At the Fringe again

Just returned home from a fantastic holiday for myself and Lucy in Edinburgh. We rented a flat in the middle of the city for nearly two weeks, and were able to see dozens of shows at The Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, including the world’s largest Comedy festival. This year, we went by train (via Crewe – cheaper than via Stafford). No long drive at top and tail of the holiday. Fantastic. My last role in IBM before leaving in June was working on a proposal at RBS in Edinburgh. It Read more […]

Living in a flat v. living in a hotel

All of my assignments since joining PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting over ten years ago (most of which have been with IBM of course since PwC sold their consulting business) has seen me living in hotels at least three nights most working weeks. Until my last assignment that is. For the last two and a bit years, I have been able to reside in a flat rented on the Marina in Swansea (the photograph shows my view from the patio doors of my flat). Now, whilst Swansea would not be my first Read more […]

Time to change broadband supplier

Switched our broadband from BT Total Broadband option 3 (unlimited) just before Christmas to Plusnet (a BT subsidiary) as they offered a better deal and I had been using them happily in my flat in Swansea for the last couple of years. Same wires, but throughput has been higher on Plusnet, better traffic management overall I guess.  The switch over was not handled that well, but it was a strange arrangement. Basically, I contacted them initially to give notice of cancellation of the service to my Read more […]

Swansea Marina

Swansea Originally uploaded by kyber Really enjoyed a break in Swansea last week. I have been working in the area for around a year now, but never had much of a chance to explore the area. My wife joined me for the week and we had a good look around. We also had plenty of time to do some photography. Some places we have simply recced ready for a subsequent photography visit later in the year. Other times we have done some shooting. One of the most fun evenings was doing some long-exposures Read more […]

Working at home

Every time I work at home, I make the same mistake: I forget to take breaks. I do not eat enough (not really a major loss for me) and I end up very stiff with my back hurting like hell from sitting in the same position for to long. I also often end up too cold as I am sitting still for so long. On the other hand, it is nice not to be constantly interrupted and be able to get on and concentrate on some critical tasks. My wife now gets up around 5.45am so she can go for a swim/gym session before Read more […]

A weekend in Swansea

Last time I rented a flat, I was unmarried and living in Ripley in Derbyshire. The flat was something of a come-down from living in my own home, but I’d had to sell up because of some bad business deals (actually, trusting someone too much – we live and learn). I was at the time working for Butterley Engineering as their IT Manager.Whilst living in Ripley, I met the woman who a year later I married and we moved into a rented house in Hemingford-Grey in Cambridgeshire. After renting and owning Read more […]