Time Flies By (as usual)

The 1st of February. Wow. Where did January go?!

It’s been a busy start to another year, here’s a few things I’ve managed to accomplish in the first month of 2012:

  • Started full-time role at PeerIndex to help manage & deliver PeerPerks program (graduating from the position of intern!)
  • Successfully ran PeerIndex’s first US Perk in conjunction with Abe’s Market, check it out here
  • Found a place to live in London (Putney) – I move in on Saturday
  • Caught up with progress on the Tribewanted.com project & am helping the dev team put together the upcoming platform
  • Read two really useful books & am halfway through a third (links to books & author twitter accounts below):
  • Booked a flight to Vancouver for May to visit my friend Simon
  • Fallen in love with the Kindle that my girlfriend bought me for Christmas, a commuting essential! (especially after pairing with Instapaper)
  • Went to the gym once (whoops!). More exercise next month I think!

 

So after this lot, I’ve paused to catch a breath before I bound into February! How was your January?

Observing London

After working in (& commuting to) London for over two months, here’s a few things I’ve noticed:

  • Commuting is a battleground where the sleep deprived go to war twice a day
  • There’s no such things as a stroll, only a (very) brisk walk
  • Commuters are a silent, passive aggressive army of avid newspaper readers
  • When it comes to catching the tube, compassion for the common man goes out the window – it’s squeeze on or miss out
  • Everyone seems to have a determination and purpose in where they’re going – those that don’t know the protocols & block escalator fast lanes are the common enemy
  • The Boris Bike scheme works quite well
  • Taxis are sacred sanctuaries of travelling bliss, especially if someone else is paying
  • A decent bus service does exist on a Sunday
  • The reason the tube network is so well used is testament to its efficiency, reliability & coverage
  • Trying to get on the Northern line at London Bridge in the morning rush hour is a no-no