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Elizabeth & Florence

Statie noua de metrouAcum cateva luni a inceput constructia unei noi linii de metrou in zona unde locuim. Alaturi de rezidenti, de statiile noi de metrou vor beneficia si oamenii care lucreaza ca si mine in Business Park-ul din apropriere. Pe adresa de birou primesc saptamanal vesti despre statusul proiectului.

Dear neighbours,

Welcome to our weekly update on the progress of tunnelling for the Sydney Metro Northwest (formerly known as the North West Rail Link).

Where is Elizabeth?
The first tunnel boring machine (TBM1), Elizabeth has excavated a total of 6.4 km and is currently located under Pennant Street, Castle Hill. Elizabeth will tunnel under the Castle Towers shopping centre this week

Elizabeth will continue to make her way to towards the Castle Hill Station site next week.

Where is Florence?
The second tunnel boring machine (TBM2), Florence has excavated a total distance of 5.3 km and is currently tunnelling under Showground Road between Britannia Road and Rowallan Avenue, Castle Hill.

Florence will continue to tunnel under Showground Road next week.

Cross Passages
Cross passage construction involves; excavation, rock bolting, water proofing and permanent concrete lining. Excavation involves rock hammering and can take up four (4) weeks to complete. If your property is in close proximity to a cross passage you may hear rock hammering activity. You will be provided with notification prior to cross passage works commencing.

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You can also track the tunnel boring machines online via the Sydney Metro Northwest website at http://nwrail.transport.nsw.gov.au/TBM-Tracker

For more information phone 1800 019 989 (operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), email us at [email protected], or visit www.sydneymetro.info/northwest. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we carry out this important work.

Kind regards, bla bla

Elizabeth si Florence nu cred sa fie mai harnice decat Filofteia, Varvara si Paraschieva de la Bucuresti, nici Doreii lor nu par mai sprinteni decat aia romani, in schimb la capitolul comunicare in cadrul managementului de proiect orice incercare de comparatie e inutila.

Cafeaua, obsesia nationala in Australia

Australienii sunt una dintre natiile cele mai putin pretentioase de pe pamant, si sunt foarte mandri de asta.

Stau iarna in case neincalzite, umbla desculti pe strada, se imbraca vraiste, mananca orice, standardele lor in materie de confort sunt cele ale unui backpacker. Totul pana la cafea. Natie mai snoaba ca australienii in materie de cafea nu exista.

<<COFFEE is an Australian obsession. We analyse the crema, dissect the beans and critique the milk. You’ll find the first question most Aussies ask when overseas is “where can I get a good coffee?”>> http://www.news.com.au

Orice white collar de pe aici e capabil sa iti defineasca tipurile de cafea din meniurile clasice australiene (Ristretto – Espresso – Latte – Latte Macchiato – Flat White – Cappucino – Cafe Mocha – Long Black). Flat White este o bautura inventata in Australia – un fel de cappuccino cu foarte putina spuma, si aici e foarte populara mai ales printre oamenii mai in varsta.

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Cafenea mobila

In zona cladirii de birouri in care lucrez, pe o raza de 200 de metri sunt vreo 10 localuri de unde iti poti lua o cafea buna (inclusiv Gloria Jean’s care e 100% aussie owned). Cu toate astea, pe la pranz isi fac aparitia in parcare doua dube cu masini de espresso montate in spate, de la companii diferite, ambele branduite cu nume italiene, pentru ca cei mai pretentiosi dintre noi sa aiba de unde bea o cafea (si mai) buna. Aici oamenii sunt capabili sa stea la coada 10 minute pentru o cafea fara sa se enerveze.

Cand Starbucks a venit in Australia a deschis 84 de locatii, bazandu-se ca vor avea multi clienti la ce apetit pentru cafea are populatia, apoi a inchis 61 din ele. Australienii aveau gusturi mult mai rafinate decat isi facuse Starbucks impresia. Presedintele Starbucks Asia Pacific, John Culver, a declarat cand au inchis locatiile de aici ca: “I think what we’ve seen is that Australia has a very sophisticated coffee culture.”
(http://www.smh.com.au/business/starbucks-closes-61-shops-cuts-700-jobs-20080729-3mt1.html#ixzz3i0uxJmF2)

In Australia pentru meseria de “barista” exista scoala profesionala iar meseria este recunoscuta si practicata pe baza de diploma (barista nu e o femeie care serveste la bar, cum s-ar putea intelege, ci e un om de orice sex angajat intr-un local, si care prepara si serveste bauturi care contin espresso).

Obiceiul de a bea espresso s-a inradacinat in cultura australiana datorita emigrantilor italieni. Italienii sunt al patrulea cel mai mare grup etnic in Australia, si majoritatea lor ajuns aici la inceputul secolului 20, manati sa emigreze din cauza saraciei din Europa.

Cand locuiam in Romania eram multumiti cu o cafea instant sau la filtru, nu protestam nici la o cafea turceasca, insa aici ne-am adaptat la cultura locala cel putin in privinta cafelei. Acum bem numai espresso din boabe proaspat prajite de la magazine locale specializate (secretul unui espresso bun sta in prospetimea boabelor) si am crezut ca ne-am otravit cand am incercat sa bem cafea la filtru servita intr-un avion American Airlines (seriously, if you fly AA, stay away from their coffee. It’s corrosive!).