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Monday, September 3rd, 2007 at 11:47 am Written by:

I’d sat in the heat of a psychology conference in Arezzo for 5 days. (I had partner membership, for wives, so I wasn’t supposed to go to any of the talks.) Becka found a good room. I hacked on the computer to the extent that I could, sitting on the floor behind a plant pot at the only place with a power socket. No blogging happened, surprisingly.

The journey back should never have worked as it involved four legs bought separately so that no transport provider was responsible for a missed connection, thus enabling the next transport provider to fundamentally screw you because you had a dated ticket. What they need is the idea of stand-by tickets. I’ll take the next available seat, of which there are probably many on the next train.

The 5pm train from Arezzo to Bologna was half an hour late.
The 8pm train from Bologna to Milan left 5 minutes late, so we made the connection.
Milan train station is a sight to behold, a wonder of fascist architecture. No interesting eating places were for blocks around. A lot of walking down dodgy streets got to a pizza place which did the trick.
The Milan to Paris overnight train in an oven-like six person sleeping compartment left at 23:35, arrived at 8am. We took the tube to Gallieni, the international bus terminal.
I would have rather taken the train to London, but owing to not having booked 60 days in advance, it was not economical. The bus left at 11:30am and got to Victoria coach station 8 hours later. London underground was heaving and very difficult with the baggage.
After curry near Euston, the train to Liverpool left at 8:50pm and arrived in Liverpool after midnight.

I’m feeling low now, what with all these machining bugs I need to fix on Martin’s computer, since it’s the one with the copy of HSMworks.

Actually, it’s not that bad. There’s far less of it that when I was coding Machining Strategist (it’s the low user base at the moment that doesn’t shake them out), but it’s difficult to get into the routine.

I’ve been talked into giving a talk at PyCon in Birmingham this coming Sunday. Should be fun. It’s only half an hour long, so all the asides have to be trimmed out of it.

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