The journey is great (40-45 minutes) when it works - it rarely does, but when there is a problem just pick a time between 90 minutes and 3 and a half hours.
This was due to a road closure at the Reigate junction which prevented cars going onto the motorway at junction 8. This was compounded by accidents on my alternative route and road closures for maintenance (road and water mains) in Surrey.
My misery was brought into perspective as I neared the Uxbridge office - there were Emergency Services attending to another car shunt and the roof of one of the cars had been cut off to allow access to one poor driver. At least I had a better trip to work than that poor driver.
On Thursday morning, a left hand drive truck from European haulage firm Waggeners, found himself in the wrong lane for an exit to the M3 and almost took me out of the game as he pulled over right, back onto the M25, where I was minding my own business.
I am not too easily unnerved, but I took a few minutes to regroup!
At least I escaped that one unscathed.
I only have two more days scheduled at the Canon Europe office, 25 November and 1 December, so wish me luck with those.
On the up side, Theo Walcott is nearly back, Giroud is in contention for the game on Saturday, Jack Wilshere is getting back to form after injury and Alexis Sanchez has been a revelation.
The following Friday, 19 December I am booked to go to Hammersmith to see the annual science based entertainment that is Brian and Robin's Christmas Compendium of Reason. This is hosted by comedian Robin Ince who friend Professor Brian Cox and other popular science worthies and other guests giving the audience a very interesting evening. Last year's show was stolen by Commander Chris Hadfield (ISS astronaut) doing a Q&A and singing his version of "Space Oddity" (which raised the roof). It is good to hear very smart people talking about things which excite them about their field.
Blackpool-born singer-songwriter Rae Morris has also announced the release of her debut album "Unguarded" in January 2015. This will be supported by a tour and I am off to see her at the Electric, Brixton on 12 February. Here is the last single "Closer".
And another of my band of favourites, Emmy the Great is also out and about and is on a short UK tour early next year. This time I will be away to the Green Door Store in Brighton on 28 January. Here is her first tune for some time, "Swimming Pool", on her website.
That I think is about all I have for now, so until next time -
Take care and love to all