back from london

I arrived back in Dublin this evening about 5pm. I had parked at the airport and planned on driving home (guts of 2 hours).

About half an hour from home, i noticed the brake pedal acting wierd… the brakes were still working, but i noticed the sensitivity had changed. I pulled in to a sideroad to see what was up but couldn’t see anything wrong… after testing the brakes further i decided to carry on – after all, they were still working and the car was driving as normal, plus i was in familiar territory as i drive the same road up and down to college every day during the year.

A few minutes later, the car started to slide and one of my rear wheels locked. Luckily i was just on a 100km/hr wide stretch which was fairly quiet (after spending most of the trip on a 120km/hr motorway)… i had anticipated something going wrong though so i managed to crawl in to a nearby factory entrance where the AA eventually came to my rescue (first time i’ve needed them).

Apparently, the rear left brake pad had somehow broken off, become lodged and as a result completely locked the rear left wheel. The car literally couldn’t go anywhere and barely made it up and down on the tow truck – it was as if the handbrake was on on the left rear wheel.

Anyway, my weekend in london flew by. Check out my flickr account for pics. We could have done with an extra day or two. London is such a huge city that there’s ALWAYS something on or something new to see. We stayed in two hilton hotels. Canary Wharf for two nights and Tower Bridge for one night.

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

Although tripadvisor ratings disagree, i think the hilton canary wharf has the edge, even though it’s cheaper. On Friday night, we went to see ‘Grease’ – the musical. It always amazes me that these shows sell out every night. They go on for months and months…. sometimes years, yet there’s always more people wanting to go. It is a really polished production though and it’s hard to top live performances, with a live band and audience.

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

Saturday was spent chilling out at Buckingham Palace, Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square and the o2.

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

We were supposed to be seeing Michael Jackson in concert and outside the o2, there was a memorial wall with messages from fans. It was quite literally covered from top to bottom.

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

On Sunday, we just chilled out around the London Bridge area (where our hotel was). I also met up with Ciaran of weeno.ie & skimbit which was cool. On Sunday evening then we headed to big ben, london eye and london bridge, just to see them all lit up at night.

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

London, July 2009

I’m wrecked tonight, but forced myself in to blogging… after all i don’t want to break this record i’m on 🙂 As usual when i go away for any amount of time, there’s a backlog of work and emails waiting for me which is one of the reasons why i don’t go away often. It will take me a full day or two just to catch up and get back in to the swing of things.

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