Presently
Diary

So many, if not all, of my posts are in the past tense. Why not take notes of the present tense, wouldn’t that be more colourful? I’m standing on the last carriage of the 16:45 overground train from Waterloo to Hounslow. Near me is a crowd of other Londoners zoning out for their regular commute…

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False positive
Work

I’ve had the opportunity to compile two user testing sessions for the project I’m working on, it’s been a real pleasure (with many surprises) to observe the testing sessions. Watching real people use products and getting their feedback is a bit surreal in a lab environment. At times I definitely sense the human instinct to…

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International ethnographic research
Work

Last month I was lucky to go to the Ladies That UX at AKQA, this month the event was held at Google. The speakers tugged at my heartstrings as I listened to them talk about ethnographic research for Google maps in developing markets. Google maps, and my heavy dependency on it, should really be illegal.…

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Sick days
Work

I have caught the common cold, how common of me. I stayed home yesterday because at first I thought it was food poisoning. A couple of runs to the toilet, a suspicious continual sore throat (which I thought at first was from the pollution) followed by a horrible case of the sniffles means that I…

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Getting Better
Diary

Everyday is a little bit better than the last, even if there are roller coasters and curve balls. I struggled in the last week with some family drama around my brother’s wedding, only to be let in on a little secret that relieves me of the niggling guilt of not being able to make it…

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Privilege Reminder
Work

I plan to wake up every day and bring the best attitude and values to work because it is a privilege to: live in London work in the UK work on HSBC land in a new country and gain relevant work experience produce new types of work have the ability to earn money earn £££££…

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Bring Value
Work

I’m sitting on the overground train with a pasty in hand because I needed a distraction. Distraction from thinking about how the lifestyle is a struggle in London – the hard work, the payoff, the inner city pressure. It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t 10:02pm and it’s been 55 minutes of me trying…

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An Ant in a Tunnel
Diary, Work

I’m three months in, halfway to the 6 month mark. That’s when most friends have told me I’m meant to feel settled in. Most of the days are a blur. One big grey blur with sporadic moments of self-realisation in the hour-long trek to work, from work, or at lunch. All the time spent at…

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Breakfast Club
Food

Ambiance Filled with all sorts of quirky 80s references, the breakfast club is a fun place to meet up with friends and catch up as long as you don’t mind a bit of noise. Drinks Plenty of fresh juice options! I went for the Green is Good, mostly because the option is a contribution toward…

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The Windmill
Food

Ambiance Really neat pub that has an air of grandfather’s library. Cushy seating and very quiet during the afternoon on weekdays. Can’t really speak for how busy the pub gets after work hours, but no reservation was needed. Drinks There was some sort of gin promotion happening when I visited, although it was very much…

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