He took me around town for some sites. We started at St Paul’s Cathedral:
Which we proceeded to climb to the top of. That was my exercise for the day – 530 steps up winding staircases. It was worth the climb for the 360 degree views of London from way up:
We were able to spy our next target, the London Eye - the large Ferris Wheel, across the water from the top of the cathedral:
As well as the millennium bridge we would walk across to get there:
Once in the London Eye, you get about a 20 minute ride up and down with again some excellent views, such as this of parliament, which of course reminded me of the movie V is For Vendetta where the building is featured:
While up there – I noticed this sign on the door of the “capsule” you ride in:
I liked that the “do not” is underlined for emphasis. As if I would actually even consider leaning against glass doors that bow out and would open to a considerable drop. No one went near them for the duration of the ride.
After that (and much walking/climbing) we went off to a local pub for a beer before dinner. Tony smokes in pubs and I laughed when he set his cigarettes on the table:
That would be motivation to think about quitting wouldn’t it. If every time you pulled out your smokes you had to read that big label.
But – it is back to real work today. Another two day seminar. On Monday and Tuesday I did it for a small crowd in Helsinki – about 25 people. Today however, the last I heard, over 120 people had signed up here in London. It’ll be a very different experience. The most people I’ve ever had in a technical seminar was 250 once. It gets a bit hard to take questions from the audience as the size goes up – as the questions can keep coming and coming (and coming) preventing you from finishing the material laid out. But even with 250 people – I was able to field questions and finish on time.