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Perseverace

The ridiculously loud, bitter, uneducated and unsophisticated, wannabe-middle-class-but-cannot-change-its-spot therefore desidedly common, rough and nasty neighbour of ours, who have been trying to do up their newly purchased property in Lancing for more than 2 years are now moving out. I imagine they are then going to decorate the house and put it on the market - hopefully soon. Fingers crossed.

It is nice to know that our 8 years of misery is finally seeing the end.
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by uk_alien | 2012-07-14 19:00 | neighbours

Bye-bye Rach

My colleague who I had difficulty with initially is leaving.

She doesn’t do ‘nice’ easily, looks moody and is pissed off in general. (I can hear someone exclaim ‘that IS an exact portraiture of an English woman’.) I was aghast to learn that there existed such a rude person on the earth and Sod’s law she sat next to me.

At first she just looked a nasty whiny evil Essex Girl who couldn’t shed the extra stone she carried around her waist which made her look permanently pregnant (miaow). I had no idea why another colleague of mine, who looked identical to David Beckham in my untrained eyes, had chosen her to be a wedded wife.

Yet, I started to notice the most enchanting eyes that she possessed. Their intense expressions seemed to reflect her deep emotions and strong determination, giving off almost regal impression which very much reminded me of the portrait of Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.



I also realised that she was endowed with incredibly empathetic and generous nature. Though usually it was carefully hidden, whenever someone was extremely distressed she was always the one who swiftly got up and went to the person to offer comfort. I could see the action was instant and instinctive, and had nothing to do with any agenda whatsoever. She was also a hard worker, too. Funny she didn’t want to be seen that way and rather preferred to be seen crude and lazy.

A very interesting person.

So much so I got to like her and respected her. I am not the friendliest person either anyway, so we never got very close to each other, but we still got on all right as colleagues.

Last Friday was her leaving do. Though I don’t normally join night-outs, I did this time along with all others.

When I got a chance to speak to her (with a conscious effort to hear and to be heard over the infernal noise blasted from the cheap speakers), I told her that although she hadn’t been the easiest person to deal with at first (she laughed and admitted that she didn’t normally let people in easily) after getting to know her I got to see her true good kind nature and treasured her colleagueship. I sincerely thanked for it and wished her the very best luck on her new job.

She gave very kind words to me too, and warned me to take a very good care of myself as she knew I was as fragile deep down as she was. I promised I would.

I will miss her. And yep, I concede that she could definitely catch a David Beckham or two. One of a kind.
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by uk_alien | 2012-07-02 01:17 | work

On the terrace

I went to a celebratory party for a New Zealander who has recently been awarded UK citizenship.

The venue was a roof terrace on a pub - the weather was sunny, to our surprise, though with ghastly gale blasting around.

He’s a lawyer, specialised in veterinary medicine. Very nice, charming and friendly, with sharp intelligence lurking behind all that, reminding me of a beautiful red Irish Setter. It made me smile that he had to go through the Life in the UK test all the same. It must have been piss easy for hm.

His sister, also a lawyer, is married to … another lawyer, and as you can imagine, the party consisted largely of a bunch of lawyers. Other occupations of the people I became acquainted with were no less prestigious than lawyer I can assure you: a director at GSK, a very senior civil servant… Why do I, who is semi-autistic social-inept and barely able to function even in a normal life, always find myself in such a place, I wonder?

Totally and utterly lacking necessary social (and language) skills required in such an occasion, I felt pretty much awkward and simply decided to enjoy my ale and the rare blessing of sunshine over London.

Mind you, people were really nice to me - trying to hold a conversation scraping up what little knowledge they possessed about anything to do with Japan. The sense of obligation and capability of this class to accommodate and handle almost any social occasion never fails to amaze me. However, much as I don’t want to sound ungrateful, I am not that interested in the place where I was born and grew up (otherwise I wouldn’t have left there) and I found a bit hard to play a part of a 'Japanese person’ - maybe because it just does not get to mention in my everyday life.

On the way back to the station, we went through a park so that Walter could do his business with the view of the great Imperial War Museum.

Good boy, he endured the occasion well, and so did I.
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by uk_alien | 2012-07-01 19:22 | going native