Weeknotes 57

April 17, 2023

We had a good Easter weekend visiting my parents. Is it possible to eat too much chocolate? The answer is yes. Easter Monday was my birthday but as that largely involved driving back to London, A- and I took the day off on Tuesday and went for a mooch around Soho. Shopping, and eating tasty snacks at The Colombian Coffee Company.

Normal service resumed on Wednesday with James, Chris and I tackling our first larger bit of work at GDS. We’ve been trying to make sense of the /world/embassies page and how to tease apart the business logic (and a myriad of edge cases) from the presentational code to allow both parts to be worked on more easily. This isn’t particularly interesting, I know, but it’s such a wonderful novelty to be able to link to code I’m working on (most of the code that makes up GOV.UK is open-source) that I’m taking the opportunity.

On Thursday I met a friend after work to catch up and see Look Mum No Computer play at The Lower Third. Unpredictable home-made synth and stand-up comedy with support from the wonderful Clementine Blue.

My brother was in town on Friday, so I finished work early, had a couple of pints at the Southampton Arms before heading to Hackney EartH for the welcome return of Stornoway. They’re a very uplifting band to see live - lots of warm, funny chat between songs, and usually some kind of audience participation. On Friday this involved a conga line around the venue and a mid-song game of musical statues.

I met a friend to drink coffee and go record shopping for his birthday in Soho (again!) on Saturday morning. Sunday was spent taking the kids swimming, to a soft play and then a family day at ORA Brewing’s tap room in Tottenham. Bouncy-castles and beer, what could go wrong? Surprisingly, no one died.