Dec 25 2009

Happy Christmas to anyone read…

Category: Friends,TweetsChrisM @ 12:45 am

Happy Christmas to anyone reading this. Saw the transition of Xmas Eve to Day in with Walton and Irina.

Walton and Irina Christmas Eve

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Dec 09 2009

Wet Sound

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 11:24 pm

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have all brought people to this site.

I’ve stopped at the point where search terms only bought me less than 10 visitors since I installed the plugin. You can see from the list that the sonic focus drivers error message that I encountered a long time ago are by far and away the biggest crowd pulled, closely followed by the floods in Gloucestershire (specifically Tewksbury) back in 2007. That second one is all down to Irina spotting some photos online that other people seem to find interesting, I guess.

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Dec 05 2009

Spent evening w/ Walton. Good …

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 3:04 am

Spent evening w/ Walton. Good food,drink & company.Assel back tomorrow.Then had skype videocall with lucky re. Wales being a country or not.

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Nov 13 2009

Off2 Oasis to meet up with Dan…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 8:22 pm

Off2 Oasis to meet up with DanD and Walton for a few drinks. JohnA feeling off colour, so not with us this evening. Anna’s walking improved.

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Oct 31 2009

Arrrrrrrrrrrgh. Oh, you’re not dressed for Halloween?

Category: Eating Out,FriendsChrisM @ 10:22 pm

So we have just returned from a tasty meal at Sligo, with Walton and Assel. We realised that the last time we had visited the Irish-pub themed location here in Astana, Kazakhstan was just over a year ago, which was another Halloween themed event. Today the fire steak (yes, that was indeed a steak that arrived at the table on fire), chocolate dessert (currently only displayed on their Russian language menu) and vodka were all lovely. Anyway, when we arrived the male waiters had already changed into their themed costumes – scars/pirate paraphernalia were abound. For some reason the female waitress’s costume changes didn’t occur until later on, and were comparatively weak – a ‘bloodied’ bandage around one neck, and a witch’s hat on top of the other lady’s head. I then spotted a woman who caught my eye. I spent a few seconds trying to discern the inspiration for her costume, before realising there was none – she was just a (slightly older than) middle aged woman in tight jeans and a top. Given that I gave the ‘pub’ a plug in my recent guide to Astana, I don’t feel too guilty in calling out her dubious choice of fashion (she is thought to have been the owner), I just wish she’d dressed either more conservatively, or gone the whole hog and added some accessories to her otherwise scary outfit! Anyway, this time there were no signs in the bathroom warning people not to fish in the toilet bowl, which is good, as I’d forgotten our proper camera, and despite the band being worthy of a few shots, as I’d forgotten our real camera (the camera phone couldn’t handle the low lighting), I wasn’t overly upset at the lack of humorous text in the washroom.

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Oct 31 2009

Beautiful Tonight. Applies2bot…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 8:17 pm

Beautiful Tonight. Applies2both my&Walton’s wives this evening+also the track being played by the house band in Sligo (Irish pub in Astana).

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Oct 04 2009

Thanks to Walton, Assel, my in…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 5:15 pm

Thanks to Walton, Assel, my in-laws & of course Irina, in the last 24 hours I’ve had pizza, a few drinks & caught up on sleep. Thank you 🙂

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Aug 29 2009

Off for early celebration of W…

Category: TweetsChrisM @ 7:22 pm

Off for early celebration of Walton’s birthday. Sorry the blog has been quiet most of the week, glad to see my Xbox has been wittering away.

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Aug 23 2009

Horses And Tightrope Walking

Category: Friends,Kazakhstan,Personal,Pictures,VideosChrisM @ 3:16 am

Meeting up on the 5th of July with Walton and his brother, Dave, who was over here in Kazakhstan for a while, we had decided to try and catch the horse show put on at the entrance to Astana Park, as the day before it had been rained off. A year or two ago, Walton, Asel, Ira and I went to see Kokpar and horse acrobatics at an out of town stadium, again for Astana Day celebrations, but this year I hadn’t made it.
Once we’d seen the show, we could understand why the horse riders only wanted the driest of floors to work on.

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Aug 21 2009

One Two Hundredth Of A Century!

Category: Anna's Photos,PersonalChrisM @ 10:55 am

Yes, back on the 21st of August, it really had been a whole six months since Anna was born, and turned our lives around for ever (in a good way). Irina’s parents, Walton and Assel and Igor & Natalya all popped round for the birthday girl’s celebratory meal (I’m assuming these events will gradually encompass a little more comprehension for the date’s importance in future years for Anna). Irina cooked another superb meal, and everyone seemed to have a good time.

From this point on, Anna will no longer be 1/60 of my age – the gap will be shrinking (proportionately speaking)!

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