Archive for November, 2010

Tube strike today

November 29, 2010 5pm in Random Ramblings | Comments (0)

Well there’s been a lot of tube strikes recently. But this time it’s different for me because I actually take the tube two stops each day now since I’ve moved out of Tower Hamlets and also changed jobs.

It said on the TFL website when I woke up that my local station (Bermondsey) was closed, so instead I walked all the way over to Tower Gateway and caught the DLR (light rail) instead, which wasn’t on strike. That means my journey took an extra 20 minutes and cost an extra £1. And then, when I got to work, it seemed that Bermondsey had actually reopened.

But I didn’t mind too much – if these people are going to strike, then I’d rather not give them my money. And, because Tower Gateway is the first station on the DLR, it meant I actually got a seat this morning, rather than the usual daily grind of being shoved up against the side of the tube, having to curve my body to match the contours of the door each day.

Highlands trip – November 2010

November 28, 2010 6pm in Travel | Comments (0)

So I got a new job finally, which was supposed to start on November 1. But when I got a call close to the time saying that I can’t start until November 8, I decided to spend 4 days up in the Highlands. Here’s a link to all the photos.

I flew into Glasgow, but my back was hurting a lot from using weights the day before (oops), and within five minutes of driving it was hurting so bad that I went to the A+E department of Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, right by the airport. An hour or two later I got some painkillers and I was ready to go!

After coming out of the hospital I drove just over two hours up to Edzell, where Gabi lives who is a friend from many years ago. After staying there a night I drove over to the Eilean Donan castle, or the “MacRae Castle” as we call it, where our ancestors used to work. The rain was terrible, and the castle was closed. There were seven cars in the car park, and I was the only one brave enough to get out of the car. Then I drove on to nearby Ullapool to spend a night there.

Eilean Donan Castle Clan MacRae

The Ferry Boat Inn in Ullapool

There isn’t a lot between Ullapool and John o’ Groats, except three or four hours of narrow roads, and the odd sheep on the road.

From Ullapool to John o' Groats Grey day with a sheep visitor

At first the rain was torrential and I just about didn’t start the drive because at points there were rivers of water flowing across some roads, and it’s one of the most desolate parts of the country. But luckily I did take the trip because after a while it cleared up very nicely.

The sun came out!

I ended up eventually at Dunnet Head, which is the most northerly point of mainland Britain. There wasn’t much there other than a lighthouse. Then, on to John o’ Groats, where there wasn’t a lot to see.

Dunnet Head John o' Groats

And then back to see Gabi! It was low season so quite quiet. And because of my sore back, I wasn’t able to try out the pool. But I had a great time and didn’t want to go!

Gabi and I Glenesk Hotel

The next day was a drive back to Glasgow and then a flight back to London. According to Google maps, I drove 920 miles, or 1,472 kilometres.

My trip

Here’s a link to all the photos.