Sunday, October 16, 2005

Long weekend in London

Been down in London since early Friday morning, so away from the net for 3 days.
Friday was spent in a soulless office in a warehouse facility in the east end of London. This is where the DCA has in its wisdom outsourced the storage of marked registers to (Pickfords Record Management). The marked registers have to be available for "inspection", which for the political parties means "data entry". The Tories had a team of three antipodean lads working for them. Bizarrely one of them was currently working on Bethnal Green!
Friday night was a meal at Baltic, a eastern european based restaurant in Southwark. Introduced to a couple of LibDems who I've seen around at conference before, and campaigners in Lambeth. Baltic's food was really great, but being Friday it was a bit on the slow side, which meant the alcohol bill was quite large...
Saturday was spent training Pagemaker and desktop publishing to some young Lib Dems in Cowley St, in Westminster. It is a bizarre place on a Saturday as it is completely desserted, and we had the keys to the party HQ! Which was a bit embarrasing when we were trying to get in as there was a policeman on patrol along the road who could see us acting suspiously as we tried various keys...fortunately got the right one just as he passed.
In the evening Alex, Colin's other half, had procurred tickets for Richard II at the Old Vic. This was the Nunn directed version with Spacey in the lead role, and Ben Miles supporting. We had front row seats which were a bit difficult on the neck, but made for a great place to be with Spacey and the rest of the cast just inches away at times.

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