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Last week of London Life...

Just realised that I'm about to enter the last full week of London life.

I may not have been born in London but it's the city that I grew up in and have spent all my adult life living in. Indeed, if you ignore the first couple of years of my existence living in the most easterly town in Britain (which I can only remember bits of from the time as I was obviously only a very little Angus) I've only actually lived outside of London once. That was when I was 12 for under half a year when I lived with my aunt and cousins and went to school in Washington State over in the USA.

Indeed, I've actually never lived outside of a very small part of North London. The family home is in Barnet and the rest of my life has been spent flittering between Finchley Central, Barnet, East Finchley and Frien Barnet - which are all within a few miles of each other.

To be spreading my wings and leaving my little stomping ground into pastures completely new is exciting on the whole. There will be a whole lot of things, and people, I will miss but there the glory of the internet age to help stay in touch - plus I will be back in London probably atleast once a month to see family, friends, gigs and attend Gameforce. But there's a lot of adventures, exploration and meeting new people to be done. Plus my new job will be keeping me very busy - and travelling around every so often.

Even though I'm moving out of London in little over a week I will still be working here for a few more weeks. I'll also probably be crashing in London during the week so will be available for drinks and stuff. I'm also going to organise a farewell party at somepoint to celebrate the fact that the London crowd will be getting rid of me at long last! :p

Dave and myself have found an incredibly nice (and HUGE) two bedroom luxury apartment in the town centre of where we're moving to. We were looking at 3 bedroom houses but the ones we saw where slightly too small for my needs (I have lots of stuff) - even with two reception rooms. We could have found larger houses if we'd gone to some of the outlying villages but as neither of us currently drives (I intend to finally get my license this year as my number 1 non-work priority; Dave intends to never drive) we needed somewhere central-ish or atleast with regular (and late running) public transport.

The flat is really massive. I'll try and post some pictures once we've moved in. The lounge is equally as large with a very nice, and modern, open plan kitchen at one end. There is an en suite bathroom off the main bedroom and a second bathroom off the hallway. We actually had a look at the penthouse (which is the floor above us) as that was also available but whilst it is really, really big and very nice it wouldn't be suitable for two single people. A couple of a single person, yes. Two singles, no. The raeson being is that it had two floors with a spiral staircase leading up to the second floor which contained two bedrooms and a bathroom. All the rooms where big, new and lovely but both bedrooms overlooked the lounge and were wall-less on that side. So, apart from a slightly higher than waist high barrier there was nothing there in either room. So any noise would just float around the flat. Like I say, fine if you're a couple or one person - but with two single people their would be no privacy. So that was scrapped (not that we were thinking of taking it really anyway - although non-London rents are so affordable and seem really cheap in comparison.

Anyway, I pity our poor removal company as the new place is on the sixth floor. That's a lot of carrying and waiting for lifts.


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Feb. 22nd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Good luck Mr. Can't wait to here where the hell it is you're going.

My money's on Milton Keynes. Or Hull.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)

Milton Keynes I can understand but why do you think it could be Hull?
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
What the Hull?
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Because nobody deserves to go to Hull. And that's why you be nervous about telling us. :D
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Ah, gotcha.

I've basically just been waiting for everything to be in place before I announce too much :p
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
There is a place in Hull for me and my friends. (Moz)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
so soon we'll hear where we'll be able to stalk the hairdo?

Will be a shame to see ya go, have been up in finchley a lot recently and keep meaning to come by LG to say hi, because I've not seen you in FOREVER, but you're always shut (I don't keep sensible hours).
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
You will be back far more than once every month. The flat sounds cool. Have you got extra rooms for gimps and body parts in jars etc? I look forward to visiting as it is always so awkward bringing hookers home to my own house. Living outside of London helps you to focus on things, once you get used to having far fewer distractions. 6th floor... is there a porter... I'm level 15 in Fashion Wars... a girl should never have to haul her own bags up 6 floors, especially if a penthouse does not await.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll be missed at LG. Based on no information, I'm guessing your post will be sealed up behind you? The whole country is in downsizing mode at the moment, but I hear extra cash is on the way. :)

Gordon Brown, meet the Weimar Republic.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
He certainly will be missed enormously in many different ways. We have a very capable team who will do a good job of taking up the slack, but there is only one Angus, and he is irreplaceable. Although I take the piss out of him online frequently, I think he has some idea how much we all love him. And, yes I will cry when he goes.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
We can form a sob squad and flood the basement! :p
Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm not going down into the basement with you at such a vulnerable and emotionally charged moment, particularly after some of the stories I've heard about what can happen down there.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
LG isn't downsizing. We've already got a new body in place who we've been training up over the last few weeks and the rest of my jobs are going to be split between existing staff. So the head count is staying the same. Just a slightly different hairstyle on one of them ;p
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
LOL! Sounds like a win, win, win situation, which is good. You get to go to pastures new as you want, somebody gets a job at LG and from the looks of it LG saves some money on salary outgoings.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
At least there'll still be someone there with a "slightly different" hairstyle!
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I for one never thought you'd leave London. Good luck in pastures new :)
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Leaving London has always been a possibility for me. I've said for a long time that my ideal job would be one that all I needed was a computer/laptop and a strong reliable internet connection so I could work from wherever I wanted and could become a bit of a nomad working from different cities and countries. My dream would be to make camp for 6-12 months in various places around the world whilst writing. So I could experience different cultures and places properly and not just for 1-2 weeks on holiday.
This could be step one of that plan, although I can't see me getting to my ideal point anytime soon if indeed ever.
I've almost left London before now. Either because of certain job offers I've considered in the past, ventures I was looking at forming based outside of the Smoke, or because I wanted to be closer of certain people who were close to me but not based in London. The one thing that largely held me back was the fact that my employment was very much London based and it was not a job that I could telecommute for.
I've looked at the possibility of living abroad before now too. The US, France, Serbia, New Zealand and Hungary have all been firmly on the radar at times and I also had a strong longing for Brazil after visting twice too.
One day I'll take that step and live abroad. But not just yet.
One step at a time.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Angus the adventurer :)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
that's so cool

I think Angus should definitely have his own cartoon :)
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Best of luck.

I live in Wales and people still seem to think I live in London, which is bizarre - so spell it out in big letters or people will be irritated at you for missing your birthday drinks ;p

I'm leaning towards Cardiff for some reason - possibly the Dr Who connection. If it is that will be good as I'll see you more often as I spend a lot of time there stalking John Barrowman
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'll certainly be closer to you than I am now :p
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Weird to think of you not working at LG.

I hope you're moving in our direction outside of London.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
We are going to sort out a little shrine so that visitors who made the long trek to see Angus will be able to pay their respects. There may even be two. A simple and functional one upstairs, and something a little bit more 'cultist' in the basement. I'm not joking. There will be something.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Gonna miss you being in such convenient nag distance! :-)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
boo, that means you're not moving to Scotland.

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