Guy Fawkes night
Diary

If you’re around London in early November, it’s worthwhile to try and catch fireworks anywhere in the city. The boyfriend and I were lucky that there were free fireworks happening near the river when we went out on a casual stroll. The ticketed events are just as worthwhile. We attended the one Richmond holds on…

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St. James’s Park
Diary

A walk through the lovely St. James’s Park with my old friend Claire. I wish there was something closer to scale when I took the photo, because the pelicans were massive!

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Anger management
Diary

London is making me a very cross person. I’m annoyed getting to work, I’m annoyed getting home from work, I’m annoyed meeting up with people after work. When your workplace is smack dab in the middle of three tube stations it really makes it inconvenient to get around unless you wear runners and plan to…

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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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