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Clearing decks for Xmas

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 24, 2014  ·  Trivia

The saga of Christmas for the last couple of decades has involved getting into town by 0600 to collect the turkey from the Butcher before plunging into Waitrose when it opens at 0700 to fill a trolley with all the necessaries for multiple meals over the next few days.  This year I also had to clear the kitchen of the debris of an overrunning kitchen development.   Never trust someone who says they have a reputation for finishing on time.   I should know by now that what people tell you they are good at, is generally the inadequacy...

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Apologies to Lydia

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 3, 2014  ·  Trivia

In some ways this post does not really exist as I crossed the date line in a westerly direction and thus the 3rd of August is missing from my life.   Ok around a week ago I lived the 28th of July twice, arriving in Houston around the same time (and date) I left Wellington.  Now I know the logic of this, but time is important to humans and this never seems right no matter how often I do it.

Now had this been 1031 I would have missed the canonisation of Olaf II by Grimketel Bishop of Selsey in England.  In 1860 I would have missed...

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36 hours travel

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 29, 2014  ·  Trivia

There is a form of fatal attraction to a long trip and I must admit to half looking forward to the trip to Bogota which in general went smoothly other that the start and the finish.  However it involved crossing the date line which always confuses the hell out of me as it involved arriving in Los Angeles before I had left Wellington.  Travel has a rhythm to it and with priority access (one of the benefits of lots of travel) its not too hard as long as you relax.  

The problem at the start was in Wellington for the short hop to...

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The small frustrations ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 18, 2014  ·  Trivia

A pretty frantic day of meetings today including a few in one of the best Starbucks in the world, it even has its own mug and thanks to Zhen I have one!  It is in a converted colonial building (pictured) on two floors and is a good place to meet.  Very unstressed by Singapore standards and worth a trip if you are anywhere near. While that was relaxing I also suffered what is a periodic problem if you travel a lot, namely the fraud check.  

I'm pretty impressed with Mastercard in this respect as I have never had money stolen and...

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Keeping options open

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 15, 2014  ·  Trivia

After yesterday's celebrations we got home in the early evening.  I really should have spent the evening working and packing, but the knowledge that I was about to have three weeks with only one or possibly two days of exercise was weighing on me.  So I quickly changed and took the bike out for a spin.   I have a starting point from home that heads up to near Wooton Rivers and then speeds down the Vale of Pewsey.  It then has 30, 40 and 50 km options but with dusk rapidly approaching I had to take the shorter of those.   There is a...

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