Diary – Sunday 04 August 2002

After amazing sheet lightening and rain storms, complete with thunder during the night and early morning, we emerged to breakfast al fresco outside on the deckchairs – just like the blue ones we used to have at the cottage – it must have been the standard Argos offering c 1980! The sun got stronger and the ground dryer as the day progressed, so we took sandwich materials, teabags and dry matches to the beach hut feeling very Famous Five, and spent the afternoon sitting on the beach, looking out to sea, at bronzing families and beach boulers, yachts and speedboats, reading Shogun (quelle surprise) and Cities of Civilization (Phil). Hot enough for lashings of sun tan lotion and bottles of water. Late lunch, no icecreams, even with a shop within 40 paces!

We returned to the caravan as the afternoon cool set in and the dark clouds gathered ominously again. Fantastic having a beach hut to throw all the deckchair type paraphernalia into. The skies didn’t seem so heavy back at Naze Marine, and we pottered and read and tidied before walking to the station, just missing the 6.30. Strawberries helped to pass the time until the 19:15 trundled off to Thorpe-le-Soken and onward to the urban sprawl of East London, depositing us at Liverpool Street Station.

Caught the tube home via Clapham Common and the No 37 bus, getting a ‘I’ve gone to bed, shattered’ sms from Hazel en route. Detoured into CJ station to buy a cheese and mushroom West Cornish Pasty – slightly disappointing as always – and dispensed with unpacking in favour of bed and book and pasty. Asleep before 11pm – a befitted a weekend of slumbers!

Diary – Friday 02 August 2002

Almost the weekend. *Almost* time to head out to Walton on the Naze for a weekend with Phil. Can’t wait.

but in the meantime…..

…. work featured business management system (friction/unwillingness) and – yes, you guessed it – The Scanning Report!!

Peter did show me his text-to-speech program though. It’s a free download from ReadPlease. Featuring “Mary”, so he gets “me” to read my documents and emails tohim. Very drole. Very good though.

If you have ReadPlease2002, have you tried clicking on your reader’s face….?

Oh, and in searching for a good W-on-the-N site, i found this (including info for all you would-be broadband users out there) and the google directory entry.

Just tried to order from Dabs again, looks like it’s gone through this time…. fingers crossed.

Jax got in touch! She’s moving to Cape Town! Josephine is fine and dandy and fighting fit!

Diary – Thursday 01 August 2002

Pinch! Punch! First o’ the month!

(that always pisses Hazel off. Or at the very least elicits a heavy sigh)

Bleary rise without any shine due to more late night Shogun reading, and attempts to buy digital camera extras from Dabs (battery, CF card and CD-RWs) failed miserably for some reason 🙁

Met Lindsey after work (although Lucy did bring me Stella sustenance from the S&S soiree) and we headed back to hers via Tesco’s for supplies of pizza and ice-cream for a girls’ night in.

Home for more Shogun, but only after packing for the weekend…..

Diary – Wednesday 31 July 2002

Kissing Jessica Stein with Janette accompanied by Nestle copies of magnum and a cornetto icecreams, and an impromptu encounter with Phil and David in the foyer; they were off to see Ivan etc complete with strobe lights.

Good girlie film, strong characters but then I’m no critic. I enjoyed it without having to work out why.

We walked to Waterloo via the new Hungerford footbridge – how long before I drop the “new”? – and admired the Eye from the safety of (almost) sea level. Janette hadn’t seen the bridge before. We wondered how both Hungerford footbridges and the ‘new’ Millennium Bridge will change the pedestrian circulations around London, and in particular the flows between the north and south banks for the Thames.

Diary – Wednesday 31 July 2002

Just done a DNS look up on the IP address from Mark’s comment on Saturday. Sorry to use you as a guinea pig Mark, but this is the first true life example I’ve had of an instance when I can use geeky (?) things I heard about, but never tried…. and then I tried the S&S IP address too. Fascinating (for me!)