thread I'm at Geneva Airport
Similar temps to London, but not too muggy thanks to the lake and the mountains.

But spending a few hours on a building site where the A/C isn't on yet was somewhat less than comfortable...

Oh, and don't think about going on a fucking plane if you can possibly avoid it. FAR scarier than I thought it would be. People are utter twats.
permalink the only people i've known to fly recently
have said thier flights were 1/3 full so not bad.


I can imagine geneva will attract the arseholes.
permalink When Bea went to Spain the other week it was quiet.
Quiet at Heathrow, most things closed. Quiet plane.

Now everyything is open and it is NOT GOOD.
permalink I’m not sure that it’s Geneva attracting arseholes
I think it’s arseholes determined to go on forrin holidays, trying to find places to go that aren’t quarantined.

That’s usually a fairly “businessy” flight, but with ski holiday folk in the winter.

Today there were a lot of dickheads in shit sun hats and sandals.
permalink Was it a budget airline?
permalink No... BA from Heathrow...
....
permalink I know that flight far too well!
did you get a cheese roll?
permalink You don't get anything much at the moment, obvs.
You can get some water and a bag of crisps in a sealed bag if you want.

I just tried to concentrate on breathing as little as possible for the entire duration.

Coming back was even worse. People having standup arguments about mask wearing. I thought one of the crew was going to deck this pair of stupid cunts at one point. She would have been completely right to as well.
permalink Meanwhile... train to Edinburgh this morning
With the Spaniard, which is nice.

When I did this three weeks ago, it was nice and quiet. Today, much less so. Big Thai family and some lads on a stag do. Honestly. Reserved seats for social distancing total chaos.

People are a terrible bunch of cunts.
permalink people are awful
but we are all part of the problem.

good news is the premiership rugby starts tonight!
permalink I'm part of several problems
But I try not to make myself a hazardous part of this one.

That really weird and slightly disturbing problem over there though? Yeah. That one is mostly me to be honest.
permalink a good location 25 miles out of edinburgh to buy a haus?
or land (can you still buy land in scotchland*?) any direction i guess

*https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/09/forgive-us-our-trespasses-forbidden-rambles-with-a-right-to-roam-campaigner
permalink Depends what you want and what you can afford to spend.
The nice bits within 25m of Edinburgh are generally quite pricy because they're prime commuter territory and they're nice. East Lothian - mostly lovely, pretty places by the sea especially. Fife - a bit cheaper, some gorgeous places by the coast (the "East Neuk"), some nice bits inland too, some ex-mining shitholes too. West Lothian not generally very nice. Down towards the borders is a real mixture.. some lovely bits but again, not cheap if it's somewhere nice.

Good building plots are always snapped up fast... they do come up, but they don't stay on the market long unless there's a good reason...
permalink cheers
was looking for locations that were as remote as possible (away from commuting routes) but a days walk away from E.
turns out there's quite a selection and that pebble-dashing is loved
permalink Anything within 25 miles od Edinburgh is commuter belt really,
but there are plenty of houses in the middle of nowhere, relatively.

There's a long history of pebble-dashing ("harling" in Scots), because Scottish clay is crap for making bricks and the bricks didn't weather well... so the harling was protective. These days of course, the bricks aren't made locally, but harling is still very much part of the vernacular.
permalink parents estate
is a classic 70s one (there's loads around Clackmannanshire/Stirling built to the same plans*). White harl.

Right over the road from massive whiskey bonds.


So they're mucky grey, thanks to the black mold that grows everywhere you have large amounts of spirits ageing casks.

*there's one estate in Alloa I think might be a slightly earlier build of the same plans as they have chimneys, most (like my folks) were build as gas heating only
permalink East Lothian is very nice
and feels far more remote than it is

we're contemplating moving to Perthshire
permalink I liked living in East Lothian
It's great. Expensive these days though... prime Edinburgh commuting territory.