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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 ;-)

Comments

gamiila
Jun. 14th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
I think the thing I enjoy most about it, is the politics -- all those warring families jockeying for position, ruthlessly sacrificing themselves and their family members...I love it!
pfeifferpack
Jun. 15th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
OH yes! I love how he has echoes of European history in his overall story and the eternal truths about power and corruption, ambition and ruthlessness. It's really stellar in the story and the acting, settings and everything about the HBO production just make it better. George R R Martin is hands-on so any changes from the actual books are all done with his approval and input (he even writes at least one full script himself per season).

*hugs*
Kathleen

Edited at 2014-06-15 05:59 am (UTC)