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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
1:26 pm
High or possibly low fives
An amazing feeling - doing high fives (or possibly low fives) for the first time with my future son or daughter! Of course they could have been practicing their kick-boxing skills, or just banging on the walls telling us to keep the bl**dy noise down! But I like to think they were saying hello for the first time :-)
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
3:22 pm
The Law
It is the Law of Sod that states that the evening I am planning to get my little blue car started just happens to be the evening when it is raining - after all this decent weather of late :-(
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
9:33 pm
Missed opportunity
Just been climbing (after cycling there at the speed of light) and whilst in reception the staff announced they were running a competition - the first person to go to reception and do something to impress the staff would win a pair of size 8 Red Chilli climbing shoes. Instantly a guy jumped up onto the counter and performed a very well balanced hand stand. Very impressive - he was given the lovely red climbing shoes. We all clapped and in doing so created little clouds of chalk dust around the room. So - this got me thinking - what could I train to do that would impress climbing wall staff in case this were to happen again? Ideas welcome...
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
1:46 pm
Purple light over London
Did anyone else see the purple light over London last night? I took photos but wonder if some store on Oxford Street is shining a BIG purple light up onto the cloudbase as a promotion of some kind?
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
10:25 pm
I have finally started cycling to work again! I think the idea of London traffic put me off but my main inspiration has been the ever fantastic Helen who has been cycling to Highgate and Archway recently. I have already had two days worth of cycling, the first with a stop off for a couple of hours climbing on the way back, and it is 26 miles a day - a marathon of cycling :D

I will be fitter, healthier and save 35 quid a week - thats between 140 and 170 quid a month! Can't be bad. Plus it only takes a few more minutes than if I got the train and tube! No more packed, hot, dusty, sweaty tubes for me.

Roll on the next 5 days and 130 miles...
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
10:35 am
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
9:50 am
This is just... creepy!

Friday, March 21st, 2008
10:08 am
Tim was an old schoolfriend. He joined our school in the third or fourth year and and we got talking over a copy of Starburst. He was instantly likeable and became one of our tight little gang of friends. You know the sort of people who will always be a friend no matter what - a lifelong friend – well Tim was one of those.

His parents moved back to the States about a year before he was due to finish at school so it was arranged that he would stay here, living with some of us for that last year. It was a wonderful time getting to know him better. He had a keen interest in literature, a growing interest in fashion and an incredible and eclectic taste in music. He also had one of the driest senses of humour I have come across.

When I moved to London for my course, Tim also moved to London with the same group of friends and I spent nearly every weekend with them listening to new music, mixing bizarre music tapes, discovering London, clothes and furthering our own identities.

Then Tim moved back to the States. We stayed in contact via letters, music tapes, and I always meant to go and visit but never made quite it. The years passed and somehow we just lost contact. Tim moved, I lost his address, rubbish really. I never forgot him though and over the years I would occasionally google for him. I discovered many things – he was writing reviews for New York music papers, dj'ing, becoming quite the guru in his field of music, reviewing books, interviewing authors and studying African diaspora at college.

For some reason though I was always a step behind in getting in contact with him again. The email given on a certain website was out of date, the address on another was an old address. Something kept blocking that contact. But two months ago I had a breakthrough via Facebook. There was Tim. I didn't launch into a full-blown email, I just carefully announced that I was around – and he got back in contact. I was so happy. He seemed happy to hear from me too and asked after people and told me he had fond memories of his time with us all over here in the UK. So we did the usual thing and 'friended' each other. I got messages about what books he was reading etc.. Then a couple of days ago I got a message on Facebook from a friend of Tim's informing us all that he had passed away last Thursday. This came as something as a shock and to be honest it is only just hitting home that he won't be around any more.

The service is today in Massachusetts at 3pm. Unfortunately I can't be there but I will be thinking of him. He was such a lovely person - a beacon in this world and he will be sorely missed.

Current Mood: Too many emotions to list here
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
11:28 am
Thought for the day...
....Do assertive print finishers wear embossy-boots?

... I'll get my coat.
Friday, January 25th, 2008
11:51 pm
Who was it?
Who was it?
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
4:05 pm
Why is it that the only time I clockwatch it is always 16:04?
Thursday, October 11th, 2007
10:29 am
Good idea
Read this this morning and thought such a good idea:


Nothing new but I hadn't thought of buying exactly the same drives before.
Monday, October 8th, 2007
4:39 pm
The answer to life, the universe and the weekend
It seems to have been a rollercoaster ride the last week and a half! Actually the last month or three seem to have been like this. A week and a half ago I met the new team with whom I will be working from November 10th. Drinks in the new office and then a meal out at a local all-vegetarian Indian restaurant so this was an excellent way to meet them all. I am looking forward to this but the whole thing seems still slightly scary which I think is probably quite normal.
The day after this, H&I flew off to warmer pastures, i.e. Barcelona, where we spent a week staying with friends; sun-bathing; shopping; eating out at organic vegetarian restaurants (they can be found in Spain!); looking at Gaudi buildings and Picasso works of art; swimming in the Med and being stung on the neck, arm and leg by a jellyfish! (The mark on my neck is still there but is disappearing rapidly) and generally relaxing whilst being in one of my favourite cities with excellent company. It was well and truly a wrench to come back.
But back we came to fun things so it wasn't too bad. Thursday evening I spent accompanying H to her teaching class, during which I played join the dots of London, as well as drink unfeasably large amounts of coffee. Then Friday we went climbing, for me it was the first time since our beginner's course a week or so back. We spent three solid hours climbing which was fantastic. After which we looked at the possibility of buying our own climbing shoes instead of renting out pairs from the centre.
Saturday was spent back in Oxford, preparing the house for guests and then heading off to Jericho for a wonderful birthday night out where I was joined by fabulous people (thanks to those who could make it out), where I drank far too much, and smoked too many cigars! Sunday was spent recovering mainly, for me, but also had a very much needed refreshing walk along the canal and meal out at the pub on the way.
Today is Monday - enough said!

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
8:43 am
I win!!!
This morning I proved it once and for all that I can in fact cycle faster than white-van-man's spit! This all started with white-van-man forcing me up onto the pavement (that's pavement rather than cycle-lane mind you) and his passenger expressing in no uncertain terms that I should not be cycling on the road. I did try pointing out the fact that this was a pavement not a cycle lane but I think they had cycle-lane blindness poor lads. They drove further ahead and stopped to turn right... and stayed there... THEN AS I PASSED THE RACE BEGAN! Passenger sent one enormous glutinous orb flying towards me but I flew past and made it to the finishing line first! (The finishing line being anywhere but the trajectory of aforementioned orb).

In celebration of the win various choice words were exchanged, as well as the traditional revealing of single digits towards each other.

Lovely start to the day.
Monday, September 24th, 2007
9:52 am
Lo siento
'Lo siento', which means 'I'm sorry' in Spanish, literally translates as 'I feel it'

This morning, after two, three-hour climbing sessions over the weekend;
lo siento in my arms;
lo siento in my legs;
lo siento in my neck;
lo siento in my hands.

But it is a good lo siento :-)
8:21 am
This one is different.
During the course of the weekend (which was, in fact, very very good indeed), and whilst in the safe and comforting confines of Ilford and Mile End, someone has exchanged the world for one that smells different. All the aromas are wrong, from getting onto the damp bus into Oxford which was full of the wrong type of perfume, to ... well, everything. It is all wrong and is somewhat unsettling. Please – will the person who changed it all around, put the world back as it was. I do not like this one.
Monday, September 3rd, 2007
1:40 pm
The city beckons...
I got a job in London! I handed in my notice today!

Current Mood: awake
Friday, August 31st, 2007
8:49 am
Ultimate Frisbee
Or perhaps terminal frisbee?


Current Mood: amused
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
12:36 pm
Lost on iTunes!
LOST on iTunes! LOST on iTunes!

Seen them all though :-(

But I hope the new season will be available as it airs in January (for those of us who do not have Sky).

Actually it is a lot cheaper to buy the whole season on DVD but at least it is a start to catch up with what is available in the USA on iTunes. I do feel that Apple (and Adobe for that matter) does not particularly like the UK and makes us pay through the nose for its products.
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
6:16 pm
Don't blink.
Blink and you'll miss them.
Don't turn your back.
Don't look away.
And don't blink!
Good luck.

If Dr Who had been watching for my angels in ABC Family's 'The Fallen' this last weekend, this would have been his comment.

Apart from one you can see clearly.
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