I went to London to work some more, then I went to Hong Kong
Day 4 - Monday March 1st 2010
Working in Hatfield
Today I have to go to work in Hatfield near St Albans which is north of London. During days where im working there will generally be less to talk about here, so quit complaining and wait for it to be Saturday again.
The screens at kings cross, they dont tell you until 1 minute before your train leaves what platform its leaving from, everyone stands in front of the screens waiting for the big announcement then theres a mad rush to the platform. I can only guess this is because they dont want hundreds of people waiting on the platforms to reduce the temptation of jumping in front of a train due to the depressing weather
Hatfield itself is brand new. Everything is still shiny and very neat and ordered. Its a commuter town which means people who hate London but need to work there buy nice houses for their 2.5 children and ride the train into work.
The world famous galleria, its purple (theres a purple theme in hatfield).
Heres my dinner from toquitos in the galleria, theres an enchilada under there somewhere, thankfully the portion size is very small.
Tomorrow I have to start at 3am, so my sleep patterns paid off!
Day 5 - Tuesday March 2nd 2010
Riding around in a truck in the freezing cold
I had a great sleep from 9pm to 3am without waking up, woke up to the alarm.
Whilst waiting for my truck heres a pic of my hotel, note that like the galleria its also purple (upon viewing the pic, you cant really tell its purple but it is, I wouldnt make that up).
PROOF, I do sometimes do more than sit in an office reading the internet.
After work I set out for my usual thing of walking some place, but its just a bit cold for me to enjoy that, the weather today has been fine but that means the sky is clear and it gets cold fast at night, however I pushed on regardless.
Spotted this on the way home from work, the green movement is very popular here, much like australia, only in australia a lawn is considered the enemy of green, in england they combine polluting cars with lawn to advertise how green they are...pretty smart.
Heres my nandos chicken salad, even the nandos sauces are different here, creamier and not anywhere near as hot, which was dissapointing, although the salad itself was nice.
Day 6 - Wednesday March 3rd 2010
Today I went to Brentwood for work, I went here last time as well, its about an hours drive from Hatfield and is a similar type of place but less new and richer folks live in Brentwood than Hatfield.
This is where people in quaint english villages get murdered and then an old crazy woman arrives in town by chance and solves the whole thing by drinking large amounts of tea.
Behold, the mega tescos
Heres my breakfast and snacks, weetabix is the UK version of weetbix as we call it in oz. Weetbix is over 9000 times better than weetabix and thats a fact I have proven by eating both.
In the evening, I again found myself at the Galleria, its really the centre of anything in Hatfield, it was also the coldest its been yet, -4C apparently. The weather was actually quite nice during the day, clear blue skies, but clear skies means cold nights.
Heres my awesome gloves, now im all set for kicking ass and taking names, no more fingerprints to give me away
Day 7 - Thursday March 4th 2010
Birmingham and many motorways
Today was a lot of driving up various M and A roads. It was pretty interesting, but would be so boring if you had to do it daily. Speed limits arent really observed, and the one single toll road is apparently unpoliced all together, I was travelling (as a passenger) at 100 miles per hour and was passed by nearly everyone on that section of road.
These are 'roadside services', they are all along the motorways and branded differently. Each of the different roadside services brands has a different combo of stores in them. Inside each one is a mini shopping mall and they all seem to be mirrored on either side of the road with a bridge joining them. Prices of food in the roadside services is roughly double what it is elsewhere
I got home from work earlier than previous nights and there was still daylight, so I set off on a walk. I know I crap on about the cold a lot, but despite being roughly the same temperature as it is at night, because the sun was shining I didnt feel as cold, which makes me wonder how much of temperature sensitivity feeling thingy is mental?
Heres the view from one of my stops today, its nothing special but very English with green rolling hills, and a Burger King just out of frame.
Fosters was actually the most expensive beer advertised on the pub window in dayglo yellow stickers.
This is the actual main street in Hatfield, its devoid of anything now apart from banks and penny stores and visa services for indian people. This is of course because the Galleria has taken over, which is actually on the edge of town.
Apperntly this is the global headquarters of T-Mobile, one of the worlds biggest cell phone networks. I dont even know that they are a big player in the UK, I thought they were bigger in the USA, but ive been assured by a number of people that all their top management in the world works in Hatfield.
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