Greetings to one and all, and at first - a big apology for the delay in updating both my blog, and the pictures that you may find within! As i reported in my last blog, James and myself had become working men - (Not men at work of "land down under" fame - although i do keep humming that to myself as i stroll to work each morning!).
Unlike many of the friends we made when we started our jobs, we do still remain working for the Financial Advice Centre on behalf of Westpac - annoying Australians on a daily basis. At the end of this week we will have been there for a whole month, and in Australia for as long as we were in Thailand - which seems totally crazy! Jammo is now selling a life insurance, and I have been moved up to selling a form of income protection insurance! (This was something of a promotion after I managed to hold back my giggles after selling Accidental Death cover to a Mrs Susan Kennedy - and her husband, Disapointingly named Bruce, and not a Doctor!). In fact, yesterday I spoke to someone who has been living here for 6 years, but was originally from the UK. He asked where I was from, I said Reading, He told me he lived in East Sussex when he was in the UK - and as the conversation went on I discoverd that not only was he from my former home town of Heathfield, he infact lived on Hailsham Road - for those of you who don't know - the road on which my Grandma and Grandad live! It is indeed a very small world!
With Keith adventuring up the coast, we have settled into Sydney with the view of being here until the end of January. We now have a very nice flat - as I hope you can see in the pictures - which is on the 18th story with some great views of the city! We are 20 minutes from work, and the heart of the city - and we have the added luxuries of a pool, sauna, jaquzi and gym at our disposal! I bet you cant guess which one of those I havent used yet!!!
Ok.... Maybe you can.
To celebrate our new flat, which we share with 5 others - we hosted an evening of entertainment last weekend - topped off by our italian friend Enrico - again, do see the pictures - who got his 2 italian friends/chefs to come over and cook us an amazing meal! A couple of the friends we made at work, Sally and Ricky, came over - we all played poker, got drunk and had a good feed! What more could you ask for?!
Work has a certain routine about it, but despite this it is a generally tax deductable premium, that you may be able to claim back depending on individual circumstances. Now, would you like me to activate this policy for you sir?
I was looking for the word "enjoyable" but it seems to have eluded me at a crucial moment!
In all seriousness though, I dont think either of us would be doing the job if it wasnt with a cracking group of people - with whom the tension is rising over the impending Ashes series! I would like to take this oppertunity to exonerate myself from any blame that may be attatched to Marcus Trescothick's recent departure from the tour! Although as our pictures show, we did meet him, and ask him to pose for a picture - as you can clearly see, it was Paul Collingwood who blatantly was most annoyed by the intrusion - just 6 hours after they landed. Classic.
Every friday night we finish work and hour early, and head down to the "Slip Inn" for 2 for 1 drinks - which is very good in the city! I wont say much more, as it could be a long story indeed - but this friday was always going in one direction, and one direction only after our new housemate, a legendry French guy call Toni, got in a round of tequila slammers for the 3 of us. At 7.30pm.....................
I cant wait, for the weekend to begin............