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Posted on 2008/08/31 16:21:32 (August 2008).

[Wednesday 27th August]
My team, with the full support of the management, has been talking for months about having an "offsite" - which basically amounts to a day where we leave the office and do something fun whilst being paid for it. Finally today (and actually with very little notice in the end!) it actually happened.

The plan for the day was in two parts - first a speedboat trip along the Thames, then afternoon tea at the Orangery in Kensington palace. I'm generally a bit cynical about anything which has a hint of "team bonding exercise" about it but this was purely about taking a break from work and having fun, and I really rather enjoyed it.

Click here for some pictures of our day out.

I had suggested the Orangery (something typically British and a bit out of the ordinary) and I was in no doubt that I'd enjoy that bit. The speedboat part I was slightly sceptical about to start with but it did turn out to be a lot of fun, and if nothing else it was a much quicker way of taking in the sights along the Thames! I'd never been down as far as the Thames barrier before, and that was really quite an impressive site - I guess something you can only really appreciate fully from the water.

Naturally one or two drinks were also involved - the pier where we got on the boat was conveniently right next to Blackfriars, so we obviously had to stop off at the pub of the same name after getting back on land again.... and then after the Orangery we retraced the steps of our recent afternoon out with Andy and went to the nearby Windsor Castle. Me and the chap who organised it also went for one final drink on the way home at the Antelope jut off Sloane Square.

A very fun day out.

Comment 1

You get to look more like Ben Fogle every day!

Posted by John's Mum at 2008/08/31 16:49:39.

Comment 2

Really? Not so sure myself, but in this particular instance it's probably the boating / outdoors type jacket that does it.

Posted by John at 2008/08/31 17:02:07.

Comment 3

Yes, that was it. I can still pick you out in a crowd though.

Posted by John's Mum at 2008/09/01 12:16:08.

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