England

Here is a handful of short stories from our time in London. From the day I arrived at Abacus as General Manager on day 1, to the last day and saying goodbye to so many people who all started off as strangers, but will now forever be friends.

Enjoy

What do you mean you don’t know?

by tkos on August 14, 2012

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A crisp clean double cuffed shirt. A double windsor knot. Polished boots. I was ready to meet with an international multi million pound charity. A charity that reaches all corners of the globe. A charity that helps thousands of people all over the world. A charity with connections. We were about to meet WaterAid. We [...]

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The hardest money to earn

by tkos on August 14, 2012

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In my life, I’ve been lucky enough to always have the opportunity to earn money. I had my first source of independent income at 11 years old where I rose at 5:30am every morning for three years to stuff newspapers in 65 different letterboxes in a suburban Melbourne neighbourhood. I haven’t stopped earning money since. [...]

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Goodbye UK, hello world

by tkos on August 14, 2012

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I’d been counting down for the last 365 days. I’d even had an app in my phone for it. Countdown to resignation day, countdown to last day at work and countdown to today. Leaving day. The night before, Bar Wars II was on at Roadhouse. It was the sequel to our first fundraiser, a bartending [...]

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Before it all began

by tkos on August 14, 2012

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It’s Thursday evening. About six pm. I’m in the City of London, just near Bank tube station and I am about to walk into a bar called Abacus for the first time. I am the General Manager but nobody knows it, just me. I start next week and I’ve flown over from Melbourne for this [...]

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The way we were

by tkos on August 14, 2012

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I had some holidays to use and no plans to use them with. I walked into a bicycle shop on Thursday. “I’m here on an impulse, so I don’t know if I’ll use it a lot, so I’d like a bicycle at the bottom end of the range, something to get me from A to [...]

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This is going to happen

by tkos on August 12, 2012

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The was never a doubt in my mind that this cycle adventure was going to happen. But that still didn’t stop me from keeping it quiet until the departure date was a little more imminent. That and the fact that my Christmas bonus was conditional on my ongoing employment so it was important that we [...]

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Me versus Mother Nature

by tkos on August 12, 2012

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A wind so strong that you’d have to lean forward just to walk straight, let alone cycle. Every pedal is like a giant step forward, only to gain a couple of inches because the gear is on the lowest possible setting. Thirteen hours to move 80km. Plants grow quicker than that. To our right, kite [...]

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