Sunday, September 30, 2007
On my last day in New York I had 2 hours free before my flight. The traffic was at a standstill due to roadblocks. Bill Clinton was in the hotel next door. Decided to be brave and get the subway downtown.
I was a bit worried about this, largely because I remembered how scarey it looked in the film 'The Warriors'. Anyway, it wasn't.
Airconditioned, cheap and efficient. Much better than the Northern Line. Had a quick wander around Union Square and flew back to Dublin then eventually to London.
Back home now. Managed to say hello to the family, go for a 40 mile cycle ride around Richmond and see Derby draw 1-1 on Match of the Day. Off to Budapest for the next 3 days.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Just back from a really lovely early morning run around Central Park. Even at 7am it was really hot and humid. There were hundreds of people running, cycling and walking dogs. All ages. All shapes and sizes. Most of them overtook me.
On the way back I saw dozens of policemen on a street corner. They were holding sheets of paper so I imagine that they were extras in a film that is being shot today. I wonder if they have a spare uniform? Maybe I can ask to join in.
Have got one last workshop today, tonight I'll fly straight to Dublin for another meeting and finally, finally I'll be back to Tooting. I love New York, but am so looking forward to getting back home.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
This picture was taken at 7am this morning looking down 7th Avenue. Managed to find a classic American Diner for a huge breakfast. Temperatures rose to 25 degrees today. Didn't get much time to see very much as I was meetings all day.
Is really tempting to buy stuff as everything is so cheap compared to the UK. Will do my best to resist.
Its 1.30am. I've just arrived in New York and am staying in the Michelangelo Hotel which appears to be modelled on a poshTuscan villa. Quite a coincidence in that I stayed near Caprese the town where Michelangelo was born in Tuscany only last Wednesday.
Will be here for 3 days before I fly straight to Dublin for a meeting. Its always exciting being in New York. Not sure how much time I'll have to look around but will try. Flew with Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class which was great. I love the Virgin Lounge in terminal 3 at Heathrow. Could spend all day in there.
Saw Hot Fuzz which is in many ways the perfect airline movie. Non-demanding, funny and very English, which along with pie and mash for supper made for a very pleasant journey. Must try and get some kip. Have got an 8.00 am meeting tomorrow. Plus, want to find time for a huge breakfast in a New York Diner and watch the commuters. Always a highlight.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Going to see Arsenal is a bit like a trip to the Royal Opera House. A beautiful stadium - with padded seats - a polite and appreciative audience, a sublime performance of art and beauty and a sense that it was a bit of a special occasion which may not be repeated in the future.
Derby were overawed and outclassed. We didn't play badly. We did the best we could, but we were up against a team who were from a different planet and played the game at a completely different level. As a football fan I've always enjoyed watching Arsenal. It was a privilege to see such talent on show and although we were played off the pitch it was great to be there.
Great to see Giles Barnes back. Boy, do we need him.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Have been away most of the week with little access to the Internet. I can't believe I missed all the news about Morinho and Chelsea. What a shock. Apparently Arsenal were amazing in Europe and have got a very tough game v Derby today. Am really looking forward to the trip to the Emirates and as with all football fans am filled with false optimism. Now that Derby have their first win under the belt I'm sure we're in with a shout. We shall see!
From Wednesday onwards, I was in Italy looking to buy some property. Am doing my best to live out my dream of owning a famhouse in Tuscany or Umbria. Really enjoyed it and am very excited. Watch this space for news...
Monday, September 17, 2007
Hurrah! First win of the season. Wondergoal from our new hero Kenny Miller. We are no longer bottom of the league!
Sam Alladyce, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan, Peter Beardsley, Gazza, Malcolm MacDonald, Bobby Moncur, Jackie Milburn, your boys took one hell of a beating!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This morning I went to the Pride Park shop in Derby to buy the new Derby shirt and other bits of tat - including a Derby mug with my name on it
One of the guys at the checkout then told me that 2 tickets had just been returned for Derby's game at the Emirates stadium next Saturday, so I bought them as well. Really lucky, as the match is a sell-out.
At the moment, Arsenal are top of the Premier League and Derby are bottom, so I dread to think what the score might be. Having seen the amazing goals Arsenal scored against Tottenham (who beat us 4-0) I'm really, really worried. Let's hope we play well against Newcastle tomorrow night. We could do with a change in our fortunes.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Whilst I'm writing this in my hotel room in Schiphol, I'm listening to Radio 4 via my laptop. Forget the multichannel tv and the movie menu, this is the best form of in-room entertainment there is. The Archers, Just a Minute, Front Row, The Afternoon Play...the list is endless. All free, all fabulous and now with 'Listen Again' it can go on forever.
Whenever I hear those familiar voices I'm immediately reminded of home and I get a warm glow inside. God bless the BBC!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
In a rare coincidence, the England cricket, football and rugby teams played important games today, and amazingly all 3 won! Admittedly, the rugby team were not too impressive, but let's not get bogged down in minor details. It's results that count, so three cheers for our brave boys!
They're keen bloggers in Choumert Mews. Check out Landcroft House and The Daily Muse. In fact the Dulwich area seems full of bloggers. I wonder why?
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Staying in the rather posh Marriott hotel on the 18th floor and will be here until Friday. So far has rained non-stop. Very humid. Am travelling with my colleague Mark and the first thing we did was go to the gym and try and return to normality after the 12 hour flight.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Just had Sunday lunch and have come to the conclusion that Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Puddings are bloody marvellous. Pre-cooked, ready from frozen in 4 mins and perfect every time. Everyone loves 'em - especially the kids so why bother making them yourself.
Am off to Malaysia this evening for the rest of the week. Food's great there but I doubt they'll be serving Yorkshire pudding.
Derby are embarassingly bad at the moment. We were destroyed by Liverpool yesterday and I can't see how we can possibly avoid relegation.
The gulf in class between the top Premiership teams and Derby is enormous. Don't think I can face watching them on Match of the Day with those snug ex-Liverpool presenters. Our next away game? Arsenal. How many goals will we let in? I dread to think. Thank God Thierry Henry is not playing.