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A Garden Bridge For London

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14-bridgev2I saw it in the Independent today and thought that it looked really cool. I completely love London and would live there if I had a great job. I love the big parks that mean you can take time out from the madness now and then and just crash out listening to the birds, and so the idea of a bridge that is one long span of beautiful garden sounds wonderful.

I don’t understand what Joanna Lumley has to do with it, it’s not as if she’s an architect or anything is it? But I guess that if it means it is more likely to get built because it has someone famous backing it, then grand, let it be.

All my friends (well, all two of them) live in the north of the town, and I have only ever been across the millennium bridge once, but it still felt exciting to walk to the other side.

I did it through the tunnel once too, it comes out somewhere near Greenwich, and I remember we went to a good Sunday market on the south side, but I didn’t much like the tunnel. I didn’t like the thought of all that water over head.

Dad always curses the place when he has to go “up to town” as he calls it, but I guess that’s because he’s working. If I have a driving job down there I find that scary, but only because I’m usually driving some stupidly expensive car for Jon. And all that congestion zone shit makes it harder too.

Up the garden bridge. The Inspector approves!

Knackered for days.

The drive to Glasgow with the peeps from the hotels was great. Good money, and no strain, I was well fed and watered, but blimey, driving that far in a day is too much.

From Manchester via all the pick ups to Glasgow was 350 miles, so a seven hundred mile round trip.

Plus lots of hours just waiting around which is somehow tiring too.

Yesterday I was completely wiped out, I even avoided the calls from Charlie to go to the Beagle last night, and I don’t feel great today either, but I’m due at Dad’s place this lunch time, don’t know what for yet though.

Ah the Beagle – hopefully we’ll all go there tomorrow for a bit of a session. There’s this chocolate stout that they’re doing at the moment that is just great. You can’t drink a lot of it, but those first couple of pints are good. After that you need a sharp IPA or something to cut through the gooiness.

For now though I’m just going to mooch around the house until it’s time to nip over to the office.

And sleep.

Help to quit

I know a few people that want to give up smoking, but something like that takes a tremendous amount of willpower, and, let’s face it, we don’t all have that.  A helping hand is great from time to time and there are plenty of different options on the market.  Most people will start with a visit to their doctor as there is plenty of help around, but I know from experience that it can take a while to get a doctor’s appointment.

The next stop is the local pharmacy where there are plenty of nicotine replacements on offer.  I have a friend who has tried nearly everything available from his pharmacy and he is still smoking.  That is not to say that they don’t work, just that my earlier point about willpower is valid!

There is an alternative.  The electronic cigarette from Shiva Head Shop is ideal for those who want to kick the habit.  It works by vaporising a liquid solution of nicotine and creates an aerosol mist to copy the action of smoking, so the user is avoiding inhaling and is tricking the body into thinking that it is smoking.  I think one of the best things about this product is that it can be used with no nicotine at all, so those who are gradually weaning themselves off their habit can do so easily.  Ordering is easy, so there is no reason why those who want to stop smoking can’t give this a try and start to see results quickly.

Changing career

I will admit that I’m not the best person to be dishing out career advice, mainly because I’m unemployed and struggling to find work at the moment.  However, I can’t help sticking my nose in when one of my friends seems to be having problems with their current job.

I think what is winding her up is that this is the job she has worked and trained for over the last few years and now she finally has it she has been let down in many different ways.  An unsupportive spouse, colleagues that do not understand the intricacies of her work and lots of red tape have been making it difficult.  I would also need to point out that her own over-zealousness regarding her work has made her come across as bossy rather than dedicated.

All of this has led her to become a little unhappy, and when she spoke to me recently we got on to the subject of a possible career change for her.  I have often seen with friends that they have got the job that they want and then it turns out not to be how they expected it to be.  Changing careers isn’t always a practical option – I speak from experience when I say there are few opportunities out there – but looking for something with a lot less pressure involved could be the way forward.

It is a chance to regroup, think about the various options that there are and generally have a rethink about where you want to go and what you want to do.  I think for my friend this might be the best option, although it would mean a major change in her lifestyle so would require careful consideration.  Whatever she decides I wish her luck, and more of it than I’ve seen in the job market so far!