Category: Happiness

Witcher starter set

Karl Anglii , wied┼║minie

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone reading that I’m a pretty big fan of The Witcher. Although I’ve not read the books (I really should fix that), I love the computer games, and everything about them – the setting, the characters, the shades of grey in the decisions you have to make. And Triss Merrigold is pretty much my perfect woman. But I digress…

Anyway, my friend Nathan is also a massive Witcher fanboy. In fact way moreso than me. One of the reasons I love this guy is the fact that when he gets into something, he doesn’t do it by halves. Literally everything related to his current subject of focus must be obtained, devoured, investigated, learned, lived. That level of enthusiasm is completely energising to be around, and in all honesty, it’s helped me through many a rough patch over the past three years. Nathan’s enthusiasm is infectious, and I find myself more excited about anime, more interested in manga, more addicted to videogames than ever before, simply by hanging around with him. The world needs more people like this.

It was my birthday recently, and Nathan made me the most awesome gift. A “Witcher Starter Set”. It comprises a Witcher’s medallion, two Witcher’s potions (swallow and tawny owl) and ┬ábag full of orens. The medallion was purchased, but the rest were hand crafted. The wax seals on the potions are so well done, the whole thing is great. Nathan told me “the potions are technically drinkable, but it’s probably best if you don’t.”

These are EXACTLY the sorts of gifts I love to receive, and I’ve already had comments today about how much happier I seem than normal. Check out the picture below (taken at work, I’ll try and get some better photos when I get home)

Witcher starter set

Two potions (Tawny owl and swallow), five orens and a witcher’s medallion. All you need to get started

I even received my first contract: hunt and kill the twisted “Gove” which has been skulking around Westminster!

I’m in the goddamned future

So here I am, updating my blog from 10 km above Slovakia, via the in-flight Wi-Fi. Yes. In-flight.Wi-Fi. This is the future. Not the future I was promised, which consisted of jetpacks, hover cars and robot girlfriends, but it’s an acceptable compromise.

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This is also the most comfortable plane I’ve ever been on, and the in-flight meal was not only vegan, but also pretty damn good.

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Still another 5 hours until I reach Dubai, but I’m pretty happy right now.

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

Last week I had the best experience of my life climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I have LOTS of photographs, and I have LOTS to say about the trip, but I have little time right now sop you’ll have to wait for a full report. Until then though, here’s a video of me reading Toto’s “Africa” from the summit: