One Day in History17th October 2006
Today sees the launch of the One Day in History event, the National Trust's attempt to create the biggest mass blog so I couldn't resist the temptation to join in...
Unusually I start the day working from home by checking my emails. I have to drive to Sussex later which is in the opposite direction to the office so it seems pointless spending an extra 40 minutes in the car if I don't need to. I have a few calls to make but there is one urgent issue to attend to: yesterday we didn't quite make it to the printers with issue 5 of our new magazine, Healthcare Today, so I'm hoping to get it cleared and proofed before I set off. Thank goodness for email!
Unfortunately, when I have to leave the magazine is still not quite ready so I agree that the office can send it directly to the printers without a final check. This is only for a proof copy so I will still have the opportunity to make any final changes before the main print-run. I call the printers in Swindon and tell them I'll pick up the proofs on my way back from Sussex.
I set off from home (between Chippenham and Calne in Wiltshire) and drive first to Marlborough then Hungerford where I join the M4. It's then motorway all the way to the M25 followed by the M23 where I exit at Crawley. I'm slightly early so just have time to pay some cheques into the HSBC bank before my client meeting at 2pm. I've been working with the local councils around Gatwick on a healthcare-related project; the Sussex NHS made national news earlier this year with its contribution to a record NHS debt and the weekend saw protest marches in Haywards Heath and Brighton against proposed cuts in services. Suffice to say, it's a challenging project and there's a degree of pressure around...
Afterwards it's a two-hour drive to Swindon where I pick up the magazine proofs before shooting over to the Megabowl to organise my son's birthday bash on Friday. I then shoot back home, grab something to eat (my wife's a star), and then I'm off out again.
I briefly stop by Pizza Hut in Chippenham to pass some of the magazine proofs to a colleague and then I'm off to a friends to watch Manchester United play Copenhagen. For once it's a good game and the result is positive, though not sure if they're destined to get to the final on that performance.
Back home by 10pm as there a number of domestic issues I need to discuss with my wife (we're preparing to put our house on the market) and in bed by midnight.
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