Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blogging Holiday


Having miserably failed to find anywhere to go on holiday in the South of France at short notice, we're now heading off to the west country for five days. I'm sure I'll find the English riviera as alluring as the French one would have been. Ahem. After that I'm spending a couple of days in Glasgow at the end of the week, although this will be a bit of a busman's holiday as I am speaking at a conference of political academics on Saturday.

All this means that unless the weather is awful and/or I am bored out of my tiny mind, there won't be much blogging (if any) over the course of the next seven days. And to be honest, it will probably do me good to have a complete break from it.

I will, however, keep twittering from time to time, If you don't follow my twitter feed but would like to click HERE.

47 comments:

A Very Public Sociologist said...

Aha! Opportunity in the mean time to try and half-inch some of Iain's audience, lol.

Might be interesting to see if other blogs get an audience boost when bloggers with a large following go away. Anyone noticed this?

Anonymous said...

While you're down here, ask a few people what their annual wages are. You're in for a bit of a shock. Have a good time, it's the best place in Britain and I wouldn't swap it for anything despite the poor pay.

King Athelstan said...

Good luck with the traffic Iain!

Iains Off said...

Enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

While in Glesga, visit the City Merchant. Or I'll cut you.

Uncle Bob said...

Have a nice holiday and come back refreshed. It's going to be a busy next 9 months or so.

Guthrum said...

Crockle Alert !

Avoid M5 anyhere between Bristol and Taunton unless you like playing I-Spy

Have a good one in God's own cider orchard.

someday said...

Fawlty Towers here we come?

subrosa said...

You know Iain, when I began reading this post I more or less expected Cliff Richard to pop up singing "Summer Holiday".

Maybe, like me, you don't have the technology. :)

Plenty clotted cream now, good for the bones they say.

John B said...

I have a lovely place you could have rented this week - you should have said earlier.

Iain Dale said...

Now you tell me! I blogged about my in vain search several weeks ago!

Colin said...

Check this out for future reference:

http://www.maisonduparadou.com/

Timothy Belmont said...

Hopefully the weather you get shall be better than the dreary weather in Northern Ireland lately.

Have a great break,

Tim

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

It's been pissing down in Glasgow for the past three weeks. Bring a brolly.

Anonymous said...

Just got back from Umbria, Italy.. Great place, hardly any Brits only an hour from Florence and Siena, big lake to chill out to, lots of Italian food and no chavs. Bliss.

JuliaM said...

Well, at least you'll know the language better and...

Oh. Wait...

Demetrius said...

While youi are there check out Michael Yon and his post of 19 August on Afghanistan about Yanks and Brits. It might concentrate the mind.

Albs said...

You'll be better off in Herne Bay than Torbay.

Bardirect said...

These have been available all year
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Mobile-home-Caravan-Holiday-South-France-nr-St-Tropez_W0QQitemZ310163022606QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Tickets_Travel_Accommodation_ET?hash=item483728230e&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14 even saw one which went for £100 for late July but I couldn't face the drive so went to Cornwall - probably saved a couple of hours.

True Belle said...

Ahh, You may stop off in Dorset, now in full harvest. Worborrow bay is the place to enjoy a swim. Fill your tank up before you set off, our fuel prices in the rural villages are a disgrace.

You will probably be asleep by nine! Lots of golf courses to enjoy too

Bird said...

Never mind that shit. We just won the Ashes.

Paul Burgin said...

Given your interest,am surprised you haven't planned to go on holiday to Germany, unless John isn't keen! That said the English South West Coast is rather lovely this time of year

Hamish said...

It does you credit that you are not lolling on some millionaire's yacht.
As I recollect, you were originally hoping to take two weeks off, now it's come down to 7 days, with 2 of them being a busman's holiday.
Quite right too. When you are forging ahead in your career, holidays are for wimps.
Enjoy whatever leisure you can snatch.

Scrolling down from this post, I saw that the headline of the preceding one read:
"As the Election Looms, Will Tory Bloggers Start to Pull"

If that's your ambition, good luck.

Brolly salesman said...

Take care on the narrow winding roads - what passes for a main A road in North Somerset would be a C road at home.

Hope those in Grockle country are wider.

Gary Elsby stoke said...

While you are away Iain, have a thought about one of your lot who will only select a pretty woman as a candidate in his association.

This is a new campaigning tactic that I am not too familiar with.

Explain.

Anonymous said...

South of France is vulgar, expensive and full of muggers!

(I was mugged twice in one afternoon, so I know).

Italy and Croatia are much nicer if you are looking for Med sea, sand and culture.

The Purpleline said...

Iain- honest question, have you experienced any problems being a gay couple visiting the West Country Hotels?

Do they make adequate provision for Gays. I would assume it is completely different than being in a metropolitan city.

Norfolk Blogger said...

I hope you ahve what we've had in Norfolk for the past four weeks. Sunshine, no rain, and its been wonderful (and the complete opposite of what the Met Office said four weeks ago).

Have a good break.

Anonymous said...

Having spent many a pleasant summer down that way, can recommend "No. 7" fish restaurant (http://www.no7-fish.com/frameset.html). Family run bistro with fresh daily catch, great wine list and easy parking. You'll need to book. Enjoy!

Auntie Flo' said...

Well, we know where Gordon Brown has been now: America. Nice free session at Martha's Vineyard?

Interview with Huffington Post on

...this is unbelievable....

Women's rights!
inowhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/gordon-brown/taking-womens-rights-seri_b_266578.html

True Belle said...

Purple line

The South west is loving and giving and very broadminded.

Hotels and B+Bs are always delighted to welcome guests from everywhere. A cosy break recharges the spirit!

The Lakelander said...

After spending the past eight summers in the South of France, we decided to return to a favourite haunt in Devon - Dartmouth.

We were lucky enough to be there when the English summer was as its best but it served to remind us just how good Britain is when the weather is good.

Repeat....when the weather is good...

Weather anorack said...

Just been looking at the Met Office rainfall radar page. Judging by the rainfall they are showing I am (sadly for you)expecting blogging to resume from you soon, unless it has blown past by the time you read this.

Glyn H said...

Don't Twitter myself; feel about it as Widders does so comment here: It's Regatta Week in Dartmouth - the traffic will be vile; Carved Angel was good 25 years ago; changed hands so not the same place. Watch for drunken Hoorays!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, just back from the Riviera myself. Avoid Torquay town centre and it can be lovely.

There are a couple of splendid National Trust places around there - Coleton Fishacre, the former home of the D'Oyly Cartes (beautiful art deco place, great gardens); and Agatha Christie's holiday home at Greenway (which you can reach by ferry from Dartmouth). There's also a very good vineyard (no laughing) at Sharpham, which has a very good small restaurant.

Anonymous said...

i know you are on holiday , just wanted to say how sick and disgusted i was at what happend at west ham tonight , and yes i am a west ham fan , maybe when you come back you could share your thoughts ?

nought.point.zero said...

You know Iain, you could have just turned up in Nice and booked a hotel from the street. Unless of course you don't like Nice. Meh, the west country's OK too. Enjoy your break.

Rush-is-Right said...

Sorry to hear about the fracas at West Ham Iain.

Still it's not all bad news today. That sh*tbag Edward Kennedy will no longer be stealing oxygen.

Rent said...

@AVPS - I hear Iain only has half an inch anyway.

Anonymous said...

Iain

Enjoy your holiday but...campaigning never stops.

Have just started a facebook group that asks people to compare the release of Magrahi with the release of loyalist and republican terrorists. Suggests that people should ponder this before joing in the boycott of the UK.

Group is called ‘Releasing Megrahi bad? Releasing Northern Ireland’s Terrorists Good?’
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123024433258&ref=mf

For anyone who wants to react to the anti-British 'BoycottScotland.com' with more than party political point scoring against the SNP and Labour.

Douglas

Anonymous said...

Just come back from Normandy. God probably has a different idea of where his cider country is.
Calvados - mmmmm.....

Grumpy Old Sod said...

Trying to find anywhere in the South of France during les vacances is not likely to be successful. Try July next year when they are still at work...

Mark said...

Auntie Flo' said...
"Well, we know where Gordon Brown has been now: America. Nice free session at Martha's Vineyard?"

I don't think so. The last I heard he was in the Lake District.

Quietzapple said...

Doublas (Anon above) might consider the US attitudes to the only convicted mass murderer of the Mai Lai massacre US Lt Calley served 2 months for and those towards al-Megrahi:

http://quietzapple-musing.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Hope you enjoyed your stay down here in the Wesscun'ry. I somewhat doubt it as the weather has been as bad as any summer I can remember, did you bring it down Iain?

Anonymous said...

Come back :(

John said...

You should have asked on here were to go in the South of France, I could have told you, as I expect a few more could have done.
Mine was/is between Monaco and Menton.