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27th-Apr-2007 10:27 am
Unfortunate incident at fencing last night. Flèched Martin at epée, of course, it all went wrong and I ran past on his sword arm side (bloody Southpaws!), tried a quick jab as I did. Good news: got the hit. The bad news is evident in the kink of my blade below and, yes, that kink is *against* the normal bend of the blade.

Basically, it's salvage the tip and then bin time. Fortunately, no serious injury to Martin.

Damn, I'd been at Leon Paul the previous day at lunchtime for a quick ULU-organised tour of the factory and could have picked up kit at a 10% discount. Oh well, at least I learned that Leon Paul outsources manufacture of fencing bags and it's the manufacturer who chooses the colours. Our guide even commented that they must either have someone totally colour blind there or they're simply having a laugh. Still, would have thought that, as the customer, they could have simply told the manufacturer "No more hot pink and tartan bags, please"!

Less dramatically, looks like my next project is sorted: Canary Wharf through to next year! Guess that, if nothing else, it'll keep me in the UK for the all-important Summer con and muster season ;-) Not too sure about commuting on the DLR but it's got to be better than Reading!
27th-Apr-2007 10:33 am (UTC)
David did work experience at South Quay and found the DLR very slow and crowded. Coming from Stratford he found the Jubilee line much better to get to and from there, even though he had to walk a bit further from Canary Wharf station.

27th-Apr-2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
found the DLR very slow and crowded

Certainly matches all my experiences with DLR! Not entirely sure where the client is yet. Guess I should look it up!
27th-Apr-2007 11:28 am (UTC)
I work very near Southwark station on Jubilee line (just a few stops from CW) so if you want to meet up at lunchtime or afterwork, drop me an email/send a text!

0776 990 3675
chris at magician dot co dot uk
27th-Apr-2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds great! Project kickoff is scheduled for start of May...
27th-Apr-2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Canary Wharf isn't too bad on the DLR - I use the DLR a fair bit after work and it's relatively quick - but as I compare it to my route home I'm not sure how much of a comfort that will be...
27th-Apr-2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Can't really comment on the DLR, but congratulations on the Not!Reading aspect! :)
28th-Apr-2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
That kink doesn't look like the end of the blade to me -- it should be possible to straighten it out, and get a lot more life out of it. I've managed it with kinks that looked a lot worse.

Worst case scenario is that the blade snaps while you're straightening it.
30th-Apr-2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Good point. Nothing to lose by trying!
28th-Apr-2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
The photo of the kink does not do it justice - it's pretty impressive seeing it in person, even after you bent it
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