Well - the office move happened. I am now getting used to commuting from NorthWest London to Slough. It’s not too bad really - I have a choice of ways in which to get to Ealing Broadway - starting with the Route79 bus of course - perhaps hopping on to another bus along the way - or maybe even the tube. At Ealing Broadway I have to jump onto a train that started it’s journey at Paddington - and probably finishes it’s journey at Oxford or some other provincial English town - but stops at Slough along the way.
It seems that Slough is fast becoming a really fashionable place to be. Kind of like the new “Dallas”. And I am told that this is because of a really popular BBC comedy series called “The Office” - which amazingly won a Golden Globe award recently. I have never watched that show - but because of it everybody in the world, it seems, now knows about Slough! Well - I suppose it takes some of the depressing edge off the fact that we relocated there from Hammersmith.
You see the problem with Slough is not so much the office, my new office is actually a bit nicer than the one in Hammersmith - very spacious, not too far from the station - practically next door to two major shopping malls (Queensmere and Observatory) and a humungous Tesco. No - the problem is three-fold:
- Firstly: It’s the name “Slough”. It’s hardly a glamorous sounding name. It just doesn’t sound cool to say “I work in Slough”.
- Second: It’s the location - Slough is the London-end of what commuters often call the “M4 corridor”. However, the image of Slough is not one of hi-tech buildings nestling amontst idyllic green meadows and pastures - no - Slough is far from being “London” - and far from being “countryside” - it’s not even stuck in the middle of those two things. It’s more like a giant industrial estate with a provincial shopping centre and council estates bolted onto one end.
- And thirdly: the people. I hate to be egotistic here - but the people of Slough seem so - er “cold”. It’s hard to describe really. I know that many people would say that Londoners are “cold” - but if that’s the case then I’m positively “hot” compared to the people of Slough! I dunno - I’m not sure what it is - but I get given funny stares by everybody I walk past in Slough. Expressionless ones. That’s just not done in London.
Anyway - I’m sure we’ll get used to it. Here is a picture of our office - on a street called Wellington Street - which is one of the main roads that runs though Slough. (I have “smudged” out my employers’ logo in case you wonder.)
(Don’t you think it looks a bit like an Embassy Suites hotel in Florida?
It has an atrium that certainly looks like one!)
Somebody in the office asked me to consider relocating the office to a Carribean island - since it is known that I am a bit of wiz with Photoshop. So I did. I created a picture-postcard that we could use as a “wallpaper” for our Windows on our computers. So, Slough has now become “Beautiful Slough” - and Wellington Street has now become “Wellington Beach” :
(Actually - the request I got was to produce a holiday-postcard-style wallpaper that would include more than just a nice beach. The above image is crop of the original, more-titillating-for-men image. Click here to see the full picture - starring an Indian fashion model called Kavita Verma.)Posted by jag at February 24, 2004 10:56 PM