Life is ticking over. Had fun and games over the weekend fixing a leak to the outflow pipe underneath the bathroom sink. Very fiddly, but looks like its sorted now. In the process I also found a leak in the tap, however (but only a small one). So you can imagine, I'm stuck in this very confined space trying to fit all these pipes together... Not pleasant.
Bill Clinton is in town, which is far more agreeable than when Bush came to
stay. He was doing a book-signing at Waterstones on Piccadilly, just a stones
throw from where my current clients are based, so I went over to take a look but
there were tremendous queues. He's been staying at the Ritz and just after I
arrived at the clients' this morning someone came in to say they'd just bumped
into him as he was leaving for someplace. Also, he did a brief Radio 4 interview
this morning. Sounded very spur-of-the-moment, but this guy is very quick-witted
and so obviously switched on, he came across very well. Also, he was very
candid. Unbelievable that America gave this guy such a hard time while he was in
office - I mean, in the grand scheme of things just how petty was all this
Lewinsky rubbish? So he asked her to lie - so what, it's no more than any guy
having an affair would do. It just wasn't important.
Still, in a world where his presidency was sandwiched between the Bushes, and
in a world where Ronald Reagan (who died a month or so ago) is remembered fondly
for tripling America's debt, Clinton is bound to go down in history, at least,
as one of the greats.
Shame he seems to have brought terrible weather with him. Nothing but rain
thus far, and its mid July.
Work-wise, am finally starting to think about a new project, an
internet-based "reminder" application. (You type in some event and it'll either
send you an email to remind you, or an SMS message.) I've got the domain names
yellowsticky.com and nellietheelephant.com, not sure which to use yet but not
really important at the moment. Typical early days of project - have yet to
really get my teeth into it.
Been following the Tour de France - most remarkable thing so far has been the
weather (awful), a relief in fact since a couple of months ago we talked about
going over to Brittany to see the Tour over the weekend (would have been last
weekend). It didn't come off - the new work which would have paid for it fell
through - but the weather was so bad I'm glad we stayed home. Been quite good
thus far, though, since they've been travelling across the flatlands of northern
France and Belgium, so it's really been good for the sprinters. Today they've
got a massive 160-mile stage (6-7 hours cycling), then on Friday they're into
the Pyrenees, where I expect the leaderboard will start to take shape. Lance
Armstrong is positioned well, looks like he could well make it a sixth. Only sad
thing is that David Duffield has either retired or been dropped from Eurosport.
A shame since he was an excellent commentator and absolutely mad as the
proverbial hatstand. Now they've got a guy called Mike Smith - nowhere near as
good. Fortunately Sean Kelly is still there, so adds at least some
knowledge/experience of cycling.
The boy continues to live, sleep and eat. He'll never be as active as he
was, but let's hope he's got a few more years left in him.