May. 17th, 2009 08:23 pm
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It's been a while since I posted and now I'm just dashing in to share this as it tickled me no end. I promise to try to do an update with stuff about Sweden etc tomorrow. Sufice it to say, not redundent (phew) but Sweden is a land of dull shoes. Sorry Swedish f-list chums, but I want shoes for a wedding and all I can have is black or brown in the right sort of styles or canvas sneakers! Arrgggghhhh!

Anyway, teh funny

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May. 9th, 2009 08:55 am
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This makes me realise how much I'll miss the BBC.  Oh, I know I'll get it eventually but really want to see it right this minute :-)

The clip on the page of a huge wave in super-slow-motion is awesome and the whole show described sounds like it'll be pretty cool. Can't wait to see it.
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After what feels like an epic move, even though it wasn't, I'm set up in Lund. I'm in a temporary place that is nice but lacking in a few basics. There's no iron or clothes hangers! I've told the agency that they need to provide them because I'm not buying them when I have perfectly good ones arriving with all my stuff in June. We'll see what happens with that. Oh and the TV didn't work at first. I had to put new batteries in the remote and then I found out someone had set the language to Portugese and detuned all the channels! Fools.

I've also forgotten a few vital things, like a hair band to put my shaggy mop in a pony tail when I go to bed. And I forgot to buy one today. I also forgot all the details to the wedding I'm going to in Boston. I made sure I was putting the invite in the pile of stuff to go and yet it's not here. I'll be asking for all the details in an e-mail just to be awkward.

I also managed to not pack enough travel adapters so I can plug in all my stuff. I thought I put loads in but was clearly counting the 2 I did include several times each. Good job I found some today, but they were expensive multi-country ones. Nevermind I can use them when I travel...except I already managed to bring the ones I need for the US with me. Oh well.

After some self doubt on the first night, due I'm sure to lack of sleep the previous night and a day's travelling, I'm now fairly confident that it'll all be okay. I actually managed to speak to my boss today and the guy I had to report to due to the boss being in Stockholm seemed pleased to see me. He even had something he wanted me to do, which is better than the guy I share an office with who's been here 3 weeks and is still reading stuff as there's nothing to do.

Of course the company is having another round of restructuring so there's a chance I'll be told on Friday that I might not have a job. Won't that be fun? I think it's a very slim chance but never the less there is one. Mind you Friday is better than in a month's time when I've got my stuff over here.

Right, off to do RL stuff with money and houses. Joy!
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This is the last post until I get set up in Sweden. I fly out on Monday but the broadband is going off first thing tomorrow. How will I live?

I'm nervous I think but it's all buried under the knowledge about the packing/sorting I have to do. 2 full days left but still loads to do. On the plus side the cat now has her passport but I'm not moving her over until July. She's going to continue to stay at mum and dad's, driving them mad by galloping round the house at 4 in the morning. She is not the lightest footed of felines.

Just ripping the last of my cds, while I still have an internet connection, on to my hard drive so I can leave most of them behind. Most of the furniture has been given away/sold so I'm sat on a garden chair with things balanced on a very wobbly table that was in the shed and suffered rather badly when the roof leaked in there. That's going to the tip on Sunday. The lawn chairs are coming with me.

Having a leaving do on Sunday at my folks. Lots of family coming. Some of whom I've not seen for an age. I know I've going to another country but it's only 1.5 hours away! I'm quite sure I'll see some of these folks as often as I do now (xmas and a couple of other times a year). Mad really, but quite sweet.

So that's about it. See you all on the flip side.
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I read this story on the BBC news today and it made me smile. A) it's about antique cake, b) by the second paragraph I was already thinking of how to write a story that had Maj Lorne as a descendant of the Marquis of Lorne and then I saw the name of the dealer selling the cake!
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Okay, so I've rolled these up as I kind of missed some days due to being in the air, stuck in Copenhagen or jet lagged.

Happiness for day 6 was bing upgraded to business class again for the return journey. This mostly made up for the 4 hour delay with made me miss my connecting flight. Hence the being stuck in Copenhagen.

Happiness for day 7 was kind of tough to come up with, due to being trapped in the Park Inn at Copenhagen airport. It's not a bad hotel (not like when I got delayed last time and ended up in a hotel that resembled a mental institution somewhere out in Brondby) but not very exciting. The happiness was getting home, well to my folks house, and seeing the cat. Not that she was that interested in me. Had a bit of a fuss and then took herself off back up stairs to sleep in the wardrobe. She's staying there now, at my folks house not specifically in the wardrobe, until I move her to Sweden. Miss her a lot. Oh, also United (Manchester United) beat Porto. Don't worry we'll loose to Arsenal in the next round.

Happiness for day 8...TV that's not CNN :-) God how that channel sucks.
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Today's happiness was shopping. I know that's kind of pathetic and girly but I did find the perfect gift for my friend's wedding. I spent a good two hours wandering round the kitchen shop district of Tokyo, poking in pottery shops and laughing at the replica food shops. It's big here, replica food. There was a full size pizza made of whatever plastic it is they use that was on sale that I thought about buying but it was so heavy...and pointless.

The thing that amused me most was though this

That's about £1500 worth of adult human sized lobster, holding a menu board. Now if I was five, say, there's a chance I'd be scared to death by that thing looming over me and I might throw a fit of the screaming ab-dabs at the entrance to any place that had one of these. Weird, how that thought as an adult made me smile.

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I paddled in the Pacific! That means I've done both sides as it were, California and Japan. When I was little the Pacific Ocean seemed like another planet, not just the other side of this one. I never imagined I'd have visited it even once, let alone both sides of it, even up to about seven or eight years ago. My job has offered me huge opportunities to travel and has paid me enough to indulge in my own travel too. So, the happiness is more about counting my blessings than actually seeing the ocean I guess. Although that was pretty damn cool too.

The view from Yuigahama beach, in Kamakura.

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Despite the fact that my feet and legs are killing me I've had a good day sight-seeing in Tokyo. Kept thinking 'ooo I'll post that' but in the end the thing that made me most happy today was this

It's a foot massager and it's awesome.
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The haze cleared enough this morning that I got to see Mount Fugi, which was a nice surprise when I opened my curtains this morning. I'm hoping for a better view when I get out of the city later in the weekend but still it was pretty awesome.

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Eight Days of Happiness (seen everywhere)

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.

2. Do this every day for eight days.

(I'm not going to tag people because I'm not even sure I can do this for every one of the days due to travel and I won't anyone else on the spot)


Hanami in Tokyo - literally flower viewing. It's basically going and sitting under the blossoms and eating and drinking. I've just come back to the hotel from an evening sat on the floor, which killed my hips, knees and back, but it was worth it. Also, a little giddy on plum wine :-)

Sakura - cherry blossom


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Yes, I got upgraded to business. w00t!

Didn't sleep though, even with the not quie flat bed, as my body knew it was the middle of the day and wouldn't drop off. Dozed on the bus from that airport and a little in the room. Will sleep tonight I'm sure.

Hotel not that fab. Okay, but small room, only CNN in English on the TV, and a confusing layout with 4 seperate towers that at kind of linked but not. Also cabeled internet access! Fast but old fashioned.

Right, have to finish my slides for tomorrow. I should have done it before but inspiration wouldn't come.


Apr. 2nd, 2009 08:55 pm
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So, in case I don't get online for a while, I'm off to Tokyo on Saturday. Excited and kind of a little freaked due to only getting the final go ahead today. I've not packed anything and I have no clue what to take. I feel like I should be dressing kind of smartly but they've all seen me looking like my usual scruff-bag self in the office in the UK already. So, I'm thinking smart-ish jeans and something a little better than a grubby t-shirt. The big problem is that I've packed up a fair number of my clothes for the move to Sweden. Ho hum.

I've got 9 or 10 days in Tokyo, depending on the return flight I actually get. I'm on the waiting list for the 14th but booked on the 15th. That means I've got 4 days of planned work and then the rest is technically mine, but I suspect there might be some work. Emma, the girl I'm handing over too is planning some drinking and eating, which is fab, but I'm currently reading guide books to decide where to go. Got a couple of ideas but I'll see how it goes. Photos may follow...oooo charge the camera battery. Something else for the to-do list.

On the plus side, today I bought myself a new jacket and a dress. The jacket is a kind of subdued turquoise and in the style of a denim jacket. Casual but not scruffy. The dress is for Azrael's wedding in Boston at the end of May. It's this one and I really love it. The mix of colours mean that I'm almost certain to find something in the way of shoes and jacket to go with it. And it's not so smart that I'll never wear it again.

Right, I think that's all the news. Well, except that most everyone else has left the office on Tuesday so it's a bit weird at work. Also the swap from UK to Swedish contract has been a bit of a farce. I couldn't log on for 3 hours Wednesday and now I can't enter any time sheets as my SAP account has been screwed up. But I've got my temporary apartment as well as my permanent place sorted in Lund. I've got my Swedish bank sorted so it's all moving along.

Right, better go and stare at my clothes and hope inspiration strikes.
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How despressing is it that the item I have on the MSF auction (a signed copy of Recipes from Pegasus) is only attracting a bid of £2? That makes me feel appallingly crap. Ho hum.

Hmmm that might be a semi-flounce. Sorry [info]lavvyan  :-)

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1 March 2009 5:22 AM, PDT | From | See recent WENN news
Actor and singer Andy Hallett has passed away, aged 33.

Hallet, best known for his recurring role as Lorne in hit U.S. TV show Angel, died from heart failure following a five-year battle against heart disease.

He landed his first break after he was dragged on stage at a concert to sing with Patti Labelle - the performance kickstarted his career as a singer-songwriter.

Hallett was spotted during a revue at a Los Angeles nightclub by Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, who created the demon character Lorne in the show's spin-off Angel just for him.

The star appeared in 76 episodes before series ended in 2004. Hallet's subsequent ill health ended his acting career.

He died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, with his father Dave Hallett by his side.

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A friend of mine's, [ profile] maculategiraffe, husband died today. He was 33. It just isn't very fair at all.


Mar. 24th, 2009 09:47 pm
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Many things. I have a move date of 4th May to go to Sweden. Scary!

But they have found me a house that I can have in the middle of June. So 6 weeks in a serviced apartment and then move to the farm...literally. It's a barn conversion on a little farm outside Staffanstorp. It's lovely and I'm really pleased. There's an orchard that I get the apples from for pies, strawberries, a nice open garden, great landlord and a discount on the holiday cottages they own on Gotland. How cool is that?

The removal firm woman came round today to do the survey about what I'm taking and stuff. She said 'oh, books!' when she came into the living room. Yes, I read. What of it?

I'm off to Tokyo in the first week in April too. Might see the cherry blossom, but I think I'll be a bit late and maybe only catch the tail end. Still, exciting. Not booked the flights yet and not sure how many extra days I'm staying but a few as it seems silly to go all that way and not see the place. Going to be really hard work though as I have to handover 6 years of stuff from my head to people who don't speak very good English in 4 days.

Oh, and my boss said today that I'm really needed on the new project as they need the test strategy set. No time to get up to speed then? Marvelous :-)
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...but then it's been a long day.

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This news story kind of made me tear up a little. If you're not from the UK you'll probably not know who Tony Hart or Morph are but it's still worth a look, just to see the great creations people made in honor of a great kids TV presenter and real nice guy. He was such a part of everyone's childhood and Morph was his animated sidekick. In fact Morph as animated by Ardman who make Wallace and Gromit.

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