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Archive for November, 2006

Leaving Lunch

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

I got up at five thirty in the morning to traipse out to the Wembley Park station. I really dislike North West London as I used to live there when I first arrived in London. At the time I had a bit of difficulty finding a job as all IT work was on hold for […]

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The London Waiting Game

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

For all they talk about the fast pace of big city life there is a weird anomaly in London when it comes to deliveries. I once waited 4 months for a vacuum to be delivered though I did leave the house during this time. So now I usually get stuff delivered to work and lug […]

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Carbon Wise

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I am going to carbon offset all my flights from now on. Particularly as they will all be personal travel rather than work travel. The amount of flying I do makes me feel pretty guilty as I try hard in the rest of my life to be as environmentally friendly as I can and ensure […]

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No Preparation Weekend

Monday, November 27th, 2006

It was so nice to have a weekend that I wasn’t running around trying to get ready for my trip. Even though I am leaving for five weeks in New Zealand including a mini motorcycle trip (hopefully if nothing comes up to cause problems with Nigel’s kind offer to borrow his bike) I pretty much […]

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Shipping Sorted

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

I managed to find a shipping company that will get my bike back up to London before I go back to New Zealand next week. It is just over €600 but is still the most cost effective option. Now I just hope it doesn’t get stolen over the Xmas period while I am away.

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Moving Money

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

In preparation of my trip I had applied to open a Nationwide Building Society flex account as they do not apply any charges for overseas usage. Thinking about it, with the amount I travel for work I probably should have opened up one of these accounts years ago. I also applied for £5000 balance transfer […]

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Slightly stressed

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Ever since I found out late on Thursday night that my bike wasn’t being brought up to London all I have done is stress about how I was going to get it back from Portugal. It wasn’t the best timing as on Friday I had to get up at four in the morning to fly […]

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Stockholm, Sweden

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

The Kingdom of Sweden is a Nordic country bordered by Norway on the west and Finland on the east. It’s population is 9 million. It is the 55th largest country, 5th largest in Europe (a bit larger than the state of California). Stockholm it’s capital city of 700,000 though 1.8 million live in the greater […]

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Saturday, November 18th, 2006

I advertised on HU, AdvRider and f650.com asking for help getting my bike from Lisbon to London and it was really encouraging. A Canadian and an American both offered to fly over and ride it up but unfortunately not until later a bit later so I just let them know if they want to borrow […]

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Damsel in Distress

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Yesterday I felt like the luckiest person in the world. To go from paying for my own school uniform and stationary in secondary school, putting myself through university and my mba to be head hunted for a top job in the city is wicked. I now have a year and a half to prepare for […]

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