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One of the London walks I'd wanted to do for a while was the Regents Canal from Limehouse to Islington; so in the company of [livejournal.com profile] euphoricstimuli, [livejournal.com profile] arryabsinthe and Liz, did so today, with much taking of photographs and also stops in three pubs (the Narrow, the Palm Tree, and the Angel) + a cafe where we had nachos. The weather was suitably grey and threatened rain - which started as we arrived at Islington. There were ducks and pigeons and a whole variance of landscape from high-cost canalside apartment blocks to huge gasometers and post-industrial dereliction. And canal boats and locks. I took 71 pictures which was the least taken by any of our photographers.
I could forget about the disappointing email I had last night. Possibly. I still think it's a shame though.
Home by a Reading-bound train that stopped at Kingston - not sure if this is a regular Sunday thing or just occasional.
Now to rest my feet.

Walking

Dec. 9th, 2008 10:10 pm
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Today I have been to Lancing (West Sussex) and then walked along the coast to Shoreham-by-Sea. Lancing because it's where my grandma and later my uncle and aunt used to live, Shoreham because it's there, or at a reasonable walk from Lancing. Looked at grandma's old house (now no longer called Treetops) and aunt and uncle's (same as it was). Surprised that the local shop we used to go to, called the Magnet, is still called that.
Tried out the new camera. Results ok, may post them to Flickr some time.
Lunch in a pub in Lancing (the Three Horseshoes), then was sorely tempted by the range of real ales in the Buckingham Arms in Shoreham. For some reason Lancing has about five pubs and Shoreham has plenty (and more going on generally) even though they're about the same size (I suspect it's because Shoreham has long been a busy port and Lancing, well, isn't.). Then a train all the way back to Clapham Junction.

Sunday

Dec. 7th, 2008 09:34 pm
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As I have now been told off for using the internet too much (read: at all) for non-work purposes at work, I may be posting and reading less.
Though I shall hopefully not need to justify my use of several non-official pages on Friday while looking for a solution to a problem in Excel (and which led to me using Visual Basic for the first time ever).

Today I have been for A Walk - from Richmond to Putney Bridge, along the river, which was very pleasant. 8 mi / 13km. Lunch on a bench at Strand on the Green after a WC / juice stop at the Express Tavern. Weather was fine and bright - just perfect despite being a bit cold. Passing Hammersmith I could almost see the flats where I used to live - something's been demolished along the riverside just past Riverside Studios - the yellowish buildings on the right of this picture. The area now looks like this.
As with the cycling, when I do actually get up and go walking I really enjoy it. Nice people too.

I have now not had a drink for three weeks - I am hoping to go for the month, of which the last day will be 16 December, though this week might be problematic, not least because I have a conflict of interests - Thursday is a CAMRA branch meeting, but is also the office party and the Silver Wiz are on at the Fiddler's Elbow. During their last gig I was sitting there drinking lemonade and lime which was £3.70 a pint.
An odd side effect of going out but drinking soft drinks is that I go to bed later because I am sober when I get back home. Still feel tired occasionally in the afternoons and the recent cold didn't help, but that may be dehydration or a lack of a lunch break, whereas I always used to go outside at lunchtime I haven't been recently. Must Do So. I am still looking for another job but am not 100% clear what I actually want - technical work, people seem to assume, but why? My degree is in modern languages and I've been a TEFL teacher among other things.

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