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November 21, 2006

some things feel good


woke up this morning & felt like reading a paper…I went to my coin box which has loads of 1p & 2p coins and then got 50 – 1p coins & 10 – 2p coins to make 70p for a copy of the Independent all to read the Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Borat/Ali G) 5 page interview. To do this I had to load my laptop bag pockets with 60 heavy coins and then I headed up to WH Smith….when I got there and off-loaded the coins, the cashier looked at me really funny & then sarcastically asked the other cashier whether they accept that many 1p coins. I said to myself comon stop being so difficult and accept my coins….you stupid thing! I had avoided the corner shop downstairs strictly on the grounds of not annoying a small business owner on a Tuesday morning trying to make ends meet….but for a big corporation like WH Smith I had no mercy (hehe). Anyways the other attendant said YES OF COURSE….then she counted it and of course it was complete to the last 1p (lol)....I giggled and let her see me and felt really satisfied….

There was also a rainbow after the afternoon rain…I have attached a pic I took on my cell from the window by my desk at the office.


October 21, 2006

Blogging on the road in a coach!!!

Yeah, you heard me right….IM BLOGGING ON THE A24 at the moment from an Oxford Tube Coach. They added this new snazzy feature about a week ago that connects wireless clients to Vodafone’s 3G internet service. It was well worth the £2k installation cost per bus cos I’m more than certain they will reap an ROI based on more professionals using the Oxford tube as against the trains at the moment. I will rather sit here on the net for 2 hours to London than go without the net for an hour using the train. Don’t know about you guys but I’m a self confessed internetaholic and am well proud of it :O)

July 05, 2006

Oxford's Cowley Road Carnival

Writing about web page

Last weekend was wicked; Oxford's most culturally diversed area – Cowley Road, had its annual carnival. Cowley road was closed and featured a host of attractions including: 3 music stages, 4 sound systems, food from almost every resturant on Cowley (meaning food from all continents), dance, street performers, cooking demonstrations & children's activities
I live in the city centre and don't usually hang around Cowley except for a hair cut at the Afro barbers shop, so this was a unique experience seeing another side of Oxford.
The music was what I really enjoyed. It was quite diverse with acts from various genres like House, Raggea, Hip–Hop, Latino, Indie, Brit Rock and loads of others I can't remember now. There was alot of dance perfromance and even capoeira…it was awesome!!
I took loads of pictures and amateur video clips of the carnival that I have uploaded unto Flickr & youtube.

Videos of the Cowley Carnival
Pictures of the Cowley Carnival

June 01, 2006

Getting Healthy

In recent times (actually in the last 6 months) I have been everything but healthy (eating late & no exercise have so far been the order of the day). So I took a leap of faith yesterday and joined the local gym (LA Fitness) here in Oxford with a mate of mine. I must say that it has been at the back of my mind for the past 2 months but the cost was a slight hinderance (about 50 quid a month) but I got this joint membership thingy with a mate of mine for £40.
Thinking about it all its really depressing to think that the issue on getting healthy depended on finances :( But on the otherhand I think the cost was extortionate and tied down to a 12 month contract.
On the lighter side of things anyway, I do hope to take advantage of this gym for two major reasons:

1. Lose weight (especially on my tummy)
2. Keep fit & healthy (get my heart & pulse rate to standard or above average levels)

I'm no longer a high school graduate obsessed with muscle building. I more on the side of getting healthy and looking trim & fit.

I guess my next objective will be to start eating healthy :)

May 25, 2006

Back on the block

Okay, I must say I have been naughty. I haven't blogged for 1, 2, 3 …. can't keep up with the number of months. One thing for sure is that a lot has happened since I graduated last summer. So I'll summarise stuff:

August '05 – finally graduated after a gruelling 12 months in Uni. great fun & definately worth the experience. My misus & I head straight to London.

Sept' 05 – chilling in London doing virtually nuthin or would I say 'resting'. (thinking about it…damn I should have gone on a holiday. Oh I couldn't really go anywhere cos my Visa had less than 6 months on it).
Anyway my Aunt was also around from Nigeria, so she stuffed me up with good soul food.
I also went back to Warwick for my VIVA (the guest examiner gave me grief). I was told that I was sitting on the fence as per the VIVA results till November (which was to ultimately determine if I was getting a distinction). I couldn't understand the situation despite the glaringly successful results and my mammoth effort all through the project.
The highlight of the month however was my job offer as the e–Marketing Manager for Property Frontiers – the company I conducted my research on back in Warwick.

October 05 – Same old, same old chilling, but wrote to the examining board about my issues (as per my VIVA & stuff). Keeping my fingers cross about the results.
Started work with PF up in Oxford on the 17th. So my program dramatically changed from the chilled–out laid back unorganised me to the working 9–5 thingy. My program was crazy:

Up by 5:30;
Docklands to Paddington 6:45–7:30,
London Paddington to Oxford 7:48 – 8:48,
Oxford Station to Office 8:50–9:05
Office 9:05–5:35
Oxford Station to London Paddington 6:00 – 7:00
Paddington – Docklands 7:00 – 7:45
Eat/TV 8:00 – 10:00
Crash 10:00 – 5:30 again
Mon – Fri

Crazy stuff, but the highlight of the month was that my last PMA results (eCommerce) were released, so my PMA average went up to 70…phew. Close shave but was still waiting for the crazy VIVA results.

November 05 – okay the crazy London/Oxford commute was getting to me and sucking 4 hours off me everyday. I started looking for a place in Oxford but found apartments I viewed either too expensive or just not inhabitable. I wasn't into the flat sharing thing so I decided to carry my cross and go on with the commute. TBH I enjoyed the journey on the train…it was comfy, I had time and space to work on my laptop & could get some sleep or read a book. Hated the underground though…stuffy, cramped up & uncomfortable (besides 7/7 was a few months earlier, so there was always feeling of paranoia somewhere in my mind). Another downside was that it was bloody winter, so waiting in bus–stops & stations were a horror.
Had a swell time on our office away day at the Isle of Man. Basically we rented a 40 or 60 ft yatch from Southampton and sailed right to the Isle of Man, where we had lunch & drinks in the pub. We sailed back to to Southampton and then drove up to Oxford for dinner in some french resturant. I went back to London after all that. It was well worth the experience.
Good point of the month was the last day…YEAH – my VIVA results were released & YEAH I got a distinction….so the rest is history. excellent stuff.

December 05 – Christmas approaching & the usual London/Oxford commute. Good year for the company and oh yes…I get my first assessment from the Directors. The Outcome – good job so far Kunle, keep it up…till the next assessment in 6 months time. so yeah good stuff.
Did the Christmas Santa thingy in the office & got a penis dominatrix/fet strap from my boss (joke – best gift ever) Got the PR chic in the office some 5 quid body shop pack….good simple stuff she liked it.
It was a good month….spent Christmas with my folks & misus.

January 05 – urgh…wasn't really looking forward to going back to work cos of the relaxing 2 week Christmas holiday.
Highlight of the month was that the winter grad ceremony. Re–lived 3 days of Warwick with my mate Hareesh back in Heron–Bank….nostalgic. Briefly went to Bullring in Birmingham.
Grad was good…met my misus' mum (jeez)...saw lots of old mates of mine. good stuff but was not as full as I thought. tbh it was just a ceremony….officially handing us our 'paper'. I never went for my UG grad ceremony, so the experience was a first….we worth it.
Highlight of the month…Oh I sorted out my work permit (got the HSMP thingy) after getting rejected about 3 times for the work permit.

Feb' 05 – was getting fed–up with the commute & got an office colleague (Ned) of mine on a crib hunting mission. The office also moved to the centre of Oxford to a much more larger premises. Ned & I made a couple of viewings and final got a 2 bed – 1 bath apartment in the middle of town 5 mins from the office. Paid the deposit and move–in date was 9th March. Was wondering how I was gona manage without my aunts meals :(.

Mar' 05 – Ned moved into the flat but I was sorting out all stuff in London and couldn't move in till the internet connection was sorted out.
The internet connection was finally sorted out and I moved in :). I still did London on weekend to see my cousin, aunt & misus. I'll say I was in Oxford but my heart was in London.

April' 05 – Started to get a feel of Oxford and even went out for the Oxford guide bus tour with my misus.

May' 05– Well im ere in Oxford – quiet, young city. Rush hour is virtually non–existent here. In the morning on my way to work, rather than seeing professionals trying to catch a train in the underground, I see students walking or cycling it for lectures. Its a funny trip & I can't believe I haven’t been to London for about 5 weeks now. Let wait & see.

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