November 21st, 2006

Fencing

Relaxed weekend

Interesting day on Saturday. The coach of ULU fencing club organised a tour of famous duelling sites in London (ones near pubs anyway). Strange to think that Holborn was once considered the outskirts of London! Ended up at Hampstead at the Spaniards Inn for food and more beer. Got talking to one of the novice fencer, a Dutch girl who mentioned she'd tried and enjoyed some Malaysian food recently but didn't care for the deserts. Pointed out this was a bit rich coming from a citizen of the country which had unleashed croquettes and febo machines on the world! She did seem to get remarkably nostalgic about the febo machines, after some initial surprise that I knew what they were...

Decided to walk home afterwards rather than head back to Hampstead station and the Northern Line was dead yet again between Camden Town and East Finchley. Grr... Another strange thought: Been driving past Spaniards Inn for more years than I care to think about and yet this was only the second time I've been in there! Still, the walk was pretty pleasant. Must do it again - nice walk up Bishops Avenue for a beer and some food. Sounds like fun.

Sunday was mostly an admin and chores day. I was also planning to install and set up the X-Fi and 7.1 speakers but got a call from Liz asking if I'd be interested in seeing Casino Royale. Alas, as it turned out, tickets were unavailable so we ended up seeing The Prestige. Quite enjoyed it but the end twists were telegraphed rather unsubtly.

Monday: was moderately gratified when a Swedish colleague came in from Ealing, where he'd spent the weekend, and said "I don't know how you can do this every day!" "I'm not sure I do either" Still, on the bright side, they're flying home on Thursday night so I get to work from home on Friday. Woohoo. 3+ hours of my day back straight away!

Now trying to see if I can wrangle a late entry into the Miller Hallett epée this Saturday. Not sure how smart this is, given the Northern Line will be down again and there's a London Starfury con pub meet but, given the competition's reputation, I imagine I'll most likely be eliminated and at the Shakespeare Head before anyone notices I'm missing...