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Well, I’m not long home from the Wedding of Alex & Charlotte Corrish. For those of you who know anything about me in England, I lived with Alex in Birmingham. A true gent, a great friend & he married a beautiful, gentle bride in Charlotte. I’ve got some pictures, which I’ll get on line here soon.
Anyways, I’ll get back to the Wedding, and first update you on how things are going generally. I arrived in Chelmsford last Wednesday, did some more unpacking and got the room looking a little more homely. The house is fantastic (will add some pics soon) and the landlord has sorted out wireless broadband & SKY – including the sports channels)… so I’m back online & now have football wall to wall… yes, I’m happy.
At the moment I’m living with Rebecca & Peter (a nurse in the plastic surgery ward and a vet). I suppose the interesting things about these folks are that Rebecca runs cross country & Peter is from Slovakia. They also seem to be recluses, both live in their bedrooms – especially since the broadband was installed… which means I get the SKY box, although I don’t get the conversations. Marie (a third) is moving in today.
I’ve bought a bike to commute to work… unfortunately one pedal broke on day three – although it’s now been fixed. I live a 10 minute cycle from work, so it’s pretty cool being able to get in there pretty quick. Chelmsford itself is quite nice… decent streets, a wee river running through it, close to Stansted. Seems to be an old market town & county town for Essex.
Mum has posted over my cricket equipment as well, so I hope to join my local team soon to get some cricket it – I’ve not played for a couple of years, so hopefully it won’t take me too long to get back in the groove!!
As for work, well I’m in charge of 15 people as of Thursday this week… so far I’ve been managing 19, but with some re-alignment of work it’s been reduced to 15. I’ve only done 6 days now, however, 3 of those have been stressful… common sense doesn’t seem to exist at times. Yet despite the stress & averaging 11 hour days, I’m enjoying it. I’ve got a great mix of people (all ages, motivations, abilities) and I’m actually welcoming the challenge. I see solutions & I’m starting to implement them. I’ve changed & learnt from this time in Management. No doubt I’ll have some cracking stories to tell as I get through a few 1-2-1’s!!
So, the wedding.
Well, it’s my frist wedding in England, and as I keep repeating, it was Perfect. The weather was beautiful, the setting was extra-ordinary, the Bride was Beautiful, the Groom was himself, the service was gorgeous, the photographs were delightful, the food was absolutely amazing, and the people there were fantastic. I’ve made a few new friends from this event, and Lord Willing, one particularly good friend from Sheffield. She was fantastic fun and a brave soul (didn’t know anyone at the wedding bar the couple themselves)… so it was good to give her some support & share a laugh & smile with her over the two days. Yup, I said two days. Al & Charlotte didn’t want minors at their wedding (something which has convinced me that it’s a super idea) so they had a reception today for all the extended family. Reflecting on it, it was a wonderful idea & a great way to do it. Neither day was too hectic (although quite tiring) and everyone got to see the dress, catch up & make new friends. You seem to make an effort with people you’re going to see over two days… I notice it on courses as well, if it’s one day you don’t care, but make it two & suddenly you’re taking a real interest in people. Sweet.
Anyways, I had a part to play as well – Alex asked me to perform a reading in the ceremony – and after my reading of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ I got some fairly positive feedback… seems like a I did a good job. I’m looking forward to watching the video of the entire two days.
The only downer, was news that Marcus (another MT with LTSB) has had an infection in his elbow. Last weekend he fell off a motorcycle at 60 MPH. Initially he was OK, however his elbow wound didn’t heal the way it was hoped. Marcus has had two days in Hospital & I hope he’s feeling better. I’m gutted for the lad as he was really looking forward to the wedding. Bless him. Hope you’re feeling better soon lad!!
So there you go… a fairly long entry covering the past week or so. I’ll try to keep you all up to date as much as possible now that I’ve got some serious bandwidth to play about with.

About Mcfaggen

Having grown up in Co. Fermanagh where most of my family still reside, I thought it would be worthwhile to keep a blog of my travels around the rest of the UK, Europe and the World.


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