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08:01 am: South of Crewe once more, travelling south
Here we go. It seems that I have been known to write more on the days
I'm on a train than on other days. The people who have made this
observation are right. So let's have a look at the last week in all
its gory.
I've already covered Monday to Wednesday morning from last week, so
that was easy. Off to the exec lounge at the Kensington Hilton on
Wednesday night. It wasn't too late to get a drink or two while I
prepared the service for Sunday morning. I was very good and only took
to soft drinks until the service was sorted. Unfortunately, the
service plan was not ideal, as nobody had told me that it also had a
baptism in it. The notes I had told me that the baptism would be a
separate service afterwards. Ah well. It didn't turn out too bad in
the end.
A load of people at work have been unwell recently but I'd survived
till Thursday morning, at which point I had a slight cough. Nothing to
worry about. It was Kate's farewell lunch, so a couple of dozen of us
went off to the Mudmee, a Thai place close to work. It's still a good
place to have lunch, though I have been disappointed by it in the
Mismanagement meant that I had also scheduled a Thai meal in the
evening. About seven, I met Graeme, a former co-worker who has now
also taken employment in London. He's now with a major consultancy
company. We started at Liverpool Street Station and walked down to the
Bricklayer's Arms. A quick drink before the major event: the Thai
banquet. Very good indeed. I will go there again, and I thank Mike for
introducing me to it in the first place. Then off to the King's Stores
on our way back to Liverpool Street.
I woke on Friday very early with a bad cough and a slight fever, which
was not good, and which was to last through the weekend.
Friday night at home, after another uneventful journey, John was
there. He's our friend working in Mongolia. It doesn't seem like a
year since I saw him, but he is still much the same. That was Friday
night, and Saturday morning too.
A quiet Saturday evening and then on to Sunday morning. I mostly kept
the cough under control while leading the service, but I still seem to
frustrate Viv when I cough. She said she'll only be happy when I can
guarantee I will never cough again, but surely she doesn't really want
me dead?
So now let's move on to Monday morning. Everything was fine till I got
to Crewe. At Crewe, someone sat down next to me. He seems harmless,
but stinks of alcohol and tobacco and also twitches several times
every minute. I don't think his ticket is valid either. Why do they
always pick me? There are loads of other seats he could have chosen.

Current Mood: tiredtired


[User Picture]
Date:November 17th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
Get well soon , Ian.
I hpe to get the chance to meet you again soon.
Maybe over a pint in the Argyll Arms?
[User Picture]
Date:November 17th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Would be pleased to catch up some time. I don't know that pub, however. Drop me an email with a list of some times you might be free and I'll see if any of them match up with times I might be free...
[User Picture]
Date:November 19th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
Ok , you're on.
Ii loved the speech, as seen on a recent entry, BTW.

The Argyll Arms is in Argyll Street, just by Oxford Circus Tube.

Nice place, with real ales.
bit crowded , though , understandably, but you can sit down if a seat becomes free. they also do meals upstairs.

I Can't find your e mail or your IM, Ian, and I'm not with Jabber - but I am free from Friday until Monday this weeekend, exxcept Sunday morning of course...

Edited at 2008-11-19 08:13 am (UTC)
[User Picture]
Date:November 17th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
I think you might be misquoting me somewhat!! *g*
[User Picture]
Date:November 17th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)

autumn bugs

We've all had coughs and colds here too. I'm on Viv's side when it comes to listening to other people coughing. Andrew can vouch for that, because I've given him a hard time over the last couple of weeks.
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