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Love on the Beach (or Pink Lips gets a new Italian Convertible)

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This week I have decided that the blog entry should have a romantic flavour and there are two recent events that have reinforced my view that love is alive and kicking both in the Southern Hemisphere and also here ‘up North’.

Let’s start with the sunny end. Recently, Lorraine and Ian, the couple who live in the Villa next to my pad in Cape Town, decided to get married. Sadly because of an urgent assignment in another country with the RiskBusters I was unable to attend the wedding ceremony. I had to leave South Africa just as it was starting.

Just before the wedding - strolling on Llandudno Beach
Just before the wedding – Lorraine and Ian strolling on Llandudno Beach

So, in order to participate ‘in spirit’ the love birds asked me if I would help them to put together some photos for the invitations. So the three of us trundled off down to Llandudno beach, camera in hand, and captured some sun and passion (despite getting sand into those inconvenient, itchy places).

Just before the wedding - one last look into your eyes on Llandudno Beach
Just before the wedding – one last look into your eyes on Llandudno Beach

This means that although I couldn’t be physically at the ceremony, I was involved indirectly. In fact I hear from the now happily married couple that they also decided to turn some of the photos into table mats. This means I can also join in whenever they have a romantic meal, looking into each other’s eyes, and perhaps inadvertently dribbling onto my lovely artwork!

With you in spirit if not in person!
With you in spirit if not in person!

Now, the second romantic event for this week’s blog was prompted when I turned up at the Car hire counter upon arrival at my usual alpine airport. Helga, the friendly lady at the counter, could hardly control her enthusiasm. “Mr Dog-I’ll-buy how luverly to experience your person coming again: I wud like to give you somezing extra special in der VIP carpark: Do you like Italian sports cars?”

I felt my pulse rising in anticipation but tried to stay cool: “Well only if they are red” I lied.

“Null Problemo! Der roof is red but if you don’t like it you can pull the nob and get off with it”

Even before I got to the car I had already sent a text to my partner, Pink Lips, who was waiting for me in the apartment: “Get your head scarf out, tomorrow we are going out in my Italian Sports Convertible”. I couldn’t wait to see what Helga wanted to give me in the VIP car park. Was it a Maserati GranCabrio or perhaps a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.

Riskko and Pink Lips enjoying the air in their new Italian Convertible
Riskko and Pink Lips enjoying the air in their new Italian Convertible

Next day Pink Lips was up at the crack of dawn, dressed in a bright red ribbon for her trip in the convertible. Even our dog RISKKO was already sitting in his basket with his tail wagging. So we waited for the rain to stop and then jumped into the masterpiece of Italian style and engineering craftsmanship. I hadn’t realised that the Fiat 500 was also available as a convertible.

By the time we got to the supermarket the rain had almost stopped, so while I was doing the shopping Pink Lips and RISKKO tried to work out how to get the roof down. Fortunately I had not left a can opener in the car.

Riskko helps Pink Lips get the roof of the Italian Convertible down
RISKKO helps Pink Lips get the roof of the Italian Convertible down

I returned to the car with this weekend’s provisions and found that the two of them had succeeded in getting the roof down. They were showing off to the other shoppers in the supermarket car park and having a cuddle in their shiny brand new Italian convertible!

Sadly it started to rain again so we had to put the roof up and return home. Pink Lips asked me whether the Car Hire lady knew I was from Yorkshire – she had noticed the fuel gauge on my ‘sports’ car had hardly moved since I picked it up. We managed to get through a whole weekend of alpine touring and had only consumed about 14 litres of fuel. I explained it probably had something to do with the aerodynamic shape. I also pointed out that in Yorkshire we would probably add in a few design improvements like bigger side pockets for the ferrets (this would make it into a true ‘sports’ car). I would also have added a couple of straps at the front so it could be fastened onto the Donkey. This would improve the fuel consumption even further. Italian style and Yorkshire frugality!

At this point RISKKO decided to be sick in his basket. Time to go home.

If you haven’t seen their latest video yet just type RISKKO into You Tube or try this following link! Please note that some of the less respectable videos you might come across when you type Pink Lips into the search engine are not mine.

Riskko and Pink Lips schmoozing in their new Italian Convertible
RISKKO and Pink Lips schmoozing in their new Italian Convertible

Have a romantic week!

Chris Duggleby

If you found this review interesting you may also find some of my other recent articles worth checking out. To view these simply click over the titles below:

31st March 2014: Women In the Army: Germany – Problems with Sexual Harassment,Scandinavian Solution ….Sleeping Together

18th March 2014: Germany and Finland Joint Investigation: New Case of Sexual Cannibalism Including Self-mutilation (Castration) During Intercourse.

7th March 2014: Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Discovered in France – Potential for European Ecosystem Disaster

4th March 2014: 30,000 Year old giant virus found in the Siberian Permafrost and ‘resurrected’ – it is still infectious!

2nd March 2014: Wolves are better at learning from their ‘pals’ than dogs.Through domestication dogs have lost a capability that is key to success in the wild.

24th February 2014: NAZI Research into the use of Mosquitoes as Biological Weapons to Infect Allied Troops with Malaria.

24th February 2014: Ant Wars: Crazy Ants deploy Chemical Warfare against Poisonous Fire Ants and their Amphibious Craft.

9th March 2013: Insects getting hooked on psychoactive drugs – How plants take advantage of bees by giving them a caffeine buzz.

29th December 2012: Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine – The Norovirus propagator in our kitchen. 

28th December 2012: If you want to suck on my worm you had better whistle my song! 

23rd December 2012: Lower Saxony puts naked winter sports event on ice for safety reasons following massive popularity of undressed ladies on sledges and fears of over exposure. 

22nd December 2012: German tax authorities require lorry drivers to keep a toilet log-book(“LKV Fiscal Bog Log”).

25th August 2012: Sex Tax declared a success by Bonn – once again Germany leads the way in fiscal innovation with high-tech self-service sex tax collection system.

18th August 2012: Polar Bear dies of Encephalitis after catching Herpes from a Zebra in Wuppertal Zoo near Düsseldorf.

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle finger – Fingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

11th August 2012: Do you have killer rats/mice in your cellar? Over 2000 people attacked in Germany so far this year (Hantavirus Infections at record levels).

28th July 2012: Naked Night Swimming in the Lakes Around Munich (costumes and towels are for wimps!)

28th July 2012: Naked In-line Skating in Dachau (Is this Germany’s Preparation for a new Olympic Event? – Watch out Beach Volleyball!)

7th July 2012: Sexual Equality in the Black Forest town of Triberg: Men only parking spaces.

(…..and the link to the Pink Lips You Tube video is here!)

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Farewell Llandudno


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Sadly, as with all migratory birds, it is time to say farewell to my beautiful base in the Southern Hemisphere and fly north for the European summer. It has been an interesting week since my last blog entry: at the beginning of the week I caught a couple of Whales schmoozing around the rocks in front of my balcony (photo below) and we had a beautiful full moon on the 8th March 2012.

I managed to get out of bed in the middle of the night to catch the full moon just as it was setting above the rocks. Although this place is called Sunset Rocks I find some of the most magical moments are when the moon sets. This is made all the better by the incredibly clear sky and the multitude of twinkling stars. I am in the fortunate position of being able to see the moon setting over the sea from my bed (although clearly that approach doesn’t get many photos taken). I have captured some of the moon-set shots in the gallery. 

This is my last day here so as the sun rose I took a final walk over to Llandudno beach to take a longing look at the view from Llandudno rocks as the sun rose over the mountain. I have also added a few more photos of Llandudno to the gallery to remind me what I am missing when I am in the Northern Hemisphere. I need to pack now – there is a big cycle race here on Sunday and they close the Cape Town-Llandudno road to cars – therefore I need to depart on Saturday (today!). On Monday I need to be back at mission control with the RiskBusters in the UK as we embark on our latest corporate risk fighting adventure.


  More soon….

Overcast in South Africa


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This morning Alex, the BIZCHANGERS technical guru, gave me my first coaching session, by video conference from Vienna, on the use of WordPress. Our objective: to help breathe a little more life and colour into ChrisDuggleby.com. It would appear that the Gods fully support this move having ensured the day here on Sunset Rocks (Cape Town) is sufficiently overcast to eliminate any distraction from the two local beaches.

My roof top “Office” is conveniently situated about 20 minutes by foot from Llandudno beach (near Cape Town, South Africa, not the one in Wales). It is also a 15 minute walk in the other direction to Sandy Bay beach. This ensures I have no excuse not to get some real exercise rather than just the usual writer’s cramp and various repetitive stain injuries (we used to just call this back ache!).

Another Day at the office at Sunset Rocks

From now on I intend to keep you regularly updated on the exploits of the BIZCHANGERS’ founder and professional risk buster. I will also provide occasional photos and tips about interesting ‘exposures’ I come across during my travels.

First of all, a quick update on progress in writing my new book. I have dedicated a couple of weeks of seclusion here on the outskirts of Cape Town to break the back of my newest offering which will focus on the management of ‘change’. I am actually already into the third version but from experience this is nothing to worry about. It took over three years before I felt my first book was ready to be published (‘Value TRAI Based Risk Management’).

By the way if you do not yet have a copy of the first book we have a special introductory offer which is only available if you purchase via the BIZCHANGERS.COM website. All prices on the site are quoted in UKPounds (£9.99) but you will be offered a currency of your choice when you get to the payment screen. This price includes international postage.

So that’s enough of the promotional stuff. It is time to get back to writing the next book before the weather improves too much. Once the sun arrives I will be clambering across the rocks in an attempt to delay my body grinding to a halt through lack of use. Just to wet your (and my) appetite here is a photo of the route from the apartment to the beach. More soon……

The treck from the Sunset Rocks apartment to Sandy Bay