27 Dec

Times Square, Xmas, 2006


Times Square, Xmas, 2006
Originally uploaded by tzunder.

Well this is how we spent our Christmas Day, exploring New York City and enjoying ourselves, the rickshaw ride round Central Park was great. We spent Boxing Day exploring the stores all along Fifth Avenue from the new Apple Store and FAO Scwartz toy shop at the corner of 57th Street and Fifth (Central Park bottom south east corner) down via Saks, the Rockerfeller Center. We have up about ten blocks north of the Empire State. I am quite unwell with a migaine today but Ann and Matt have gone to do the Statue of Liberty tour on a boat. I am feeling better now so I shall go and meet them, maybe at the Empire State. I’ve been pretty good on not buying too much stuff, but Matt is lobbying hard for a laptop.

26 Dec

Update from NYC


We went to the Radio City and I have to say it was great. Utterly USA Christmas fun with a sense of tradition dating back to 1925. Some great mass chorus line dances, and a feel of the great 1930s and 1950s films from Hollywood. I loved it, although the shortness of the show (90 minutes) was a surprise.

We then walked home through some fairly torrential rain, but it was rather romantic with the lights from Times Square reflecting in the rain slicked streets. I think we’re shopping today in the sales. Ironocally I bought myself an iPod nano at Heathrow and it was cheaper than buying it here..

25 Dec

Merry Christmas from NYC

Here we are in Manhattan, NY. We decided that given our annus horribilis we’d not do Christmas but rather go travelling. So, here we are in the Big Apple. We flew over on Virgin Atlantic. The entertainment system failed utterly on our three seats, which upset Matt a lot, and we were offered ‘compensation’ which actually was useless sales come ons like ‘10% off any published fare’, like anyone pays the published fare? I must get my act together and complain later, but actually I spent the flight playing ‘Breath of Fire II’ on the Nintendo DS so I kinda didn’t care.. but on behalf of Matt I’d better do my duty. Actually it’s a very good example of annoying through inadequate response.. if Virgin had simply apologised sincerely I’d be minded to let it go, but by offering such a barbed and insincere ‘compensation’ in a preprinted leaflet that they had hundreds of copies of..

The hotel is a Holiday Inn on 57th Street West and is in need of some major refurbishment but we’ve got used to the slightly musty smell and are starting to relax and have a good time. We met up with my good friend and colleague in logistics research yesterday and had a great meandering insiders tour of Manhattan and Brooklyn that you only can get from someone who grew up here. I’d never have walked over Brooklyn Bridge, but it is a great experience and offers some great views. We then explored DUMBO “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”, a warehouse district in full flood of gentrification before admiring some awesome views of Manhattan at night and then having a great evening eating, explaining Hannukah to my son and discussing politics and film with my friend’s federal judge husband.

Today we go to see the Radio City Rockettes show, a New York razzamattaz show that I suspect will be full of schmaltz and saccharine kitsch, I just can’t wait..

Off for breakfast at a diner.. I love New York..

08 Dec

Next Year Looks Tough

This year has been pretty poor, and the volume of work has been low, plus I haven’t been up for it. Plenty got done, but not as much as we are going to have to do in the first six months of next year. 2 IPs starting, 1 project for DGTREN as a sub contractor, our ongoing BESTUFS commitment and the annual conference. Get a few contracts signed a little late or early and it all could be very disastrous. Ah well, it’s far more interesting when it’s too busy!