It’s the end of the line for Mobi’s Blog

Mobi’s last Babble

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This is a sad day that I never thought would come.  
When I wrote my very first blog, I was a hopeless drunk, rapidly descending into an alcoholic hell from which I never thought I could recover.
Little could I have known that the blog – and me- would still be going more than eight years later and that I would have achieved six years of 100% sobriety.
Here is what I wrote on 7th  July 2009. 

My name is “Mobi”; I’m an alcoholic!!!

July 7, 2009

This is the start of my very first blog.

The subject of this blog is alcoholism, and in particular, my alcoholism, and what I am doing in my life to combat this sickness.

The purpose of this blog is twofold:

First and foremost – and I make no apologies for this, even if it does seem to go against AA principles – is that I find it cathartic to write about my problems, and further, that there may be folk out there who may read my blog, maybe offer encouragement, and by so doing, give me the strength and determination to continue along my chosen course.

Secondly – and this is certainly in keeping with AA principles, there may be many alcoholics out there who will be encouraged, inspired (dare I hope for such a thing?), and even learn (Oh my God I’m getting too cocky by half!), from my ramblings.

I sincerely hope – whether I succeed or fail miserably – that you, dear readers, may derive some benefit from reading about my life and exploits, as it pertains to my ongoing attempts to stop drinking.

There is one point I wish to make clear at the very outset. The very nature of my story necessitates that I have to be extremely discrete when writing about the people I encounter and interact with in my quest for sobriety. This means that you must take it as ‘read’ that all names and any information that could lead to the discovery of those to whom I refer, will be fictionalised, in order to protect their anonymity.

So please, no speculation on anyone who is mentioned, as I can assure you that in all likelihood you will be way off the mark, as I am quite inventive.

But for me, Mobi, I will be an open book, and accept that as the price I pay for writing this blog.

Pattaya, July 7th, 2009.

It is ironic, (or maybe divine guidance?) that I am starting a blog on alcoholism on the first day of Khao Phanzer, or Buddhist Lent, the time of year when Buddhists, and even some ‘farangs’, try to refrain from alcohol for a period of 3 months.

Today I have been sober for 12 days. This isn’t the first time I have tried to stop drinking, but I sincerely hope it is the last. All previous attempts were carried out more or less on my own, using my own ‘will-power” to stay sober, and as I now believe, all these attempts were destined to fail, sooner or later.

On this, the first day of my blog, some background to my life of drinking is in order.


After that first blog, over the following weeks, I wrote “Mobi’s Story” which have since become the basis of two of my novels – “Lust for Life” and “Azzy.

Since I wrote that first blog, so much has happened in my life. During the past 8 years, I have written  hundreds of thousands of words (probably millions if you include the transcripts of my novels) and my blog has received over 270,000 ‘views’. Not a huge number in the grand scheme of things, but far more than I could ever have imagined back in 2009.

When I started  blogging, I was 62 and now I am 70. Life has rarely been dull and all the events in my life – big and small, happy and sad, brave and embarrassing, funny and ridiculous – over the past eight years have been faithfully recorded in its annals. 

I have become a grandfather and a great uncle several times over; I have acquired a new family, through Lek my sixth wife; I have lost many friends to illness and accidents and not a few to alcoholism. Very recently I also lost my dear sister.

Here are some of the major milestones in these 8 years of life that immediately spring to mind:

  • Breaking up with, and later divorcing my fifth wife, Sa.
  • Countless drunken exploits and adventures with ‘ladies of the night’, many faithfully recorded in these blogs.
  • Attempting suicide.
  • Going into therapy and taking treatment for my alcoholism and depression.
  • All but writing off my BMW in a drunken accident.
  • Badly smashing my wrist in a drunken fall.
  • Meeting the woman of my life, Lek, and later marrying her.
  • Losing 95% of my savings in an Australian property scam.
  • Undergoing open-heart surgery to replace my aortic valve.
  • Quitting the booze for good on Jan 1st, 2011.
  • Writing and publishing three novels.
  • Finally selling my home at a greatly reduced price and splitting the proceeds with my ex-wife, Sa.
  • Opening and running a bar for 6 months.
  • Making several trips to the UK to visit my family.
  • Starting a new career in contract writing.
  • And…so much more…that this ageing hard disk cannot immediately bring to mind.
And now, sadly my blog must come to an end, and I must hang up my blogging pen and walk off into the sunset.



I’m afraid I simply no longer have sufficient time to devote to it, and if I can’t do it properly, I’d rather not do it at all.

My present circumstances demand that I spend most of my time trying to earn enough money to pay my bills.

It has been a bit of a shock to the system to return to the work treadmill  at the age of 70, when I have been retired for the past 16 years. But I have no choice. At the present time, I am flat out writing content for a large travel website, as well as doing other odd writing jobs as they come in from time to time.

It is low paid and uncertain work, and I am subject to the whims and prejudices of the people I work for on the other side of the world. Sometimes they make all kinds of promises for regular monthly work, only to fade away after a few weeks.

When this current job is finished, I will have to look for the next one, and at the moment I have no idea where that might come from, but I have to hope and pray and keep plugging away.

Once I have completed my daily work, I then try to turn my mind to creative writing for a few hours in the evenings. I am very reluctant to stop this writing as it is the only writing that I enjoy, and I never give up hope that one day I might make some money from it.

Now to my blog.

It normally takes me around two days to complete a weekly blog of four or more articles. The first day (Saturday) I do the writing and sort out pictures etc. I am going to use, and on the second day I do the posting and collating onto the website – no simple task.

Over the years, I have enjoyed doing my blog immensely, but since I started contract writing earlier this year it has become more and more of a chore and has resulted in a lot of stress.

I spend part of my weekends doing contract writing that needs to be completed to tight deadlines, and I also try to work on my latest novel. This leaves me no time to write a blog.  I rarely go out, and I sit in front of a computer for seven days a week – most of my waking hours – save a couple of hours late in the evening when I watch a bit of TV

It is just too much for me at my advanced age – and something has to go. Sadly, it is the blog.

I am not going to close or remove the website. It will stay here indefinitely, and it will  be automatically updated every time I post a tweet or something on Instagram.

For those of you who may still be interested in the “Life and Times of Mobi D’Ark,” I plan to step up my regular postings on Instagram and Twitter about my daily life, which will automatically be posted on my blog home page, (see the right hand sidebar), and also the Mobi Dark Facebook page.

My book and film reviews on Goodreads and IMDb will also be available to read by clicking on my blog home page, as well as the source websites.

Finally, may I offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have followed me through the years, and especially to those of you who have put thumb and finger to keyboard and sent me comments – for good and bad – about my blogs. Through the years we have had a few lively discussions, and there are still some out there in blog land who think everything I wrote is a bunch of lies. Ah well… 

So that’s it, Folks!

These past few weeks have been made even more difficult than usual, following the sad passing away of my long-suffering sister a few weeks ago and then the tragic death of Lek’s father in a motorcycle accident last week. 

Now my brother is in hospital after fracturing his tibia and Neung, my 15-year-old stepson was badly injured in yet another motorcycle accident. They say things always go in threes, but we’re up to four and counting…

I don’t know if this is all a sign from someone out there in the great beyond, but it certainly does reinforce the reality of how fickle life can be.

So I will “never say never”…
If my circumstances change…who knows, one day, Mobi’s blog  may be back.
But for now, it’s a goodbye from Mobi…
… and an even fonder farewell from Martin.

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Mobi’s Taking a Break – Back in September.

Mobi’s Taking a Break – Back in September.

So sorry folks, but it looks like I will be putting my blog on the back burner until September.

I had hoped to do a blog this weekend, but events have conspired against me, so I haven’t been able to put anything together. The format of my blog means that it takes the best part of two working days to knock it into shape. One day (Saturday) to write it, (including research) and one day to edit, format, add all the pics and generally get it into a half-way decent state to publish.

Just lately I have been so busy with my contract writing work that I have had little time to do anything else. I have tried to keep the odd weekend free to write my blog, but it has been a struggle, and a few weeks ago, I just ran out of ‘creative energy’.

Then there is my latest novel which I am still trying to keep moving on the odd day when I have a few free hours.

If that wasn’t enough, I suffered bereavement in my close family last week, when my dear sister passed away, which has thrown me all out of kilter.

Add to all this the fact that my daughter and family are coming to stay with me next Friday for 3 weeks holiday – and also the need to find a new place to live as I will not be renewing the lease on our current place when it expires in September – you can see that I don’t have enough hours in the day.

And then I upgraded to Windows 10 as the free offer was about to expire – and that caused me a more than a few hours of vexation before I managed to get everything working again – but is still an ongoing process.

So please bear with me – I am planning to be back in the Mobi-blogosphere on Sunday 4th September when I hope to publish my next blog, hopefully, jammed full of news, pics and all the stuff I normally do.

So it’s a Mobi-au-revoir for now.

See you all in September.

What The Hexit! – 26th June 2016






Today’s Blog

In “Mobi-Babble”, we have: Sonny having a wash; Lek buying pizzas; Snakes Alive – Lek finds a baby python next door; Chinese whispers – can you believe what you read on the internet?; and Guest Blogging – my future career?
In ” What The Hexit”, we have: A poem from Juli B followed by Mobi’s take on Brexit.
In “Notes from a Tainted Paradise”, we have: A Snake Swallowed my Cock – Almost…(Part 2), First a snake – now a giant water monitor, Miss Thailand Universe – A national costume too far?, and “What a shame for the poor girl – Getting married to that old snakehead.”
In “A Mobi-Movie-Review”, I review Mike Leigh’s sumptuous and delightful movie – Topsy-Turvy (1999).


Not a great deal to report, as little has happened worthy of note in the past two weeks.

Sonny Boy the Bulldog had a wash…


Lek celebrated losing 3 kilos by buying a slice of pizza…


…and Mobi’s few remaining investments dropped in value by over 10% following the UK Referendum….

Snakes Alive!

There is a lot about snakes in this week’s blog. (See my Notes from a Tainted Paradise)

So it was about time that we joined in the fun of snakes turning up in unusual places. Lek has been terrified that one would turn up in our loo, and I couldn’t convince her that even the smartest snake finds western-style loos a bit challenging.

But she sort of had the last laugh when she discovered a baby python in our neighbour’s garden. Not in the loo, but near enough the house to give her the willies. (Also see my snake article …)…..

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What The Hexit!


WTF happened?

First off, here is my daughter’s take on it.

Not a single soul survived on Mars.

Earth’s residents derided those fools
Who were unschooled mules unable to have foresight
Unable to see the destruction ahead
That they’d all be dead, they were led
Down the path of stupidity.

Out of nowhere appeared this Ludo Von Storm
with charisma and promises to this world so torn
“We are starving!:-
We a need a solution: Relocation!
To the Red Planet we’ll build a new population!
This world of passion will give us everything we need
The equipment’s ready to be built at speed……

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Notes from a Tainted Paradise 

A Snake Swallowed my Cock – Almost…(Part 2)


My last tongue-in-cheek article with the above headline, (HERE) didn’t involve the sort of cock everyone was thinking of. But this time, it does.

There has been a spate of stories about snakes appearing in toilets, but nothing quite like the poor young Thai man who got the shock of his life when a Python rose up through the squat toilet and put its teeth around his dangling organ…..

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Topsy-Turvy (1999)

mdtopsy-dvdusIt is not the film you think it may be – hunt it out, and spend three enjoyable hours getting away from it all.

I have long been a huge admirer of Mike Leigh’s films – the brilliant, award-winning English director who eschews the Hollywood system and refuses to make films that will uplift you or tells stories with conventional happy (or sad) endings.

He makes films that show us ‘slices of life’ in England, mainly working and middle-class people – sometimes good people – often bad – but always with gritty reality.  He never holds back, and occasionally he makes us feel very uncomfortable as he peels away the layers of quasi-polite behaviour and we see the real people underneath.

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Mobi’s Bargirl checklist – 12th June 2016

Congratulations Mobi! – It’s a Blind Sober “Seven Oh” – 70…




Today’s Blog

In “Mobi-Babble” we have: “Reflections of a Septuagenarian” in which I celebrate reaching this incredible milestone and reflect some other significant ‘decade-milestones’ in my incident-packed life.
In “Farewell to the Greatest” – I write about Ali’s passing and the accompanying media circus that is truly out of control.
In “Mobi’s Bargirl checklist” I re-publish an article I first published 5 years ago as my own guide on what to watch out for when shacking up with one of Thailand’s cuties. Family friendly warning: There’s some naughty pics here, but no naughty bits….
In “Mobi-Movie Reviews”, I review two outstanding foreign language films – “Mon Roi” from France and “Mia Madre” from Italy.



Not too much has happened on the Mobi-domestic front over the past two weeks, except that we’ve been having a fair bit of rain, and for the past few days, another dry spell which has been accompanied by an unwelcome return to high temperatures. The A/C is back on in our bedroom, but so far the kids are still in their own rooms with their fans.

Reflections of a Septuagenarian

The only thing of note that has happened in the past fortnight is that by some miracle, poor, chronically sick, alcoholic Mobi has reached the grand old age of 70.  As many of my contemporaries are dropping like flies, I guess it’s something to celebrate.

I’ve always been reluctant to acknowledge the advance of old age, and indeed in my late fifties and early sixties, I still had the appearance of someone much younger. People would be genuinely surprised when I told them my age. It had nothing to do with me or my lifestyle – but everything to do with genes, as my late father still looked to be in his forties when he was in his seventies.

But the vast volumes of alcohol that I had poured down my gullet for much of my life eventually caught up with me in my early sixties. I’ll

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Farewell to the Greatest – but for God’s sake let’s keep a sense of proportion…

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine.
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine.

Mohammed Ali was a man of my generation. I was eighteen when he floored Sonny Liston and the world of boxing found a new hero. But he wasn’t an instant hero – many thought the fight was a ‘fix’ and even today, some people still question that punch.

At first, nobody liked this brash, outspoken, vain young man. This was a time when everybody – especially young black American boxers – spoke in polite respectful tones when interviewed. It was unheard of for any sportsman to speak how Ali was speaking. And we liked it even less when he changed his name and his religion. It was as though he was denying his American cultural roots – which of course he was.

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Mobi’s Bargirl checklist

A few years ago I was quite amused when I heard that Stephen Leather’s novel, “Private Dancer”, was required reading for young expat teachers taking up teaching positions at Bangkok’s international schools.

The reason? – Because it tells the sad, sordid tale of what can happen to a young testosterone-filled Englishman if he becomes embroiled in the Bangkok nightlife and falls in love with a beautiful bar girl.

It is a salutary story, for sure, with a bad end – and much of it is based on fact. The book was written in the nineteen-nineties – at a time when mobile phones were not in common use, so the story is a little dated – but for all that, it still holds true today.

Then the other day, I was browsing back through my old blogs, looking for my old movie reviews to add to my collection on the Internet Movie Data Base, (IMDb), when I came across an interesting article I had written in June 2011 on the subject of foreigners marrying Thai bar girls.

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Mobi-Movie Reviews

Two for the EU

In registering my preference for remaining in the EU, despite my animosity towards the EU bureaucracy for decades, today I will review two wonderful movies from our continental friends across the channel.

The first is from France and the second from Italy – two countries that rarely fail to produce outstanding and original films that are such a refreshing change from the Hollywood franchise crap, and also, I’m afraid to say, much of the English output.

These days, my main choice of dramatic viewing on TV is from the Scandinavian countries (who also produce good movies) and from the cinema, it is usually the French and Italians that lead the field.

The very best TV drama that I have seen this year by a mile was, “Trapped”, an Icelandic production, written by, produced by and starring Icelanders and set in their beautiful country.

These days I struggle with British TV dramas. Even some of the best, such as Line of Duty, and the Night Manager are quite watchable but not as great as many would make out.

Most of it is just rehashed rubbish, with badly written, cliché-ridden plots and not always particularly…

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Someone Stole My Tree! – 29th May 2016





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Today’s Blog

In “Mobi-Babble” we have: “Someone stole my tree!”;  Kids! – who’d have’em?; and “Mobi-Babble follow-ups.”
In “Notes From a Tainted Paradise” we have: “Brand-new bike lane becomes street food hub and a parking lot.”;  “Lo-So’s” are banged up for stealing a coconut;  “Hi-So’s” kill with impunity.”;  “Moving House in Thailand takes on a whole new meaning!”; and “Renta-Fans cheer Leicester City during Bangkok victory parade.”
In It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world” we have: “The new religion is Football.”
In: “A Mobi-Movie Review” I review “Cold in July (2014)”

Mobi-Babble -29th May 2016

Someone stole my tree!

Back in 2009, after I left my last wife, Dang, I went to stay in a luxury condo for a year or so – my little hideaway. The condo had a glorious view of the Gulf of Thailand, but I didn’t really appreciate the views, as for much of that year I was either drunk or badly hung over.

One way or another, it was one of the worst years of my life. I was still crazy about Dang, but I knew  I could never be happy with her. It was a time when I reached my personal ‘rock bottom’ and I came very, very close to calling it a day. You can read all about those terrible months on the archive pages from my blog; which are still available to read online.  

(Go to the sidebar and select the months from the drop-down menu – October 2009 – October 2010 more or less covers it. Go to the month of October 2009 and scroll down to the 24th Oct. The narrative is in the green text. Of course, you can go back even further if you want to read about the build up to my departure.)

During that period, a maid came in 3 times a week to do a bit of  cleaning and washing-up, but it was many months before it finally permeated my alcohol riddled brain that she was robbing me blind. All manner of things started to disappear, including money from my wallet, and infuriatingly, even the remote control for my TV……

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Notes from A Tainted Paradise – 29th May 2016

Brand-new bike lane becomes street food hub and a parking lot.

You gotta laff…It could only happen in Thailand.bikelane2

The Thais’ famous entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the Chatuchak area of Bangkok. The caring local authorities  recently entered into the green spirit of our times, by constructing a beautiful bicycle lane to protect Bangkok’s intrepid cyclists from almost certain death on the city’s dangerous roads.

bikelane4But it was not to be. No sooner had the lovely lane been completed, than street vendors set up their stalls, and tuk-tuk and cars used the remaining space as a car park.

Local opinion was in favour of the street vendors, who had been operating there long before the green trend in cycling became the latest craze.

“They don’t need their own lane,” said a local vendor, “there’s not that many cyclists.”

I venture to suggest there will be even less if they are forced to fight with six-wheeled trucks, swerving, manic bus drivers and hi-so budding racing drivers  in their 4 by 4’s and Lamborghinis….

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It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world – 29th May 2016.

The new religion is Football


Following my diatribe on the Leicesterisation of England, are you – like me – sick to the back teeth of all the hoo-ha over who manages a bloody football club?

Press speculation about Manchester United’s manager Louis Van Gaal being fired, and who his replacement may be, has been grabbing the media headlines for months.

There seemed to be no end to it; yet, I wonder, who outside the Manu supporters really gave a damn? I mean it’s only a game of football for God’s sake, yet more column inches are written about Van Gaal and his likely replacement, Jose Mourinho, than is devoted to the fall of a national government.

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A Mobi-Movie Review – Cold in July (2014) – 29th May 2016

A movie of two halves – the first half excellent; the second, utter drivel.


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Transgender Bathrooms – whatever next?






Lek’s little “Song” – What a cutie…

Today’s Blog

  • A brand new Blog Theme for 2016 – Yes, I know it’s 5 months late, but better late than never. I hope you feel it is an improvement over my last theme which I have been using for many years. Enjoy…

  • In “Mobi-babble” we have: “Laughter AND dogs are the best family medicine”, and “Woe is Work.”  

  • In my general musings on world-shattering events, we have: Transgender Bathrooms – whatever next?”, and ” It’s Only A Game… Really!”

  • In “A Mobi-Movie Review” – we have “Youth” (2015) Starring Michael Caine .


Mobi-Babble – 16th May 2016

Laughter AND dogs are the best family medicine


The other night I watched a programme from BBC on the subject of how to choose the right dog. The dog expert went through all the attributes of different breeds, how much each one may cost, which dog would suitable for different dog owners, how much exercise they needed, whether they were good with kids, and so on.

The bottom line was that potential dog owners should take time and great care in selecting their dog – after all, they will be responsible for it for 10-15 years – maybe longer. One elderly couple had the bright idea of getting not one but two puppies – to the utter horror of the expert who talked them out of it. Another guy wanted a German Shephard, but he was away half the time, lived in a tiny house, and would leave the dog with his father every time he went away. Not a great idea…






You could imagine what I thought – as not one of my four dogs was chosen with a view to how they would fit in with my living circumstances. The two Shih Tzus were chosen by my ex-wife, who promptly dumped their daily care onto a servant, the Labrador was given to me by a desperate dog owner who was going back to England, and we rescued the bulldog from a home where he had been abandoned by his owner.

The only dog I chose with great care was……..

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Transgender Bathrooms – whatever next?



I don’t know – all this hullabaloo over who can use whose public toilets. I haven’t been in France in many a year, but when I worked in Paris, many places had multi-gender toilets, and even if they didn’t, there was always a ‘toilet lady’ around to keep the place clean and take your tips.

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It’s Only A Game… Really!


I confess up front that I am a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur supporter. I first went to see them play some sixty years ago in the mid- nineteen-fifties and have followed their fortunes for good or bad – mostly bad – ever since.

I still remember taking the number 144 red double-decker bus from Gants Hill in Ilford, and travelling around the North Circular road and dropping off near White Hart Lane.

2624282_heroaSo obviously I have been pretty chuffed this season when Spurs has enjoyed one of their greatest seasons for many a long year.

But when we came to the run in, I knew that we would fall short. Leicester were too far in front and it would have taken a terrible fall in fortune had they not managed to win a single one of their last 3 matches whereas Spurs had to win every one. I knew what would happen – Spurs would crack, not the Foxes… par for the course.

I am still very proud of them – they will end up either 2nd or 3rd, depending on the result of their match 28B42B3E00000578-3083010-Striker_Harry_Kane_pictured_in_the_new_Tottenham_Hotspur_home_ki-a-45_1431681158086today – and that is quite something to celebrate.

Leicester have my heartfelt congratulations for their astonishing achievement. What a season – and it wasn’t luck – it was a great team playing at the top of their game. I am quite sure they will be ‘there or there-abouts’ next season.

But to hear and see the fuss on radio and television – you would think they

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A Mobi-Movie Review – “Youth” (2015) Starring Michael Caine 

Youth_poster_goldposter_com_10-400x572A masterpiece of film-making which will entertain and uplift you in equal measure.

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It’s Fried Internet for Breakfast – Mobi’s blog is delayed down the line.


Yesterday afternoon we had one of the most fearsome storms I have ever experienced. Bolt after bolt of lightning came straight down at us from the heavens, and the thunder was so loud that I thought my eardrums would split.
One lightning bolt made a direct hit on the Internet junction box down the road from my house, and all I have is a very flaky 3G connection via my mobile phone.
So, although I have prepared all the material, there will be no blog today. Hopefully tomorrow, or whenever the telecom engineers get around to de-frying my broadband.
Sorry folks,