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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

More curve balls


Coming up to my wedding in 2008 I had noticed a lesion in my mouth that hadn't gone away. I had it biopsied a few weeks before my wedding but asked them not to tell me the results until I returned from my honeymoon. I could tell from the doctor's grim expression that it wasn't looking good but I at least wanted to get married and let the happiest day of my life be just that. 

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Ramblings from beyond the Pale 2008 - Jordan

The Rose Red City of Petra


After a wondrous honeymoon adventure in ancient Egypt (read here), it was time to continue the Indiana Jones pilgrimage and head to nearby Jordan. Of course, I couldn't leave the country quietly, I decided to carry an ornate snake stick (purchased at the pyramids) on to the plane. Egyptians customs pulled me aside, the words 'weapon' and 'witchcraft' may have been mentioned as they tried to break, shake and wake the stick. It behaved itself, it's mother of pearl snake eyes slipping me a wink as it was begrudgingly handed back to me. Onwards to the Middle East...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ramblings from beyond the Pale 2008 - Egypt

The Bangles would be proud


2008 was a remarkable year, the entire world went into a financial crisis never seen since the Great Depression, Fidel Castro retired, Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft, Barrack Obama came to power, and I went on honeymoon.