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The car

I picked up the Civic today. I’m still recovering from the shock of the car insurance premium which was high because it’s been over two years since I last held a car insurance policy. Anyway the car drives great so I’ll just focus on the positives…

Honda Civic

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New Room

Today we moved into the newly refurbished ward.

It’s quite nice and everything is clean. The rooms are positively pressurised so they are suitable for patients with a high risk of infection.

New Room Weston Ward

A bonus is that the rooms are temperature controlled. A big relief coming into winter. In the old ward I had room temperatures ranging anywhere from 17 to 36 degrees! Ah the memories! During one of the boiling hot days I had Dad go to the hardware store to buy insulation pipe to cover a hot water service pipe running through my room. At the time I wasn’t too fussed though. I had just been admitted and was happy just to be getting the life saving drugs…sitting in a hot room was the least of my worries!

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Lunch

On Wednesday we had burgers for lunch. From left to right – Kimmo (relative from Finland) , Mum, Kirsty, Dad and myself.

Lunch GBK

As I’ve been on a restricted diet this was my first opportunity to eat out in about 3 months.

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Back Safely

On Tuesday I arrived back from the Caribbean holiday. It was a fantastic and enjoyable experience. But I’m lucky to be back here now. After some travel dramas the only way out of Antigua to Barbados until the end of the week was on the charter flight carrying the partners and families of the English cricket team. The team administration kindly allowed a few of us in spare seats. More on that story later when I write a few posts about the Caribbean, and possibly something on the ski trip to Andorra.

Whilst I’ve been away, the weather here has become nice. Shirts and shorts at the moment. Day light saving has started and it’s still light at 8:00pm.

On Thursday I started a new contract role in an investment bank in the city. The first two days have been busy. My initial feeling is very positive towards this role. I am back working directly in IT security consultancy, my preferred role. It’s also nice to work in the city for a change – so much easier to meet friends for lunch or after work.

Nice to be home.

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New Years Eve

New Years Eve 2006.

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Ride to Kingston

On the last weekend in October, myself, John and Kirsty went on a little excursion down to Kingston along the Thames Tow Path.

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London Eye

Recently I traveled into the city for some sightseeing.

London Eye
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Blubbers

Today, for the first time in my life, I’m starting a structure eating plan. Exercise alone seems to have made little difference ; since being in UK I’ve been quite active in swimming, riding, touch rugby, walking, throwing cats of my bed in the middle of the night etc etc. It’s time for me to re-discover my abs! For reference, I’m 97.5 inches around waste (too much info ?!!). I am using one of those well-being books with a eating plan, basically it’s protein positive and low kilojoule. If this thing works, I’ll write an update in a few months!

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Parent’s Visit

Our mum and dad are currently visiting from Australia for a short trip. Some of the highlights of the trip are contained within.

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Cricket and League

One thing I have been missing in Australia is watching and listening to the footy and cricket on TV and Radio. A favourite Sunday afternoon pasttime was to listen live to the radio broadcast of the league, whilst doing some work out in the garden. Luckily the local pub has been willing to put on the state of origin and NRL grand finals, so I don’t feel completely out of it.

In about 6 weeks the first cricket Ashes test in due to commence at the Gabba, Brisbane. As we don’t have a TV in our unit (and even if we did, the games are not on free-to-air), it looks like this will be the first season of cricket I have missed in as long as I can remember.

In March/April next year, I have been lucky enough to be invited on a 3 week boat cruise through Caribbean to watch the cricket world cup. The games we have tickets for are excellent, Australia vs South Africa (St Kitts), West Indies vs Australia (Antigua), Australia vs India (Antigua), Australia vs England (Antigua). There will be 10 of us on the boat, two guys I know and the rest are their friends whom I have not yet met. It should be one of the best trips I’ve done. This is the type of boat we are taking http://www.cyoacharters.com/bahia464/index.asp.

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