Tonight’s dinner, courtesy of Yuko.
Tonight’s dinner, courtesy of Yuko.
Although I’ve been pretty vague and didn’t mention anything about it specifically in my previous post, the reason why I’ve been so busy lately is that I’ve been looking for a new place to live.
Unlike most people who have a support network of family and friends around them I only have myself, so it’s been a pretty stressful time for me as I’m sure you can imagine.
The good news is that, against all the odds I’ve managed to find an affordable if rather small place in the nice part of town, and am already well into packing my things away in preparation for moving, which, all being well should be sometime next month.
At the same time, plans are also being formulated for Yuko’s coming to live here in the UK, though I’m sure you’ll understand if I don’t talk about this more on here for obvious reasons.
And now, if you’ll excuse me I have to email those electrical bastards at npower, who have decided to help themselves to my money not once but twice this month.
In the end it’s turned out to be a pretty busy week off for me, but even being busy everyday hasn’t helped my slow recovery from the night shifts I worked last week.
Anyway, it’s still been good to spend time away from the office – morale on the station (and probably on most others) is extremely low at the moment, and most of my work colleagues – myself included, are getting impatient at the lack of detail that’s been forthcoming so far about the upcoming changes to our jobs and roles. None of us know exactly what jobs we’ll be doing, where we’ll be working or even how much we’ll be earning this time next year. It’s all very frustrating.
Anyway, tomorrow’s the last day of my annual leave but I’m already looking forward to the end of next month when I’ll be off work again. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had an alcoholic drink at all this week, so later this evening I intend to correct that terrible wrong by cracking open a bottle of red wine whilst relaxing in front of the TV.
To close this rather dull blog entry here’s flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who sadly passed away a couple of days ago:
I’m typing this out on my iPad on the train on the way home so apologies for any typos and/or weird formatting.
After a relaxing weekend off I’m back working night shifts again this week, but only until Saturday night as I’m on leave again next week. It’s always frustrating to go onto annual leave straight off nights, but I’m determined to changeover my sleeping patterns quickly so that I can actually enjoy my week off work instead of spending all day everyday of my holiday asleep in bed. Even so, we’ll just have to wait and see how it works out.
I sent out the first message from my rebooted new new mailing list on Tuesday evening, so, if you didn’t receive the email from me then you’ll almost certainly need to re-subscribe. If you’re not sure whether you’re signed up or not, just head over to the sign-up page and you can subscribe again just to make sure.
And I’m only mentioning this because I mentioned it in a previous post (and received a nice ‘beard maintenance’ email from one of my friends) is that I managed to grow my beard for a total of five and-a-half weeks before it got unbearably itchy and I had to shave it all off. I’ve never grown one that long before, and admittedly it did start to look a bit unruly but I still sort of regret shaving. So, I’ve been growing another one for the last two weeks, and this time I’m aiming to keep it for at least six before I feel that I should shave it all off yet again.
And lastly, here’s Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new single Yume No Hajima Rin Rin, which you can read more about here. Kyary’s going to be playing at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 29th April but as much as I want to go to see her I won’t be able to as I’ll be working. As usual.
Apologies once again, but unfortunately I’ve had to delete my old *new* mailing list as not all of the messages I was sending out were being sent to all subscribers.
After much fuckery I’ve managed to set up and test a brand new one, which you can subscribe to by using the form below.
If you were signed up to the old list you’ll need to re-subscribe to the new one to continue receiving my email updates. Sorry about that.
Talks to avoid the second of two 48-hour strikes on the London Underground by members of the RMT and TSSA unions are due to continue later this morning, and although it’s looking fairly unlikely at this point, it may well be that by the end of your working day the strike will be called off.
Luckily for me I wasn’t too badly affected by the first strike as I was off work for both of the main strike days, but I’m working early shifts this week, and like everyone else in London will have considerable difficulty getting into work and back home again if the strikes do go ahead and I was to go into work at all.
I’m not a member of either union right now but have been in both RMT and TSSA during my time with LU. I’ve been getting increasingly annoyed and angry at some of the language the mayor and TfL have been using as propaganda, so, if the strike is to go ahead I’ve decided to rejoin the RMT and to go out on in solidarity with the rest of my work colleagues.
My reasons for doing so are many and various, but the main reason I’ve made this choice is that I feel I owe it to the men and women who came before me as well as those who’ll follow, to take a stand against the job cuts, reduced pay, increased stress and workload, weakened terms and conditions and attacks on our pensions.
I’m interested to know your thoughts, so I’m leaving the comments on this post open for a while.
I sent out a couple of messages to subscribers of my email list yesterday but it seems that they haven’t been received yet, so apologies for that. I’ve fired off a support ticket to my web hosting company and hopefully they’ll sort out the problem soon, but some of you may receive multiple emails from me today, so apologies once again if you do.
If you haven’t subscribed to my email journal you can receive my latest blog posts directly into your email inbox instead, and the easiest way to do that is to use the excellent IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That.
It’s difficult to describe what IFTTT is, but basically, you can use it to create what it calls ‘recipes’ quickly and easily using different web services to trigger various actions.
I’ve shared the recipe to have my latest blog posts emailed to you below:
IFTT is a super useful tool for automating lots of different tasks. It’s available as an iOS app as well as on the web, and if you’re not already using it I highly recommend your signing up.
Well, I’m exhausted but relieved to have finally finishing my long week of night shifts. Today’s my only full day off work this week and I’m planning on spending the rest of the day quietly reading at home even though I can already feel my brain starting to shut down again.
I’ve been growing a beard for the last two and a half weeks and it’s itchy as hell. I did think about shaving it off today but I’m going to keep it going for few more days. No-one at work has said anything about it yet, but I expect some of the regular passengers at the station will be surprised when they see my new look.
Talking about my new look I recently ordered myself a new pair of MOSCOT Lemtosh glasses. I already own a pair of Lemtosh Blonde sunglasses fitted with green lenses, which I bought last year just before I went to Japan, so I decided to send off for a pair of black frames fitted with prescription lenses.
Here’s a photo of Korean actress Han Ji-hye wearing the same pair but in tortoise.
And I also recently bought a pair of spectacles frames off eBay for just £25:
I haven’t had chance to have them fitted with prescription lenses yet, but I’ll probably get around to it when I go onto early shifts in a couple of weeks time.
I’m pleased to report that Yuko arrived safely back home in Takamatsu after her short trip to Tokyo, and I’ve enjoyed a relatively quiet, if unproductive weekend off.
I go back to work later tonight for the first of a week-long stretch of night shifts, and although I wouldn’t exactly say that I’ve been looking forward to them, I’m hoping that they won’t be too much of an effort as long as I can manage to get a reasonable amount of sleep during the daytime and avoid shift work-induced jet lag.
And talking about night shifts I’d like to point you to this article over on the BBC News Online website, which describes how night work throws worker’s bodies ‘into chaos’, but then, as anyone who’s ever had to work a night shift – or like me, seven of them in a row every three weeks, already knows that.
My rebooted email list now has a total of two subscribers, which is disappointing but not all that surprising. I’m still intending to use it to send out updates but I’d like a lot more people to sign up, so I’m reminding you that you can still subscribe by clicking here.
Also, it seems I haven’t posted any music for a while, so, before I go here’s something for you to listen to – formerly of Asobi Seksu, James Hana’s new band YOUTH WORSHIP: