Last week I went to Prague for a few days on business. The trip coincided with a 1920s inspired party organised by the members of staff in our Prague office. The party was a great success and so much fun.
Whilst I was out in Prague I also managed to go out and see a few of the sights one night, such as the famous astronomical clock ...
... as well as a walk across the Charles Bridge, enjoying the beautiful views on a crisp November night.
Wednesday night Jamie and I went to see Depeche Mode again for the second time this year. This time in Leeds. As I was right near the stage, near the centre, I enjoyed it even more than last time we saw them.
Unfortunately I didn't bring a camera, so all the photos are taken on my phone and therefore the quality isn't great.
Here's the set list for the concert in Leeds.
I got well giddy when Dave actually pointed at me and then touched his crotch during Black Celebration. I must have just been lucky being stood in a spot that's his usual point of focus, but there was no mistaking it - he was pointing at me! At the end of the song he even came back to the same spot, found me again and blew me a kiss. It's been three days since the concert and I'm still going on about it, I'm such a sad case.
Here's a video of it I found on YouTube, as it's not my recording you can't really work out where exactly he's pointing at, but I guess you get the idea.
Here's another one of a slightly better quality, but unfortunately it's not the full song.
I loved that they played Shake the Disease, one of my favourites, which they didn't play when we went to see them in Leipzig. The song was entirely performed by Martin. I still haven't quite worked out why he had an ordinary kitchen sieve attached to his microphone stand with a bit of gaffa tape. If anyone's got any idea I'd love to know.
I really must get more organised and make sure I edit my pictures and upload a post much closer to the time of the event, but here's my Halloween 2013 update at last. Like most years I had great fun getting dressed up.
Every day last week I had some sort of Halloween themed food, such as these cute meringue ghosts, ...
... sausage mummies, ...
... jack o'lantern stuffed peppers, ...
... pumpkin pie (obviously), ...
... pumpkin rolls (pumpkin shaped and containing pumpkin), ...
... and sugar and cinnamon (what else?) roast pumpkin seeds.
I also made a pumpkin & cranberry bread, but ate it before I took a picture. I think the pumpkin rolls were my favourites. They were based on this amazing post and really easy to make. They were great with savoury soups as well as with butter and homemade strawberry jam. I made 30(!) rolls, but froze about 20 of them. Needless to say I also carved a pumpkin, I mean it was Halloween after all - right?
As always Halloween was a great success at work, about 90%+ of people got dressed up for the day incl. myself (I think that goes without saying).
We had a Halloween themed staff lunch, where they served ghoulish beef stew with pumpkin rice and pumpkin dumplings and lollipops for desert.
We even did some apple bobbing. Guess who braved the barrel of floating spit and won first prize? Yes, that was me!
As per usual I shall give a more detailed update later.
For now enjoy this video of what seems to be the most annoying song once you get it stuck in your head. I've been singing it all day today and everyone's been telling me to shut up, not even the Inspector Gadget theme tune could get rid of this one.
Thursday night Jamie and I went to Hull Fair. We hadn't been in years and weren't too sure whether to go or not, but once we got there we were glad we went. Everything seemed magical. Hull Fair is one of Europe's largest travelling fairs and comes to Hull for a week every October. This year it's been the 720th anniversary. Unlike small local fairs, Hull Fair attracts rides, attractions and travellers from a wide variety of different regions from around the country.
We went for a walk around the fair and I had a go at one of the hook-a-duck stalls ...
... where I won a cheesy banana.
We then went along Walton Street, where all the fortune tellers and food stalls are.
Needless to say I got myself some candy floss.
We ended our adventure with a ride on a traditional carousel and of course a hot dog.