Another Busy Bank Holiday Weekend!

This past Bank Holiday weekend was once again a busy one.  It started with our 34th Lanarchy event in Watford, but that didn’t start too smooth.  I flashed my Touch HD on Friday night, but it seemed bug riddled, so I flashed it once more in the morning to a more stable ROM.  Unfortunately the file server then stopped working and I couldn’t sync my contacts back on.  I set of to the venue, but no-one was there to let me in… and I had no numbers to call anyone…  Luckily, my car kit had some and I could call someone else to get the number I needed. Continue reading Another Busy Bank Holiday Weekend!

Changes At Work

I’ve been Fresh Foods manager for 7 years now at Marylebone High Street.  I’ve enjoyed pretty much all 7 of thoese, but it was getting time to move on.  I was asked to have an interview to be Fresh Foods manager at the new Islington store, so I went along a couple of weeks ago.  It went well, they offered me the position, as they did our Checkouts manager.  He accepted, I decided the better option was to stay at 236 and replace him on Checkouts. Continue reading Changes At Work

A Severe Weather Week

Well, it started on Sunday night during the Superbowl and by Monday morning it had apparently brought most of London to a halt… No buses would run and many tube lines only just got a limited service running by around 10am.

Luckily I wasn’t due in work until 2:30pm, so I had no problems riding the tube in and back afterwards.  By Tuesday morning a lot of things had got back to normal.  I carefully rode my bike in to work, buses were back and the tubes were running.

Thursday night saw more snow fall, but mainly in the midlands and only a small covering in Finchley.  They say this week has still been the worse (best?) for snow in the past 18 years though!

Superbowl XLIII

The Cardinals in the Superbowl for the first time, facing the amazing defence of the Steelers.  We had a few people round to watch the big match, playing some Madden and Wii Sports before hand with plenty of junk food and ordering Pizza to keep us going into the night.

I was worried one team might blow the other out, but it turned into one of the most fantastic Superbowls ever.  The Steelers built a lead on the back of a 100 yard TD return for a score at the end of the first half.  Warner and Fitzgerald brought them back into the game and into the lead with less than 3 minutes to go, but Rothlesburger and Santonio Holmes struck back with an amazing score in the corner of the endzone to take their 6th title.

Meanwhile, snow was falling as people headed home close to 4am in the morning.

MCN London Motorcycle Show

Having very much enjoyed the car show last summer, I was pleased to see there was a Motorcycle show at the ExCeL Centre this January.  Myself and a couple of collegues from work got ourselves some tickets and met up to have a look around.

It wasn’t quite on the same scale as the car show, but then I guess there are less bike manufacturers to exhibit that car companies.  This show took only the North side of the centre apart from the live action show which took place in the south section.

It was great to be able to have a sit on all the new bikes to see how they felt. I personally felt right at home on the Honda Varadero 1000cc, the big brother of the 125 bike I learnt on.  It seemed large enough for my body to fit on it nicely.

Before heading home I got myself a nice new Shoei helmet in matt black, with a fantastic Pinlock system to stop the visor fogging up.

A slightly hairy moment on the way home as I accelerated off a roundabout and the back wheel slid out on some dirt, but there was some nice weather for a nice ride home.

Brands Hatch – Superbike World Championship

Last year, having recently passed my motorbike test, I went with some new biker friends to Brands Hatch and had a great day.  When I saw I could get cheap tickets to go again this year through work, I jumped at the chance.

Not such a sunny day this year, but still some great opportunity for photo’s, the bikes and the girls!

We didn’t really pay too much attention to the racing, I wouldn’t know one biker from another, but it was still a fun day looking round the stalls, taking photo’s, trying to find a shop cheap enough that we could afford a drink!

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British International Motorshow

Me and a friend got tickets a few days back for this Motorshow at the ExCeL Centre in East London.  We headed down on the bike to check it out.  I was worried about parking, but it turned out they allowed bikes into the carparks for free, so no problems there.

On entering, the first thing to do was check my coat and get a bite to eat!  With that out of the way we headed round the exhibition.  What an amazing array of cars on show!  Everywhere you turned was another shiney, expensive, fast car to take a picture of.  A few of them you could climb in yourself.  I nearly got stuck in some little Honda S2000 sports car!

Once we’d been round everything inside, which took around 3 hours, we got a bite of chinese for lunch before heading out into the sunshine.  We had tickets for the Honda DreamScape… but the 11am show.  Luckily they let us in anyway.  It was a 40 minute long ‘display’ hosted by a couple of guys in suits, making jokes.  The first vehicles on show where there bikes, wheelies, stoppies and burnouts gallore!

Then came some cars and even some gymnasts!  They did a relay race, two teams of four cars, speeding down and back the little arena, spinning wheels and creating lots of smoke!  It was rather entertaining mind you.  We also got to see the Honda robot serving drinks and dancing!

All in all, a fun day.  I think I’ll look to get tickets for the Motorbike show at the beginning of December…

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Transport Troubles

Well, what a week…  It all began last Monday.  I was riding in to work at 2pm when I passed a motorcycle policeman who decided to pull me over.  He decided my bike was not fit to ride, the rear wheel was to worn and my chain was too loose.  The long and short of it, I had to call the AA to come and pick my bike up and take it back to Finchley.  The garage said they could look at in next Monday.  I got the tube back in to work, 3 hours late…

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