Monday, June 09, 2008

Returning

So my week of leave is over, the weekend is over, and now it’s back to work… *sigh*

Anyway, it was a very good weekend and had lots of highlights. Friday night I went to see a radio recording of a programme called New World Order. To be honest I was a bit non-plussed by this. It was basically meant to be about the world coming to an end and the people in the studio audience were the only survivors and we were introduced to our new world leader, who turned out to be Simon Munnery. The programme was presented by Danny Wallace, who was funny, but Simon Munnery just kept saying he didn’t care when he was asked various things and it got a bit wearing after a while. The programme was obviously quite scripted, as there were various pre-recorded clips that they played and they followed one from some of the conversation between those two, so maybe something got lost on translation. I think with some good editing it could be quite funny, and I would be interesting in hearing how it turns out.

On Saturday, G and I went for a walk in Docklands, which was good. We actually started by going to a pie shop on Tower Bridge Road, the famous (if you know your pie shops) M Manzes, where only I ate as they had run out of vegetarian pies, so G couldn’t have anything. I would have happily forfeited eating there but G thought that was a waste as we had gone to the trouble of going there. Then we stopped elsewhere for food for G and then walked from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf, which was very pleasant and we stopped at a put en route and had a drink. I haven’t been to the Canary Wharf area for ages and parts of it have a really continental feel to it. I would like to go back and have another wander around there again. However, we couldn’t do that yesterday as we had to head back into the centre of London, grab a quick bite to eat and then go to another radio recording. This time it was “It’s Later Than You Think” (possibly not the title they will finally broadcast it under) presented by Marcus Brigstocke. This was much funnier than the previous night and Mark Steel was the guest and he had to try various things he had never done before – tea at the Ritz, a wet shave by a barber etc etc and that was all very amusing. This was the third episode in the series and the previous recording has been with Paul Daniels and let’s just say that all the comments Marcus made about Paul Daniels will have to be edited out before the broadcast because he was not fan. I think “woman-hating bigot” would be the politest summary of how he was described.

We headed home after that and G had been wearing a pedometer and it seems we did over 21,000 steps on Saturday, but then we rather balanced that out yesterday by hardly moving at all. It was a good weekend, including having really nice weather and drinking fizzy Vimto.

A couple of things to point you towards. First is Caroline Smailes’ blog which refers you onto a new blog started by her husband to try and broaden people’s reading. You can suggest books yourself or just try out other people’s ideas. Second, if writing is your thing rather than reading, then a post by Stray over at Chasing Sheep might assist. I am very impressed by Stray’s little crib sheet.

Anyway, time to head off to work… *sigh*

9 comments:

(no subject) said...

you're weekend sounds like a great way to end your week off. though it is quite sad that your week off is over. i hope that your week back is at least half as nice as your week off was. =)

TOM FOOLERY said...

Vimto! (I had to Goggle this word thought it was a new variety of wine. Right Random what is this all about.

http://www.vimto.com/fun_ecards.aspx

Big pants? TFX

Spudgy said...

someone else who appreciates fizzy vimto. F.A.B.

Random Reflections said...

no subject - It was a really good weekend. Lovely. Going back to work was not quite so lovely.

TF - how could you not know what Vimto is?? It was actually fizzy Vimto that we had. Very nice!

I can't say that I have seen that advert. How bizarre...

Random Reflections said...

spudgy - you snuck in there. It was so nice. A great choice and we were both really thirsty so it was the perfect drink. Highly recommended.

Kahless said...

I pop down to Canary Wharf about once a month. If I stay over the night I like to eat (and drink) in the area; it does indeed have a continental feel.

Hope the boiler is bedding in well.

Random Reflections said...

kahless - I really liked it, although admittedly this was at a weekend so probably nowhere near as buys as during the week.

I was so surprised about how much it felt like being on the continent. I must go back and experience it again.

As for the boiler, well despite it not being cross bonded, it hasn't killed me yet...

TOM FOOLERY said...

I live a sheltered life! TFX

Random Reflections said...

TF - Well, as the Sainsbury's advert says "try something new today".