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A Solitary Outing

Posted on 2007/01/11 22:50:44 (January 2007).

[Wednesday 10th January]
On my way into work today I made up my mind to get myself an Oyster card - and then the rediculous 4 single fare I had paid the previous day came down to a somewhat more sensible 1.50.

The working day itself was pretty uneventful really, but I did have an errand to run which broke up the afternoon a bit - given my impending trip to the US I needed to renew my passport. Conveniently the passport office was just round the corner, and so this was no great hardship. So I'm now the possessor of a shiny new biometric passport, complete with the pictures of birds on each page (not really sure what that is supposed to symbolise).

Having had a couple of quiet and frankly quite boring evenings, I decided tonight I really must make an effort to go and enjoy London. My new colleagues were still failing in what I assume to be their duty to invite me out for a round of welcome drinks, so I was left with no option but to just go it alone.

So I headed over to my favourite bit of London - around Chancery Lane - and indulged myself in all my old favourites. I started off at the Cittie of Yorke, then from there headed on to Ye Old Mitre. Being in the Mitre in particular was bordering on being quite emotional - it is a tear jerkingly beautiful pub, and I find myself counting my blessings every time I go there.

Of course, the natural follow on to these two fine venues is the whisky society, superbly just around the corner. Therein I sampled some fine malts and got talking to some of the regulars which was jolly nice. There were even a few Japanese guys in, which was splendid, giving me an excellent opportunity for a bit of language practice.

Comment 1

Despite the thoughtlessness of your new colleagues, I'm glad you enjoyed revisiting old favourites!! :))

It's so long since I was in London, I doubt any places I knew (Soho and China Town) exist any more!!

Posted by Nigel at 2007/01/12 09:05:43.

Comment 2

I bet those Japanese gentlemen were stunned to find a fluent own-language speaker there!

Posted by Mum at 2007/01/12 15:11:19.

Comment 3

John - have you checked out Mr Wu's yet? (just off Leicester Square) I quickly nabbed my tea in there on my last flying visit through London.

Posted by dsp at 2007/01/12 22:44:31.

Comment 4

Tim: is that the same Mr. Wu we used to go to all those years ago?

Posted by John at 2007/01/13 09:29:40.

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