Time Traveller…

I always watch films on long distance flights. I know it’s a bit of a habit, but it passes time and allows me to catch up with movies we missed at the cinema…either by design or by default. One such movie from last year was Interstellar. We missed it by design at the cinema – 2 hours 49 minutes is a great deal of family time to give up over a weekend!

The movie first appeared on the in-flight list some 3 months or so ago. But I have known for about 6 months that I had this trip to Southern California coming up, and I was deliberately saving Interstellar for this trip…11 hours 30 minutes on a plane is also a long time.

My tactics worked. I enjoyed the film and it helped pass nearly 3 hours. I would definitely recommend Interstellar as a film for a long plane ride! I would not advocate thinking about it all too much. It is science fiction after all. It encompasses both space travel and time travel. Good news for enthusiasts of science fiction. Bad news for enthusiasts of science fact.

California is a long way from the UK. This month it was a 7 hour time difference as well as some 5000 miles away. But it’s that time difference that inevitably impacts everything. Indeed I felt at times that I was embedded in that film…although I was never quite sure if that was some jet-lagged induced dream state, or some caffeine and alcohol induced mental aberration. Either way it was a hectic week.

I woke each morning between 1:00 and 2:00am. Sometimes naturally. Sometimes after hearing that dreaded ‘good night’ being call down the corridor. And sometimes because every time that trolley tram went past my hotel the barrier gate bells rang out loud…and long!

The end result is a feeling that I had already done a full day’s work before the California work day started. Jet lag? Time travel? Either way it’s a strange moment receiving a text message from home wishing me a ‘good night’ just as I am starting my second meeting of the afternoon.

I was in California for our annual industry meeting. Some 7000 scientists, analysts and specialists. It was an excellent meeting. Certainly the best I have attended. There seemed to be renewed enthusiasm. Definitely increased interest. I met colleagues from existing important clients, potential new clients and some old clients who may want to come back again. We had a great showing – the right people talking about the right things. The focus and interests of our industry continually adapt and develop. We have to adapt and develop at least as quickly to thrive…the right people talking about the right things at the right time.

I sat in on some great discussions. I heard some outstanding debates. I even contributed the odd word or two here or there. Teamwork was a big emphasis of the meeting. Cancer-immunotherapy was very popular (and very promising). Partnership – very easy to say but essential to deliver – a big theme. Science underpinned everything. Whilst quality and continuity both received honourable and frequent air time.

Somehow during the week, I also managed to meet up with old – and very good friends – who I hadn’t seen for nearly 5 years. And I managed to have my haircut! The latter being an outcome of that ‘day’s work before the day starts’ effect. The former being a benefit of having very good friends.

I arrived home Friday late afternoon. I knew I had been a long way. I felt I had been away for a long time. Family time.




About Steve Street

I have worked in R&D within the Pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years. Up until April 2012 all of my career had been with one company, but that has now changed. I left that company and took up a new role on May 1, 2012 - still very much within the Pharmaceutical industry and again based in the UK. I have been blogging every week now for over 10 years but only on an external site since January 2012. Email updates of the blogs can be requested using the ‘follow’ option within Wordpress. The blogs are only ever my personal view of what I see, think and feel. I am delighted if you agree and find value; happy if you disagree with my views and overjoyed if you feel motivated to comment. Most of all I am simply grateful that you read. Cheers Steve
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