July 7th, 2010

Pratchett Gaiman M25

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho...

So, the journey from new home (Chorleywood) to new place of work (Milton Keynes) should, according to the satnav, be about 50 minutes.

Factor in the roadworks and that goes up to about one hour - and boy, it's roadworks-intensive. The whole of the M25 from Chorleywood to the M1, and after about the first 10 miles, a large chunk of the M1. I'm seriously looking forward to the move to Hemel Hempstead, which will eliminate the need to us the M25.

Anyway, for the past couple of weeks, I've got into the habit of leaving home at about 8:30am, getting to work at 9:30am.

This morning, I was feeling at a loose end and decided to just leave home at 8:15am. Unfortunately, I didn't get to work until...9:30am. Not sure why - just a bit of weight of traffic, I guess, as the M25 seemed a little busier than usual, and it didn't help that the roadwork section on the M1 was also slower than normal through the contraflow.

So now I'm just wondering how early I'd have to leave for it to make a difference to my arrival time? Say, to get in at 9:00am instead?
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Writer's Block: More than words

Which song lyrics send shivers down your spine and really hit you emotionally?

Have an angel walk with her by Martyn Joseph. I don't even understand what it's about entirely, and Martyn AIUI is fairly cagey about it (it's one of those songs that's taken on a life of its own), but for me it'll always remind me of one of the first times I spend with my ex - we'd just got together on a week-long mission thing, and after it was all over, we spent the Saturday afternoon mooching around Manchester together, during which I picked up a tape of Full Color, Black and White (the album featuring the song in question). Come the early evening, I had to return to London. After the emotional farewell, I settled down to listen to the tape. That song just really hit me. I guess it just seemed right for emotional partings.

The Survivors by Pet Shop Boys comes from a similar time in my life and had a similar effect on me first time I heard it. Less so now, but it's still an amazingly moving song, IMO.

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Wednesday 7th July 2010

I was feeling at a bit of a loose end this morning, so I left for work a bit earlier than normal - at about 8:15am or so. Despite that, I didn't get in until about 9:30am. Erm. I wonder if it's actually possible to make it there for 9:00am?

This evening, Rita cooked us Nando-fied chicken, which was enjoyable (I do like Nando's), and then Sarah helped me out with my experiment - shifting video files to burn to DVD-R from Rita's PC to Sarah's laptop using my external HD, and then burning them to DVD-R using PrimoDVD running on Sarah's laptop. Thankfully, it worked a treat (the alternative, I guess, would have been going to Chelmsford at the weekend and picking up my external DVD drive), and I was able to get Ashes to Ashes season 3, and disc 2 of FlashForward (the "season 1" bit seems sadly superfluous...). A good start, but more to go.

That's about it, really, but I guess that makes it a fairly productive evening.