I realise that I haven’t written much on the blog in recent days. That’s partly because there isn’t much to write about, and partly because I’ve been working very hard over the past few weeks. It’s a grey and miserable day right now, and somehow that’s reflected in my client. There’s something grey and miserable about working at this site. My office doesn’t look out onto a window and there’s no chance to get outside during the day — two luxuries I had down at Pfizer that I really miss.
The commute is growing tiresome — there was a big accident on the M25 last night which meant my journey home took nearly four hours. GPS to the rescue — I set the satellite navigation to guide me around the accident and set off into the countryside.
Roads all look the same to GPS. So instead of taking me down the main roads, GPS had me racing through the countryside, down single-lane roads in the middle of fields. I had absolutely no concept of where I was, and couldn’t find the roads again if you paid me. Still, it got me around the traffic, so I guess there’s something to be said for it.
One thing that constantly amazes me is how close the city and country are in England. It’s not unusual (as is the case with Xerox) to find a big office building next to an agricultural field (and remember, we’re only 5 miles from Heathrow Airport and 15 miles from downtown London).
Also note that the cow field is right next door to a McDonalds (where I took the photo — Xerox is the grey building in the background). I’m all for knowing the source of my food, but putting the food chain right outside the window of McDonalds seems a little cruel — to the diners and to the cows!