Love this city… (but sometimes I hate it too)

I always dreamt about one day living in London. I'm not quite sure what I pictured this life would be, but presumably my dreams did not involve things like: queuing for a bus, cramming onto a crowded Tube, getting wet feet from a hidden puddle under wobbly paving on the footpath. But these are as much… Continue reading Love this city… (but sometimes I hate it too)

The world of work

It's been a while since I was out in the market looking for work. But something happened this week that reminded me of my temp days, working for agencies, looking for something permanent. Here's an example of a typical prospective job conversation I would have with someone from an agency. Hi Michelle, it's Kate/Amanda here… Continue reading The world of work

The first week of 2020

Yes it's that time of year when people make resolutions that they don't keep. I'm going to break it down smaller, and try and set myself things to think about and do each month. Having had another spell of ill heath at the end of 2019, I'm starting 2020 with a commitment to building up… Continue reading The first week of 2020

Books, books, books, and theatre

One thing about our Walk the Lines project was getting to know which suburbs of London have the charity shops with the best selection of books for sale. On Saturday we were heading out to Hammersmith to go to a play, but we went early because we remembered a street with a concentration of charity… Continue reading Books, books, books, and theatre

Walk the Lines (5 or 28 or The Final)

The day after our Heathrow walk dawned fine, and our legs were not particularly sore or achy. We had discussed it the day before but all the signs combined correctly to confirm it. "Let's do this," we agreed. "Let's walk the last stretch today and finish this thing." And so it was, around 9 a.m.… Continue reading Walk the Lines (5 or 28 or The Final)

Walk the Lines (4 or 27)

The last of our long walks and it's a strange one: we are walking out to Heathrow airport.Yes you read that right. Walking. To. An. Airport. However before we see the hallowed halls of Heathrow terminal 4, we have to start somewhere more familiar, like Acton Town. But this time we are not partaking of… Continue reading Walk the Lines (4 or 27)