| Monday 31st March 2003 22:29MST | → 0 Comments |
All packed, and in less time than I expected. I only needed a comprehensive list and it all fell into place (or into bags). Daryl gave me some more bridge magazines to take. How thoughtful. He’s borrowed my VCR for the duration after transporting a crate of my books from his loft.
Bf emailed to say he had no food in the house so the first thing we have to do on arrival is go grocery shopping. Not necessarily what I want to be doing after 15 hours of travelling.
In other news I’ve lost between 0.5 and 1Kg in the past week. As geeks would say: w00t.
I may have sporadic internet access in WI so updates could be infrequent. Talk amongst yourselves.
| Saturday 29th March 2003 15:08MST | → 2 Comments |
Why me? Why do I always seem to have such pathetic luck when it comes to trans-atlantic flights? Ignoring the times when it’s taken 1.5 hours to check-in at Heathrow, there were the collapse of ATC the day I planned to fly out and September 11th just before I was going again. Now, having just been spared a rail strike that would have scuppered my getting to Heathrow, it looks like the airline I will be using this time is about to go bust.
… and I smile.
| Friday 28th March 2003 0:10MST | → 1 Comments |
I could murder a pizza.
| Tuesday 25th March 2003 23:51MST | → 0 Comments |
Two links I wanted to share: one is a George Monbiot article on US attitude to the Geneva Convention.
The other is from a newspaper interview with Joschka Fischer regarding what he sees as the potential US new world order.
Now I’m off to bed to sleep, perchance to snore.
| Tuesday 25th March 2003 15:31MST | → 0 Comments |
I’ve just signed up to npower’s Juice for my electricity. They plan to invest in green energy, such as windfarms, etc. so to be honest they don’t actually supply green electricity at the moment. However companies that do proper green supplies are the most expensive on the market. Juice will work out slightly cheaper than my current one.
When talking to the sales person I got a little confused by their plan to guestimate how much electricity I was going to use and charge me that amount over the year. It finally dawned on me (after much argument with the poor woman) that no electricity companies do quarterly meter readings anymore and most consumers don’t send in their own meter reading corrections each month/quarter, unlike moi. The company only does one proper reading each year. Such is progress.
Apparently, according to boyf, it’s going to be cold in Madison and may even snow so I’ll have to take wintery clothes. That’s something of a change to here where I’ve been swanning around in a t-shirt.
| Monday 24th March 2003 19:21MST | → 2 Comments |
I’ve decided to give my (so called) diet a ‘pep’ by drinking Slimfast. Contrary to popular belief the drinks are actually quite tasty. You have one for breakfast, one for lunch and a proper meal in the evening. Snacking is allowed if you only have fruit or low-fat stuff. Even the odd bit of choc is permitted.
American Airlines have given me an e-ticket rather than paper ticket as requested. I prefer to start with paper tickets for airlines I’ve not flown with before. Also, a friend in the US has advised I get to check-in early as AA apparently have a habit of overbooking.
Some reading for the plane: The Fall of the Roman Empire by Michael Grant.
| Friday 21st March 2003 23:41MST | → 0 Comments |
Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has sent out an email to party members droning on about supporting the troops now they’re out there. He also said that the party shouldn’t support any more anti-war protests. So basically he’s saying he’s now fully in favour of the war despite being entirely against it before the shooting started. What a twit. It makes me wonder why I joined them.
I’ve been cutting down on choc to get into shape for visiting.
… and my submission to NTK was accepted! It’s the one about BBC World.
| Thursday 20th March 2003 22:33MST | → 0 Comments |
I went to see Michael’s house for the first time since I’ve known him (which is about two years as we both worked together until he left recently as a VR). He’s been travelling and is selling his place and moving to Australia so I had to get in quick - I’ll be in the US when he finally goes
As for the house, it was stunning what he’s done to it - all DIY. The bathroom was amazing, especially the small, off-white mosiac-type tiles. He certainly has taste. I’d be almost tempted to buy it myself, except that I have no money.
| Thursday 20th March 2003 9:23MST | → 0 Comments |
War! - hide yourself.
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| Tuesday 18th March 2003 23:48MST | → 0 Comments |
Yet again, Daryl (who seems to be enjoying his life of leisure) dragged me to an historical lecture in Guildford. This one was on comparisons between Hitler and Stalin and was apparently a special lecture for sixth-formers. The audience was split between the above and older people and we may have been the only ones of a ‘median’ age, though Daryl could easily pass for 12.
I was certainly surprised how the sixth-formers were busy scribbling down notes. At that age I wouldn’t have even gone to such a thing (out of hours) let alone write anything down. I spent most of my second-year lectures at university doing the Guardian crossword.
Parliament has now voted for war. I can’t say I’m surprised. There was an increase in the number of rebel Labour backbenchers but I fear it will be soon forgotten.
Some people have suggested I shouldn’t go to the US as I may be flying while there’s a war on (by American Airlines). However, I’m not easily freaked by such things. I flew across the pond less than a month after September 11.