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Month: January 2013

Message from a Hostel – Back with Bond

The travelling shed landed in the exact spot from where it had left in Doc Higgins garden. The Doc turned off the Higulator and switched all the time zone dials to zero. “Well James Bond welcome to 2013,” said Doc. “Let us invite James to taste a little of this home town offering but first you got to meet the lovely Miss Manager and Miss Nora.  Alistair I suppose you’re on your way to see Nora so we’ll see you back here in an hour.” “Right first time Doc catch you both later,” replied Alistair as he headed out the shed door. Alistair arrived home to his Nora.  I see your back from working in the shed with Doc, how did it go?” said Nora.  “You were working with the Doc nearly all day long.” “Nora all feckin day, we have been away time travelling for weeks and you’ll never guess who is sitting right now having a Martini up with the Manager and Doc? The Martini is shaken not stirred, now there is a little hint for you Nora,” said Alistair. “Let me think Alistair, is it Clarke Gable or maybe Teddy Roosevelt, no I think it must be Humphrey Bogart? “You know your feckin Martini drinkers Nora,” replied Alistair.  “But you are not close. Think of tall dark and handsome man in a pair of swimming trunks walking out of the sea.” It’s not Tarzan is it?” guessed Nora. “No its not Tarzan, the only thing he had in his hand was a feckin monkey and not a Martini glass. Think of the guy who gets all the lovely looking tulips, he is always hanging out around a casino and it’s not the young Hig,” said Alistair. “I got it Alistair and I’m just off to get myself ready for Mr. James Feckin Bond,” shouted Nora with great excitement.  “I hope it’s either Sean or Daniel”.  As she rushed off to put on the war paint. “It’s the one and only original 007,” replied Alistair. To be continued…….

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Message from a Hostel – All aboard next stop 2013

The travelling shed came to a halt. “Okay Hig, this is your stop and you two lovely ladies,” announced Doc Higgins. Alistair opened the shed door which looked out into field full of cows. “Doc this isn’t the Edgware Road in London, it looks like we are out in the middle of the bog,” replied Hig.  “Here Doc put that time machine into reverse and take us back to my pad in London.” “Hig this is just outside Ballybunion County Kerry in the year 1970, believe me you and the two tulips will have a feckin great time here.  The hotel down the street is called the Cliff House, just go in there and tell them that you have a reservation under the name of Little Joe and the Happening.  If the owner asks about these two lovely ladies just say they are part of your act for this evening,” said Doc. “What act Doc?” asked Hig. “You trust me Hig don’t you?” said Doc.  This will be a blast just step out into the new world of disco music and go with the flow little Joe.” “Okay Doc, I have to trust myself I guess. Come on ladies we are movin’ and grovin’ in Ballybunion tonight. Well Alistair and Mr. 007 James Bond if I don’t see you square I’ll see you round,” laughed Hig as he step out of the shed. “Don’t forget Hig the cailín‘s are Go Go Dancers get them moving to the music and you’ll rock the town tonight.  They’ll be falling out of the ditches to get into see your gig. You’ll be the talk of Kerry in the morning,” shouted Doc. The Hig turned back and smiled, “catch you two head bangers in the next time zone.” With Miss Pussy Galore on one arm and Miss Mary Goodnight on the other Hig walked towards the main street like John Wayne going into town for a show down. The Doc shut the shed door closed. “Right Al and Mr Bond the Higulator is set for 2013. Hold onto your hats, were set to go.”  The Higulator light up and the shed rattled. Within a few seconds the Higulator digital touch screen started to rapidly change in years 1970, 71,72,…………….1995……..2000…. To be continued……………

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Message from a Hostel – Stuck in a time warp

As they all took off from the North Pole in the Doc’s travelling shed…….. “Hey Alistair, I just noticed that the new digital touch screen panel seems not to have moved time zone in awhile. Looks like we might have got stuck in a time warp recently, we have not moved in time at all.  Hand me that screw driver and I will see if I can unfreeze it” said Doc. Alistair handed the Doc a screwdriver and continued with his conversation of bringing James Bond back to the year 2013.  Doc went to work on the new touch digital panel and joined in the discussion between Alistair and James Bond. “Hey James, do you really want to come back to 2013. What about all the tulips you have back in your Bond world?”  The lovely ladies like Miss Plenty O’Toole, Miss Honey Ryder and of course Miss Kissy Suzuki,” laughed the Doc. “What have I got to lose Doc? It seems you and Alistair have a great life in the future and judging by what I see the Hig up to, in the corner over there, I guess my days are numbered back in the 1960’s. He is a bit too much competition with the ladies,” said James Bond. “Doc, the Manager and Nora would be really excited if we brought James Bond back.  Even if it was just for a short while.  Now that you seem to have this feckin Higulator mastered and the new digital touch panel, we can bring him back to the 1960’s, once the girls have met him.  We might even stick  him in the local posh B&B for a night or two,” said Alistair. “Alistair I’m not a child. I can look after myself quite well if you just drop me off in the year 2013,” replied James. “Sorry James, it’s just that there are cougars around where we live and I would not want you to be eaten alive”. “I can handle myself.  I have fought off snakes, lions and sharks you know,” said James. “Your right James,” agreed Doc.  “Alistair, James will be alright if we take him back even though I am breaking one of my rules about taking people out of their own time zone. Sure we will have the craic . What harm could come of him?” “That’s it fixed now Al. Now we are sucking diesel.  The time digits are moving. We will be back in 1970 in a few seconds.  Hey Hig,” shouted Doc.  “This is your stop coming the year 1970. So let go of the two ladies. It’s time to get your coats on ladies your getting off at this stop as well. I would not like the Manager and Nora to see us arrive back with you two tulips on board,” laughed Doc. To be continued…….

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The Adventures of Doc Higgins

Adventures of Doc Higgins eBook available  on Amazon Purchase your Printed or eBook Copy – Today The tale of Doc Higgins and his time travel invention. How does the famous Doc plan to bring Alistair back from 1965 to his Nora? Taken from the Stories of Alistair and Nora. Set in London in 1965 where the Doc Higgins meets his young self Joe Higgins, fondly known as Hig. The Hig is the lead singer in the Boston Showband.  

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Getting Things Done

When you think it is all sorted think again. Questions that are better asked before you start. Does the task need to be done at all? Could we have achieved this task in a better way or earlier? Do we have the right people involved? Could we have planned it better? It is often better to be very clear on what will not be done so that you will have a clear understanding of what will be done.

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Message from a Hostel – Leaving Santa at the North Pole

“Yes,” replied Alistair. “Let’s drop James Bond, Hig and his two ladies back in 1970 and we can go home to the manager and Nora.” The Doc tested the Higulator for a final test and then came back over to Santa Claus’s house. “Right you lot. We are ready for the road. All sorted and it’s time we headed back to our own time zones,” said Doc. “Gather up your stuff and we’ll head back to the shed. Thanks for your hospitality Mrs. Claus and the lovely grub it was a pleasure to stay over. As they say in Moscow must be rushin.” They all said their goodbyes and Santa drove them back to the Doc’s shed on his sledge. “Bye Santa.  I will try and make it onto the ‘nice list’ next year,” laughed Hig as he pinched Miss Mary Goodnight on the arse as she entered the shed. “Right Alistair, set the time zone for London, 1970 and we will drop off the Hig and his tulips and we will then leave James Bond back with Mr. Golden Finger – or wherever he would like to go,” said Doc. Alistair set the dials on the Higulator using the new touch screen panel. “All set and ready to get on our way. Do I have lift off Doc,” requested Alistair. “Push the buttons Al my man,” replied Doc. And they were off in time once again. “Well Hig,  once we have dropped you and the two tulips off both Al and I are going back home to 2013. I don’t think we will see you again. If you need me just post a letter. I’m sure you remember how Al got me back to 1965. It will be like the batman signal,” laughed Doc. “James Bond my man you seem very quiet. Have you time travel sickness?” “No,” replied Bond. “I’m just thinking. I would prefer not to go back to 1963 and maybe head back with you and Alistair to 2013.” “Let’s bring him back to 2013 for the craic Doc and we’ll book him into the Eldorado Hotel for the weekend. He might never want to go back to the 1960’s,” laughed Alistair. To be continued…..

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