My big 40 is now 4 days away (eek) and this what I’m thinking.

In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years (have your 40th along the way) until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for school with all your mates. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm. Nice. I rest my case. Goodnight.

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I was thinking to myself the other morning, as I took delivery of my new Zebra Skinned shoes  (ebay- £35..no other biddders), only four weeks til lthe big 40, at what point in my life do I reach the stage of fully fledged mature adult?

If I was to make a valued judgement based on my past ancestoral jean pool then the likelihood of me reaching ‘adult nirvana’ doesn’t look good.  For much of history the Reilly clan smmed to have following a path of taking nothing seriously for as long as humanly possible (sorry Dad) and this batton seems to have past down to me.

So why am I contemplating this now? Well its that realisation that as I approach that landmark 40, I have become a fully fledged member of that ever growing cultural socio-economic group; prolonged  immaturity or the Kid-ult.

From time to time I feel a twitch of regret when I think of where I could be; married, 2 kids, 2 up 2 down in some low budget semi in the suberbs..but then I think if I’m not going to get married right now I might as well join the rollercoast of instant gratification, do what you want when you want..with a smile of your face.  Have the GREATEST TIME EVER HAMMING IT UP AND HAVING FUN… YEH. The Sunday Time magazine recently profiled this new group as a ‘Kid-ult’ old enough to be an adult but most definately possessing the mature outlook of a 5 year old. They are characterised by ‘a need for escapism and an acute obsession with pursueing youthful frolics’. It like’s reading a profile of..er..me.

So anyway, to much contemplating adult hood can be way to tiring so I’m off to the Borough Market Market Tavern for a cold ale to show off my new Zebra skins.

 

 

 

Onguma Plains Camp

January 5, 2008

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We have met numerous people along the way who have simply raved about Onguma Safari Camps. The spectacular entrance on arrival does not disappoint, as we drove up the entrance to the fort we were met by the view of these massive raw walls, stunning stoned clad features and a huge tower with the best views over Etosha and its sourrounding pans. It is simply like no other place I have ever seen. As Rod put it ‘if you bought your lady here and didn’t get any action you’d be worried !”

As you walk around in the inside of the main fort, the space and design simply defy belief. The fort is also positioned to give guests unrivalled views of a watering hole, today there are a few jackals and springboks hovering around. Jaco, the fort manager, explained that the site opened in August 07 at a a cost 14 million rand (about 1.4 million £) by some local hi roller, and its largely grown through word of mouth although on the night we stayed it was barely half full, strange. We each had our own fort, literally, the luxury inside was undescribeable. We had a fantastic evening meal overlooking the panoramic views of Orguma laughing to ourselves at the amazing good fortune of staying in a place like this. If you are visiting Namibia this is an absolute must see.  

Xmas Day in Windoek

December 25, 2007

We’ve enjoyed a fantastic relaxed time in The Ocean apartments in Camps Bay.  Camps Bay is made for anyone who loves sunshine, amazing food, spectacular beaches and relaxation. This is certainly the best food I have ever tasted; the Codfather in Camps Bay for the freshest suschi and seafood and Nelson’s Grill was the best steak I have ever tasted. I also did a fantastic half day tour of the Stellinbosh wine regions yesterday with a great gang of fellow tourists and some nutty Virgin Trolley Dolleys. I will certainly be back and completely recommend Cape town for anyone, as a destination it has something for everyone (except maybe OAPS or skint people)

Took the early 8.15 flight this morning to Windhoek arriving at the Oliver Grove guest house. It is luxury, very relaxed and chilled. Happy Xmas

  

Camps Bay, Capetown

December 21, 2007

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Arrived in Capetown via Johberg mid afternoon on the Nationwide Airlines flight. Rod left his hand luggage at the counter in the most thief ridden airport in the world realising just as we walked through customers to getonto the connecting flight to Capetown, he turned and ran like Forrest Gump somehow finding the bag where he’d left it, first major disaster narrowly averted.

Capetown and Camps bay Ocean Apartments, where we are staying is absolutely stunning. It is located about 10 mins walk from the beautiful white sandy beach under the shadow of table mountain. Everyone seems friendly, easy going and very affable but looking at the security of the magnificent beach properties, you get a sense of paranoi about crime. There are loads of poseurs walking up and down the beach which is very amusing to watch as they strut their stuff , reminds me alot of Cocabana in RIO. Looks like we’re going to have a really amazing time here. Totally exhausted. Good night.

Capetown and Nambia

December 10, 2007

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I am dieing for some adventure and this trip really excites me – a week in Capetown catching some hi voltage rays, quality tucker and relaxation followed by 2 weeks adventure in Namibia. Where’s Namibia? Namibia’s next door to Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa.  It is apparently one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world with amazing beauty, landscapes and..er..lots of German heritage. I’m totally excited to be going. Rod, my great travelling companion for this trip, has clocked up considerably more random survival stories than me (Plane crash, Kidnapping and Motorcyle crash to name but a few) which should make it interesting and colourful. I will keep you posted on progress.

Message for Ricky Hatton; I know how it feels pal, Wilf Davis knocked me out in one round, aged 12, my parents were 2 feet away ring side! It really sucked as well 

My top YouTube Music Videos

November 30, 2007

I love rock’nroll, its true. My brothers turned me onto The Clash, The Jam, ACDC, U2, Rolling Stones and loads more right from age 14 and I was hooked. Hence, I’m pretty handy on air guitar, it comes in handy at weddings when I unleash my Eddie Van Halen ..like last Summer down in South of France (sorry Pat and Lawrence..tell your parents I can act mature).  Music empowers me with incredible memories, alot of these coming when I recently played aoround on You Tube. So here we go- my  favourite Top YouTube Music Videos in no particular order;

Rollling Stones- 1976- Earls Court Star Star (Starfucker)
Ronnie Wood just joined, at their raw and rocking best

Led Zepplin- 1975- EarlCourt- That’s the Way
A stunning, beautiful song, wonderful guitar from John Paul Jones

U2- 1982 weckter
I had a recording of this concert for years until somone recoded over it, it was an old BBC recording. I remember my brother showing me this when I was 14 and I couldn’t believe it what a perfomer Bono was, the whole show was fantastic, completel raw and energy. Edges’ guitar playing is fantastic. I just thought he was extraordinary climbing the scafolding. Brilliant

ACDC- Glasgow 1978
Possibly the greatest opening the a show I have ever come across on YouTube, the rhythm section was incredible and you just thought the building might explode.
RIP Bon Scott

Queen- Live 1985
Thankfully I was there, the greatest 20 minutes of rock n roll ever?

The Clash- Whiteman in Hammersmith Palais, somewhere in the late 70’s
They oozed soul and attitude

Eurthymics Live 1986
Looks really 80’s now but I loved her voice, I thought they wrote brilliant, reminds me of being hols in Portugal

Coldplay 2003 playing Clocks
One of my favourit live tracks, they actucally played it better live

Radiohead- Nice Dream Spain 1997
Fantastic live band and I loved this song

The Cure-Inbetween Days
Reminds me of Glastonbury 1990 being at the front, it felt like a riot

Got a choice? Let me know