Microblog Mondays 43: Pet Public Peeve

Mel ended her Microblog Monday post with the following question:

“What are your pet peeves in public spaces?”

Mine has to be drinking in public. I don’t do it and I don’t like other people around me doing it (restaurants don’t count, off course).

Let me be more specific – I’m talking about drinking in public at music concerts and sports events.

I don’t feel comfortable around people who drink because people invariably drink too much.

I remember a wonderful Euro 2004 in Portugal – Heineken was the drinks supplier and they sold a non-alcoholic beer. This did not make the event less successful or enjoyable. Tickets were sold out for all matches so the fact that there was no alcohol on sale did not affect it one bit.

So why aren’t all music concerts and sports events alcohol-free? It must be because the margins on booze are so high that it makes business sense for the alcohol suppliers.

That’s my two-cents worth on this Microblog Monday.

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Weekend Coffee Share: Father’s Day Edition

americanoIf we were having coffee I’d order an Americano – I’ve developed a taste for this with a drop of milk – yum. I had the most delicious one at Father’s Day lunch today.

Che and I slept in only a bit today because of Father’s Day. After much phoning around yesterday (yes, I know, booking for Father’s Day lunch at the last minute is leaving much to chance) I found a place that was not yet fully booked.  As usual it was fantastic being with family.

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Wednesday Windows #2: Table Mountain

Middle-of-the-week creativity slump? This is the second Wednesday  Windows feature.

I will be posting a photo of windows (the ones you look out of, not the ones that are prefixed by the word “Microsoft”). I seem to take a lot of them wherever I go, so it must count as a fascination or maybe just plain obsession.

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MicroblogMondays 42: Overheard on Table Mountain

The top of Table Mountain must be very surprising (pleasantly I am sure) to many people. On a recent visit, I overheard a tourist say to her traveling companion, “I didn’t realise it was so big up here, I thought it was just a lookout point.”

It’s huge up there. There are many trails, long and short, to walk, there is a shop and a restaurant. Che and I spent a whole afternoon up there. I will be doing a more detailed post with pics later.

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway company runs a slick and professional operation. The best is to buy your tickets ahead of time from Webtickets and produce your cell phone for scanning on arrival at the cable station. This will prevent you from wasting time in the ticket queue. I booked that morning for the afternoon of the same day.

Safety was top of mind of all attendants as we waited for the cable cars and a very welcoming Carl chatted animatedly to everyone. The cable car operators were funny and professional. Che and I were pleasantly surprised at how we were treated.

Summed up in three words – professional, friendly, safety-conscious (that’s one word since there’s a hyphen in-between the words ;-))

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I Am A Rock – Myths About Asking for Help

WordPress daily writing prompt: Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why? Click here (I am a rock) to read other interpretations of today’s prompt.

I am a rock, I know that. There have been many times that I have relied solely on myself to get something done. It is much more fun though, to work with and through other people. I learn something new every time I do this.

The other side of the coin of being a rock, is the proverbial “no man/woman is an island”. I know I am not an island, and I have no issue with asking for help. Or with others asking for help.

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Wednesday Windows on Wide Eyed In Wonder 11-Jun-2015

I’m in the middle-of-the-week creativity slump, so I’m starting a weekly Wednesday feature – Wednesday Windows on Wide Eyed in Wonder.

I will be posting a photo of windows (the ones you look out of, not the ones that are prefixed by the word “Microsoft”). I seem to take a lot of them wherever I go, so it must count as a fascination or maybe just plain obsession.

You are welcome to join in the feature – there is no theme other than “windows”. If you do join leave the link to your post in the comments below.

As you can see this is by no means a professionally run weekly feature or challenge. I’m doing it to indulge my fascination, so if you have one too, please do join.

The window below belongs to an old building situated in a narrow road in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto.  The buildings have been standing for over a hundred years. The  building on the left is now being renovated, top to bottom. I can’t wait to see it. The lamp on the bottom of the photo was once gas-fired. I wonder, as I look at these windows, at the people who looked out of them on to the street below. Who were they? Were they happy? What was their story?

Wednesday windows Lisbon by reginamartins.com
Window on an old building in Lisbon, Portugal

Please do join in the feature.

Welcome to my personal blog. I aim to experience the world with wide eyed wonder. Here you will find loads of photos, stories, opinions and some of my learnings. I hope you enjoy trawling through my mind experiencing the world through my eyes. You have my permission.


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