21 Dec

Working hard on some research for the DfT which is interesting. However I have no staff right now so I’m doing data entry that frankly I am too old for. You need a clerical person or at least a research student for this! Jeez. I am also working on a research proposal for the European Commission on railfreight. I’ve given up trying to predict which of these will succeed and which ones will fail, so much comes down to the final days when the co-ordinator pulls it all together and it either shines or it’s shit. We won’t know until next year but I wish my co-ordinator luck, and writers block on the competition!

I think I am all sorted for Christmas. We have HyunMi and Michael coming Friday for Christmas and then they go to Gran Canaria on Boxing Day to spend New Year with her family. Leesa and Martyn and the kids come round Boxing Day and we’re going to Worcester for New Year. Hopefully Matt and I will play in Rich’s wargame inbetween, and maybe Dom Mooney might arrange something to play with newt. Anyway, must get back to work..

11 Dec

Well, got woken at 7.30 by Matthew banging on the door (he stayed at his friends). Urgh! Then I had to take him to hockey, come back and get a Christmas tree, cook dinner. By which stage it was 4pm and I was so tired I had to go to bed and sleep. I am pleased I did since I now have done some work on one of the proposals, so I can get a little of the workload shifted. Off the Newcastle tomorrow for some stats work, a Christmas dinner and to do some interviewing. Take care all.

10 Dec

Ann is in Paris with her mate. I’ve been finetuning her (friends) laptop and then today I spent 5 hours setting up a router and wireless network for Matt’s friend. This week I went to Brno in the Czech Republic and had a very productive meeting with our partners CDV. Nice city, nothing fancy but nice Mittel Europe with a castle and churches and stuff.

I am very tired, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends trying to catch up on my work after the 10 days illness I had (see blogging below). Until Nicolas starts in the New Year I am the only one in my section of NewRail so if I am ill then it all just piles up. I am interviewing Tuesday for another Research Associate, so hopefully next year I shall have two people to help me and an admin person. I cannot wait.

Must go, got to see if I can get Alcohol 120% to work and the read some more of Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, it has me gripped..