Friday 28 December 2007

Hip hip horray!

It's my last working day of 2007 so I thought I’d write a short (ish) review.

I've been working at AJG for just under a year and I have to say that it's gone really fast. Does that mean i've had a great time? Probably not, it hasn’t been bad by any means but I think it can be improved. 2008 is a new year and I look forward to seeing what’s in store.

Highlights of 2007

New York
I went to New York for April’s 25th birthday. Other than during the first day or so being the coldest I’ve ever been in my life the whole place was just perfect. The people, the atmosphere and the sites were all far better than I expected. If I ever decide to leave London, I think I could move to New York.

Canal Boating
During this long weekend I think I managed to get wetter than I have ever been in my life, but this didn’t matter as everybody mucked in and we got by pretty much unscathed. Another day or too would have been nice as we had to rush to get back on the final day but that may have been the down fall as it did seem claustrophobic at times. It was good to come back without any accidental drownings.

In Spain I realised that golf was not for me. I think this is an important lesson to be learnt in any man’s life as it’s a very expensive and time consuming past time. I managed 9 out of 18 holes and totted up a score of 80+ and that’s playing by Stuart rules… if nobody’s looking it didn’t count

Metallica delayed announcing their UK tour days a week before the rest of Europe. I suggested to Shaheen that we should just book it see what happens. That was all that was needed. We looked at the various countries and neither of us had been to Finland. Helsinki here we come. The place was excellent. It exuded ROCK! The only downside I can think of is that April didn’t come along with us.

It was my Dad’s 60th birthday this year so Steve and I took my Dad to Ireland as a special treat. We saw some cliffs and caves, an old jail and a flying boat museum. Between us we drank about a barrel of Guinness and watched loads of rugby. As an added bonus we also saw Cheryl Baker.

Things to look forward to in 2008

April’s running a training course in Monaco on the 7th so we’re going to make the most of it and have a weekend looking round. Apparently our hotel room has a superior sea view (???). At one point it was suggested that we get a helicopter ride from Nice airport to Monaco but seeing as April’s company will be paying I think that would be taking the p!ss a little too much.

Although the date keeps getting chopped and changed (currently end of March) we’re off to Australia next year. I looking forward to seeing the place as I’ve always wanted to go. Also, it’s only fair, I’ve shown April round Corby, She must show me round Australia.

Buying a house
By the time my lease runs out at the end of July I will have been living and working in London for nearly 6 years. In rent alone I will have paid £49975! My last place is £14,000 per year! We have to buy a house. The house market is not as strong as it was a year ago but in 6 months time I think we will certainly know where it’s heading. It’ll be a big decision but I think we’re ready.

Win the lottery
My main goal in 2008 is to win the National Lottery. I don’t think it’s much to ask to never having to work again and I will strive to achieve this.

Monday 17 December 2007

Bo selecta...

I should retire from rugby now, on Saturday we played and beat London Cornish 3rds. Their number 8 was no other than So Solid Crew’s MC Neutrino. Ha, ha, ha!

The pinnacle of my rugby playing career has been reached, I do not think I can do any better.


Our league record this year is Played 9, won 7, drawn 1, lost 1. That sees us sitting pretty at the top of the table. Looks like another promotion is for the mighty Mayfair Occasionals!

Thursday 13 December 2007

Phew... I'm finally feeling better

I had a Christmas dinner with my rugby team (30+ guys) in Holborn on Tuesday night. It was a really good laugh and extreamly funny. Especially when Tunnah and I had to down a load of sambucca each for being foolish enough to be wearing the same hat.

Waking up yesterday morning I felt so rough that I had to call my boss and tell him that I won't be coming to work for the morning. Luckily my boss is a good chap. When I eventually got into work he proceeded to take the p!ss out of me for the remainder of the day. I guess I deserve it.

To give you a gauge as to how ill I was yesterday. I didn't go to an event that I was invited to which there would have been free drink. I've also canceled my plans for tonight with Markus at his new place as i'm absolutely shattered and need the rest.

Roll on Christmas!

Monday 10 December 2007

And this years numb nuts award goes to...


To help save the environment (or save on me having to wash up) I reuse the paper cup I get for my tea in the morning. Last week on picking the cup up which was full of boiling water I gripped too hard causing near boiling water to cascade down my hand.

Being a hard ass, I didn't scream or swear but quietly went back to my desk and sat down.


I have just done it again with the same bloody hand!

Busy period

The next few weeks are going to be a killer on the liver.

This week

Monday: Dinner party round mine (i'm getting so old)
Tuesday: Rugby Christmas dinner
Wednesday: Nothing (although James was mumbling something about drinks this week)
Thursday: Dinner round Markus'
Friday: April's company's Christmas dinner
Saturday: Nothing (I'll be playing rugby so I imagine something will happen then)
Sunday: Nothing (I think I need to keep it that way)

Next week

Monday: My team's Christmas dinner
Tuesday: Drinks with a few of the old Lloyd's lot
Wednesday: My company's Christmas drinks
Thursday: Nothing (April's Mum will have arrived so will probably go for a meal)
Friday: Drinks with a few of the old, old Lloyd's lot
Saturday: Reunion (possibly)
Sunday: Ian's House

The week after

Monday: Christmas Eve drinks
Tuesday: Christmas Day
Wednesday: I die... urgh

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