Weekly review 

Six and a half hours of training this week and I don’t even want to think how many glasses of wine were drunk. It was a big week for impromptu socialising!

1) a beautiful, sunny lunch time run that brought the smile back to my face – that’s really all I have to say about that. I ran for half an hour at a steady, not-too-slow pace, under glorious blue skies, and came back to my office feeling entirely rejuvenated and ready for the afternoon. It was glorious.

2) Impromptu work drinks on Wednesday night and Thursday night: as I mentioned above, too much drinking. But I have a great group of colleagues and there’s an outdoor pop-up bar right by the office in the summer months so sometimes it’s really nice not to either be working, or rushing home, and to enjoy a few drinks outdoor in the sun instead. 

3) Yoga in the park followed by a sunny cycle around Richmond Park: Saturday dawned still bright and sunny and so, while James went off to play tennis, I jumped on my bike and headed to Brockwell Park for my second week of BrixtonYoga in a row with the lovely Gurpreet taking the class. The classes are great, the movements are challenging but not impossible, and Gurpreet is so friendly and down-to-earth that it’s just brilliant. Afterwards, I headed out for a lovely solo cycle around Richmond Park – not particularly fast as I had to keep stopping to take pictures of the deer….

4) Continuing to follow the political disaster that is our country right now: last week saw more people saying the equivalent of they didn’t know what the hell to do next, the Labour party tearing itself apart and the Tories trying to copy them. It turned out one of the potential leaders (who stepped down this morning) had lied on her CV about her financial job experience and her insightful economic analysis amounted to “it will all be fine”. I don’t support the Tories and I didn’t vote Leave but what we actually need now its happened, is strong leadership to come up with a plan (which apparently none of the Leave campaigners had). So I never ever thought I’d say this but thank god Teresa May is going to be Prime Minister. Hopefully she’ll be too preoccupied with Brexit to do any of the terrifying things she usually talks about.

5) Two dinner parties! I did mention I drank too much this week. On Saturday, we went over to Charlotte’s for pulled pork rolls on the roof terrace, and then spent all of Sunday recovering (watching the Tour de France and Andy Murray) before going over to James’ supervisor’s flat for a dinner to celebrate James finishing his PhD and getting a job. Their flat was absolutely incredible with ginormous windows and stunning views over London, and the food was delicious – we started with bloody marys and oysters. It was a lovely evening and a great end to the weekend.



  1. As for Brexit, look at the bright side… you could have gotten saddled with Obamacare. Oh wait….

    Chuckle. The markets are already coming back. You’ll be just fine. If you were in trouble, we’d be tanking.

    • In the spirit of good-natured debate…
      ….. Markets aren’t the be-all and end-all of economic growth in a country though – especially when some of those markets are mainly made up by large international companies who are benefiting from from the fallen pound. Plus we haven’t actually left the EU yet and have no idea what the situation will be when we do leave. And finally – just for your interest. I know the Conservative party here gets compared a lot to the Republican party in the US probably because it’s the closest we have – but it’s really not that close. We don’t have a single small-gov party, what we term libertarian – where you can do whatever you want unless you are directly harming someone else ie murder. We don’t have a single political party with libertarian policies.

      • While I see your point on markets, you also have to understand that our markets are fickle when it comes to risky situations. New York is a serious pain in the butt that way. Not only that, our child of a President and his party’s attempt at a change of the economy have meant a precarious, even more fickle market.

        If you were anywhere near trouble, we would be feeling it – and a slim few would be making a mint betting against the UK.

        That out of the way, and to the politics… I think it’s always been difficult for our countries people to understand each other, simply because we each accept as natural things that the other would reject out of hand. I don’t care much for party, so much as I do the opportunity to be free of regulation for the sake of regulating. Put simply (and properly) “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.”

        I abhor anyone who believes they know better than me, how to live my life or spend my money. Everything I believe politically centers on that. Everything else is noise.

      • I think the point re our markets is that people are holding on to see what happens. There is a real sense of denial amongst international businesses (including my American clients) and the one thing we are asked more than any other is “what will stop Brexit happening”. If you dig into the various sectors in our markets you will see huge losses – it hasn’t spread across the pond yet. But my original point wasnt actually about what was good or bad, it was all about the uncertainty…

      • To your last point, it is about uncertainty, and our markets reflect uncertainty well. The fact that our markets are up show we have faith in the people of the UK to make it work. Our markets simply can’t be where it is, in our weakened state, if you were in dire straights. On the other hand, because I’m nobody important, I reserve the right to be wrong. I will continue to hope the best for you.

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