Archive for April, 2006

Shopping in East Ham

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Walked to Upton Park Tube station and shopped for food. Bought fresh vegetables to make soup, yoghurt, stock cubes, eggs, tins of beans and Italian tomatoes. East Ham is an exotic place to shop, thanks to all the Africans, Bangladeshis and Muslims who live here. The fish shops stock tilapia. ...

Green Park

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Spent the morning applying for jobs and recruiters, sending a fax to my bank in Australia, then I took the Tube to Oxford Circus to prove I had a UK passport to PFJ. What did I see right next to PFJ? It's Post Office Tower! (Now the BT Tower.) Last time I ...

East Enders

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Just sat with Chaz watching East Enders. They don't show it in Australia anymore. It was strange seeing so many familiar characters still in the show: Kevin, Pat, Ian and Pauline. Ian is still getting dumped by the women he loves. Chaz tells me he's been married and divorced several ...

Kia, the Tube Cat

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Note: Dad - I just spoke to the Commonwealth Bank and they say the credit cards will arrive at my Australian address by Thursday. They take a week to arrive, usually, but Anzac Day will have slowed them down. Walked into the Tube at 2pm, feeling a bit down. I'd just ...

Living in East Ham

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

I'm settled in my new place in East Ham. The landlady, Chaz, is really sweet and it's nice to unpack for the first time in weeks. I went shopping for a pair of business suit pants yesterday and East Ham is vibrant and cosmopolitan. [deleted for security] Note the gap in ...

First Interview

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Got my first job interview. 10am Monday with Inspired Selection, a publisher recruitment agency. Wish me luck! Edit: got another interview request minutes later. Good to have such quick responses. Today I've been phoning and e-mailing recruitment agencies, and applying directly for jobs. Copies of my CV have been flying around like ...

Credit cards not visible on netbank

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

My credit cards aren't visible on netbank anymore since they've been cancelled. How am I supposed to find out how much I owe now? Oh well, at least I have a few weeks to find out how to access them again.

Wallet stolen

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Sorry about the missed day of posting. My wallet was stolen out of my bag on Monday night, while I used my laptop at the Starbucks on Piccadilly Rd near my hotel. Everything was in my wallet - my hotel room key card, my security box receipt, my oyster card ...

Goth Market

Monday, April 17th, 2006

My trip to Camden Market failed to turn up a cheap business suit. Camden Market turned out to be Goth central. Every second shop was a piercing and tattoo parlour ("Evil Needle" anyone?) The other shops were either places you could get floor length leather jackets and platform black leather ...

Photos from Japan #2 – Mt Fuji

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Early the next day after I arrived, the wedding party, comprising Martin, Mieko, Ann (Martin's Mum), Kevin (Martin's Dad), Eileen (Martin's Dad's partner,) Louise (Martin's sister) and her boyfriend Stewart, Martin's aunts Sue, Catherine and Jenny and I all went to Mt Fuji in a hire car and van driven ...

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Most places are closed in London, or only open a few hours. It's not the day to be looking for new accommodation. I may end up having to take a few more days at Regent Palace, although I'm getting seriously sick of it. The phone doesn't work, the sink is ...

The Shopping News

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

I had to laugh, I was walking towards Soho when I saw a very richly dressed and obnoxious man being asked by a parking inspector to put more money into a parking meter. The man was indignant, "Get lost! Get lost!" he shouted at the parking inspector. The inspector ...

Photos from Japan #1 – Narita TB Station #3

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

I've updated my log of Narita TB Station #3 geocache with photos I took on the day. Here's me at the shrine, next to the cache. More photos under the more link below.

Hampstead Heath Continued

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

I can download my e-mail but not send, it appears. Has anyone received an e-mail from me? So, what was I saying before I was so rudely interrupted by Starbucks closing yesterday? Let's see, yesterday I had hot chocolate and a chocolate tart at a wonderful shop at Hampstead, Paul Maison ...

Hampstead Heath

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Just had the most fabulous day. Went to Hampstead Heath by tube, as it was recommended in Lonely Planet London, and all the museums are closed because it's Good Friday and had the most sensational chocolate shop / geocaching / historical house hike of all time. I wish you guys ...

Good Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Barbie, if you're reading this, congratulations on 30 years at Bennetts! I hope they gave you a good party! I'm sitting in Piccadilly Starbucks. Had a free breakfast at the Regent Palace, because they moved me to another (smaller) room and I complained. A business man from Hong Kong chatted to ...

Online at last

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

My e-mail is downloading. And downloading, and downloading...I must have 200 new e-mails by now. I finally managed to get wireless internet for my laptop - at a Starbucks for 5 pounds an hour or 45 pounds a month. London doesn't seem to have wireless ISPs, like Unwired in Sydney. ...


Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Beautiful sunny morning today. The red double decker buses are passing by outside. I should be looking at accommodation but I feel like taking the morning off. I'm in London, damn it. I want to enjoy myself. So I'm off to the British Museum in just a few minutes. Looking ...


Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Didn't manage to fit in a visit to the British Museum, as I was busing all over the place trying to get my chores done. It started raining and it was so very cold that even the locals were complaining. I need to buy a warmer jacket. Preferably something waterproof ...

New Neighbourhood

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

My hotel may be a dump inside, but it's a beautiful Georgian building on the outside and the neighbourhood is nice. Just wandering down the road with two bags of dirty clothes looking for the laundrette, I passed Golden Square, which featured in Nicholas Nickleby (sp? I'll be glad when ...