Glancing through the blog I have just realised the lack of a Mudhound staple: pictures of drainage machines! Time to put that right ....
I look out of the window on this wet, typically showery April day and see rain falling, at the same time I read in the press that the environment agency have officially declared the west midlands, which includes the rolling green hills of Warwickshire, as a drought region. Irony.
I do not wish to be flippant. Drought is serious and it has been impossible not to have noticed the lack of rainfall over the last year. Time and time again our excavations reveal surprisingly dry soil, the mud which gives this blog its name has been in short supply. Our relationship with rain is perhaps more complicated than it first seems, clearly without the copious rain fall ‘enjoyed’ by the UK our services would not be required. However on a day to day basis the rain is a big obstacle. We loose more productive days, and therefore profit, due to the ground conditions not being fit to operate on than any other reason. This dry weather has allowed us to crack on and be productive, we will have to wait and see what effect it has on the order book over the next couple of months.
I know I said that I would stop waffling on about Nuffield and the CSC, but realised that I had not posted these photos below. They were taken from the top of New Zealand House, one of the venues we were fortunate enough to be hosted in. Close to Trafalgar square, New Zealand House must be at least ten stories higher than any surrounding building, hence the views are fantastic. As you can see the London Eye is only a little higher and I reckon New Zealand House is in a better location.
Life seems busy at the moment, I seem to write similar words on this blog regularly however it is often what I feel. My Nuffield year has started with a bang, which is fantastic, it also means that I feel like I have two jobs at the moment, okay so that’s an exaggeration, but there is a lot to fit in. I’m certainly behind on blogging about what I have been doing but hopefully I can start to put I few things right and finish off telling you about the CSC (contemporary scholars conference)
I figured some of the things I would be doing this year would be impressive and I hoped to have a couple of good tales to tell, however I was not expecting to do so much, so impressive, so soon. Nothing, I suspect, will be able to match the tour of the Palace of Westminster and our trip to Downing Street. The NFU arranged for us to have a tour of Parliament, we visited the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and saw all the sights. We then walked under the road to portcullis house which is where most of the committee rooms and PMs’ offices are located. I thought the tour stopped there and if it had I would of have been very pleased, however we then walked along Whitehall to Downing Street, passed though security and had a photo opportunity outside number ten! One of the governments communications advisors (I guess that’s a spin doctor) then talked to us for a while about his role and communication in general.
Ten Downing Street is really a large office block and the famous door we see on telly is the main entrance so taking pictures was surprisingly time consuming as the door kept opening and closing every couple of minutes. Never-the-less none of us wanted to miss out on the chance to have our photo outside number ten so we persevered. I think this is the first proper photo of me I have put on the blog!