Sep. 20th, 2016

August was busy, September isn't being any quieter.

Last weekend I headed off to Lollapalooza in Berlin. There was almost a sensible reason for this - Radiohead tickets in London were going for about £150 a head, and the other headliners were Kings of Leon, who aren't touring in Europe this year as far as I know.

In the end, though, it was a thoroughly impractical idea which worked out very well (give or take an annoying blister I picked up on Saturday).

Berlin is a fascinating city, and I need to head back some time for a proper visit. Three days just didn't cut it. However, I did scratch the surface enough to see it as a haunted city, haunted by the War and the Wall. Every now and then I was reminded that almost none of the buildings around me were more than 70 years old, and the boundaries between the East and West are still stark, even if they were supposedly erased 25 years ago.

(Oh, the festival was great: good humoured, well organised, great sound. But I still prefer small gigs).

A lot of the last two months was spent trying to buy a flat. Long story short, I found a place, offered on it, the offer was accepted, surveys got done, mortgages arranged, and the seller pulled out at the last minute. I guess the best thing to say was that it was a learing experience, but it's a learing experience that's left me three or four grand out of pocket, and with a remortgage that I don't need anymore. It also meant I spent a weekend sorting the fall out, which I had better plans for.

And since three things make a post, today, I should mention that the latest iOS upgrade has left my iPad sulking and refusing to connect to the Interwebs - so I guess I'll go and try to sort that out now. 



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