Daily Archives: Wednesday, 7th Nov 2007

Day trip report

As I mentioned earlier, I went to London today. I had to catch the 6:30 train to make sure I could get where I was going on time. Now that’s a bit of a problem, because public transport is a bit awkward at that time of the morning. There is a bus which would get me there far too bloody early, but that would involve getting up even more early than I actually did.

So, I had a nice walk in the dark to Gateshead. While the High Level Bridge remains closed, walking to the station just takes too long, so I got the Metro there instead. My train was already on the platform, so I got on, found a seat in the restaurant and relaxed. Had the usual good breakfast and lots of coffee. I then got the Tube to Oxford Circus, but decided that as I had plenty of time, I’d walk down to Marble Arch rather than change to another line. That was quite pleasant, as Oxford Street doesn’t start getting busy until a wee bit later.

Got to the hotel venue, got a free book[1], then enjoyed a presentation by Cricket Liu on developing resilient DNS and DHCP[2], had some free sarnies afterwards, then went to the London office for a few hours. Did some work there, then left in good time to catch my train home.

As it was quite a nice day – fairly sunny, not really cold, I decided to walk to the station rather than catch the Tube. That took about 40 minutes – it would have been less if fewer slow-moving people had been in my way on Great Portland Street. Just as I got to King’s Cross, my train was announced and I got on. I had an uneventful journey home, which is probably the best kind. Long day, but at least I managed to get some walking done.

[1] DNS and BIND, fifth edition, signed by Cricket Liu
[2] If you don’t know what those are, you probably don’t want to…

Tyne Bridge at night

This is another picture from Tuesday’s walk home. It needed to be cropped and straightened, but other than that, it’s pretty much as taken. I’ve walked across that bridge so many times over the years, that I tend not to really look at it any more. But just occasionally, I glance at it from the right angle and I’m reminded what a lovely thing it is.

Tyne Bridge

Tyne Bridge

It’s early, but..

Yes, I’m up far too early so I can get out and catch the stupid o’clock train to London. At least I’ll get breakfast on the way, and it’s a one day trip for a seminar rather than the usual office visit, so it’s a bit different.

But the main news is that this morning’s weight is down again. Now I’m less than half a pound heavier than I was at the beginning of the year, so it’s coming along nicely.