Exclusivity of Air Travel & Family…how both dissapoint

March 2, 2011

Well I’m back from the frozen mother country, despite promises form certain persons to ensure I got a warm welcome back from Customs! Although ‘Border Security’ were filing at Perth Airport were filming on my return!!

My flights reinforced my belief that most air travellers are selfish pigs, infact that is probbaly an insult to those pocines who gives us all that lovely porky goodness. it really hacks me off when my fellow passengers pile in with what seems to be their main luggage and try and squeeze them into the overhead lockers. Thus depriving anyone who arrives a few moments later of some storage space.

Then on exiting the plane you get to see the amount of crap and rubbish people dump on the cabin floor and their seats. I’m sorry but it is clear (to me at least) that maybe some people should not be allowed to fly, and it has to be said that ability to pay large amounts on wonga for tickets is not a suitable test as business class is no different to cattle class.

Anyway the flights back to the UK were ok and on time. As soon as I arrived and did a quick change of clothes i went accross the road for a nice greasy doner and chips. Was quite happy with the Radisson Blu in B’ham. Breakkie was good as was the midday checkout. The only pain was that a minor teeny bopper group were also staying at the hotel so the lobby and outside was full of their ‘fans’.

The train journey to my parent was a bit of a nightmare and lasted five hours rather than 3 and a half. After dinner with my parents I had a wander around Barmouth and discovered it was down to only 3 pubs. God that town is strange and also not a little depressing.

My step-fathers prognosis is still unclear although it is clear he has bone cancer the specialists say that is only a 2ndry issue but they don’t know what the primary is… The poor man is very depressed and sick and tired of the constant round of tests (which require a 130 mile round trip) which seem to produce no meaningful results. The good thing was that as the weather was miserable we got to spend a fair amount of time together watching the ICC world cup matches.

Coming back to B’ham was less stressful and I stayed at the Novotel. Got blown out by one friend because she misread my original email to her and thought I was  staying in London, so had booked a table at Kettners and had aplnned spending the rest of the evening at Ronny Scotts! Instead I had excellent fish & chips at the Great British Eaterie. a place I can heartly recommend as has my old pal Simon Majumdar


So if you are ever in the area check them out.

Thursday started off as a disaster, with my aunt having given me the wrong address of where my grandparents and father were buried. it took me all morning to finally get the right place only to find that she had ensured that there was no mention that my father had a child on the gravestone. A sijmple ‘loving father & son” would have been fine, instead there was some mindless platitude.

That pretty much finished me off so i headed back to B’ham in a shite mood. Lunch was faggots, peas, gravy & mash at the GBE and then I started drinking. Alcohol wasn’t hvaing alot of effect so I heaed off to the Rose Murree Indian restaurant for a curry. the suervice and food were great


I then headed back to the hotel and drank a bit more finally rationalising my dislike of many things…

Friday was better. sorted out the basics like laundry and had a great chat with a guy working at a local laundry who did an effective service wash for me which is didn’t have to. Lunch was again at the GBE as I knew I’d need to line my stomach for later on. As in the afternoon I met up with my old friend Bob McIntyre.

Bob & I have known each other since the first week in Uni and we spent about 8 or so hours drinking and catching up. he’d come up to B’ham on business abnd managed to book into the novotel as well. the evening went swimmingly although we both agreed that the pubs were not that hot.

He left early the next morning but I got to hang on for a shortwhile before heading off to the airport. The flights back were all delayed and my fellow passengers it seemed were similar to my previous lot so left a trail of debris behind them when leaving the plane. 

Am now back and glad to be home. Am throughly knackered as my internal clock is buggered due to flying through multiple timezones with almost no time to recover.

At lease I’ve got Chaz Day in Melbourne to look forward to on the 22nd March


Back to the frozen mother country..& Chaz Day goes international!

January 24, 2011

Some of you already know that my Step-Father is quite ill, and that I’ve made a decision to make a flying visit back to the frozen wastes of the Mother Country to raise his spirits (don’t know if my ‘duty free’ allowances will do much to that)!

Those of you from the J-space days will remember how much I hated my return to the UK back in 2007, when I had to go back for my Father funeral. The conflicting emotions of family and filial loyalty warred with a basic wish not to be in the UK or spending the money to be there.

The bottom line is that I’ve not seen him in seven years and if things do turn nasty then at least I’ve ‘done the right thing’. Of course if things do go south then I’ll be racking up the airmiles but will need to do more Assessments to pay this expenditure off. The only bright side to this passion play is that cus the AUS$ is so strong my living costs will be manageable

So in less than a month I’ll be back in the UK.

As about half of the trip will be in North Wales I have decided to have a Chaz Day in Birmingham, its likely to be Friday 25th February, location to be determined but there used to be a ‘walkabout’ bar near to where I’m staying so maybe a little slice of faux-Oz will make it more relevant…

Seasons greetings……

December 21, 2010

Another year almost down the tube..

Where has the time gone I ask myself?

Xmas at Chez Chaz will be a quiet affair this year, the only excitment being High Tea at the Duxton Hotel for Xmas Eve.

Will be working at the Native Animal Rescue Centre in Malaga, Xmas and Boxing Day mornings.

New Years Eve will be celebrated at Upper Reach Winery again this year.

I wish you all a merry Christmas &  a Happy New Year  and would like to leave you with the following thoughts:

Merry Christmas from the DHS!

Chaz Day in Sydney final calls

November 25, 2010

Only a week to go before heading to the best city in the world.

Just confirming that Chaz Day this year is being held at Philips Foote in the Rocks. Kick off at 18:00 hrs.

I’ll book a table (just in case!) also weather forcast is looking inclement so might book it inside or at least undercover!

Could a I have an idea of numbers?

I have every confidence that Sydneysiders will not have a problem with their days of the week unlike certain Victorians!!!


November 15, 2010

Well I’ve failed at my first attempt for NaNoWriMo, real life has intruded far to much and so far I’ve only written a grand total of 6K. That means pumping out 44K in less than 20 days. & I can tell you now that is not going to happen.

Its a shame really as I’m enjoying the bleak wilderness that is post apocalyptic London. The Purebloods living the life of luxury in kensington gardens. The Voudons in southern London experimenting with the ‘near dead’ and the ghouls (the cause of apocalypse) slowly building their own kingdom in the warren of tunnels that run under Londons ancient streets.

So i’m going to keep on writing the story but it won’t be finished by the end of november.

Chaz Day in Sydney

October 12, 2010

Well people and non-euclidean squigly things from beyond the stars it’s time for another Chaz Day in Sydney.

Date: 2nd December

I was thinking of holding it at Philips Foote, whcih’ll mean the drinks will be cheaper and also there are plenty of other bars to drink in later.

Also I think i’m staying in Walsh Bay so will be handy for me!!

As usual all are welcome with kick off at about 6pm.

BTW this will also give Sydney the chance to give Melb a good kicking after the pawltry turn out a few months ago at The Mitre Tavern!

So looking forward to a good burnt feed and booze!

BTW Marcela will not be able to make it this year as she’ll be in Buenos Aires!

Demise of the red beret

September 10, 2010

A question to all you armchair strategists out there.

Is a full on air assault by parachute troops still an option?

Or is a two pronged limited air assault to secure a landing zone, followed by troops landing by air transport more feasible?


Melbourne persists….despite my best efforts!

September 7, 2010

after many promises i finally managed to make it over to Melbourne for the first few days of September. partly for business and partly for pleasure.

I arrived on the wednesday and the city welcomed me with open arms, ie it was cold, windy and wet….

Got my luggage quickly and was soon unpacking at my apartment. Then I scurried down Little Bourke Street to have my back put back into place at the Sakura Lounge. Service was very good and very cheap for the qulaity of the treatments I feel.

I then had to rush accross the CBD to meet up with JP. Had a drink at his unlces place before heading off to Cookie for a few more beverages. Where we talked the talk and caught up. Unfortunately the evening was truncated as he had a business call booked in so It was back to the apartment  for me for soem dinner and I caught “The book of Eli” on the TV which I did enjoy.

On thursday it was down to soutn Melbourne for a business meeting before having a lunch from the Earl Canteen and i releaxed ready for the upcoming Chaz Day celebrations.

Bangar was a prompt arrival at the Mitre tavern but as time dragged on there were some notable non-attendents. IE Havock who had a bit of a problem with his weekdays. Orin sent his apologies and AlbionLove Den went to the gym instead. No matter Guru Bob soon appeared and we started to comunme a fair amount of Dead animals. After dinner we adjourned next door for a quick drink before heading our seperate ways.

My friday morning meeting was canceled but I still needed to pop up to Brunswick and after a quick wander headed back down to the Vic Markets to wander drooling around the various food stalls. Then it was a quick walk back to the appt dropped off my stuff then heaed over to meet up with Barnes and Guru Bob. The good guru had previously recommended a beverage serving company called the Captains of industry & as it was on my way I popped in and immediately rated it as a cool place to go.

A quick half was downed at cookie before meeting up with the aforesaidmentioned gents and we moved sedately into China town for a yum cha feed. This consumed Barnes had to head on back to work & Bob showed me a few bookstores I’d not yet visited before we heaed over to central and watched the post modern ironic classic “The Expendables” which we both enjoyed, understanding as educated men of the world the subtlies and nuances of the plot and cinematography! 

Bob then went off to get pwned playomng company of heroes by some teenager in wyoming at a local internet cafe whilst i went and tarted myself up for my evening assignation.

As you all know I’m a shy and retiring type. So I faced the idea of the Horror Writers Masque with some reserve. The event was great and everyone seemed to make an effort. Ned and Beans outfits whcih were based on the manequins form “The girl beyond the fireplace” were very impressive. As were the four lasses dressed as the seasons & the press zombie.

I had a great time chatting to James and Irene, two independent horror film makers from NSW. you can find James Blog at:


We visited the nearby hotel for a decent after ball party but finding none then headed to the casino. Where, due to the excellence of james mask meant that we had probs getting into the place. irenes charm though got us into one of the bars. After a final drink we parted and i headed home dreading the next morning.

With it seems good reason as I was throughly hungover..for some strange reason.

Well after consuming some pain killers and some fat laden food i headed off to World Con. Luckily it was easy to find the Immortla Dirk Flinthart and Barnes (plus two offspring). I had a great afternoon  with them and enjoyed catching up with dirk, whom I haven’t actually seen in two years. the highlight was i have to say not the panel on ePublishing but the Girl Genius radio show


The afternoon finshed too soon and then i was on my way again in the inclement weather to Squires Loft for dinner. i have to say that whilst i like dthe venue and the service was good, the marinade they use on the steaks put me off. After this I settled in for the night putting beyond use the booze I ‘d bought and watching ‘the hurt locker’.

Sunday morning was spent doing domestic chores and catching up again with JP for a quick coffee before he had to head off to do a panel at the MWF. I just had time to pack upbefore heading back to the airport and headed back west.

All in all a great time.

Final Call for Chaz Day in Melbourne ’10

August 30, 2010

Ok folks,

Chaz Day in Melbourne this year is 2nd September

Just a quick reminder kick off in the bar at the Mitre tavern at 18:00hrs. dinner upstairs at 19:30 hrs, I’ve booked a table for 8 to allow for blow ins

Curreently we’re looking at

Guru Bob, Bangar, AlbionLoveDen, Moi (of course), Havsy, Orin & maybe a friend of Gbob’s & Barnes.. if anyone else is in town that night let me know. the more the merrier!

Looking forward to catching up with everyone.

Prion 13

August 28, 2010

After much thought I have decided not to try and get this short story published.

Guidance from Flinthart leads me to believe that the style and twists are a bit too self indulgent.

Ammended 29/08/10

Parts 1 & 2 are now up. Enjoy.