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So far Ben Bland has created 26 blog entries.

Office Lunacy

A transcript from several years ago, when I was working at a medium-sized media company in Aldershot. It's a rare piece of factual writing where I attempted simply to capture what had just happened, and the words that were said.   18:52 Thursday, 23 August 2007 Train from Aldershot to Waterloo, at Woking A real [...]

Another from my old archives. The rest of it must be in some paper notebook somewhere. I was asked by a friend (Jo) to help crew the yacht she worked on so, with only a couple of days' notice, I joined her. We sailed a luxurious Oyster yacht (fifty-something feet long) all the way from [...]

American Diaries – 27 Aug 2003

Part 3/3. Reading this predictive piece now, thirteen years later, I am not surprised by my ambitions, and my failure to meet some of them. But I am also pleased that some of the things I wanted just, well, they just kinda happened anyway. I eat better now, I have a good tech setup, I still [...]

American Diaries – 25 Aug 2003

Part 2/3. To my mind, this journal entry was written at the lowest point of our nine-month trip. We had planned a round-the-world journey since we were 15. We were now 23 and we’d made it from Vancouver to San Diego before we gave up and begged our way home. The language is confusing, I think, [...]

American Diaries – 20 Aug 2003

Part 1/3. This is the first time I’ve transcribed an excerpt from the old black notebook I bought on my travels in 2002-3. I’ve kept the original wording, with only tiny amendments for spelling and grammar. Otherwise it’s verbatim: warts and all.   23:45 Wednesday 20 August 2003 4175 Executive Drive, La Jolla In short, I awoke this morning [...]