Friday
Nov132009

Eating alone.


So it's wet, it's raining and I'm in London, I'm hungry and I'm ...alone. Now over the past few days I've been stuck in town on business and I really, really don't know what to do about food. Or more specifically what to do about eating alone. Ever since I was way younger that I am now I've hated being in restaurants alone and so I try, if I can to avoid it at all costs. Tonight, however, I really was hungry, I had already tied the alternatives over the previous nights, sandwhich (yuk), Big Mac (OK but honestly speaking at the upper end of yuk) and some Pizza which was great but doesn't count because it was bouht for me by Microsoft at an evening event (also I wasn't alone, as I was surrounded by fellow compuer architects ...). Anyways here I was damp, hungry and uncertain. So this dude pops out of an Indian and says 'frush cooks doshs' "erm sorry?" 'frush cooks doshs' "Nope don't now what you're saying" - which to him sounds like 'Nooo dooo naw woooot yaaaah saaaaayingz' and there we stand..."Erm got a table for ...one?" (I am, in part, responsible for multi-million pound projects...but ordering tables - nope that's not me). Of course he has, I go in.
What a fabulous time, it's dry, warm, the food is excellent and I get chatting to these two teachers (inevitably) who are sitting alongside me. Eating alone, all in all not so bad after all.

Thursday
Nov122009

Easy Hotel (2)

Due to overwhelming demand (ahem)I had to post a piccy of my wonderful EasyJet Hotel room .. pretty small but warm(ish), cheap, clean and quiet - a bargain - get yourself one.

 

 

This is it btw, my back is against the door, no chair, no wardrobe, no heater and that TV? Oh the remote to start that is extra so no TV either! 

Tuesday
Nov102009

Easy Hotel

Due to cost considerations from my employer I have been forced to move from my normal 4 star hotel to some rather more modest accomodation when I saty in London. As a consequence I'm now trialling EasyHotel in Vistoria. I must say it's all proving rather succesful but why? The room is tiny, the paintwork is grey and orange (well, it IS EasyHotel after all) and the bathroom is somewhat compact to say the least but the staff? Ah the staff are what make it, friendly, charming and helpful and they put my larger hotel in the shade for service, me I've got another three nights and I'm looking forward to them..heck I may even get Barbara up for a night on the town!

Tuesday
Nov102009

London Walking

It's only 2.5 miles...that's like down the drive and back twice. Now I remember saying this and suggesting in my quiet and (ahem) unassuming way that 'Londoners don't walk', and also estimating that 2.5 miles would take like 20 minutes....really? I walked it this morning from Vistoria to my training course in Soho, 2.5 miles seemed like a heck of a way I can tell you, plus Londoners DO walk, a lot of them and everywhere...Londoners don't walk - try the other one.

Tuesday
Nov102009

Bonfire Night

For months we collected them, in ones and two's, we stored them, loved them, loved them. Then in one night we ... burned them all! Fifty pallets, 11 foot of lovely (free wood). It made a fabulous bonfire - wonderfully aranged by Rob Gimeno it collapsed downwards in a controlled manner and burned for about 4 hours. The one slight drawback was over a billion nails left over but there have to be some downsides in life.