Today marks the start of this year’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) at London Olympia, and for reasons I’ll let you work out for yourselves, I am there sampling a few choice brews from around the UK and it’s neighbour, the Rest of The World™. (more…)
I was playing Star Trek Online and running through a Foundry mission Once Upon A Time – Part III, and encountered my first Borg Cube of the mission. I opened fire and 2-3 seconds later I get a pop-up with my Tac Officer telling me we’ve done enough damage to the cube to force it to regenerate, but that to finish it off we’d have to beam over…
Meanwhile, behind the popup, two approximately half cubes float off the screen in opposite directions, spewing green plasma and debris… On closing the window, a crippled cube spawns where the old one was. You gotta love scripted fights…
It would seem that each and every time that I get a new adviser¹ at the Job Centre², the requirement for filling in the job search changes. I’m not certain that they even have a standard. In the past I have been told I provide too much detail and not enough detail, that I need to be applying for more jobs, and that I make them look bad by applying for too many jobs. I have been told that I need to use Universal Jobmatch†, and also that it’s optional, and indeed on more than one occasion, that I shouldn’t be using it. Right now, I don’t think they know either.
Earlier this morning, I came across this article which a friend had re-posted on Facebook, and while funny did actually make me sit up and think. It’s about a restaurant in New York who’s manager wanted to know why their reviews had gone down. (more…)
As readers of this blog will have noticed, the lovely Louise took me away to Paris a couple of weeks ago, and we had lots of fun there, but… and this is where it gets surreal, it seems like a) I wasn’t destined to go, and b) I’m being punished for it… (more…)
Warning: Photo heavy. On Friday 20th June, 2014 at about 2pm, Louise and I headed off to St. Pancras International for the first leg of our French Adventure 2014. We ate a lunch at the Betjeman Arms and meandered over to the check-in for Eurostar. No sooner had we got through than they announced that the train was boarding. Next stop, Paris Gare du Nord.
This afternoon, Louise and I went down into the lost world of Aldwych Station on a tour by the LT Museum. We were given an interesting talk on the history and downfall of the station, including how it was built to serve the Aldwych Theatre (but ironically came to be built on the site of the aforementioned), how it was used as storage for the British Museum in WW1, an air raid shelter in WW2 and of course, film sets and TfL training up until now. (more…)
The Island Queen, hidden in the darkest depths of Angel, is a pub I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, but with one thing and another, never got around to. This week, wanting a change from our usual Wetherspoon’s fare, Louise and I decided to give their Sunday lunch a try.
Today was signing on day, and an early start, which would have been fine except that I couldn’t settle last night and hence had next to no good sleep. As a result, it was only by the power of Lavazza that I was even capable of getting out of the house. (more…)
In Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, the drones need you and look up to you as you log out. In Iain Banks’ Culture, drones are productive members of society with full citizenship. And in our own … the drones spend all day playing on the Drones’ Lovely Rollercoaster¹ in East London…