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I am in London right now, for another 9 days. if you have any questions...

I am in London right now, for another 9 days. if you have any questions...

Jan 21st, 2002, 12:18 PM
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beth anderson
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Hi Bonnie,

funny, I was just telling Kavey tonight that I always take a alk along the South Bank on my visits, and have not done so yet. I will report back once I do... I hear rumblings of it, but don't recall a specific date..

CDF - thanks! I love Malaysian food. I 'discovered' it in NYC a few months ago (had never been to a purely Malaysian resto before)

shall check it out, to be sure!

Beth



 
Jan 21st, 2002, 05:57 PM
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ttt
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Jan 22nd, 2002, 02:17 AM
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beth anderson
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It's a beautiful sunny day today!

WHEE! and mild too - we have had pretty mild weather.

had a super dinner with Kavey last night - El Parador - tapas - v. good! near Mornington Crescent. It was 19 pounds each, good value.

heading out in a few hours, I have a meeting today, a reception to attend, and I am meeting Baroness Barker (a friend of Sheila's) for tea today at the House of Lords.

have a great day y'all!

Beth
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 03:26 AM
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Blimey Beth, you've only been in London 5 minutes but your connections are amazing.

I guess as Cherie Blair is a prominent Barrister you next luncheon will be at Downing Street!
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 03:34 AM
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s.fowler
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We has a good meal at Bertorelli's on Charlotte St. last June. We were downstairs in the cafe, which is a bit noisy, but both the food and the service were excellent.
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 03:35 AM
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Woo Hoo
Beth for next Prime Minister!

Yep, El Parador is one top tapas restaurant... very nice food, and you can eat as much as little as you like... always an advantage of tapas...

YUM YUM
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 08:59 AM
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beth anderson
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Kate,

you know, I think to a certain extent, being an 'ignorant foreigner' has gotten me far. Not only do I not necessarily know how important the people I am meeting, may be (thus obviating any need for me to feel completely shy and perhaps not willing to make a fool of myself by approaching such important people)..

I also may have the added bonus of being a bit of a novelty - many people I've met on interviews are fairly amazed (they say so anyway) that I just kinda picked up, asked for a severance package, and am doing my darndest to find a job over here, with no family ties or anything of that sort. (or maybe they just all think I need help and take pity on me??)

at any rate... here I am, still.

I have a funny story which I will post under a separate thread, about nearly bowling Margaret Thatcher over. (read it you will understand).

Beth

 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 12:26 PM
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Beth, it all sounds great. Wish I could run into Blair. I'm in London through Sunday. Let me know if you and Kavey have room for a third, I'd love to meet another "fodor". If you don't want to waste board time with directions, etc., email me at the above address. Mike.
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 12:33 PM
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beth anderson
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Hi Mike.

I didn't meet Tony Blair. Only someone who worked with him 'in the day'.

(excuse my name dropping, I just think this is such a hoot.)

this weekend is gonna be tough. I have a friend coming into town - I honestly don't know if we will stay in London. I have plans with friends every night this week, now.

Kavey and I might be able to meet for lunch one day, it depends on both of our schedules (I have a couple of lunch meetings.) we can let you know. how often do you check emails?

Beth
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 12:55 PM
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Could you go over to the Dorchester, order afternoon tea for 1, have it wrapped up and sent to me here in the states. The Assam tea. I'll pay postage. Thanks.
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 03:17 PM
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tooop.
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 04:30 PM
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I'm coming to London in March for 5 days. I'm looking for a small clean good value hotel in Paddington, Bayswater, etc. area. Any suggestions? I've been leaning toward the Comfort Inn Bayswater, Quality Hotel Paddington or Best Western Paddington Court.
 
Jan 22nd, 2002, 04:56 PM
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Beth -

How exactly did you simply ask for a severance package and get it - just like that - if the decision for you to leave was entirely your own and not your employer's? This seems, to say the least, a bit strange, unless you were being fired,, laid off, forced to quit, passed over for partnership and they were hoping you'd leave, or you have some potential lawsuit to file (e.g. sexual harrassment). I'm not trying to pry, and normally I wouldn't ask, but you were very blase about. A lot of people here are following you very closely and I hope they're not getting the idea that negotiating a severance package is as easy as quitting your job.

Good luck to you! Sounds like you're having quite an adventure.
 
Jan 23rd, 2002, 01:04 AM
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Hi Beth,
Lunch sounds great if it works for you. I usually jump off at Victoria station around 9 or 10am and check my email at easyeverything. I would certainly be able to meet for lunch on short notice.
I understand what a push it is to "knock on doors" so if I don't catch you this time, maybe next time. And good luck! Mike.
 
Jan 23rd, 2002, 01:38 AM
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hi emply atty

my employer laid off SCADS off people. 11000 as a matter of fact.

my director asked me to stay, she wanted to base her team (what was left of it) around me and a few other key people.

she also knew that I have wanted to make the jump over here, for a very long time.

she respected my decision to opt for the package rather than stay with the company. (actually, her exact words were, 'life is too short, you should go for it while you can')

pretty simple, actually.

Beth
 
Jan 23rd, 2002, 04:07 AM
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...and frankly i've just about had enough of listening to you drone on about how great you are. Do all the non-sycophants a favor and find something to do other than emailing fake reports to Fodors Europe Forum.
 
Jan 23rd, 2002, 04:16 AM
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xxx
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Well said, I thought I was the only one getting sick of her.
 
Jan 23rd, 2002, 04:18 AM
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Inky
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You're not the only one, believe me.
 
Jan 23rd, 2002, 04:21 AM
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Mel
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Mr. Atty: Beth's explanation is exactly what happened to me. The Fortune 200 company I was with for 12 years downsized by closing all district offices. I was offered the opportunity to transfer to the home office or take the package, which was six months severence pay. (I took the pay and landed a great job).
 
Jan 23rd, 2002, 04:21 AM
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xxx
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I'm meeting Posh in London for brunch tomorrow, Inky. We must meet up.
 

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