Archive For July 2006

Good Bye Blue Box

Friday was my last day at American Express and it was a very, very good day but also a sad day. One of the things I wanted during my notice period was to do for one last time the things that I had enjoyed about London. One was eating dim sum; I’d never eaten dimContinue Reading ›

The Last Celebrity

I’ve seen a number of minor celebrities during my time of commuting. In fact all were so minor that I can’t remember any except Martin Bell, complete with white suit, in Euston tube station. But tonight, on my penultimate night in London I saw a proper celebrity. Arriving at Victoria Station I was greeted byContinue Reading ›

Seven Steps to Better Presentations

A great guide from Jeff Veen; I’ve seen Jeff present and he is a very good speaker indeed. Something I’d add to this is to keep the information on your slides to a minimum. People are there to hear you talk; not to read ten bullet points and a paragraph long title per slide.

The Chap Olympics

I’ve just seen this report on the BBC website and love the idea of a Chap Olympiad. I particularly like the sound of the Martini challenge where chaps are required to mix a dry Martini with the handicap of not having a butler to do it for them. Or how about shouting at foreigners… “Contestants must procureContinue Reading ›

Shine on You Crazy Diamond

Syd Barrett, one of the original members of Pink Floyd, has sadly died. I’m a big Pink Floyd fan but mostly the post Barrett music of Meddle onwards. So I was surprised how sad I felt when I heard that Syd had died. Waste is a word that springs to mind when thinking of Syd’sContinue Reading ›


£13,192 – that’s a large amount of money isn’t it? Well, that’s roughly what I’ve spent commuting to London over the last 34 months. That’s an average of £388 a month and that excludes taxis to and from the station and other travel related expense. What is most galling about such a significant expenditure isContinue Reading ›