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Connected to the internet [at home] again

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Life, Technology

The past couple of weeks have been terrible for me. 3 months ago I moved into a flat in Camden Town and agreed to sublet a room. For the first 2 months, things went well and there was really no worry. The couple I live with are great and we have nice conversations together. Plus, we do not get in each other’s hair and are generally all quite laid back. Now the person I’m subletting the place from was a complete disaster. She asked us all if she could stay in January for a week, as he had come back from a two-week-long holiday to South Africa. She works as a nanny, or so she says, and she stated that her nanny job would not start until a week into the month. So we were kind and let her...

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First Week at New Job – So far so good

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Life

I started on Monday and finished all the way to Friday – yay. That’s not to say that I would not have turned up on certain days if things got a bit hairy. Generally things have gone well. I of course don’t have the same friends that I left behind at Zenith, so it has been a bit lonely as I was speaking to quite a lot of people at Zenith. Now I’ve only got a small handful of people to talk to. I suppose I built the friendships up for the year a half I worked at Zenith, so it will probably take some time to adjust and do a similar thing elsewhere. Actually, one of my worries was not being able to do the job and being generally shit at my job. But just in this first week I...

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Last Day at ZenithOptimedia

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Featured, Life

Yesterday, was my last day working at ZenithOptimedia, UK. It was not as emotional as I thought it would have been (for myself), but my good friend, Christina Hirst, was shedding the tears on behalf of everyone else (I think that’s what happened). They created an excellent presentation which consisted mostly of pictures of me in a really drunk state. Let’s just say that there was no shortage of those types of embarrassing images. It was a sweet end to my time whilst working at ZenithOptimedia. My friendship within the agency, I hope, is still as strong as ever, perhaps even stronger. Bringing it back to my speech actually, I tried to be quite funny and mentioned the people I had worked the longest with, whilst apologising for not being able to mention everyone. Of those that I did...

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House Hunting In London – Nightmare

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Life

Where do I begin? Finding a decent place to live in London is unbelievably difficult as you’re literally competing against others for that awesome room that you found on either Spare Room or GumTree. Am I right guys? I viewed a place in Edgware Rd only a week ago and 10 people were viewing that place on the same day as me. How much did that place cost? It cost £700 incl bills and was available as a double room. But the room was hardly worth paying that much as the area it is in is like a ghetto and when I first walked in entrance of the block of flats, I asked the agent showing me the place why there was water on the floor. He explained that it was, “rain water”, and I just looked at him...

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Tough Mudder Review – Epicness

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Health, Life

Tough Mudder: a 12 mile obstacle/assault course that I had just completed yesterday with a bunch of other people I went with. It was utterly brutal with obstacle after obstacle putting your mental thought to work as to whether you can continue or not. Or in some cases the obstacles would rejuvenate and spur a lot more energy in you to carry on. For example, who would have thought that freezing cold water would have kept your mind off the fact that your body is psychically incapable of continuing? It is mind over matter that plays into a lot of it. What with steep hills, one after the other, relentlessly breaking any energy you have left, you just have to keep going no matter what. Crap… cramp!! Cramp is the worst. I had to stop multiple times and do stretches in...

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Submitted my application for a student loan

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Blog, Education

That’s right! I’ve just submitted application for a student loan request to the Student Finance England website. Hopefully, it goes through and I receive it back as early as possible. Thinking about it now I probably should have applied for this a lot earlier in the year.   This is the same course that I’ve wanted to do since the beginning of this year, and I’ve really only come around to just going in head first and actually doing it. I did go to an open day that Birkbeck University setup just around the corner from where I work. And from this I talked to a professor teaching the ‘Web Technologies’ course at Birkbeck. I told him a bit about myself, where I work, what I do etc and somehow from this he said that his only concern was...

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Back to Studying Web Development?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Blog, Education, Life

In August, last year, I briefly touched upon the idea of wanting to go to university to study ‘Web Technologies’ at Birkbeck University of London. I’ve since not followed through on this and that is due to the fact that I’ve been busy at work and generally a little stressed. I have aspirations and personal development goals – gaining a qualification from university is one of them. I’ve yet to fully work out how it will work. But from the way that I’ve worked and the passion that I’ve shown, I feel I have the right motivation to do something like this now. Before working at ZenithOptimedia, I don’t think I had that and as time has gone on I’ve just wanted to better myself and develop my skill set. I now have a focus on life where before I had...

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1st day in the new house

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Blog, Health

I have to say that I’m delighted at the fact that I’ve moved to Farringdon. I walked around the area for 3 hours yesterday, which in total led to around 8 miles of walking. Luckily my new running shoes are really, really comfortable. I’m even wearing them to work now and even during work hours as well — instead of my smart shoes. Not that that would be an issue. One of the nicest things that I’ve discovered is that I don’t actually need a drying rack anymore. The fucking washing machine is a tumble dryer as well as a washing machine. However, I’m too afraid to use the bloody thing in case my clothes shrink. I’m a poor sod at the moment having spent quite a bit of money moving into this place and I don’t want to...

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Moving to Farringdon – Room Found

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Blog, Life

Let’s just say that I have been extremely stressed this month because I’ve been frantically looking for a place that is close enough to where I work. Now, I work on Tottenham Court Road and it’s really expensive if you want to be within walking distance (up to an hour on foot is what I call walking distance) of Tottenham Court Road. According to Rentonomy, if you wanted to live within the City of London then the average rent for a 2 bedroom flat is £592 p/w, 87% higher than the average elsewhere. I assessed that it was going to be bloody expensive, unaffordable and likely horrible to find a place in London. I looked in Angel, Islington, Camden Town, Regents Park, Shoredtich and found a few places that looked good. But of the few places I went to...

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Dating with Tinder in London

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Blog, Life

It’s one of those dating apps similar to ‘Hot or Not’ that allows you to flick through thousands of people’s photos where you essentially ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ people based on the way they look (although there is a short bit of text you can add underneath your photo). The app is actually quite controversial, but I don’t really see it any different to finding people in real life. Sure, you could reject someone based on their looks on Tinder, but you’d more than likely do the same in real life. Essentially, Tinder doesn’t change the way you’re in real life. In any case, I think a large majority of people who use Tinder use it for self-gratification, but it does have features that make it possible for it to be much more than that. So, I started using this...

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