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Sunday Column (46)

England got me back!

Yes, I was in Germany for a week and if you followed me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know what happened.

I started my new job with the media optimization company mexad on Monday. On Monday night I was supposed to fly out to Germany with Easyjet from Gatwick Airport at 18.40. They announced the flight at 6 pm as “please wait”, and kept us in the unknown until about 19.40 and announced a gate. To summarize things: more waiting, a bus tour to the plane, waiting next to the plane, a bus tour back, more waiting at the gate, and a cancelled flight. Wow! Not a good start for a new job. Reason for the cancellation was that the pilots were refusing to fly as they were out of hours.

Luckily my new colleague could book me a flight with Easyjet for 7.05 on Tuesday. It costs a few pounds more but secured me a seat. Some people were waiting for several days trying to get home to Germany, and the que in front of me was horrendous. I got a taxi back home, spend a few hours sleeping and headed to Cologne on Tuesday, thinking it will be all good….

Cologne was freezing. Very cold winds, a bit of snow – just like a real winter. I managed to catch up with some of my study friends and overall had a really good time. By the way, the picture is from circa 1950 πŸ˜‰

The job started out well. For me it is a new area within a familiar field, e.g. display advertising and media optimization on ad exchanges. It is very exciting and I am very much looking forward to starting the UK representation for this exciting technology and company.

Now, to summarize the flight back: lucky and stressful! I was booked on the Easyjet flight leaving Cologne at 21.30. However, Easyjet cancelled a few flights from Gatwick on Friday and when I arrived at the airport, their representatives suggested that if I could get another flight, this would surely be better. They haven’t seen any evening flights since last week! We took the decision to book Germanwings last minute to Stansted, leaving at half seven. And, it was the right decision. I rushed to the train from Stansted to Tottenham Hale, then onwards to Victoria, and I caught the last train at 21.22 towards Faversham which stopped at Bromley. Due to the adverse weather conditions, they were operating an emergency time table, so if I had been at Victoria 2 minutes later, I had to walk or get a taxi. How ridiculous is that? No snow, some ice I admit and freezing temperatures. This country is just not prepared to cope with any winter conditions whatsoever!!!!

However, I made it home at last, got a cab from Bromley and arrived just after 22.00. The Easyjet flight, according to their website, left Cologne after all around 23.30, arriving in Gatwick around midnight UK time. With a taxi from Gatwick I could have made it for 1 am, however I don’t believe if I had waited, that things would have gone right. So definitely a wise decision that teaches me that Germanwings will be the airline to fly with in the future despite the Stansted travel annoyance!

Maybe I was panicking that I didn’t make it out of Germany – maybe not. Some flights were still going on Saturday from German airports, but some weren’t. The BBC reported on suggestions from the German government to embrace for a blizzard and to have food for at least four days at home – pictures can be found at Welt.de

Overall an exciting week. I am glad to be back at work, in London, and excited to see what 2010 will bring. I learned a lot about airlines, priorities and weather conditions. And, coming home was nice. Seeing the boy and changing his diapers, feeding him breakfast…what else to wish for.

Have a good week,
Volker

The Weather – or why am I not posting?

Ein Sauwetter (pig’s weather) – that is what we would say in Germany. After spending a few days speaking German it is weird to come back and speak 100% English/Scottish πŸ™‚

I was wondering about the weather (as I do) and why it is raining and cold in August in London. When I was a wee boy, I was running around in shorts and T-Shirts from early age and early on in the year. May until early September would be a good summer, sunshine, some rainy days but this year…..

There was a time in June, maybe a few days in July that were amazing hot. And the time in Spain of course. But sitting in the office today, just made it in without getting rained upon, changing from rain to sunshine to rain every hour is just not healthy. It is not autumn yet, although it surely feels like it. Makes me tired too.

Ok, I stop complaining. I did choose to live in the UK but believe that other cities/countries in Europe are not far off. Maybe it is global warming after all?

Maybe not. Maybe it is just normal that every few hundred years we are having a warmer period which results in more flooding, more rain, more bad weather and more moaning πŸ˜‰

Have a good day.

Volker

PS: for those of you who prefer to spend the rest of the day cuddled up in a blanket in front of the TV with a hot chocolate, maybe this video entertains you for a while:

the weather – what else to talk about in Britain ,-)

It is not only a rumour but the Brits talk a lot about the weather. Why?

I have lived in the UK for 7 years and being strong connected to Scotland and have lived there, I preferred the weather to London. What might seem odd at first, the problem is that Scotland’s East Coast, e.g. Aberdeen, is not as wet as the west coast, e.g. Glasgow. Therefore, we usually had around 15-20 degrees in the summer, rather nice if you ask me.

London is different. The weather was horrible for the last few weeks. Rain, cold, warm, snow – “April’s Weather”. However, for the last 3 days it is boiling hot. 22 degrees, coming up to 24 degrees. And, of course we are complaining. It is all global warming, the office isΒ too sticky and we are sweating in the heat. Just imaging the tube at this temperature, being in there with millions of others.

But, don’t worry. The weather will change again and then people will moan again about it being too cold, too unpleasant and that they cannot wait for the real summer…..the moaning cycle is like the weather, just more predictable πŸ˜‰

Volker Ballueder

London Weather