the london story

A passing view on New Zealand’s governing

I recently filled out a Colmar Brunton opinion poll targeted at Kiwis living abroad. At the end, there was a comments box which asked for further thoughts that New Zealand should hear from us expats. This is a very rough and not very well thought out paragraph or two that I gave. New Zealand needs […]

And so it properly snows in England

The snow set in well today – and the country comes to a panicked standstill. We were in The Cotswolds by the river Windrush for a company offsite – everyone worrying about if they wait too long, will they be snowed in. I was very much looking forward to that situation! Being trapped by snowy, […]

Difference between UK and NZ: Supermarkets

The layout of supermarkets here is quite different to those in New Zealand. Sure, the basics of shopper psychology still exists, such as the top goods of milk and bread are still stuck right in the back as far away from each other and the entrance as possible, but the flow of the other aisles […]

Reflection: Four months abroad, one month in the United Kingdom

The 19th of October saw the fourth month of my absence from New Zealand. Four months of being in a foreign land. One month of that (plus a week or two) has been settled in London, United Kingdom. I haven’t posted much since I have been here – excuse being that settling in has been […]

New Zealanders = passive

Why are New Zealanders so passive? I very much agree with this sentiment after travelling around with several other cultures and nationalities. We really just don’t give a shit for the sake of keeping the commotion down.

Camden Markets, London

Today I went along to Camden Markets with the Canadian friends of Megan with whom I also attended Oktoberfest (blog post about that to come). One can pretty safely assume from the density of pedestrians and Northern Line tube usage on Saturday that it is a popular day for almost everyone to go to Camden […]

Flatting in the UK…

So who would’ve thought that getting a place to live (one of those small things called a human right) would be so hard to do? Apparently this letting agency, Ludlow Thompson, is making it their mission for it to be as hard as possible. Two weeks ago we tried to get them to start the […]