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Sunday, January 08, 2006


Happy new year to one and all !!! Today is the 8th of January which as everyone knows is officially the last day of Xhristmas - what a shame. I am back in Barcelona after a rather long and winding journey down through Europe in the ol' jalopy. Setting off at 10.30pm the day before New Years' Eve, I drove through the night, witnessing a great sunrise when passing through the Champagne region with the roads all to myself. How apt, I thought - Champagne for New Year's !!! "Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends" etc ... two hours later I was snoring in a traffic jam outside Dijon, which struck me as a bit more down to earth. Arrived in Bourg St. Maurice to meet Sebaaaastian and Brrrradders - was shattered but managed to pull through to see in the New Year at the Howell household with Seb's folks, Luke and new ladyfriend Emma. Many thanks to all of you for allowing me to remember New Year for the first time since I was 15 !!!

New Year's Day and I was very excited to be able to use my new snow chains on the car (see picture). We drove up to Val d'Isere to meet William and had a great day's skiing (for "skiing" read "lunch" however - we were on William's timetable). Seb and Bradders left that evening to head back to London and I stayed with Paul, Debs and Guillaume to ski another day before realising the back wheels on my car had completely frozen ! After sliding round Val for a couple of hours (it was like doing a constant handbrake turn around town - awesome) we eventually got the wheels unstuck with the help of monsieur Ogh-he-hogh (think that was his name) in the garage and off I set down to Barca. The drive down through France was "thimply wonderful" - was a shame my camera was broken as there were some pretty spectacular views dropping down through the Alps.

Have two days of Finance interviews coming up starting tomorrow - should really be studying the "Capital Asset Pricing Model" and "Weighted Average Cost of Capital" (zzzz) but golly it is tiresome. Anyway just wanted to stick up the photos that Sebbo sent over from New Year - thanks for them chief ... hasta luego !

Arrival in Val (note the snow chains)

Snow really was this deep !

Extreme off-piste action

A frozen lunch at la Fruitiere restaurant

Windy : if you're reading this in the States - make sure you get yersel' upstate now ya hear - ah hear its really budeful this time o' year ... ya just gotta ... :)


At 3:23 pm, Blogger Homer Pack said...

Bother in law Billy here...this is for your mate with the Hoff fixation...


1. David Hasselhoff is the only man to ever defeat a brick wall in a game of tennis.
2. There is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures David Hasselhoff allows to live.
3. When David Hasselhoff drinks pee, his asparagus smells funny.
4. When David Hasselhoff was born, the nurse said, "Holy Cow! That's David Hasselhoff!" Then she had sex with him. At that point, she was the third girl he had slept with.
5. When David Hasselhoff goes to donate blood, he declines the syringe, and instead requests a hand gun and a bucket.
6. In an average living room there are 1,242 objects David Hasselhoff could use to kill you, including the room itself.
7. The popular videogame "Doom" is based loosely around the time Satan borrowed two bucks from David Hasselhoff and forgot to pay him back.
8. David Hasselhoff can count backwards from infinity.
9. Crop circles are David's way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie the f**k down.
10. When David Hasselhoff jumps into a body of water, he doesn't get wet. The water gets David instead.
11. David Hasselhoff can divide by zero.
12. In fine print on the last page of the Guiness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by David Hasselhoff, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone has ever come to matching him.
13. David Hasselhoff is not lactose intolerant, he just refuses to put up with lactose's sh*t.
14. David Hasselhoff has two speeds: walk and kill.
15. David Hasselhoff is the reason why Wally is hiding.
16. David Hasselhoff can set ants on fire with a magnifying glass. At night.
17. You are what you eat. That is why David Hasselhoff diet consists entirely of bricks, steel, and the tears of small children.
18. David Hasselhoff once beat Super Mario Bros 3 without even touching his Nintendo controller. He just yelled at his TV in between bites of his "Filet of Child" sandwich, and the game beat itself out of fear.
19. David Hasselhoff played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.
20. If you were to lock David Hasselhoff in a room with a guitar, a year later you would have the greatest album ever, it would sweep the Grammys. When asked why he doesn't do this David replied "Because Grammys are for queers." Then he ate a knife to show the seriousness of his response.
21. On his birthday, David Hasselhoff randomly selects one lucky child to be thrown into the sun.
22. When David Hasselhoff does a pushup, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the Earth down.
23. Whenever David Hasselhoff puts out a cigarette, he throws it in slow motion into a long line of gasoline and calmly walks away as an inferno erupts behind him.
24. David Hasselhoff invented black. In fact, he invented the entire spectrum of visible light. Except pink. Tom Cruise invented pink. But David Hasselhoff likes it to be known that using telekinesis, he made Tom Cruise mix red and white together, knowing fully well that the resulting colour would not be worthy of his creation. David Hasselhoff invented telekinesis.
25. David Hasselhoff coined the phrase, "I could eat a Horse" after he ate every last unicorn in existence.
26. David Hasselhoff haunts Freddy Krueger's nightmares.
27. The eternal conundrum "what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object" was finally solved when David Hasselhoff punched himself in the face.


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