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Jun. 11th, 2014

David Berkeley is coming to London on Jun 25th, so I'll have to see about getting a flight tomorrow. He's also doing a gig in Amsterdam on Jun 19th, and I'll try my best to be there -- but my manager is flying in from the States next week and there may be a work's dinner in her honour that night. I'll worry about that later, though -- first, let's see if I can get a few days off first.

In other news, I bought a new bike this last weekend. I think this is actually the first time I've bought a bicycle; all my previous ones have been hand-me-downs, with the last one having lasted me for nigh on 30 years. The other day though, one of the cogs that keep the chain moving snapped right off -- metal fatigue, I shouldn't wonder. Anyway, as my primary use for it will be to get me to the station, which even if it's just 5 minutes from my home constitutes as part of my commute, HMRC will allow me a 42% tax benefit on the purchase of it. I thought I'd be mad to forego this opportunity, but alas! it comes with so much paperwork it's unreal. The way it works is that my employer will pay for the bike, and then I will pay my employer back in instalments out of my gross monthly salary, or by handing back some of my holidays. But I won't actually take possession of the bike until the moneys are in the bicycle shopkeeper's account, and this may take a couple of weeks.

Up until a week ago, whenever anyone wanted to discuss Game of Thrones with me, I hadn't a clue what they were on about. They kept telling me how good it was, but I was of the opinion that I didn't need another fandom. How wrong can a person be! I spent all of Pentecost watching Season 1, 2, and 3 back to back, and now I'm hooked. A colleague of mine is downloading Season 4 for me as we speak ;-)

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gamiila
Jun. 12th, 2014 09:12 am (UTC)
It does, and it is...but a necessary evil, given the price of new bicycles today. I was shocked when I went into the store. The scheme only works up to a price of €749; anything over has to come out of your own pocket (i.e., no tax reduction). I thought I'd have ample choice for that kind of money, but more fool me.
suze2000
Jun. 12th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
E749 is not enough for a good bike?? *boggles*

(mind you, I'll be buying one soonish too... wanted to get one with electric assist for hilly bits, but they are $2500 for a good one! Erk, maybe I'll be huffin' my way up those hills as grabbity intended)
gamiila
Jun. 12th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
E749 is not enough for a good bike?? *boggles*

I know!

I was toying with the idea of an e-bike while on my way to the shop, but once there it quickly became apparent that they were way out of my league, finance-wise. Instead, I got myself a sporty little model, with 8 gears ;-)

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