Wednesday night was my last night in London.
Have I done all the things I wanted to do…?
Have I visited old friends, old shows, new exhibitions…?
Of course I haven’t! I’ve spent hours and hours and hours working on utterly pointless stuff.
After spending all Sunday working on a presentation that was cancelled, this comic summed it up completely.
It’s not been all bad.
I’ve not had to make my bed.
I’ve not had to cook my dinner.
I could get reliable public transport at 11.30pm after a few bevvies.
I have seen a friendly smile every day, whether it’s the hotel staff, the fellow tube travelers, or the team.
And of course, I’ve worked with some amazing people who I’ll really miss.
Of course, its pretty difficult to do a ski tour without leaving Aspatria, and being lazy, I didn’t really want to leave the house. After all, it was wet and cold outside, and there was some good stuff on the telly. So I geared up , hopped onto the touring machine and set off. If I closed my eyes, I might easily have been on the Trient glacier. Next time I’ll put Pete’s dvd of the haute route trip on the telly, for true authenticity. It wasnt long before I was severely overheating, just like the real thing!!!
Luckily when I got the the hut, la gardienne had prepared gateaux de chocolat. Yum!
Yesterday we had an impossibly pedantic meeting at work where a “security expert” explained what testing needed to be completed to gain a given level of accreditation. Basically, what he said was that no matter what we did to ring-fence any aspect of the system, everything that could be accessed via the network needed to be tested to the same degree. And even then we might miss something so consequently it still couldn’t be accredited.
Then one of the team found this Dilbert that made us laugh, I thought it was worth sharing…
It seems that the “security expert” was correct?! Not sure the non-IT people will get it, but sometimes it is possible to go just too far! Sure, if we were building a system that handled ultra-sensitive or mega-valuable data, but we are not – it’s just a pretty ordinary call centre solution.
Working just outside Edinburgh (Livingston) I’ve gotten hold of a copy of the Lowland Outcrops SMC guidebook and have been looking for after-work cragging entertainment… As luck would have it, right next to my hotel is Dalmahoy cliff; so I took a walk up to the crags to see what was on offer.
To say it’s a fairly odd place would be an understatement! It’s right above a big quarry workings area – it’s all closed in the evening of course, but never-the-less it’s a bit like a post industrial wasteland scene from Robo Cop. The cliff looks okay enough, even if it’s in a bit of an unattractive location. Although it might make climbing feel a little more serious than it actually is! As I was on my own I didn’t fancy soloing any of the routes (even though they are mostly quite moderately graded) – the serious/industrial vibe of the place put me off from sticking my neck out on a solo. 😮 I’ll have to take a closer look when I’ve got a belay bunny with me another time.
Can you believe it, Saturday’s superbike race was cancelled due to heavy rain? What! We finally get to go to the Isle of Man’s TT race for what should be the main event, the superbikes, and the weather lets us down! Then, rubbing salt into our wounds the race got postponed to Monday when we would be back at work. Doh! 😥 Work Sucks! And so does the weather! :angry:
Anyway, it gave us much more time to explore the island’s attractions and spend time with Laetitia’s sister and family.
Sunday turned out sunny. But the traditional Mad Sunday being what it is, a chance for everyone to ride the famous TT circuit, racing was still not an option. But, the biking entertainment at Peel was still on, and with glorious weather at last, off we went to save some biking action from the weekend…
Steve Colley was amazing. This guy has clearly got masses of skill on a bike. But he also gives the impression – with his running commentary of his stunts – that he’s also got an ego to go with it! I lost count of just how many times he had to tell us this trick or that was “really difficult” or “just about as hard as it gets”.
On the other hand, the Purple Helmets have got no ego what-so-ever, having fun with just about everything including themselves! 😆
We even had time for a bit of bouldering on the beach at Peel…
We should have checked in with Mike Caine’s IoM Rock Climbing site before we went though, there’s loads of climbing on the island. Ah well, plenty of detail there for next time…
Now of course we are back home so after work I’ll have to watch the TT superbike race on the TV tonight…
It seems to have taken ages to get here, but I guess that’s the nature of postcards – not quite the same speediness as the internet! 😉 Anyway, more postcard “kat” joking from Terry in France, at St Martin de Londres this time.
I know it isn’t just Laetitia and I that like a cake to reward a good day’s climbing – you can see here that Terry enjoys his cakes too!