Booked the hotels now. Montebello Splendid in Florence, Tiziano in Rome. Vague misgivings about the Montebello: it's a bit away from the centre, and has mixed-ish reviews suggesting snooty staff. Wanted somewhere quiet and with room service though. Will let you know.
Also got some money out. Have similar misgivings over money. Not sure whether my debit card will work (Trenitalia rejected it). Meant to get traveller's cheques as well as cash in case of theft, but the bank would have had to order them, so I just got cash. Really hope I'm not robbed.
Planning to get the new rucksack sometime. It was annoying: one shop had a really helpful, knowledgeable guy coping well with simultaneous customers, but they really have the right bag. The shop that did have a suitable-looking bag had a barely-coherent saleswoman who kept trying to sell me a mountaineering pack instead. Why can't the good guys win?
Last day at work tomorrow. No way project of doom is going to go live: having a meeting tomorrow to explain why. All the outstanding bugs are pretty much fixed, but we haven't had an environment to test on so I expect new ones to be found.
Expect business are going to be furious: not looking forward to it. Feel like I've let everyone down: we've hit so many more problems with the front-end systems than I expected and the project's very late.
Interesting article by one of the judges. Definitely seems true that: "It is part of the mystique of 'edgy' galleries to hide in warehouses and lock-ups with no visible means of ingress." We totally failed to find all but one open East End gallery when we tried one weekend, despite a map.
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