Angel, graffiti

By Train

So I've been talking about travelling to Carcassonne by train instead of flying for a while now and this year I booked the tickets. The short version is it has been a nice experience.

Parkway
First Great Western to London was fine. I travel that route a few times a year and have never has a problem. So I got a seat, and arrived on time.


Paddington


Paddington
Which was good as the queue for tube ticket was very slow moving. I was a little worried about navigating the underground with my heavy cases but it turned out not too bad. Paddington was fine and King's Cross/St Pancras being modernish was pain free.

St Pancras
This was my first time at the new St Pancras is nice, all the modern shops and easy to find your way around. Eurostar booking was great, security was much nicer than at the airport, with
the line moving faster and less waiting around and unpacking your stuff.

Inside the departure lounge, powerpoints and seats was nice for laptop types as would the free wifi but as I tweeted at the time I got next to no bandwidth, so it was almost unusable, not that I had much time anyway as you get on the train half an hour before hand.


About to arrive at Paris Gare de Nord


Gare de Nord
We were travelling first class, so nice wide seat with arm rests and back supports. They came around with drinks just after we pulled out of the station and started to serve food after our only stop at Ashford. The channel tunnel was very uneventful, mainly noted by announcement being in French first then English not the other way around.

One thing I did notice was you got to see the gradual change in architecture and landscape as you made your way to Paris. I noticed a few field of white war-grave crosses reminding me of more recent history. things got less urban as you moved into the countryside and it was hard to tell coastal Kent from France but slowly things changed as you moved into the heartland of France. with things getting more urban as you approached Paris, passing need the airport into the Gare de Nord.

Gare d'Austerlitz
We didn't have much time to look around as it was back down underground for my first time on the Paris metro and another queue to get tickets. the metro is much the same as the tube hot busy lots of people. We had a simple journey to the Gare d'Austerlitz with no changes, dropping us off right my the main line station after coming back overground to cross the Seine on a bridge with some wonderful views of Paris at night.

The only problem was it was a high level station so lots of steps to get back to ground level not the best with a heavy case. Then into the station to get our night train to Carcassonne. It was a fairly large station with some of the staff using segways to get around. We got on board and into our compartment, which was basic but comfortable and then into our bunks sleeping most of the way.

Gare de Carcassonne
Arriving in Carcassonne very early on Saturday in the dark with some more step to navigate, which a very nice guy helped me with my case with asking then disappeared into the city. Then a short taxi ride to the village and the villa.

So yes it took longer than flying (it would have been much shorter if we took the TGV instead of the night train) but compared to a budget airline the experience was so much nicer and I arrived much more relaxed.
speakerhead, Kill Bill, Abstract

Spaced is 10

So I tweeted about this earlier but its worth making a bigger thing of but Spaced hits 10 years old tonight.

At the time I was a few year out of Uni living in Leamington Spa working in Games. So very much living the same sort of life as Daisy and Tim, so i had to watch some today, still love the show, may have to watch the whole thing from the start.

If you've never seen the DVD's you should as the commentaries are as funny as the show.

(Really wanted to add a video clip but all the one I could find on youtube had embedding disabled)
Angel, graffiti

Two Years Fulltime (give or take a few days)

I'm a day or so short of being two years full time.

I have been think what to write it does feel like I should write this big long thing but well it just feel normal now and I'm getting on and rebuilding a life, lots of stuff still to do, like start hormones and more work on my voice but most of the time day to day it all ok.

Part of the reason for posting today was this tweet from tindle:

Encountered a couple of trans gender people, recently, through work..I admire them, for it may be the ultimate, in trying to be who you are

and ubadboy's reply

@tindle so true

Both don't know about my transition, I think, its not really a secret but then its not something I tell everyone about and its good to hear such nice things said.
Angel, graffiti

Just when things were going so well ......

So it's nearly 18 months since I went full time. Things are going mostly well, losing some more of that extra weight. Generally getting on with life plus the normal busyness at work, part of the reason for not updating here for so long.

I really should update more often, its been good to look back and see how far I've come.

Anyway, I've got a prescription for hormones at last and was just waiting to bank some sperm before starting them. So my GP wrote to the people at the fertility clinic and this is the reply I got:

You wrote to my colleague, Dr C, about this patient of
yours who is wanting to store sperm prior to gender reassignment surgery.

Unfortunately, we would not be able to provide this within NHS funding. We
are only able to offer sperm storage for men who are undergoing
sterilising treatments for cancer.

In terms of your patient adjusting to their gender reassignment surgery, I
would be concerned that wanting to store sperm would suggest some
uncertainty about whether gender reassignment is an appropriate course to
be following.

Finally, the only way the sperm could be used in the future would be
through a surrogacy arrangement. At present, we do not offer surrogacy
through the unit here and are not intending to do so in the foreseeable
future.

I am sorry that we would not be able to offer sperm storage for z303.

I have sent a copy of this letter to her for her information.

With best wishes

Your sincerely

This from the top bloke at the place, so not the best of responses. The bit that really got to me the most was not getting that you could be T and also L or B,so could end up with a female partner. Anyway, I'm going to wait until I calm down a little before replying and try to find another place that will help.