Public Transport

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Two days on the trot in London. While I enjoy earning money and meeting interesting people, and I do like the city buildings etc – you can keep your stuffy underground and trains.

Long live the countryside!

A Grand Day Out

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When I got up this morning I had a very different blog post in mind. I was going to use a few hundred words talking about the amazing meal and wine I had in a very posh hotel in Knightsbridge.

The meeting and therefore the food and wine was cancelled. The day was a long one at a conference, summit or symposium or whatever they call these 1 day highly focused events these days. Presentations being given by guys who are trying not to sound like they are obviously selling their services and products, they call them workshops. In reality it’s an hour of “this is how great we are” after “you never asked about this bit” followed by a few staged questions.

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But it’s not all bad. The weather was beautiful and I managed to take a few photos. I also managed to blag a few freebies… Maglite torches aren’t cheap and a couple of small ones to stash in my various bike bags will always come in handy.

Talking of bikes, the Boris Bikes are everywhere and London is full of cyclists. It’s great to see and I almost wished I lived in a city so I could cycle to work everyday, and then I realised its a city…
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While London is a bike friendly city with plenty of dedicated routes and lanes its still full of traffic. Buses, cars and motor cycles going about very quickly.

I think that mountain biking down a steep hillside is an adrenaline sport; actually cycling in London is far more dangerous. As I watched cyclists in minimal protective gear (and lights) speeding alongside pedestrians and in between buses, I thought give me a wet rooty hillside and I’ll take my chances with a tree over a black cab any day…

A Great Day Not In The Office

I was hoping to fill this post with interesting photos of my day out in London but I was working and the opportunity to take any pictures didn’t really arise. I have one of The Shard which I’ll show you in a moment but for now here is what happened today.

Firstly I got up at 5am, yes 5 o’clock in the morning. Why? Because I arranged a breakfast meeting in London today with a potentially big new client. Not a bad idea really as I tend to start waking around that sort of time anyway. Now for some facts….

# Orange and cranberry hot cross buns from ASDA are awesome…
# Yes I had breakfast before I left for my breakfast meeting.
# Driving to the train station in Swindon I decided that of the last three Green Day albums iUNO! is the best
# First Great Western today issued a sensible no of tickets. 1 travel card and rail ticket combined, my receipt and my seat reservation. This was very useful compared to the half a dozen pieces of card the ticket machine usually spews out.
# Rail travel is over priced and we would not put up with such poor service from any where else. Late by 40 minutes going to London and had to stand for half my journey home. All for £123!

Meetings in London went well, breakfast was eggs Benedict coffee and orange juice. Lunch was venison and dauphinois potato with button mushrooms.

Breakfast venue – Franco’s
Lunch venue – Harry’s Bar

Now for that picture.