First cicada

Monday, October 15th, 2007

While sitting here working at my desk, I've just realised that the regular sound I can hear outside is the chirping of the first cicada. Late September is the earliest I've ever heard one. But that was in the bush, where you get a bigger range of species, including the tiny ...

Feed me!

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Cheeky Chappy Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. I was working on my computer, when one of these guys flew up against my window, drawing my attention to the fact there was a whole flock of Rainbow Lorikeets waiting to be fed. I suppose ...


Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Sorry I haven't been posting every day. I work full time now. I'm up at 6.45am and I get back from work around 7 or later. It's a long commute and going out afterwards with work friends or food shopping makes me later. I spent Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery ...

Bag snatchers

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I see evidence of bag snatchers at work everywhere in East Ham. This morning, not far from my house, I saw a handbag lying emptied on the ground and there was nothing left but a scarf, a hat and the bag itself. On the Greenway, on Saturday, I saw evidence ...


Friday, June 2nd, 2006

In a very nice gesture, considering I've only worked there since the 17th of May, I got a chocolate cake, and a card signed by everyone at work for my birthday today. Then everyone sang Happy Birthday, and bought me drinks at the Queens Head. I (and everyone else) took lots ...


Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

At work there are three Australians, me, Nat and Michelle, sitting fairly close to each other and naturally, we talk about Australian things. The current discussion is Paddlepops. Nobody else knows what we're talking about as you can't get them over here. (In case you don't know, Paddlepops are Australian ...

Welcome to Haymarket

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Had my Welcome To Haymarket reception in the boardroom today. Then we had a nice lunch laid on: mushroom risotto, tomato and pine nut salad, green salad, smoked salmon and non-alcoholic drinks.

Queen’s Head

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Damn, the British drink a lot. But they're generous drinkers, I'll give them that. I haven't paid for a drink since I started work at Haymarket. Whenever the sales team go out, the managers buy me gin and lemonades. It's rather a good thing when you're a skint Australian trying ...

British Taste Tests #1 and #2

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Britain has a terrible reputation for food and drink, much of it deserved. Food was far from the highlight of my visit in 1996. Nearly everything I ate was around the level of the worst Australian pub bistro food imaginable. Fatty, tough roast meats, with soggy, overcooked vegetables that had ...

New job

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Wonderful first day at my new job. The first 4 days are going to be spent in sales training, and after today I can say that it's quite the best sales training I've ever had, and I've done uni level marketing courses. The teacher was simply wonderful - experienced, personable, ...

Build up to work

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

A quiet day. I'm doing all the chores, shopping, cooking, cleaning, before I start my new job tomorrow.

East Ham Nature Reserve

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Just came back from a walk through the local area. I found 2 geocaches, one at the top of a hill, that looked like it might be an ancient burial mound of some sort, though now heavily developed. East Ham isn't a pretty place, it's residential and industrial, but it ...


Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I didn't bomb the interview. I've got the job! :-) Actually, I was offered 3 jobs in the end. A customer service job in Corby, a government office admin temp job and a sales job at Haymarket, the magazine publisher. I took the publishing job. I start next Wednesday. I can't ...

Where the bloody hell are they?

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Dad told me there was an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that was very relevant to my situation right now. Here it is! From The Sydney Morning Herald: Where the bloody hell are they? It seems most of them are in Britain. Australia's movers and shakers are ensuring the ties between the ...

Computer tests

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Had 3 interviews today and my Microsoft Office Suite and typing skills were tested for the first time. I'm very pleased with my results. I scored 80-100% for Word, Excel and Access, which was 20-30 percentage points above average, making me an advanced user. I can type 60 words per ...

Interviews, interviews

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

A comment on today - replacing your Australian driver's license in the UK sucks. Just spent 22 pounds just getting my RTA photo kit validated at the Australian High Commission near Temple Tube station. Now I've got to work out how much the RTA will charge me, then post the ...

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 ...

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 ...