2018: Week 14

08th April 2018
This week has been horrible.

Another of those times in life which is full of pain. Our family seems to be cursed at the moment and I feel like my chest has been hollowed out.

Today is my big brothers 48th Birthday, and much of the purpose of this blog was to keep him up to date with what was going on despite living in California. On Friday morning I woke up to the sad news that he had passed away a few hours earlier and since then it has been a mixture of trying to help with the arrangements that need making this side of the Atlantic whilst my thoughts are filled with the happy memories of times that we spent together.

Drinking Whisky on the West Coast of Scotland (somewhere between Fort William and Mallaig).

Putting the world to rights in Sweden... and drinking vodka from Ice glasses high in the Arctic Circle, where I also got to meet Abra for the first time.

Exploring San Francisco and his wedding filled with characters to Abra.

Exploring LA with Neil and Abra before heading up into the mountains at June Lake - and attempting to learn to snowboard with him.

There was so much of life that he missed out on afterwards being so far away. I miss our discussions, his sage advice and his sense of humour. He was so intelligent - a multifaceted genius in so many ways, although plagued by his own demons. His talent seemed to know no bounds and he seemed to excel at everything he turned his hand to.

The news has started to spread now and more and more people have been in contact with Abra. There is so much to sort out... and we all miss him terribly. We may not have spoken physically in a long while, but the email exchanges were regular and if I had a question on pretty much anything I was struggling to find a solution for an email out to him would usually come up with something.

So, Neil, here is to you. Your life was too brief but your impact on all around you immeasurable.








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