Another crazily busy week has flown by. I have been out to some very interesting places with colleagues, old and new. I have not eaten healthily enough often enough and this was definitely not a week to look forward to getting on the scales. Hey ho!
On Wednesday I went to the Frontline Club (http://www.frontlineclub.com ) near Paddington. It is a restaurant, bar, presentation room and hotel for journalists with a strong leaning towards war correspondents. Many famous and interesting photos lined the walls; I really enjoyed looking at those. We went for an early supper and to see the work of 4 photographers from different war zoned and then a film by Robert King, a veteran photojournalist, shot during the horrendous (and tragically ongoing) civil war in Syria. The images were not for the faint hearted and the film was truly shocking. It literally had me in tears but that is a good thing. It is important to be reminded of the brutality and horror of life in the world for so many. So many children and civilians who are losing their lives and the true heroism of the Doctors trying to save them.
Before we watched the film we enjoyed a cocktail and dinner. I went with two colleagues from work, Zoe and Owen. This wasn’t mne but it looked so good I had to take a photo – the squid starter. I had a mushroom and tarragon pie which was fantastic. On Thursday I worked in the City proper, up on Old Broad Street. I haven’t been up here in the mornings for ages and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the walk over London Bridge – the sunshine did help. I have worked in the City for most of my life and early morning in the City is completely different to the West End. The streets are packed with people in the City whereas they are much quieter in the West End. Most people in the City are walking along alone and are focused, with their destination in mind, unlike people in the West End with time to spare, who dawdle along enjoying the shops, bars and cafes etc. They often hold hands or slowly move along the pavement in huge crowds. In the City people march along, quickly. And you will observe, mainly in one direction over the Bridge. Just one bad machine here, trying to walk against the human tide. These buildings are so familiar to me and most are beautiful to look at. At lunch time I was delighted to be reminded of Birleys, a sandwich and salad bar. They were one of the first posh sandwich shops to open in the City and people used to queue to go there, even though they were very expensive. Now their prices are similar to most other sandwich bars but they still serve high quality sandwiches. It was in a Birleys, many years ago, that I first came across the winning combination of the avocado and bacon sandwich! I didn’t have that today though, I had the turkey and cheese toasted flatbread and it was delicious. This is Tower 42, previously known as the Nat West Tower. I remember it being built and it was the tallest building built in the 1980’s. Yesterday I worked from home so I could make a decent breakfast. Look what I found in the cupboard!The sprouts have forced their way through the bag! The potatoes are now in the garden, hopefully growing to produce more potatoes. Salad for lunch. I enjoyed picking my first peas of the year. They are so sweet and delicious there is no need to cook them. Served with tuna to make a simple and delicious salad. I enjoyed every mouthful of that.
So that is a quick catch up. I hope you have eaten more healthily than I have this week!