Friday, April 25, 2008

So far

The weather has been shocking.
After the first day of my arrival, it has been wet and gloomy. Typical really. Yesterday we had sunshine in the morning, then heavy rain that turned to hail and then came the thunder and lightning. Then it was sunny again. But cold.
Our apartment is quite cute: a one bed loft flat. We have had some teething problems with the agent. Short term leases leave something to be desired here in London. Not sure how they expect you too wash your clothes with a washer that isn't plumbed, or watch tv with no aerial. Or cook with no pots and pans. Unbelievable. No cutlery, no glasses, no kettle.
Last night we went to a function at the New Zealand High Commission to welcome the Black Caps to London for a test match series against England.
The venue was 17 floors up in New Zealand House and had the most amazing views of London. There was a balcony that you could walk three quarters way around, so nearly a 360 view of the London skyline. Spectacular to watch the sun set.

So the NZ squad is probably what they admit would be their B team, as most of the high profile players are in India for IPL. They will come to the UK to join up with their team mates.
The only recognisable player (that I knew anyway) was one of the Marshall borthers. So we had a chat with him and a few of the other players and entourage. All very nice guys.