Monday, 28 February 2011
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Friday, 25 February 2011
Continuing the vein of living it up....tonight I'm dining à la room service and watching 'Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince' with Arabic subtitles...
Back to base tomorrow...
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Monday, 21 February 2011
Saturday, 19 February 2011
UP > Had a fab night out with Paddy the auditor on Thursday. We'd both had a pretty 'pants' day so made an impromptu decision to go for dinner and ended up in a great Spanish restaurant eating Tapas and consuming reasonable quantities of Sangria. As a consequence the plan to review 56 CVs accompanied by room service in the hotel went out of the window...apologies to affected applicants.
UP & DOWN > Despite me raising concerns about the feasibility of the bid we've been doing for a Russian company, the top dog has signed it off, so if we win it, it looks like I might need to apply for a visa and head off to Moscow next month. On the one hand I'm excited...always wanted to go there...and on the other, I know it's going to be a complete & utter nightmare of a job.
UP > The last bunch of Fijians now have visas so I can breath a sigh of relief that they're not going to be stranded in the UAE and go on the razz in Dubai, and Iraq will finally have all the resources they need to mobilise the project next week. Yay! Success!!
DOWN > A further group of personnel at my last workplace have been put at risk of redundancy. I know a lot of these guys personally as they worked for me when I was a Project Manager years ago and, without exception, they're highly competent individuals. The new management have ripped the heart out of that business...makes me sad on so many levels.
DOWN, DOWN, DEEPER & DOWN (bit of Quo) > Didn't get in from London until 10.40pm last night...some numpty had stolen the signalling cables near Evesham so I was stuck on the train in the middle of the Cotswolds for a couple of hours...not the bestest end to the week...
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Over the two flights I did my usual cram of films...managed 7 this time...out of that portfolio my personal recommendations are; 'Let me in' and 'Never let me go'...both well worth a watch. Which reminds me, may I take this opportunity to apologise profusely to the passengers sitting next to me who witnessed my quiet weeping during certain films...softie at heart, just don't tell anyone.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Saturday, 5 February 2011
The night has ended on a high as the guys made me a fab lasagne with salad and fresh bread before ensconcing me in a villa in the Green Zone complete with en suite...pure luxury in comparison with the norm accommodation here.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Thursday, 3 February 2011
I got upgraded to Business without asking...talk about customer service! I love Emirates :o)
I had a couple of hours in Dubai but although the company had provided a hotel room, and I physically got into bed, I didn't manage to drop off. I think it was a case of worrying I wouldn’t wake up for the second leg. So wish I could master the art of power napping!
T2 Dubai was as mad as ever. Total and utter chaos. They didn’t call or advertise my flight so I was sat waiting like a lemon until they tannoyed me. Didn’t make any difference as the flight was 50 mins late taking off anyway...bit of a different kettle of fish to the first journey. Anyway I can add to my list of carriers I've flown with - Jupiter airways...no I hadn't heard of them either...hardly instills confidence.
A PSD team collected me from the airport and kitted me out with flack jacket and helmet before whisking me away to our villa in Al Mansur where they have given me the most hideously kitsch bedroom you've ever seen...enough to give you nightmares. In the upside they have provided a fabulous fruit bowl and lunch has just arrived...toasties made with last night's chili...like living in a student abode all over again ;o)
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Ever since I first heard 'Virginia Plain' donkeys years ago I've been a confirmed 'Roxy' girl. Bryan and the boys are part of my staple listening and had a major influence on my dress sense. I loved the whole 'glam rock/art house look' as Frosty photo albums will attest.
So last night I abandoned the sproglets and mutt to spend a couple of hours mesmerised by a 60+ year old lounge lizard and his crew at Birmingham's LP Arena. They performed loads of their back catalogue bringing back memories places I'd been, friends of old, young romance etc...really evocative stuff... Spot on in terms of musical performance, and smooth, suave and sophisticated as ever....simply brilliant :o)