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Monday 18th August 2008

Poor, poor form. But at least I can do something at the train station after missing the train. That said theres some fairly hefty rain falling, which is making me fear for my Notebook’s safety, somewhat. Never mind, plough on.

I’m currently listening to the new Sigur Ros album, and have to say it’s fairly stunning. Rather unlike their previous efforts in a lot of ways, but really good nonetheless. I particularly like “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” (means “within me a lunatic sings”). One of those songs which is just pure, unadulterated joy.

OK, so there was just an announcement over the station PA telling everyone to be careful because the platform might be wet. Honestly, if you can’t work that one out by yourself…

Anyway, stuff. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’ve been working lately, which is the cause of the lack of blogging. To be honest a lot of the time I’ve not really had anything to say. And then when I have had stuff to say, I’ve just not been awake enough to say it. Pretty frustrating, to be honest.

I enjoy working in some ways. Gets me out of the house, gets me money, etc. That said lots of things about this job annoy me, and I really can’t wait to start a “proper” job in September. It might not be immediately clear what I mean by that, but it’s one of the things on my to-do list as far as this thing is concerned. Actually I started writing about it the other day, but… C’est la vie.

I was back in Cardiff last week for reasons previously mentioned. Something that annoyed me about that actually is that for the first time I sat the exam, revision was something I didn’t particularly like doing and the material didn’t make all that much sense to me. This time round, I really enjoyed revising (it was like doing a more useful sudoku, if that makes sense), and had no trouble motivating myself. Of course part of that is possibly down to there being no second chances this time, but I dont think it was completely down to that. Irritating.

Anyway, Cardiff. I drove there, and it’s the first time that I’ve really driven round there (I drove there once a couple of years ago, but that doesnt count for several reasons). As I was driving around the city, I realised that it felt really alien, as if I hadn’t been there before and didn’t know it that well. Probably because it felt completely different seeing and feeling it from the car. On familiar roads you get used to how they feel; where the bumps are, the texture of the road, how things work etc. It kinda felt nicer from the driver’s seat than it does from the pavement, but thats more down  to the quality of the paving in Cardiff…

Wow, I’m rambling now.

So yeah, as well as that alienness there was also a proper recognition of the place, as you’d expect considering the fact that I’ve (mostly) lived there for a couple of years now. Driving around, seeing lots of different places brought back some of the memories from the last couple of years. Sort of “oh, I remember doing such and such here”. It was nice, if a little weird when combined with the unfamiliarity I was feeling.

Still doesn’t feel like home though. When I’m on the motorway and I see a sign for The Midlands, it just feels like “That way be home”. Don’t feel that when I see a sign for Cardiff.

Train o’Clock. Bye

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8 Comments:

Lucy

Tuesday 19th August 2008, 1:05 pm

Durham is weird in a car. Probably because it wasn’t designed for vehicles at all, so there are all sorts of one-way systems and toll gates and cobbled roads to deal with. I still can’t quite get my head round what leads where. And it’s probably because my general routes include footbridges, narrow paths and college cut-throughs which aren’t so helpful…!

There’s a road sign on the dual carriageway near where I live that says “Darlington 18, Scotch Corner 25, THE SOUTH”. Always makes me feel way up in the North away from anywhere, but I quite like it :-)

Flitterbee

Tuesday 19th August 2008, 7:58 pm

“…I really can’t wait to start a “proper” job in September. It might not be immediately clear what I mean by that, but it’s one of the things on my to-do list as far as this thing is concerned. Actually I started writing about it the other day, but… C’est la vie.”

Piff poff, write it up, it’ll give you something to think about to take your mind off the job ;)

Will you be working in Cardiff come September?

laurie

Thursday 21st August 2008, 11:31 pm

jobs are crap.
1% of the time you do something interesting, the other 99% is pushing paper around.

Dickie

Thursday 21st August 2008, 11:40 pm

Ever the optimist, Laurie…

Dickie

Monday 25th August 2008, 1:23 am

And I just realised I forgot to reply to you, Flix :s

Piff poff? lol. I’ll write it up.. sometime :-p
Theres plenty of other stuff to take my mind off work.

And yep, I’ll be in Wonderful Sunny Cardiff. Start on the 22nd of Sept, incidentally. 4 weeks time!

hannah

Saturday 30th August 2008, 11:10 pm

I like the new Sigur Ros album. Lots of people told me it was rubbish and too commmercialised but I like to make my own mind up and I quite love it. I think it’s his voice and their unsual sound – great combination.

I drove through Canterbury once and it was like a completely different place. Odd.

Dickie

Saturday 30th August 2008, 11:19 pm

How can an album sung mostly in Icelandic (and a made-up language) be commercialised? And does it really matter? 8-)

Huzzah for making up your own mind :-)

hannah

Monday 1st September 2008, 10:09 pm

I think they were getting more at the sound, I don’t know I didn’t listen at any rate :oP

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