Posts Tagged London

Six Month Update

Goodness! Where has the time gone? It’s been six months since I’ve updated this blog which is not ideal since I’d really like to be consistent with documenting my personal history. Oh for the good old days of blogging where I couldn’t wait to post. Anyway, since I last posted about my appointments to the Saracens Pioneers Volunteer Programme, I should speak about that. Things went particularly well during the season. My role involved being a part of the Saracens FC media team. That meant on match day, turning up bright and early to be briefed about the day’s schedule […]

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Overcoming Olympic Withdrawal Syndrome

I am experiencing Olympics Withdrawal Syndrome – not just because I was a volunteer performer during the Opening & Closing Ceremonies, but also because I got to attend a few events; quite a few in fact. How was that possible when everyone kept screaming about the lack of available tickets? Well luck really! I had applied during the initial ballot and was successful in gaining tickets for: Beach Volleyball – Preliminary Round, Men’s 3M Springboard Diving – Final and Women’s Football/Soccer – Final. As I had gotten 4 tickets to each event, I took different lots of friends. And through […]

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Explaining Londoners

Want to figure out a Londoner? Then according to a recent New York Times article, you can make a snap judgement by the newspaper he or she is reading. Specifically: The Daily Telegraph: Older conservatives who mourn the loss of the empire by placing cricket before family. Last truly happy on D-Day. The Guardian (or The Observer on Sundays): Bikram-practicing middle-class liberals preoccupied with ending all wars and rolling their own cigarettes. The Times of London: Definitely a member of the political and corporate elite; fancies him-or herself as tolerant; has zero middle-class friends. The Independent: Slightly depressed and overeducated […]

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Contact

For nearly three weeks, no contact from either Basherter or RacquetBallGuy. Then in a space of a few hours, both initiate contact. Neither conversation is particularly warm and fuzzy! The one with Basherter was quite reserved and the one with RacquetBallGuy was quite strained. But he did disclose that he got the job in London so he is moving here next March if not sooner. Now considering that he’s been trying to move here for years, I’m pleased for him but I have to admit that I have mixed feelings. As I’ve alluded to before, part of me just wants […]

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Notting Hill Carnival 2011

The riots in London and elsewhere in the UK almost got the Notting Hill Carnival cancelled. Luckily, the organisers after consultation with Mayor Boris Johnson, the police and other officials decided to move forward. The compromise was that the event would end slightly earlier. Now even before the possible cancellation, friends had tried to talk me into joining a troupe. I resisted. Not because I didn’t think it would be fun; mores because I knew that parading through Notting Hill for 8+ hours would be exhausting. And yeah, there is the question of facilities; toilet facilities to be exact. I […]

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