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birthday weekend in York 2011

birthday weekend in York 2011

happy birthday Ian

Today is Ian’s birthday. He was born some years ago today about 10pm.

I met him in September 2000 … and we become colleagues and friends working with Witness for Peace.  Eventually we also became the dynamic duo we are today!

Yuji, our lead vocalist and guitar in the blues get togethers

Yuji, our lead vocalist and guitar in the blues jams

Ian is my jazz man, the love and light of my life.

A talented musician with a wide range of music tastes ranging from afro-beat and jazz to (Western) classical. One of my fondest memories of our life in Mexico was the informal ‘concerts’ (tocacads) we held at home. Everyone would bring along an instrument and we’d make the music up as we went along.

One wish I have for him on his birthday is that this next year he has more time for his music.

a wish for more music

a wish for more music

It is one of his passions, and he’s really good! One of our neighbours once asked me whether it was Ian practicing or a CD? It was Ian …

birthday memories over the years

his birthday cake (carrot with cream cheese frosting) 2013

his birthday cake (carrot with cream cheese frosting) 2013

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UK citizenship ceremony 2012

UK citizenship ceremony 2012

birthday with Mexican friends in London, sadly no music ... but a good time

2011 birthday with Mexican friends in London, sadly no music … but a good time

2010 hurrah we're moving from the cute but damp and mouldy little flat in Central Hackney

2010 hurrah we’re moving from the cute but damp and mouldy (ick!) little flat in Central Hackney

OK, so the truth's out. We are married, Tunisian make-believe-style (2009)

OK, so the truth’s out. We are married, Tunisian make-believe-style (2009)

What a guy! Washing up on his own birthday 2008

What a guy! Washing up on his own birthday 2008

2007 birthday in Morocco

2007 birthday in Morocco

2006 bbbrrrr! One year in England after five years in Mexico and still not accustomed to the climate

2006 bbbrrrr! One year in England after six years in Mexico and still not accustomed to the climate

2005 we moved to London on Ian's birthday ...

2005 we moved to London on Ian’s birthday …

2005 we were warmly received by friends ...

and we were warmly received by friends …

2004 we cycled from Merida to Tulum (one week), this is in Tabasco on the bus down to Merida

2004 we cycled from Merida to Tulum (eight days journey), this is in the Tabasco bus station on our way to Merida

day 8 birthday journey 2004, Tulum, Mexico

day 8 birthday journey 2004, Tulum, Mexico

…. … … … .. … …

indexAnd memories of the 2014 birthday are yet to be made. But we recently bought a Lonely Planet guidebook to Spain, so a future birthday celebration may be there. But until then … it’s another birthday in chilly London-town, bbbbbrrrrr!

One day, a birthday in Spain? Why not? Embrace uncertainty!

my birthday in Barcelona 2012

my birthday in Barcelona 2012

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