.
Yoga today. Bowels let me down, farted during a quite period. These things are expected when you are bent double.

They are going to replace the my old school, Alva Academy. All the financing was planned. Then the rolling party changed for the area. Labour got in. Scrapped the trust funding for the school, changed the funding to PFI. I think its called PFI. This funding is more expensive to administrate. So less money to spend on the school. So class rooms are smaller and no swimming pool. So they will move from a school with a pool to one with out. Surely someone could make a legal challenge to such a change. The reason for the funding change was it was Labour party policy. Class rooms are smaller because of Labour party policy. Makes you sick.