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Tweets for Today

  • 07:28 Today is 25th anniversary of starting my first proper job: NCR in Birmingham, where I was from 1984 to 1990. Seems such a long time ago now. #
  • 08:07 On the railway platform. In the distance, the sirens are screaming more than is usual. Otherwise, same as ever. Sun, cold morning. You know. #
  • 08:35 Cannot simultaneously deal with a suitcase, a newspaper, a BlackBerry, a bag of chocolate goodies AND an Oyster card at the Baker St gates. #
  • 16:33 On the tube at Liverpool Street, on my way to Euston Square. Once again, struck by the massive size of the Gherkin. #
  • 16:54 I'm now at Euston, waiting for the call for the 17.10 to Chester and Holyhead. #
  • 17:06 Success! I'm on the 17.10 to Chester, in a largely unoccupied carriage which is of indeterminate class, so quite comfortable. #
  • 17:43 I didn't even know this train stopped at Milton Keynes Central, yet here we are already. Next stop will be Nuneaton, I think. #
  • 19:36 On the local train home from Chester. Viv came to meet me, so that was very good. #
  • 20:19 Back home. Quiet evening. So far. #
  • 21:52 Just lost a game of Scrabble to Viv. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-31 07:01:16 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 06:22 An hour ago, I had a dream that my alarm had gone off, but a few minutes ago it was no dream. #
  • 07:36 Running a few minutes early this morning! Watch in amazement as I blow away this early advantage and still end up running for the train! #
  • 08:10 Walking to the station. What sort of a day is ahead of me? Probably another one filled with tying up some loose ends. #
  • 08:11 At last! A morning when I get a seat on the train - possibly because it has twice the usual number of carriages! #
  • 08:28 Cold out in town this morning and they're threatening us with snow by Sunday. #
  • 09:00 New York Times said it was the coldest winter in seventeen years. #
  • 12:57 Walking along Bishopsgate in the bright sunshine on my way to St Helen's. Always seems very crowded along the road. #
  • 14:00 Be sober & vigilant: your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith. #
  • 17:22 Just heading off to the new year party from Goldensource somewhere near Tower Bridge. Hope I can find my way there and back without incident #
  • 21:02 It's not every day you go along to a bankers party and find the guitarist playing stuff like "All I once held dear". Tonight was like that. #
  • 21:11 Back to Wembley from Tower Hill. District to Aldgate East. H'smith and City to Baker Street. Bakerloo to Marylebone. Chiltern to Wembley C. #
  • 21:43 Goodnight, children, wherever you are. #
  • 21:53 My left shoe has fallen to pieces. Trip to Shoe Zone on Saturday! I guess. #
  • 22:48 Guess it's pretty much time for sleepy-byes. Perchance to dream... #
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Syndicated 2009-01-30 06:06:27 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 07:26 Fell asleep listening to Tubular Bells last night...will need to try again tonight. Another exciting day is ahead of us. #
  • 08:13 Wet platform. Crowded train. Which is better? #
  • 08:31 Oh no. I think I forgot to touch in at Wembley Stadium. That makes the trip to work much more expensive. :+( #
  • 08:41 Quick check at Baker St says si, in fact I did touch in after all. Guess it must be second nature by now. Last such error was back in June. #
  • 09:24 Another Aussie has returned to these shores bearing gifts. So you know what that means: more Tim-Tam biscuits! #
  • 18:35 On the way back after a day with frankly far too much excitement. A quiet evening would be just the right thing. #
  • 19:26 Walking back up to Wembley Plaza in the rain. What exactly does a *traditional* Cornish pasty contain, I wonder? #
  • 19:34 Back in the room which is warm and dry, just like the teacher's car... #
  • 20:39 Watching a presentation about web harvesting in NZ by a guy from the National Library. Remarkable. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-29 05:48:40 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 06:44 Wow, Tuesday morning already. Coffee and cyberslacking under way. Rest of day not far behind. Hair washing, if there's time. #
  • 07:32 It's foggy here, but nearly so much as the forecast seems to be claiming. #
  • 07:48 Breakfast buffet offer whole fresh tomatoes where there used to be hash browns. What's that all about? Healthy? No thanks. #
  • 08:09 Wembley Stadium Station. The best adjective this morning is "gloomy" but that describes the station, not me. I'm as happy as you'd expect... #
  • 08:28 That was horribly crowded even for a Chilern train. Now walking to Baker Street. Dry, but still gloomy. Roads closed round here too! #
  • 08:56 Just dropped my tie off at the dry-cleaner. Is anyone interested in this level of detail? #
  • 08:57 Masses of BTPs at the exit to Liverpool Street station. Far more than usual. What is happening? #
  • 13:40 Out for a walk to buy some salad for lunch. #
  • 17:57 A busy day spent catching up on all sorts of bits and pieces. Now off to see if the dry-cleaner is still open. #
  • 18:11 Yes, so now properly attired for tonight's meeting at Dirty Dick's. Stupid name for a pub, but at least it's name with some history to it. #
  • 18:47 Change of plan: Red Lion, Eldon St, round the back of Liverpool St. #
  • 21:27 Very good Toastmasters meeting followed by a truly inspirational speech. But now, it's back to Wembley for another night's sleep. #
  • 22:00 Was going to Oxford Circus to pick up the Bakerloo Line but there's nothing to Wembley till 22.20. So it's the Jubilee Line from Bond St. #
  • 22:15 8 minutes to wait for a bus from Wembley Park to the Stadium. I reckon I could walk it in less. So I am doing. Would I lie to you? #
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Syndicated 2009-01-28 05:39:01 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 05:39 Awake, getting ready. Don't feel quite so much a zombie as I do some Mondays. #
  • 07:02 Good morning. Bromborough Station already. The birds are twittering too, a sign that winter is nearly over: can spring be far behind? #
  • 07:35 On the train at Chester. It's pretty full, probably because Network Rail won't let Virgin run half the trains in their new timetable. #
  • 08:42 Zipping through the countryside between Nuneaton and Rugby. Sunny morning, a bit hazy. Bob Dylan and The Band entertaining me as I go. #
  • 09:48 On the Metropolitan line already, just 2h 54m after leaving home. Of course, you can't always count on this happening but good when it does! #
  • 13:29 With lunch, I was given a fortune cookie: "Listen to your intuition. It will help you." So there we have it. #
  • 17:46 Pleased to be leaving the office at this early hour. It'll never last all week. #
  • 18:27 Marylebone. Looking at Upper Crust but deciding it's not the right thing for tonight. Tax returns to sort out tonight. Oh joy, oh rapture. #
  • 19:20 Back at the hotel before 7! Whatever will I do with my time? At the moment, watching C4 news and waiting for evening-meal to be delivered. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-27 05:33:11 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 08:38 Woke up. Starting the new day. Should have gone to bed a lot earlier. #
  • 09:10 Just had breakfast. Mmm. Porridge. Toast. Orange juice. Coffee. And now it's time to get ready. Communion this morning. #
  • 09:55 I've finished shaving before Betty arrives to give us a lift. #
  • 12:33 Just got on a rail replacement bus. Need to buy some milk on the way home too. Sunny but cold. #
  • 12:54 Bought milk. Bought The Observer. Want to have something to read while we're over at Alder Hey for Christopher's chemotherapy this afternoon #
  • 14:19 Watching Chris play on a cool virtual game thing at TCT. #
  • 15:52 Back home with a son with noxious chemicals coursing through his veins. Then off to buy petrol. #
  • 17:15 Coffee again, of course. Accidentally ended up watching The F Word. In other news, Matthew has discovered the screen of his laptop is toast. #
  • 18:04 Liverpool 1 Everton 1 - outrageous! Whatever happened to extra time? And we've just missed a rail replacement bus too. :-( #
  • 21:21 Home after church and the curry is here. Yum yum. Spinachy stuff, chicken tikka masala, onion bhaji. And coffee, of course. #
  • 22:51 Hello! Testing twitter4skype - because you can't have too many twitter clients available to you #
  • 23:15 Just waiting for Viv before we go and wash the dishes. Then need to pack for tomorrow morning before it gets too late, which it already is. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-26 05:17:08 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Tweets for Today

  • 10:26 Awake again, ready to do all sorts of things. But bacon and eggs, coffee and a bath first, not necessarily in that order. #
  • 11:33 Just finished breakfast when the Asda order arrived. So we won't starve this week. #
  • 13:49 Hey! Matthew is just home from last night's party. #
  • 19:15 Should have done more today, but at least it hasn't been a total waste of time. #
  • 20:07 Disaster strikes in the form of a broken coffee mug. And it was the "you are so special" too. I suppose Bob the Builder is unbreakable. #
  • 20:30 Off to the station to meet Viv. Because it's always good to get a bit of exercise in a day too. Seems extraordinarily dark here. #
  • 21:00 Sitting quietly in the living room listening to the new CdeB album. Drinking coffee. Reflecting on life. #
  • 22:19 I've finally found the forms I need for tax returns. #
  • 23:05 @br3nda When I was unsure, I always headed over to Leuven on Featherston Street. www.leuven.co.nz/ #
  • 23:35 Wasting time cyberslacking. Watching more ST:TOS. Making a last coffee for the night. #
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Syndicated 2009-01-25 06:49:52 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais


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Syndicated 2009-01-24 15:04:12 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Another week

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were all busy days at work, but not
unduly so. Out of the office at reasonable hours, with not much
happening in the evening.
Friday night started promisingly, as I caught the 18.10 out of Euston.
Just sitting quietly listening to music and using my laptop, it
vaguely occurred to me that we weren't moving. To make a long story
short, using TfL's euphemism, there was a person under a train on the
train in front of mine. So we had to wait till they got a replacement
driver and the police were satisfied. We then travelled south past
Leighton Buzzard to switch to the other line and get up to Milton
Keynes and then on to Crewe, where my train terminated. Change at
Crewe for Chester. It was raining in Chester, where I gave up and
caught a taxi. Back home 00.15.
Saturday, off to Liverpool to see David off on his way back to
Sheffield. That ran very smoothly. Viv wanted to go
somewhere/anywhere, so we went to New Ferry to look at the Mersey
coast there. I didn't know the Great Eastern had closed, though by the
look of it, it's been closed fpr years. It looks like it was a
magnificent place in its heyday.
Then Viv went off to Messy Church and I went home. MC is a monthly
pre-schooler friendly church event/service/activity/meal.
Saturday evening was quite quiet.
Sunday morning the usual service followed by a farewell lunch for Mark
and Kat, who are now worshipping at Kat's church. I don't think by any
means that we have seen the last of them.
Then home before going back there for the evening.
An early morning start today as every Monday. Probably a
straightforward journey, as I am already south of Watford without
incident. That is all.

Syndicated 2009-01-20 03:40:39 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

Passing through Stafford again

A busy week since the last time I wrote here, with late nights both at
work and at home. Once again, it's not the right forum to talk about
work issues here, so I won't do so.
For my own records, I need to note that Viv, David and I all gave
blood on 3 Jan 2009.
Monday last week has already been touched on here, but there is really
little to add. Leaving earlyish on Tuesday both too and from work,
deciding to take it easy on Tuesday and maybe see a movie or a show on
Wed or Thu. Bad mistake: those were two late working nights. Didn't
get back to Wembley till after midnight on Wed night/Thu night.
Saturday we went to Birkenhead. I had to certify someone's identity
and after that we did a load of shopping.

Dawn, though a more dismal one than last week. Another week of the
same, though punctuated by a trip home on Tuesday for the church
council meeting.

That's about it for now.

Syndicated 2009-01-13 15:05:10 from C'est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais

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