Tag: trains

Sunday Column (479)

6.52 – Monday – my train is leaving my local station to get to Victoria for an 8.30 meetings. It is minus degrees, and bitterly cold. As I am waiting for the train I reflect a bit and realise that I should have taken a woolen hat and some gloves. But no, I never really think about this. As most of my readers know I am an early bird. I lost over 10kg a few years ago and ever since had to bake in exercise into my daily routine. The only way it works for me, given I have a 90 minute door-to-door commute, is at 5 am routine in the morning. So despite people asking me if I am mad, I am not, I am just scheduling things so they work. 5 am wake up, about 45-60 minute exercise, 15 minutes meditation, getting ready, breakfast and out of the door by 7ish. Simple, isn’t it? Having done some research recently into my sleep pattern, I realise that I have been waking up earlier than 5 am. What happens is, as my body must have got used to getting up between 4.45 and 5.15 every morning for the last 6

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Sunday Column (407)

Monday started off nicely and when drafting my blog I realised I ended up writing a whole post on Brexit. See Brexit. So I had to stop myself writing another post just about train strikes on Tuesday. The RMT union, rightly or not, strikes. Again. Overrunning engineering works added to the misery. I finally was on my way on the first train (!) running from Brighton to London. Just before 830 am. Two hours later than anticipated. I am up early anyway. I can change my schedule but my employer expects me in the office for 9 am. And they should do. The ongoing situation with Southern Rail is inexcusable. It is utterly disgusting in this day and age. But I wouldn’t add anything to the conversation by getting annoyed. So I breathe in and out. I decide how I feel. Southern cannot make me feel a certain way. I cannot change the situation. I can only accept it. Doesn’t mean I like it. Far from it. Totally out of my control. The same is true for my headphones. After spending a small fortune on my Bose noise cancellation wireless headphones I exchanged them on Monday. Interrupted and intermittent connectivity.

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Sunday Column (122)

Oups. This week wasn’t real, was it? It just flew past. I honestly don’t remember Monday and the reason wasn’t the pints with friends at night; on Tuesday I got rained on and met a good friend over beers; Wednesday and Thursday I interviewed people, made it home late and didn’t see the kids for 2 days. Then Friday, I went to Leeds for two meetings and was back home by 1900. This week I got a 500 GB hard drive, I played in the Euromillion twice as the jackpot has serious money in it (136 million on Friday), we got new nappies for Rohan (cloth nappies), I joined Google+ and that is really it. Is that all I have done? I didn’t win in the lottery either 🙁 No, most of the time this week I am stuck thinking. I think in English but noticed that my German accent really shows through at the moment and I couldn’t tell you why. I am off balance a bit. This is of course due to a very busy work week (and weekend funny enough), but also in my private life I am trying to get some things sorted. Not for sharing

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