Monday, 14 December 2015

Right, I'm off ...(housekeeping)

The more perceptive of you may have realised that not only has my morning posting drifted from a long term pre-6 a.m. slot but that I have been posting during the day - yep, I've taken the early bath. I've retired from the construction industry with a pension to spend more time with the rest of my life. No more building, no more horrendous corporate crap and now they can go ahead and demolish my little offices and make the whole floor some sort of rabbit hutch arrangement with 'touch down' stations 'break out' areas and other 'modernised gains' of which I never bothered finding out the meaning. The writing has been on the wall ever since the Personnel Department became Human Resources. This being the construction industry, I meant to go in the Spring but there was a delay - and this being the construction industry, the delay was contract litigation on one of my last jobs. I won. Keeping a mill in the guv'nor's pocket is a good note to go out on. 

I'm also emigrating. I've bought the typical old farmhouse somewhere in the Eurozone that isn't Spain or France. No excuse for not going to church on Sunday, either. I aim to start craft brewing in the barn but am going to enjoy renovating the 300-year old defensible farmhouse first. Yes, there is a local market for craft beer - they're about 10/15 years behind the curve so think UK microbrewing circa the millennium. It isn't going to be big or generate huge sums - it just needs to 'wash its face' as my ex-colleagues would say. And be enjoyable.

On the one hand, I'm delighted that I'll be somewhere safer, healthier, infinitely more pleasant and with an incomperable quality of life. On the other, I feel a bit of a shit at deserting you all and leaving you all to it.


I've no idea whether I'll have the routine and inclination to continue blogging, whether events in the UK will still cause the same level of indignation and outrage that prompted me to start back in 2007. Or whether like others I'll get financially wiped out by the next crash and end up as a car park attendant living in a trailer park in Margate or something. Still, the joy of life is taking the risks. 

Blogging will resume shortly ..

Thank you!
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Many, many thanks for your kind comments - I'm simply overwhelmed! Yes, it's up in the mountains where Italy, Slovenia and Austria meet; and yes, I hope to start blogging again before Christmas - R

70 comments:

David Jones said...

Good Luck!

The Englishman said...

All the best, sounds great but your daily blast of reality would be greatly missed.

Anonymous said...

Harry says;

Bravo ! All the very best Radders. May i be one of the first to wish you luck and as one who has done this sort of thing, offer unrequested advice. Wherever it is you've chosen .. if you haven't already, learn the language. Good luck and thank you.

anon 2 said...

Oh dear, Raedwald! If you go, whatever shall we do for one of the best blog experiences out there.

If you're anything like me, you'll actually miss what's left of the UK - the bit that made us and stayed with our kind over the thousands of years. With a name like "Raedwald", you know it's not some old raincoat we can shrug off - it's the best and most wonderful place on the planet. But it's too hard to watch helplessly as the aliens have at it.

I agree with you about the stupid "Human Resources" thing, too; and I bet you're glad to be shut of that lot.

Hoping you'll be able to keep this going.

Sackerson said...

We all hope you'll continue, I'm sure. If Anna Raccoon and John Ward can - and the emigre perspective can be more revealing since you'll be seeing things sideways on. Also interesting to communicate the locals' perceptions.

Best of British. Hope to read from you again when settled.

The PrangWizard of England said...

Good Luck, but don't stop your blogging. They do listen and you must continue the fight, we need voices like yours. It may seem hopeless at times but .... in Kipling's words to his son

'Keep on keepin' on.

G. Tingey said...

WHERE?
Looks "Germanic" i.e. within the boundaries of Germany after 1871 &/or AUstria Hungary ditto ....
Slovakia? Slovenia?

One slight problem, you have no defensible borders where you are.
As opposed to Britain, which in spite of all the crap talked has still got this "ditch".
And, you will find Euro-regulation WILL catch up with you.

DeeDee99 said...

Five years ago, I was reading about 10 blogs a day. Now I only read one - the rest either gave up or got boring. You've never been boring Raedwald and I shall miss my morning "fix" of your wit, sarcasm, anger and knowledge.

Good luck with your new life: I hope it works out really well for you. But don't forget us back in Blighty ...... when you've got settled, keep blogging. I shall keep looking in for a few months to see if you're back.

Don't disappear - we need people like you to help keep the bastards down.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

I'm guessing you're somewhere East of the old iron curtain...all those references to brewing, and the photo which I presume is not a throw-them-off-the-scent plant...Slovakia or nearby?

Well done you. I wish I had the courage, but then I have grandchildren who are certainly not going to move.

Please don't stop blogging completely. Please.

Enjoy your retirement - and the beer!

The Belted Earl said...

HR, or Anti Personnel as they are also known.

Good luck

Nigel Sedgwick said...

Dear Raedwald, I wish you happiness in your new lifestyle; also your fair share of successful outcome of your plans.

Thank you very much for all your blogging to date: it has been a proper encouragement.

I really do hope you do not give up on the blogging; if you do, you will be sorely missed here.

Maybe after the effort of your move is over, you could try for two posts per week, or some other level that is slightly less onerous than at present, and so acknowledges the other calls on your time (which may well generate a bit less ire).

Again, best regards

DAD said...

Best wishes. I did it 18 years ago and have never regretted it. Assimilate into the community and you will find great joy.

Wildgoose said...

Good Luck - and carry on blogging. At least a weekly post from the outside looking in!

Bob G said...

Please do not stop blogging. A sane voice in a mad world is beyond value. It is priceless!

Bob G said...

PS. Raedwald, re-reading my above comment, it sounds like the fairly recent MasterCard corporate advertising guff. It's not meant to - your blog is my everyday go-to for a fix of straight talk, fact, logic and reason. Please keep looking in from the outside and commenting on the ongoing idiocies of a nation, in my memory, that used to great but now seems intent on its own destruction.

Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness! There's a shock at breakfast time - the best blog in the blogosphere is disappearing? Horrors! Each morning I log on for a dose of sanity, wit and righteous indignation...please please continue when you are settled, unpacked and sorted...we value your insight so much!

John Miller said...

Good luck Radders.

TrT said...

Blogging the projects would be fine by me :)

Dave_G said...


Best wishes for the future Radders.

Yours is the only blog I've followed consistently and also quoted and/or linked to in my own small effort to stick it to the establishment. On many occasions you have been inspirational.

Whether or not you continue is irrelevant - your impact has already been made.

Dave

Bloke in North Dorset said...

Have a great time and I wish you every success.

I must have been reading you from almost day one and I've found your posts always interesting, entertaining and educational and shall miss them even when I didn't agree with them. You will remain, like a few others, in my RSS feed on the off chance that you start again.

Anonymous said...

Crikey, R, that's simply the worst news ever.

Good luck to you though, I wish I was in that happy position. Make sure you have a clear field of sight and keep semi automatics and a good rifle plus a reliable AK + plenty of loaded mags for near in stuff.

Keep the faith, kill the cultists.

Malcolm Stevas said...

Glad to hear you have somewhere good lined up, and interesting plans to keep the mind ticking over. I hope sincerely you find time to continue blogging: Raedwald is one of half a dozen news/politics sites tabbed permanently on my Firefox screen, visited & read daily. Your combination of knowledgeable, literate analysis and righteous invective hits the spot for me nearly every time...
Austria? You frequently mention the place with approval... Architecture & landscape look like it. Good choice, I like it too. The former Iron Curtain bits are tempting though I'd shy away from them, bit too close to the Great Bear to the East - and I like the sun, though currently spending only 3-4 months a year in the Midi. Where some of my friends just voted FN, in vain. I don't hanker after a UK FN (and the BNP are thick neo-fascists) but disappointed Marine Le Pen didn't do better, stitched up by a creepy alliance of voters for the established Parties, just like UK and UKIP.
Best of luck with everything. Don't leave us altogether, please.

right_writes said...

So long Raedwald and thanks for all the smelly fish.

It's been great reading, hope you find peace in your new home(land)...

Unlike other advice here, protect yourself by only learning a smattering of the local language and you won't be disappointed.

Anyway, my guess... what with the pellet fires, the Euro and the under-developed craft beer ambitions...

Slovakia... why the secrecy anyway? if it's good we ought to know!

And still influenced by Sean Gabb's libertarian input.

Stunning place... I still remember a sign on the local shopping mall entrance in Martin... In pictorial... No roller blades, No smoking and No guns.

Tingey might be right for a change.

Mr Ecks said...



Good luck for the future. Please keep blogging.

Unless you have gone East--which parts of Europe are not -so far--Submitting to the RoP--The shit will catch up to you wherever you go. You can run but you can't hide.

The English Physician said...

All good wishes for your future - but please keep blogging!

Billy Marlene said...

Sad news, but not altogether surprised.

Get over there, reset your Gyroscope and keep the faith (whatever THAT may be!). Good luck - but I doubt you will need it. Remember, you may not need US but we need YOU!

I hope you come back blogging with both barrels soon.

Anonymous said...

All the best Raedwald - your stuff is the best on the internet
Will be sorry to see it go, if it does, but will console myself that you're enjoying life more
Shotover

meltemian said...

One thing's for sure, it ain't Greece!

Good luck with everything, Enjoy, and we all hope that (like Arnie)
"You'll be Back".

James said...

Many thanks for blogging, you've helped keep me sane. Please find some time to carry on, your new life would be interesting to hear about. Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

I wish you the very best in your new home, Raedwald, and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us over the years. I have enjoyed them tremendously. Thank you!
PS Hope you'll be back soon -I mean blogging!

formertory said...

I've toured that area of southern Europe many times on my motorbike (which had to go earlier this year as back, neck and shoulder probs got in the way). It's a wonderful, beautiful place to be and I'm deeply envious.

I hope and trust that your plans work as, er, planned. Thanks for a blog I've very much enjoyed over the years and I'll be looking forward to you resuming as and when.

Take care.

James Higham said...

James agrees with James above.

Rossa said...

Me and Rossa's Mum also read you every day, though we don't usually comment. Part of the silent majority here. We'd both like to wish you all the best on your new adventure. When the bar is open, hang out a sign and you never know a few of us just might drop in to say hello. Would also love to read about your renovations and setting up a microbrewery.

As Groucho said "there ain't no sanity clause"! Well you seem to have found yours just in time and your blog is an oasis of sanity in a mad mad world,

Span Ows said...

Good luck. Comments as per Trt (blog the projects) and 2 x James.

Anonymous said...

Best news I've had since May.
Please stop blogging

Signed: David Cameron

Prawn Sandwich said...

Oh shit Radders I have been impressing friends and foes for years with my erudition by coopting your pieces as my own. High and dry I am. I started reading blogs with Guido(remember "Hitch"), Iain Dale and Loggerheads followed by Devils Kitchen, Old Holborn, Elecro Kevin, and assorted others later joined by Cranmer and Anna R. None of these listed provides the concise educated insights that this blog does. You should be writing for Speccie in the style of Bron Waugh. Rod Liddle doesn't quite carry it off.
Perhaps when you are connected to electricity etc you may find the time and inclination to give us a new voice reflecting the view from inside the ropes wherever they may be.Many thanks and best wishes

Jonty said...

Oh dear! I usually head for you first in the morning to get an accurate flavour for the days news. Best of British to you.
I used to have an Austrian visitor years ago who absolutely loved a pint of bitter and declared it King of the Beers, so let us hope you find similar enthusiasts.

mikebravo said...

Oh Bugger, not another one down!

This in one of the only blogs with sane and sensible commenters (myself excluded) who can rant without it getting too acrimonious.

Where will I tread the ravings off Tingey?? Will he have to start his own?

Best of luck. I'm not sure you will find too much to get you annoyed in such a beautiful and tranquil place. Unless your locale is forced by the EU to take 10,000 migrants of course.

Anonymous said...

You leave a hole in the shield wall and we will not if ever, fill it easily.

Poisonedchalice said...

Well you could have knocked me down with a feather! I remember when your blog right hand announcements bar changed from "40 something..." to "50 something..." and that wasn't long ago, so I put you at 54-ish; too young to hang up your guns just yet chap!

I come here to get my daily dose of news that isn't just "Novocain for the brain" fed to you by the state and it's chums in the dead tree press. So please don't pack in altogether; you'll be fine once you've got electricity and an internet connection. Given I deliver the internet to low populous, mountainous, rural areas, I reckon I could set you up with a 25Mb connection for a real speedy blog!!

Anyway, you and I know each other from a former boating forum life, where my Windy 8800 featured highly; and I sign off from here with my old boat's name. The Windy may be gone but your blog doesn't have to. All the very best to you chap and hopefully we'll meet again soon.

Coney Island

thefatlady said...

I've been a follower from way back on the YBW forum. I shall miss you.
John

Mike Spilligan said...

Well, it's all been said by now - though I was really waiting until G Tingey wrote something, possibly not contentious under the circs - but in any case here's to your future, blogging or no; and like many others here I've looked forward to Raedwald each morning since - I can't remember when.

Thud said...

I retired several months back (I think) and after a period of contemplation I've embarked on all sorts of ventures and I'm enjoying myself hugely.As an aside I may or may not be enjoying making calvados (sort of!)if that was legal of course....enjoy yourself.

Anonymous said...

Good luck, you were missed when you left the forum and you'll be missed in the broader sphere that you've inhabited here.

Colin Mce.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry Radders, that i've been a bit churlish and grumpy, what I should have said, first off.


I wish you [and family?], all the luck on embarking, may your new endeavours bring you peaceful, joyous contentment. Relaxation and time to properly reflect and contemplate the wonders and revelations of a mighty Universe...........and are profitable to boot [it helps].

We, I beg earnestly, when you are able to, in your fastness...... can you show us some interiors of the new place [afore and newly refurbished], please!?

I've lost a virtual soul mate, I am most disconsolate but by God I know you'll make it work and Aus/Slov/Italy are lucky, very lucky to have a new neighbour and the ultimate beauty, the solemn solace of the Latin rite - [regularly]...... who knows?


May, Godspeed be granted to you Radders.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to you and your new adventure. Always enjoyed your pithy and succinct take on the news of the day.

Bill

Bob G said...

Excellent news that blogging will hopefully restart before Christmas! And, yes, you're in a beautiful part of the world - best wishes for a contented future.

Sen. C.R.O'Blene said...

Having identified with so much of your excellent blog, Raeders, especially as I retired from similar business just one year ago, I will miss that particular insight in your posts!

I wish you every good fortune in your new life, and also wonder where you'll keep the boat...

Please, though, keep sticking it to the cretins who have the temerity to stuff their voters - they need it!

Anonymous said...

Trust you are at a goodly height above the E70 and the caravans of bandits that pass thereupon.

G. Tingey said...

Mike Spilligan
I did.
However, assuming it is just into "Slovenia" - remember that Euro-Regulation will be just as bad, or even worse that it is here, so what's the point?

Chief of men said...

in the words of the late great captain darling

"bugger"

merry christmas and a happy blogging new year from your new abode

Flyinthesky said...

Good luck, merry Christmas and thank you for your insights. The bookmark will remain.

Jeremy Poynton said...

"The writing has been on the wall ever since the Personnel Department became Human Resources."

Been there! Done that! Indeed, having paid off the mortgage I was just about to walk, when I heard redundancies were needed. Hand up. Job done. Out.

Good luck, Raedwald with the move. Hope you'll keep on doing the blog, it's been a daily visit for me since I stumbled across the blog some years back.

Jeremy Poynton, aka Elby...

Brian H said...

Always enjoyed catching up with your criptic observations, I hope you can find time amongst the brewing and building refurbishment to let the world know your thoughts.

Best wishes

Brightside Bob said...

Looks like I'm late to the (Christmas) party as usual...
Good luck (& thank you)Radders!

haddock said...

I read years ago the advice to old seafaring men on retirement; it was said that they should walk inland with an oar over their shoulder. When someone said "what's that you're carrying" it was time to look around for a place.
It seems you walked uphill quite a way.

Wishing you the best in your new life.

john cheshire said...

Best Wishes for the future, Raedwald. I'll miss your blog.

John M said...

Thank you for your blogging Mr Raedwald. I've been enjoying your writing for a number of years now and the web will be a slightly less shiny and interesting place without your musings.

Budgie said...

Raedwald, Thank you for your dedication and hard work. Your blog is always good to read, interesting, and I even agree with you - mostly anyway. Good luck.

MichaelF said...

The Best of British luck! Do please continue blogging! If I had the money, I would leave this once fine country too. Godspeed.

Anonymous said...

I wish you well Raedwald; and for all the thoughts you shared, this Englishman thanks you.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.


Steve

john gibson said...

Best Wishes.
John Gibson

proglodyte said...

Seems a good plan - enjoy....

lilith said...

Thank you so much Raedwald. I will miss you very much

Anonymous said...

Oh well done, Bravo and all that.
We decamped in '96 and never regretted a day since, we even talked about going back but when we looked, we saw and it was worse than ever. Don't feel badly about your move you, like us give the others something to think about and maybe some encouragement.
So,bloody well done and all the very best, Mick and Diana.
PS. hope to see you here again soon, tell us all about the beer, there maybe a vacancy at the Racoon Arms......

Woman on a Raft said...

Hurrah, Beer. That's the way to do it.

Let us know when you are on tap and I will dust off my passport and come to review the brew.

delcatto said...

Good luck & Bravo! for taking the plunge & escaping.
If you need a volunteer for the brewery... That might be one way to earn some extra euros. Set up a one week European micro brewery experience & charge the recipients.

Dick the Prick said...

All the very best dude. Hope it all goes swimmingly.

charles said...

good on you. I have moved to Somerset and have retired aw well. I handed in my mobile phone and credit cards on Friday, had a very good lunch and have shaken the dust of London from my feet.

Timothy Davis U.S. of frakken America said...

Best of wishes to you Radders. This Colonial enjoys your blogging immensely.

If you make it up Augsburg way, Sagts du "Hallo" zum Tona für mich, biite.

LG

Tim