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Taking a Break, Rediscovering Fun

Sometimes I forget how important it is to take a break from the “usual routine” and do something a different for a change. Fortunately for me recent events gave me a jolt from my usual perspective. Here’s my take on events…

A few months ago I speculatively went to see Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided that I would go to the next gig that I could get to, their music was an invigorating change from my usual listening. As they are an English duo I expected the next gig I could get to would be a year or more off.

A few years ago I was into flying in a big way. I was a member of the Royal Air Force cadets at school, for the chance to fly in Chipmunks, and the chance to learn to glide in Ventures, and some opportunities to shoot. I was interested in hot air ballooning, going to many meets, and working at Cameron Balloons in Bristol over school holidays and on school games afternoons.

PSB announced three dates at the RAF Museum in Hendon in May, and I wondered if there was any way I could finagle a trip to see one of them. I thought that I could maybe take my wife for a trip to London for a few days. Alas the dates were during term time, it seemed like the trip wouldn’t happen. Then I decided to “raise the stakes” and I casually asked my daughter if she’d like to come up from LA, have mother’s day and a few days in Toronto, and then have a couple of days in London. To my delight she agreed, so I got to work booking the tickets and hotel. I have a friend who was in London, and I hadn’t seen him for a few years; I told him we were going to the gig and wondered if he could make it — he could.

So I had managed to organize a trip which got the family together for mother’s day, and got some time with my daughter and a friend in London, and managed to see a band I liked, all in less than a week.

Some of the highlights of the trip — introducing my daughter to some traditional English fare at Goddards at Greenwich, showing her a Chipmunk at the RAF Museum, and seeing the gig with her and a good friend.

The menu at Goddards

The menu at Goddards


Food from the Menu

Food from the Menu

A Chipmunk on display at the RAF Museum

A Chipmunk on display at the RAF Museum

Public Service Broadcasting, broadcasting away.

Public Service Broadcasting, broadcasting away.


Giles Floodgate’s tweet has a better picture of the band — it’s not easy for me as a short person at the back to get a decent shot!

If you’re interested in getting a taste of the gig we attended then the BBC have put up a clip of the track “Spitfire” from that evening.

This trip has given me a jolt. When I forget work and spend some time with family and friends doing things we enjoy then I can have a blast. All I have to do is make it so.

As Talking Heads said:

So think about this little scene; apply it to your life.
If your work isn’t what you love, then something isn’t right.

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