Hi honey… I’m home!

Jeez, they really know how to do hot, down in the south of France!

I’m back in blighty now, where it is pissing down with rain, as I write this.

However, we had a good time – as always – but I won’t bore you with the details.

And I’m particularly pleased with this picture that I managed to take from seat 16F on our Airbus 320-200


Now, see these sandals on my feet? Well, I am being constantly moaned at that they are not fashionable enough and that I should get a new pair.

But I have no intention of doing so: plenty of life left in them, I reckon.

Flip flops are the thing, apparently. But I’ve never liked ’em. Don’t like that bit that goes between your toes.

Or the noise that they make as you walk: flip flop, flip flop, flip flop… Gets on my nerves.

Mrs Masher put hers on the wrong feet once, and they went: flop flip, flop flip, flop flip…

True story.

But, it got me thinking. Y’see, I bought those sandals to take on our honeymoon.

Twenty-four years ago.

As you know, I like to get my money’s worth.

But, it occurred to me that my Clarks’ sandals – being nearly a quarter century old – must be pretty well travelled by now.

And so, with nothing better to do, I sat under the air-conditioning unit and worked out in which countries they had been worn.

In no particular order:

England; France; Spain; Italy; Jamaica; Kenya; Venezuela; Brazil; Portugal; Cozumel; Kos; Canary Islands (Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria); Singapore; Bali; St Lucia; Malaysia; Thailand and Grand Cayman.

Not bad, eh?

And so, unless anyone can better that, I am declaring my sandals to be the Judith Chalmers of footwear.


  1. Alan

    ‘and not a white sock to be seen anywhere.

    • Masher

      White socks with sandals? Moi?

  2. Brennig

    I can never unsee those feet

    • Masher

      You’re most welcome.

  3. Dave

    You want to try bloody working in it!!!!

    • Masher

      Oh no I don’t, Dave!
      Relaxing in it is hard enough.

  4. Jules

    Wow! You must keep them for posterity! Maybe they’d fetch on eBay?

    Flip-Flops are not the thing – the thing now is “sliders.” Comfy as hell but make you look like a character from Shameless.

    • Masher

      Ahh yes, sliders, of course.
      My kids wear them.
      I ain’t wearing what my kids wear!

  5. Rajesh

    They are cool Mark. Don’t let them go.. they still want to explore the world on you

    • Masher

      And they will, Rajesh, for many years to come!

  6. Toffeeapple

    Stick with them until they break; that’s what I do with my Crocs.
    Good image, well done.
    How did you cope in that heat? I could not do it.

    • Masher

      That’s exactly my philosophy with clothing, TA.
      I honestly have T-shirts older than my kids.
      And quite possibly underwear too.

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