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08:35 am: A night together in the big city
A day at work spent waiting for a reasonable set of data to arrive,
and other things to keep me amused while waiting. Then after the five
o'clock conference call, I was able to leave. Not long after, Viv,
David, Matthew and Christopher joined me at Liverpool Street station
and we walked briefly, looking at the big building where I work and
several of the other big buildings, including the so-called Gherkin,
which I think is properly called Tower 42. (Viv tells me that I have
seen Mal since Vanuatu... Apparently we had all three children and
they had some too...) But back to last night. Across town to Hell,
where we all dined on fine pizza almost to excess. London prices,
sit-down meal. Still cheaper than Domino's takeaway at home, and much
better pizza too. Then back to Olympia, a suburb of Kensington (Jenny
take note!) to admire the large rooms and get David his room key. Then
soon after that, it was coffee, cyberslacking and sleep. Breakfast en
famille this morning, much to my surprise. Yes, all three boys were
there too. I do appreciate that. One of the waiters there
simultaneously had no idea and couldn't speak English. On the other
hand. He clearly wasn't from Barcelona. But it was a good breakfast. I
just caught the tube from Olympia to Kensington High Street and am now
on a District Line service to Edgware Road. A day of financial
adjustments is ahead of me, and then it will be a quick sprint across
to the West End, I shouldn't wonder. While I was busy earning the
filthy lucre yesterday, V, D, M and C were spending it on the London
Eye and before that, presumably on things like food and travel. They
seem to be getting in the swing of Oyster cards. Nobody should travel
in London without them: your fares will be halved at least. Everyone
in Britain can get one. Just go to http://tfl.gov.uk to sign up. No,
they aren't paying me. But why would you pay £4 for a single journey
in the city when it could be £1.50? That is all.

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From:natesmountain
Date:February 14th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
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-Olympia, a suburb of Kensington (Jenny
take note!)

The memory of an elephant, I was wondering when you'd inform me of the true location *g*
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From:atreic
Date:February 14th, 2008 10:20 am (UTC)
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Slight correction - this is tower 42, the tallest building in London. It is a completely different building from the gherkin, which is only the second tallest. If you want a proper name for the Gherkin it has none more than its address 30 St Mary Axe
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From:atreic
Date:February 14th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
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Err, by "London" I meant the City, the canary wharf buldings are a fair bit taller.
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From:ringbark
Date:February 14th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I wasn't entirely clear on what was called what.
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From:suilven
Date:February 15th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
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I love my oyster card. Best thing ever. Quite apart from the savings is the fact that you don't have to queue for tickets and it always calculates the cheapest rate. My Oyster card is never far from my pocket when in London. Even when I am on my bike - as you never quite know when your wheels might fall off.
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