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(no subject) [Mar. 31st, 2008|10:06 pm]
Andy
tetsuko_ bought me the most awesome birthday present ever. She bought me a vivarium and all the equipment to set it up and I went and picked up a little baby Bearded Dragon on Sunday :)

Here he is, he's called Xenu.



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New Years Eve [Dec. 30th, 2007|04:04 pm]
Andy
Anything going on? We currently have no plans whatsoever, any idea's anyone??
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Xmas Stuff [Dec. 28th, 2007|09:04 pm]
Andy
Xmas was awesome. Spent the day with tetsuko_ her son and his girlfriend. Ate a horrendous amount of Goose, veg, pudding and cake and just generally lazed about.

Marie got me one of the Sandman novels, a book by Iain Banks, a new belt, Assassins Creed for the 360, a t-shirt proclaiming "RTFM" and a titanium Spork! As well as some chocolate brazil nuts, which didn't last very long. Oops.

Marie's son bought me the new William Gibson novel and my mum bought me a scarf and gloves (not sure why...) one of Terry Pratchetts books and is giving us some cash between us.

Assassins Creed is awesome and I'm going to start reading one of my books tomorrow, haven't read anything for a while, so should be good.

Also picked up some post-xmas bargains. Mass Effect on the 360 for £20 from Gamestation and a camouflage coat from Primark of all places for £15.

Have no plans at all for New Years Eve, is anything happening in Naarch? I don't think I can be arsed to go and get ripped off in the city and potentially have a fight with some chavs.
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(no subject) [Dec. 25th, 2007|12:29 am]
Andy
Merry Xmas everyone!!
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Next week... [Dec. 13th, 2007|01:04 am]
Andy
We're in Amsterdam, really looking forward to it. However, weather forecast says the highest temperature is going to be 4 degrees. Might be a little chilly.

Still, lots of stuff to do there although there might be less cold beers consumed this time.
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Thetford: The Return [Oct. 7th, 2007|10:27 pm]
Andy
So we took our bikes to Thetford Forest for the second time on Saturday. The weather was perfect for it, not too cold, not too hot and fairly dry.

Had a thoroughly good time tearing around the 'Red' graded track, a few near misses on the muddier sections that make me think 'wearing a helmet might look stupid, but maybe it's a good idea for off-road' and my gears, brakes and wheels covered in mud. Was knackered by the end of it, think we did around 22 miles in total (off road) and another 8 getting there and back.

Although it was hard work, it was no where near as hard as last time and the winding track keeps my brain much more active than just straight roads and trails that I encounter cycling to and from work or up marriots way.

Just a chore having to cart our bikes there by train and unfortunately not particularly cheap (not really expensive either though, so that's good).

Typical that we start doing all this just as it's about to start getting cold and wet (well, our summer was pretty wet anyway!). I would like to get back there atleast another couple of times this year, but not sure how much I'd enjoy it if it was pissing it down. Most people seem to go by car, which is probably ideal really as you can leave your spare kit there and when you're done hop into your nice dry car and bugger off home again, rather than cycle back into Brandon and wait for another train. But it's still fun.

Would have liked to have tried the 'Black' route, but it was closed all day Saturday due to a bunch of mentalists doing the 'From Dusk Till Dawn' event. An off-road Endurance Race starting at 8pm and finishing at 8am. Scary.

But, that may have been for the best, the near misses on the red route were enough to make me think that maybe the Black route isn't a good idea until we've invested in helmets.

Also, cycle shorts/trousers with pads in the arse. Fantastic idea, need to get some.

Today I have mostly complained about my legs aching.

I've also decided to go a longer route to work so I'm cycling 4.7 miles every morning and evening rather than the 1.5 I currently do.
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Spent today cycling around Thetford Forest [Sep. 23rd, 2007|08:09 pm]
Andy
Now everything hurts. Have photo's, will post later, need sustenance first though.
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The interview [Sep. 14th, 2007|06:40 pm]
Andy
Must have gone well, I was offered the job today.

So I'm now officially a Systems Analyst within one of the development area's at Norwich Union :)
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Well... [Sep. 13th, 2007|10:52 pm]
Andy
I think the interview went well. Should find out by Monday as to whether I have the job or not. So with any luck I'll be a Systems Analyst in Norwich Union IT as of next week :)

Not much (if any) of a payrise to begin with, but with a huge scope for potential increase in salary.

The quest to lost some weight and improve general fitness continues with me now cycling into work every day.

I bought myself a nice, new, light MTB and as soon as tetsuko_'s bike is sorted we shall be venturing out fairly regularly I hope (yes, I know, bad time of year to start doing that).

There's a nice ride out Marriots Way and it goes straight past our friend Olly's house so we may make pitstops for refreshments there and we'd like to get to Thetford Forest to do the trails there as well. Now that we've both got decent bikes we should be able to handle the off-road terrain a bit better.

Not used to having such a light bike, felt a bit weird at first, used to it now and it's definitely an improvement.

I picked up a 'Trek 4300'

The only thing it had which I didn't really want was front suspension, but pretty much all MTB's have it now. I did look at a 'hybrid' bike that had a rigid fork, but it didn't look like it'd handle off-road anywhere near as well as the wheels were almost road-bike thin. The weight difference wasn't massive between the bikes and the suspension does have adjustable pre-load so I've got it stiffened right up and it's fine for on-road as well :)
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Job Interview [Sep. 12th, 2007|07:56 pm]
Andy
I have a job interview tomorrow in Norwich Union I.T. so I might not be moving over to Swiss Re afterall...


Wish me luck!
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