Today's soundtrack: Scientist v. Prince Jammy - Big Showdown at King Tubby's
Preston was not to be, then. After a very strange interview that focused heavily on a role I had twelve years ago, I came out of the company's offices knowing full well that it wasn't going to happen. Sadly it seems that, although the first two guys who interviewed me had thought I was perfect for the role, their understanding of what the role required was completely different to that of the Chief Exec!
So the company is back to the drawing board and, it would seem, so am I. But not quite - the response down in Staines to the outcome was firstly sympathy...but quickly followed by a pleased 'so we can keep hold of you for a bit longer, then!'
Indeed they can. Yes, the journey is a nightmare, and staying away from home for most of the week is a drag, the work is good and the people I'm working with are friendly and helpful. Oh, and the money's alright, too!
Although not normally the shy and retiring type, I'm having a real problem motivating myself to go out and eat in public of an evening, so it was nice to spend one evening last week out with Simon, who lives not a million miles away from Staines. After a couple of pints in the Slug & Lettuce, we agreed a curry was in order and wandered over to Roshni's, just next to the bridge over the Thames. Roshni's had been recommended to me by one of the directors' secretaries, so we thought we'd give it a go. 'Fine Indian Cuisine', it said on the door - no back street curry house this!
Oh, it was fab. I started with some Murg Kathi rolls - a new one on me, chicken tandoori wrapped in a very thin chapati-type wrap, with a delicate sauce on the side...quite possibly the nicest starter I've ever had in an Indian restaurant. followed by Gosht Xacutii - Lamb cooked with coconut and masala spices. Accompanied of course by a selection of rices, breads and veggy dishes as well. Far too much, even for two stout lads like us.
We'll go there again, I feel!
The rest of the week, I was happy to pick up some stuff from the supermarket and graze in my hotel room (a much better room this week) watching DVDs on the laptop. This week, it was Tutti Frutti, the '80s series with Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson about The Majestics, failed Scottish Rock 'n' Roll band on their silver jubilee tour. I really enjoyed this series years ago when it was first on the box, and was pleased to see it finally released on DVD a while ago. Watching it now, whilst the '80s fashions have dated horrendously, the show is still really enjoyable with great supporting characters. The series is completely stolen by Richard Wilson as dodgy manager Eddie Clocherty - the interaction with 'Miss Toner', his 'assistant' is an absolute joy.
Back home then, to a joyous welcome from cat and wife, to a Chinese takeaway and to a dozy evening that ended up with me falling asleep in the chair until three in the morning. Takes it out of you, this working malarkey!
Off to Goodison to watch the injury-depleted Blues battle with the Villa on Saturday. I wasn't expecting a great deal, but first half at least, we began to play like we can, missing players notwithstanding, and took a well-deserved lead just on the stroke of half time. But of course, this is Everton, so we came out for the second half completely flat and had conceded within a minute of the restart. I don't know what Moyes says to the team at half time, but the number of times we get caught sleeping within minutes of the restart is deeply worrying.
After the equaliser, things went flat for a while, sparking into life with a couple of sendings off near the end of the game, for the scorer (Bilyaletdinov) and one of theirs for a bad tackle on the Yak, who was looking to be close to back to form. Indeed, overall the team seem to be getting things back together with some decent performances and although it was disappointing not to win, there were some signs that things might be turning around.
Just in time for Benfica on Thursday, a game I'll sadly miss being stuck down in Staines.
An obscure bit of dub on the soundtrack today, from a couple of King Tubby proteges. Scientist and Prince Jammy share the album with five tracks each, the ten tracks being labelled 'Round 1' through to 'Round 10'. Who wins? It doesn't matter when the dub is as heavy as this.
Great cover art too!
Here's Round 5 - is there anything that isn't lurking somewhere on YouTube?