What a busy half term I’ve just had….
Spent the first week in Malta at the Phoenecia Hotel in Valetta, superbly sited to explore the island’s incredible history. Annoyingly I had injured my right eye, so spent the week walking around with one eye closed.
Most people associate Malta with the Knights Hospitaler of the Order of St John, but few may know that the oldest man made standing structures are also on the island. The megalithic temples of Ggantia, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien, and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum are just stunning. Although at €25 each the Hypogeum was an expensive visit!
Malta also has this wonderful fully interactive public transport museum…
And lots of interesting cars to spot…
Che, Che, Che
The Sunday Times were giving away copies of the Motorcycle Diaries. Great film – but I do have this problem with Che Guevera. I have to be really careful here not to upset my Cuban friends because even though Castro’s gilding has definitely worn thin, Che is still held in great affection.
I have always seen young Ernesto as an idealistic, glory seeking, self publicist. I haven’t yet seen Che with Benito Del Toro, but will be interested to see what slant the movie gives him.
A fellow member of the AMOC forum posted an amusing story about Natal and curry which brought back a memory from my student days at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg.
Late at night when we took a break from “studying” someone would usually suggest a visit to the Pie Cart. A mobile kitchen dispensing gristle and gravy in a pastry casing – with chilli sauce to disguise the flavour of decaying warthog. The Pie Cart van would park itself in market square – and while munching our pies in the safety of someone’s car, we would watch the world come and go.
One night a bunch of “skellems” roared into the square in something they had obviously stolen from the local scrap heap, slammed on the brakes and the headlamps both fell out – if that wasn’t funny enough, the car shot forward and ran over both lamps!!
I have not laughed so hard or for so long since….
Hmmm, sounds like one of te older Jedi knights… But I digress.
Despite still having a dodgy right eye, I spent a few days on the farm after getting back from Malta. I stripped down and overhauled the brake master cylinder and fitted the vacuum pipes around the top of the engine bay, I’ve just ordered a range of small parts ncluding new brake hoses to fit over the winter months.