New iMac goodness

When I moved into my new office last June, I treated myself to a new iMac. Working long hours off a 12-inch MacBook wasn't going to be good for me! However, with an eye on budget, I scrimped and went for the base level model. And it wasn't long before I felt it. A lot. ...

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Photo Challenge: Liquid

Identifying just one liquid-themed photo from my collection for this week's blog post challenge was tough. I seem to be drawn to them and my Google Photos account is more blue water and blue sky than (almost) anything else. But here's one of my favourite photos from the last few months: a view of Shadwell ...

A restorative walk in the sun

My old 'friend' insomnia returned with a bang last night. As a result, I got about four hours of sleep - which is approximately 50% of what I need to function. So I wasn't at my best when my alarm vibrated on my wrist. I was still convinced it was 3am - the last time ...

Eurovision: the morning after

Well, that was interesting, wasn't it? I think Lisbon did a fantastic job of hosting this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Yes, a few of the interval pieces dragged a little, and yes, some of the 'natural' conversations between hosts and entrants were a little strained - but aren't they always? The set was amazing, many ...

It’s Eurovision time!

I've been a very bad Eurovision fan... Firstly, I completely missed the first semi-final on Tuesday night, as I had to attend a business event up in Edinburgh. A few sneaky glances at my Twitter feed showed me what I was missing. Some real FOMO there. I caught up by watching the second semi-final on ...

The tyranny of shoes

I'm sitting in Palma de Mallorca airport, about to board my flight back to London, and silently cursing my shoes. I've just spent a long weekend here and managed to avoid wearing shoes at any point during the visit. It was flip-flops all the way. Or barefoot by the pool. And as ever, it was ...

Weird dreams…

This week, I've been plagued by weird dreams. Weirder than normal. Each leaves me feeling very uneasy when I wake up, but the details evaporate as I sit up in bed. But last night was different. I dreamt I was at a funeral (of someone who is already dead). Asked to mind his enormous and expensive ...

Rain, rain go away…

After what turned out to be a very pleasant day yesterday, we're back to freezing cold rain here in London today. And I'm not amused. I walked into the office, quickly realising an umbrella would be useless in the face of the winds screaming towards me down the Thames path. Apparently, I wasn't alone - ...

Brewdog is coming!

I've been as excited as a child on Christmas Eve knowing that Brewdog's biggest ever pub is opening about 5mins walk from my office. I'm a big fan of their beers - a conversion to which has left me leering at standard lagers. Yes, I've morphed into a craft beer snob. Recent tours and visits ...

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