Losing it…

Paddy’s day ended up being a bit of a mess. Colm and I started off by rallying the troops to partake in a day long celebration of Celtic mysticism. We set off at midday to a beach-bar for our first refreshments accompanied by our Jesus Freaks buddies.

We also managed to recruit two German twins into our group to drive us around in their huge Mercedes overland truck. These guys were a dead ringer for the twins from The Matrix. Unfortunately they left us half way through the day.

As the day progressed and the twins and their transport abandoned us we decided to hitch our way to McManns Irish bar in Senegambia. Colm got a lift off a guy on a push bike. This guy got a major thank you and a few free beers after cycling with Colm for 5km in the blazing hot sun. Tina, Jeremy and I were able to catch a cool open top 4×4.

We spent many hours reveling at an outdoor table in McManns. Think 6 Irish people standing on their chairs singing joyously to U2 and Luke Kelly songs. We eventually got home only to realise that our camera hadn’t come with us. It had been on the table and I’m pretty sure someone decided to liberate it. If it hadn’t been such a long day I may have been coherent enough to have kept hold of it but that’s the way it goes. We’ve not been lucky with our cameras. Jeremy’s replacement camera, which was broken in Andorra, was en-route to Dakar but was somehow also lost. It’s now turned up in Senegalese customs. This is more than two weeks after its 5 day guaranteed delivery date. We’re now trying to have it sent to London and then routed down to Togo. For now we’ve added some pictures that we’ve been able to scavenge from friends.


  1. Keith,
    Don’t know if you got my last message about Austria. We have the motley crew going again: Duke, Lawless, myself und Herr Seifert. Flying from Dublin to Munich on morning of 7th June and returning on the 14th, evening flight (Aer Lingus). We’ve four tickets to three games, we can share them around so that we get to see at least two games each. Accommodation is sorted; we’ve a 8 bed dorm booked. We’ll be staying in Klagenfurt for the week, getting there from Munich by train in case you were wondering. Book your flights and I’ll let you know about booking trains, I haven’t booked those yet.
    Beware the perils of going native. The Horror.

  2. Thats what happens when two much of the black stuff flows. We will have to get you a bigger camera so you cant lose it think 1980 type video. Glad to see all is well and things are going smooth. Keep in touch. Nigel Gib

  3. I think the best for you keith would be some kind of necklace, you know, i mean that kind of necklaces mothers used to give to their little ones to fix their mittens so that they won´t get lost ;-)))

  4. Jer….

    Just a quick one to let you know that I passed my test a fortnight ago, and I’ve just put a deposit down on a black triumph speed triple…. pick it up the middle of April…. I can not fucking wait for it now mate….

    Glad to see you enjoying the trip, you are clearly missing out not being in the office and that, I can tell it in every post…..

    Looking forward to a ride out when you are back on home soil!!

    Ride Safe.

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