part three of the ever-exciting adventure

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EA cause chaos in North London!

We all know the guys at Electronic Arts know a good WCM platform when they see one, but their latest trick over here has landed them some mixed PR – taking over a petrol station in Finsbury Park and giving away £20,000 of fuel to anyone who wants it!

According to the article on BBC News, the stunt is in order to promote their latest game Mercenaries 2, but the disruption has upset a few local residents.

Louise Marchant, from Electronic Arts, said the scenes of queuing mimicked aspects of the game.



Cooking with fire


Finally, I got round to posting all the photos I’ve been meaning to upload for a little while now, plus a few more of the absurdly hot weather from this weekend.

So courtesy of Flickr, here’s Matt and Kim doing porn – filmed exclusively at the leaving party of Mr Laurie Voss – and a lesson in why you should never buy a disposable barbecue from a BP Garage.


I’m loving the Guillemots album right now – it’s full of highs and lows and unexpected bits, rather like this weekend in fact. It also helps mask the sound of drilling and hammering coming from the shop downstairs. Really, how long does it take to refit a bathroom showroom?

And in case anyone wondered, this is what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks – thanks, Mary!

Tube geek

Have you ever noticed if you look out of the window on the Piccadilly Line while travelling between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner that the tunnel wall changes briefly from the normal soot-covered lining to beige brickwork and then back again? Behind the bricks is the disused Down Street station, used by Churchill and his War Cabinet as an emergency bunker before the Cabinet War Rooms were completed.

Today I feel mostly like crap. Geek Underground trivia and the O.C. are my way of getting through it.

Autumn colours

(Two entries in one day? Surely not!)

Inside the Great Conservatory

A beautiful afternoon for wandering around Syon Park, and another item ticked off the list. We arrived just in time for the last guided walk around the grounds, given by Syon’s head gardener, who had an amusingly dry manner and obviously knew more about plants than I could ever hope to! Quite inspiring and well worth the couple of quid admission.

Five things

Why is it that I live in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in Europe yet fail to take full advantage of this? Why is it that with so many attractions on my doorstep I’ve so far failed to see half of the things-that-are-worth-seeing in this great metropolis of ours?

Whenever I visit a new city it’s always a struggle to fit in as many museums, parks, shops, bars and general sights as possible within the space of a few days. In the last few months in London I have mastered the art of drinking Pimms in the park and improved my general shopping skills but that still leaves a long list of things still on that to-do list. So here’s a few things that in twelve months time I intend to have ticked off.

  • Gone to London Zoo
  • Been on a boat on the Thames – not those diesel-belching monstrous tourist traps that constantly parade backwards and forwards between Westminster and Tower Bridge but a proper classy boat up the river from Kingston
  • Visted Kew Gardens and Syon Park
  • Seen an exhibition at the Tate Modern and walked across the wobbly bridge
  • Visited Grenwich for the day

That’s not a comlete list, but it’s a start.

This weekend – other than the endless hours spent sat sitting on a Pendalino of course – has been generally great. One of the things I like most about living in London is leaving it from time-to-time. Not because I can’t stand the place, but more because it does make you appreciate other places that you visit more simply because they’re different. But when I am in the city, I really should be making more of it than I am right now and this I intend to rectify.

Crossing the line

Last weekend I ran ten kilometres in fifty two minutes and six seconds. And learnt that drinking a pint of beer and nothing else isn’t a good way to stay re-hydrated throughout the rest of the day. It was the toughest run I’ve done to date – not in terms of the distance (I’d done an 8km route a few weeks ago) but the extra effort needed to do that last two kilometres was a real killer. But I did it.

Crossing the finishing line

(That’s me, second on the left, in the green. Honest.)

Thanks to everyone who sponsored me, and to the lovely people who came and sat in the pub with us afterwards on a beautiful clear October morning. If you haven’t done so already then you can still donate through my justgiving page and help me reach my target of rasing £250 for Fairbridge.

And thanks to the wonders of proprietary Microsoft/Adobe technology, you can see a video of me crossing the finishing line here and my split times here, although I suspect some of those data points are slightly made up, what with them only having had sensor mats every two kilometres. Simon has a better description of the ups and downs of running ten kilometres than I can manage as well as a photo of us in our gear before the run.

Next week I start the training again. Autumn is a great time for running if only you can get around the whole getting-dark-at-seven thing.