John Hawkins



Dr John Hawkins

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Recent Entries:
Saturday in Lille
Friday in Lille
Eurostar to Lille
Gev Cham
Tuesday
Sunglasses
Grantchester and Cambridge
Party and Harpenden
ESW On The Balcony
Thursday
Wednesday
Chie and Erika at My Office
Floating Chinese Restaurant
Birthday Party
Back in London
Leaving New York
I Ate A Really Big Pizza All By Myself
The Impossible Burger
Off to New York
Monday before New York
Sunday
Jim's Stag Do
Lebanese Food
Working from Home, and Sabrage with a Spoon
Passport Renewal
Passport Photo
Evening Sky
Mum in London
Guildford
My 40th Birthday Party
Thursday
My Birthday
Cherry Blossom and Pub Lunch
Inflating the Elephant
Back to London
Saturday in Abergavenny
Off to Abergavenny
The Shed
Pastries
The Wrong Playground
Monday
Vegan Fried Chicken
Shopping with Erika
ESW at the Office
Thursday
March
Pancake Day
Monday
Mandilli
Brixton Pop, Sabrage and Ricardo's Place
Friday
Windy Day
Wednesday
Malaysian
Babysitting
Tea Party

Saturday in Lille
[Saturday 15th April 2017]
Daytime in Lille before getting an early evening Eurostar back to London. Visited a market and the Palais des Beaux Arts in the morning, had "Un Welsh" (yes, Welsh Rarebit is a thing in France!) for lunch, then visited Meert and the Lego store to buy things to eat and do on the train back to London.
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Friday in Lille
[Friday 14th April 2017]
Went to the zoo and played at the playground in the Citadel park in the morning, then lunch, then took Erika to the fairground. After that we said to Erika it would be nice if we could do something the grownups would like to do now - perhaps some sightseeing - at which she protested on the strongest possible terms. So instead we just went back to our hotel for a bit, considered just changing trains and going back to London that day, but instead stuck it out, and had crepes for dinner.
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Eurostar to Lille
[Thursday 13th April 2017]
Got the Eurostar to Lille after work.
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Gev Cham
[Wednesday 12th April 2017]
Had some Gev Cham with dinner on a whim.
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Tuesday
[Tuesday 11th April]
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Sunglasses
[Monday 10th April 2017]
I bought a pair of sunglasses today, in the hope of ameliorate the sudden outburst of heayfever I seem to have been afflicted with.
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Grantchester and Cambridge
[Sunday 9th April 2017]
I've had a long running hankering to visit the Orchard Tea Gardens in Grantchester while the apple blossom is flowering, so today we got the train to Cambridge to do just that.
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Party and Harpenden
[Saturday 8th April 2017]
Took Erika to another friend's birthday party in the morning, then in the afternoon got the train up to Harpenden to visit Kyle and Hannah's new place.
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ESW On The Balcony
[Friday 7th April 2017]
Some English Sparkling Wine on the balcony at work with some of the usual suspects.
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Thursday
[Thursday 6th April]
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Wednesday
[Wednesday 5th April 2017]
A few random pictures.
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Chie and Erika at My Office
[Tuesday 4th April 2017]
Chie and Erika came for lunch at my office as it was the Easter holidays and Erika was off school.
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Floating Chinese Restaurant
[Monday 3rd April 2017]
On a whim took the slightly unusual step of eating out for dinner with Erika on a weekday evening (perhaps because it was the Easter holidays), at the floating Chinese restaurant at the corner of Regents Park. As an odd aside Tony Robinson was also dining there this evening.
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Birthday Party
[Sunday 2nd April 2017]
Took Erika to her friend's birthday party in the afternoon.
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Back in London
[Saturday 1st April 2017]
Although I am loathed to attribute any kind of merit whatsoever to the insurmountable unpleasantness of having to get on a plane, be in New York for a few days, then get on a plane again; I do have to admit a huge sense of elation at having been back home in London today.
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Leaving New York
[Friday 31st March 2017]
After a final day's work in the New York office I got an overnight flight back to London, which was rather gruelling.
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I Ate A Really Big Pizza All By Myself
[Thursday 30th March 2017]
In an act of something approximating self harm I sat and eat a really large pizza all by myself.
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The Impossible Burger
[Wednesday 29th March 2017]
The one highlight of my otherwise obviously terrible few days in New York was trying the Impossible Burger for lunch at Momofuku Nishi, which was the most meat-like veggie burger I've yet tried.
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Off to New York
[Tuesday 28th March 2017]
Flew to New York, read Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love on the flight, which was mostly a successful distraction from the unpleasantness of being on a plane. Arrived in New York and to add to the general misery of being there it was also raining quite a lot.
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Monday before New York
[Monday 27th March 2017]
The day before I went off to New York on my business trip. I worked from home, and popped down to the place where my party had been held at lunchtime to pick up the portrait I'd entirely accidentally forgotten to take home after the party. Honest.
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Sunday
[Sunday 26th March 2017]
Mixed Bag of a day, mostly stayed at home.
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Jim's Stag Do
[Saturday 25th March 2017]
One of the Jims from work was having a very civilised stag do, which involved visiting breweries in East London, and I joined for a bit of it, but hardly took any pictures.
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Lebanese Food
[Friday 24th March 2017]
Worked from home again in the daytime, Lebanese food for dinner.
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Working from Home, and Sabrage with a Spoon
[Thursday 23rd March 2017]
Worked from home today, had Thai food for lunch at the Pineapple. In the evening I tested the rumour that you can perform sabrage with a spoon. It turns out to be entirely accurate.
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Passport Renewal
[Wednesday 22nd March 2017]
Had a surprisingly nice day renewing my passport, which meant being based at my old office down in Victoria for the day, including lunch at Oliveto.
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Passport Photo
[Tuesday 21st March 2017]
Got a passport photo. Of course it was horrible.
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Evening Sky
[Monday 20th March 2017]
Nice evening sky on my way home from work.
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Mum in London
[Sunday 19th March 2017]
Mum / Grandma Mary in London for the daytime. Went for lunch at Wahaca on Erika's suggestion.
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Guildford
[Saturday 18th March 2017]
Amazingly the day after my birthday party I was well enough to go with Mum, Chie and Erika down to Guildford to visit Adrian, Liz and the kids.
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My 40th Birthday Party
[Friday 17th March 2017]
My slightly surreal 40th birthday - a sort of tweedy Mardi Gras. With an elephant. Of course.
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Thursday
[Thursday 16th March]
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My Birthday
[Wednesday 15th March 2017]
Took the day off, got a hair cut in the morning followed by a drink at the Lamb on Lamb's Conduit Street and lunch at Ciao Bella. Picked Erika up from school in the afternoon, took her to the playground for a bit, then went to the Pineapple, followed by dinner at Franco Manca.
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Cherry Blossom and Pub Lunch
[Tuesday 14th March 2017]
Took some pictures of the cherry blossom in our back garden in the morning. Had an odd sort of pub lunch with a couple of the usual suspects wherein the actual food was more of a fry up.
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Inflating the Elephant
[Monday 13th March 2017]
Practising inflating the elephant I got for my party.
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Back to London
[Sunday 12th March 2017]
Another walk in Abergavenny in the morning then back to London after lunch.
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Saturday in Abergavenny
[Saturday 11th March 2017]
Louise and Robert joined us for lunch at The Griffin - a pub where apparently Prince Charles sometimes eats.
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Off to Abergavenny
[Friday 10th March 2017]
Got on afternoon train to Abergavenny to see Vera and Robin.
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The Shed
[Thursday 9th March 2017]
Had lunch at The Shed in Notting Hill with Chie to pick up a few cases of Nutbourne wine for my upcoming party.
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Pastries
[Wednesday 8th March 2017]
Bought pastries for a couple of the usual suspects at work.
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The Wrong Playground
[Tuesday 7th March 2017]
Chie was indisposed today, so I left work early to pick Erika up from school, then proceeded to take her to the wrong playground.
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Monday
[Monday 6th March]
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Vegan Fried Chicken
[Sunday 5th March 2017]
Ralph came to visit us briefly in the morning as they were passing through. In the afternoon I went to Hackney to try the new vegan fried chicken place, then went on to join Chie and Erika in Haringey where they were visiting friends.
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Shopping with Erika
[Saturday 4th March 2017]
Played at home and in the garden for the first part of the day. In the afternoon I took Erika with me on a few shopping errands (and therefore had to sweeten the deal with a promise of ice cream!) including buying the Champagne coupes / saucers for my upcoming birthday party.
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ESW at the Office
[Friday 3rd March 2017]
Had a bottle or two of ESW with the usual suspects after work at the office.
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Thursday
[Thursday 2nd March 2017]
Nice sky over King's Cross on my way home from work.
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March
[Wednesday 1st March 2017]
So it's March then.
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Pancake Day
[Tuesday 28th February 2017]
Just one picture of Erika eating pancakes.
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Monday
[Monday 27th February 2017]
A picture of some train seats - I think I was just demonstrating how quiet my commute home was.
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Mandilli
[Sunday 26th February 2017]
Made fresh pasta with Erika and also cooked paninsette for the first time, to try and recreate at home the food at Vico Palla in Genoa.
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Brixton Pop, Sabrage and Ricardo's Place
[Saturday 25th February 2017]
Went to Brixton Pop for lunch with some of Erika's friends, then later in the afternoon went round to Ricardo's place for drinks and a bit of sabrage.
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Friday
[Friday 24th February 2017]
A couple of random pictures.
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Windy Day
[Thursday 23rd February 2017]
Very windy today!
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Wednesday
[Wednesday 22nd February]
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Malaysian
[Tuesday 21st February 2017]
I went for Malaysian food for dinner.
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Babysitting
[Monday 20th February 2017]
We babysat for a friend of a friend this evening.
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Tea Party
[Sunday 19th February 2017]
Just one picture of Erika having a tea party in the lounge at home.
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