Sunday, November 18, 2007

[The Life of Shaun #169] This week in London

So another birthday's come and gone in the middle of a whirlwind week here in London. The adventures started last weekend when my friend David Bell came to visit from New York. Very exciting as excluding Manhattan and San Francisco it was his first time outside America. It was really great to see him here. He's not a great traveller, so him committing to six+ hours in a plane is no small testament to our friendship. I really loved showing him where I live, play and work, and what attracted me to move here, just showing him my life here. He gave London high marks and I think I may be able to get him to Berlin in 2008. But it was really sad to see him go and I had the mini-depression I always have when I see my friends from the States and realise how much I miss them in my life.

Fortunately a good chunk of my London friends scooped me out of that funk when we all met for my birthday dinner on Wednesday at The Bowler, a gastropubesque restaurant in my neighbourhood that really is quite special. Great mix of people and a good night to remind me that wherever I am there are people I will miss.

Friday night was the first Cass Alumni Ball, a black tie dinner held in the Main Hall of the Natural Histroy Museum (in the third pic attached, our table was just next to the dinosaur's rear right leg). A stunning venue and a totally great time, or at least I assume so as my memory past the champagne reception is quite fuzzy, but my headache the next day told me I had a blast.

Sunday was at Natasha's, Chris's and Lottie's for XFactor and the painful crime of seeing Hope go on another week. Today, a bit of trepidation as I realise that tomorrow our final marks are due out from Cass and will know if I am indeed an MBA. So send good thoughts and vibes my way tomorrow!

That's it from my island. Sorry I am not great at one-on-one eMailing as of late - just very busy, especially when I can't check mail at work, and I hope these occasional updates keep you in tune with me and my life. Hope all's well with you where you are.


Shaun Coley
Clerkenwell, Islington
London, UK
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