Thirty-one years on the road to nowhere searching for somewhere without a care think I found some times and places looked like I could only understand faces looking back at the sun with summer wind on my back wish they’d been wolf, lynx and bear if I’d really been a-were!
I included a Wolfsburg women’s football team story in my last of a fantasy trilogy travel quest XaW Files: Beyond Humanity. That story starred Alexandra Popp, whose name fitted in with the pop art theme of searching for the lost Andy Warhol of the greenYgrey world: Andy Wolfhol.
I also included a Doro Pesch of Warlock story to criticise women’s historic persecution through witchcraft/magick accusations.
Wolfsburg Magic not Magick
Watching some of the women’s European Championships last year, Denmark’s captain Pernille Harder was one of the standout players. So it was like the arrival of a prodigal daughter when I found out at the end of last season that Harder was now playing for Wolfsburg. They reached the final of the European Cup, but lost to Lyon, who’ve won it three years in a row now.
Another standout player at the European Championships was Lieke Martens. So when I named my Fantasy Football team for the 2018 World Cup I chose: 2 Lieke Pernille, with a few wordplay meanings to play with.
Only afterwards did I look up Pernille Harder on Wikipedia, and found she is in a relationship with fellow female footballer, Magdalena Erikkson.
My Feminism ‘Beyond Humanity’
Those who think I’ve just been supporting women such as Popp, Pesch and Harder for my own selfish reasons would probably think I’d be horrified at finding that out, but in fact I’m very happy for them, and hope they’re relationship remains happy forever.
Moreover, I called my main fantasy team for the next Premier League season PerNILle 10is Love, wordplaying love standing for nil in tennis scoring.
So if women have been put off supporting me or buying my books by people who claim anything other than the greenYgrey years were supportive of women, then they were misled.
Pernille would have been an ideal woman for me, but the next best thing to being with her, is to think that she is happy… especially at Wolfsburg!
That might sound ‘creepy’ to those who only base relationships on sex, power and money, but like I said in the greenYgrey years, they were an attempt to form a ‘higher form of love’, inspired by my years in the rave/clubbing scene, and as a reaction to seemingly more and more grooming… in dear ol’ Blighty at least!
I always said I did it unconditionally, and that’s the way I still feel, but now after a decade I’m probably going to move onto something else, unless there’s a lot more positive activity in the near future.
Huddersfield was the closest pick-up point for the Urquart Lochs and Glens holiday. In addition to yesterday’s blog post, it’s about £170 per person so not so much of a bargain for individuals. Sometimes they have single surcharges, but I don’t think they had one for that holiday. I’ve already posted a review of Huddersfield Travelodge on Trip Advisor.
There was lovely food in the Yorkshire Rose pub just below the Travelodge, as there was for breakfast in the Huddersfield Cherry Tree Wetherspoons and Red Lion in Skipton. In the Yorkshire Rose I had the added bonus of being there at the best time of day to sample the excellent Boondoggle and Wainwright’s golden ales.
Tour de Yorkshire
I relived travelling through Yorkshire in hot spring sunshine last weekend, as the televised (ITV4) Tour de Yorkshire enjoyed glorious sunshine. On the last day it passed nearby, and it was great to see them clear and close-up, after not really seeing them through the crowds during the Tour de France in 2014.
Moreover, breakaway winner of that day’s stage, France’s Rossetto, reminded me of me when I was thin from travelling in the 1980s/90s; and leading from the front like his epic 100km breakaway was my favourite kind of running style when young… it would have been when I was older if I could’ve done it!
We stayed at the Glenmorag in Dunoon, which was a nice old characteristic hotel, with good organisation and delicious food; reminding me a bit of The Shining, which was shown on television that week and featured on Gogglebox! Also had the bonus of seeing a deer in the greenYgrey grounds.
I don’t have any connection with David Urquart coaches, and lots of other firms provide similar holidays, but I think the value for money promise of their advertising is shown by the four nights holiday only costing about £170, and normally one night at the Glenmorag costs £65.
Apart from all the coach travel, we also had a nice hour-long cruise on Loch Lomond:
While it had been a nice holiday, and quite lucky to have mild temperatures, and dry sometimes sunny weather when out and about, never getting wet, it was also nice to head south to the tail-end of the heatwave going on south of the Clyde.
It’s also been great to spend some quality time with the Sun again this week, after our busy schedules meant we haven’t seen each other much since our Sunnymoon/Honeysunny!
On the morning of our final day, we travelled west to Tighnabruaich, which is kind of pronounced tea-an’-a-brew-ish, which was apt, because the region had a lot of nice cafes etc. The island of Bute is across from the mainland town, beyond Loch Riddon in the patch of sunlight on the horizon photo and the Kyles of Bute in the green park close-up. The other photo is of a loch while travelling west.
The sunnymoon period was over the next day, visiting Loch Lomond, but it was dry, and atmospheric. As in Norway where the narrow fjords with steep mountains are the most spectacular, I think lochs such as nearby Loch Long and Loch Awe are more picturesque in places, but Lomond is nice too, with several islands, and a visible mountain line dividing the Highlands and Lowlands going through it. As the biggest freshwater body in Britain at about twenty-four miles by five, it also has been-there-and-done-that value.