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Feb-2000.3

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Manage to park nearer the hotel entrance, in this weather every yard counts. The forecast tonight is very cold again, but tomorrow it should be in the mid teens during the day, and up into the low twenties by Wednesday.  This will be welcome - even in my room it is not very warm with the 'heating' on full time, but the bed compensates for this.

Tuesday
I slept well last night, and woke up at ten past six. The radio says it is 'warmer', that is 1 degree Fahrenheit. But the wind is lighter, making it about minus 22 degrees (about minus 30 Celsius). It's supposed to 'warm' up during the week, possibly snow on Thursday.

Had breakfast, and off to work. It was still very cold, but the drop in the wind was welcome - I would probably survive another minute outside today. An uneventful day at work, although international access from my phone was removed during lunchtime, and the frame-relay link between here and Slough went down. Well, there are plenty of phones here which I can use to call the UK, so not a big problem. I complained about the link, and it re-appeared later on. Internet access here is very good, I can telnet to Cix in the UK and get 64k transfer rates.

A quiet evening in the bar. The weather must be warming up, because the temperature in my room has gone up. It's still freezing outside though. Anyway I sleep reasonably well and have to force myself out of bed at ten to seven.

Wednesday
A temperature of seven degrees this morning, about minus ten Celsius. This car run amazingly well in such cold weather, it starts quickly and runs like on a summers day. My breath freezes on the windscreen, luckily it's only a five minute drive to work.

Today was a funny day. Late in the afternoon I learn that I am setting up a demo of some equipment in Cyprus. I knew I was going there anyway, but I had understood the Americans were sending one of their engineers to set up the kit. So far I don't know any details of this demo, maybe they will tell me tomorrow. I felt a bit peeved, and try to contact my boss. Well, he's not in Slough, he has flown off to Munich for the day. He didn't tell anyone he was going to be out, we only discovered by finding his travel request! So I sent him an email. Later on I run into his boss, who seemed to know about the Americans plans. I feel a bit stitched up - I was looking forward to an easy time in Cyprus.

Anyway, I get some more news about Cyprus. I was worrying about the 50 kilos of equipment I was having to take as excess baggage. It seems Cyprus Airlines have waived the £300 charge for each trip! Also looking at the travel requests I discover that my boss will be travelling there a day early like me, so he can help me cart the kit around the airport. Goodness knows whether we will get it all into a taxi. They had better book me a big taxi to get it from my house to Heathrow. Hmm, how do I get it home in my little Fiesta!!

Anyway I drive back from the office, keeping in the correct lanes this time. No swerving about necessary today. My room is fairly warm, so the temperature must be rising outside. Snow is forecast for tomorrow, and possibly Friday. Hopefully they are wrong - I don't fancy driving back to the airport in a blizzard.

Thursday
Well, it's not snowing. Yet.
Off to work early so I get a good parking spot. A fairly quiet morning. I manage to get some training done, and actually managed to speak to my boss in the UK. Anyway lunchtime arrived soon, and actually managed to find the cafeteria without getting lost. There is a pretty good array of food available, so I loaded up my tray and sat down to eat. Almost immediately I was joined by the US staff who are arranging the demo in Cyprus. Good news is it looks like someone will be joining me to set up the gear, provided he gets his visa in time! Also joined by the company Vice-President. I know my place, so after a while I make excuses and leave.

I had a chat with some of the design team later on, and get to see the demo kit. They are all very nice people, with interesting names like Yipeng (female) and Ping (male).
Some more training in the afternoon. I also manage to sort out some of the software I need to take back with me. This equipment has to run in various different languages, so I get to mess with the Portuguese version of Windows NT, and so on.

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