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  • All aboard / All change

    May 7th, 2013FletchtheMonkeyBeer and travel, Comment

    2013 has been a rollercoaster. I’ve not been writing much you may have noticed.

    It all started before Christmas when the time came to start our homemade wedding invites, and the dark evenings were extended long into the night, firstly on photoshop, and then cutting, sticking, glueing and tying our handiwork.

    Then came Christmas with all its trimmings and travelling, and before there’d been time to play with presents January arrived, and a daily stream of RSVPs for ticking off came through the letter box.

    In February I was made redundant and for a few days the world caved in.

    Immediately a big red button was pressed in my head and, soaring on adrenalin and tea, I was rushing around interviews, sign on meetings and ‘catch ups’ in a whirlwind of quickly learned answers and soul destroying niceties.

    I crashed on my stag do, asleep in a Berlin ping pong bar at 11pm on the first night, uncertain if I could afford a wedding and exhausted from running on empty.

    My head finally stopped spinning only two weeks after starting a new job in March. I realised how much I had loved my old job, grieved, and the year which had stalled dramatically started to rev and pull away again.

    Not for long. Four days before the wedding day, I received another job offer, one that meant the days before marriage were not so much a reflective calm before the storm, but a pensive, anxious period of conjecture, most minutes spent second guessing a future of vivid pathways to self destruction.

    Decision made; now it was time to head to Nottingham to be wed, and amidst a year of much grey hair growing was the best day of my life.  Followed by a honeymoon of exploring Icelandic landscape and cuisine with my new wife, and trekking through the commuters and skyscrapers of New York hand in hand in the first sunshine for months.

    Which brings me to today. Four weeks after arriving in Reykjavik, I’m sat on the first day of my second week of my third job of the year.

    I don’t know whether the renaissance of this blog will last beyond this post. These few words could be an acorn, they could mark the end of the line. Only the rollercoaster knows, and this year I’ve learnt to just jump aboard and worry about the bends later.
    photo by Joe Stenson


    Mark is better known as @fletchthemonkey and started writing about beer in 2009. When not content with spending all day on the internet working in digital for an multichannel retailer, Mark waxes lyrical at and types up match reports for Leeds Guide magazine.

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1 responses to “All aboard / All change” RSS icon

  • Somethings are more important than beer blogging. Like, everything else.

    If you want something to write about, I’ll meet you for a pint in Nottingham.

    And I promise not to wear my “We All Hate Leeds” t-shirt ;-)



    FletchtheMonkey Reply:

    Deal, I’ll be down very soon I’m sure.



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