If you are a regular reader of this blog you might well imagine its author to be some kind of Neanderthal throwback who creeps around muddy riverbanks on the lookout for some dumb fish to catch. To be honest, if that´s the view you take, you would not be too far off the mark. But I will have you know that I am coming up in the world. Things are looking up. As evidence of this I am pleased to announce that I am now mixing with the social elite of Marbella and have perfected the knack of pouting my lips and throwing my hair around in an alluring manner.

Only the other night I was at Marbella´s glitzy Starlite venue. My wife was partaking in some kind of corporate hospitality thing and had an invitation for free cocktails and an open air concert. Her invitation included a partner and, needing a dynamic and glamorous socialite to accompany her, her thoughts quite naturally turned to me.

As soon as we had arrived at the venue and had been registered by the organisers we found somewhere to sit and grabbed sushi from passing waiters and knocked back a few glasses of booze.

One of the businesses promoting their wares was some kind of swimwear fashion outfit and we had models walking around us in various degrees of undress while sporting upmarket swimming costumes. These women were as thin as gazelles and as tall as giraffes. Their eyes were hidden behind giant circular sunglasses and shiny stilettos hoisted them skyward. The considered, elegant movement of their long slim legs, as they meandered in and out of the tables, brought to mind the delicate movements of wading birds I see at the river bank – black winged stilts maybe.


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Black winged stilts fly away from me whenever I try to photograph them so I pinched this photograph from http://www.birdsinbackyards.net If you want to know what the women in swimsuits looked like you will have to use your imagination!