How looks process of finding job as software developer part 3 : HOW TO WRITE A GOOD CV?

WARNINGS:
This is a NOT a professional advice. It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.

 

HOW TO WRITE A GOOD CV?

The good template for CV varies depends on country and type of job.

I suggest a do a quick research about it.

If you live in the UK. Follow UK or EU CV’s style.

What to remember:

  • In the opening statement, you need to sell yourself as somebody said: “The most effective way we can increase our value is to market ourselves”(I forgot who wrote that 😦  ). Write who you are and what you look for.
  •  Do not use ‘CV dialect’ given by recruiters and agencies! You should allow recruiters to check your CV and allow them to do changes, but ask them to see this CV, before they send to the company. (Remove CV dialect and skills that you don’t have!).
  • GRAMMAR – second most important! Any grammar mistakes will reduce your chance significantly. Don’t believe it? Imagine this notes will be much readable if I will use a proper grammar.
  • LAYOUT –  Formatting is important as the person, who check your CV in the company has 2 minutes and if they cannot find what they looking for due your mistakes in layout decrease your chance.
  • Link skills with achievements and experience.
  • Use bullet points for skills.
  • Ensure that you include the right and relevant keywords in CV. Most recruiters scan for a keyword like Java, Java 8, Spring Framework and so on. If you do this wrong, you will be spam with jobs that you are not interesting at all. 
  • Add hobbies and bit of personality to your CV. Most recruiters told me that I shouldn’t do it and most people who like my CV said, that it was due I added these things, so hobby is a good way to shows your personality.
  • If your English is rubbish (my English is rubbish as you probably noticed already), then you can give to professional CV writers BUT give to the person who knows your industry (Has real experience with IT) or you make thing much worse!
  • Do not hide “easy to catch” important details. Shit happens in your life but if you show “lesson learnt” it can turns be a positive thing. For example, if you got fired, write what you learnt and how you prevent to make this mistake again.
  • Designer and other creative jobs should have a portfolio website. A software developer should have github account.
  • If you put CV online then add skills that you are good at or you want to use in your next job. Otherwise, recruiters will spam with the weird job (For example I mentioned that I have experience with ExtJS, so recruiters send me to offer for Sencha Developer (because “Sencha Touch Developers tend to have worked with Ext.js, a skill listed in your CV. Because of it’s a rare skill, I ran a broader search of our database to capture developers that may have worked with ext.js that have since moved on into Sencha Touch.”
  • Good recruiters should point out mistakes in your CV. Adapt his changes as he may work with HR closely so he may know which CV catch your future company eye.
  • Add info about your account on Github, LinkedIn, blogs and so on.

How looks process of finding job as software developer part 2: Preparation

WARNINGS:
This is a NOT a professional advice.It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet. It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as the article is long and boring.
PREPARATION 
Before you start, you need to do a tiny preparation.
  • As I mentioned in last previous post, you need start from write down what you looking for. Motivate yourself (do a brainstorm about yourself and what you want to do to make sure, that you believe, that you can find a new job.
  • Do NOT use your primary e-mail! Create a new e-mail or use your current spam account*.
  • Do NOT use your primary mobile! Buy prepaid Sim. The reason is the same as above*.
  • Think about what you want to do. If is your first job. I suggest look for graduate job**.
  • Remember you are like a brand. In order to be the recognizable brand, you need to apply various ‘marketing’ techniques. It is quite easy in IT because you can write some blog posts, articles, podcasts, contribute to open source*** project, open account on Github, Gitlab or BitBucket (and put your source code there)  and attend to some meetups.
  • Use Get Things Done or to-do list as an approach to handle all process and make sure that you limit the number of cases.
  • Do research about typical questions about languages and technologies that you believe you are expert at. Remember Hard preparation makes for an easy interview!
  • Prepare questions that you want ask on the interview and don’t be afraid of asking questions! Check how looks a working life, how the company is organised and everything that is important for you to be happy at work.
 *) Why? Even, if you remove yourself from websites and unsubscribed from recruiters ‘databases’, you will be still spammed by them(up to 6 months in my case).
 **) The graduate job is a type of job that is design to hiring students who are about to graduate from schools, universities or look for experience.If during study university allows you to do “sandwich year”, DO IT!
***) If you lack experience then participation in open source projects is the easiest way to get some. As a bonus, it teaches you how to cooperate with others and helps you improve your code quality through feedback from others.

My quick thoughts on new Star Trek: Discovery

WARNING: Spoiler alert!

If you do not bother to read the whole article, then they are the main takeaway points:

GOOD THINGS

  1. Sounds effects are sublime.
  2. The idea for a plot.
  3. Intro sequence.
  4. The first episode of the prologue.
  5. USS Shenzhou.
  6. Netflix has subtitles in Klingon!
  7. Special effects and visuals.
BAD THING

  1. ‘Epic” battle was utterly rubbish.
  2. The second episode of the prologue.
  3. After Trek.
  4. Intergalactic mind-meld?
  5. Michael Burnham name ?
Summary:

    It was the best prologue to Star Trek TV series but the second part of the prologue was a bit disappointing. I really like prologue and plot for new series and I am looking forward to seeing the first season of Star Trek Discovery. 

 

After watching 2 episode prologue I was quite impressed but I feel distaste for the second part of the prologue.

I think the best thing in new Star Trek series is … sounds effect.  Sound effects are mind-blowing. What is even more amazing, that they are many sound references from other Star Trek series. ( i cannot wait to a read waterfall of shit from star trek fans about “this sound effect is from TNG, not TOS and it ruins everything”).

Second best thing is a special effect. They were spectacular with one exception. The main battle was ugliest and shitiest looking Sci-Fi battle I have ever seen in Star Trek. It looks like ships battle done by a toddler, where ships exchange fire using colourful needles, not deadly weaponry.  Most of the special effect was breathtaking. I like the holographic communication,  navigator’s helm and other modern looking stuff. I like JJ style of the ship. Visuals are fantastic which will be a massive problem for “Star Trek fanatics” because TOS doesn’t have this, that and other bullshit but I don’t care because “visual representation” should have “retro” feeling and that’s all.

The third thing was an idea for a plot. I really like the idea of unification of Klingon by a  spiritual leader using war as a path to achieve it. I also like the design of intrigue to start a war.  It was not a simple clone of the pseudo-Islamic terrorism attack but the sequence of actions to an annihilation of federation’s fleet.  I am interested how they will show Klingons in this TV series as they are different from what I used to see.

The fourth is a most beautiful title sequence. It is unique, fresh and stunning. I love it.

I like the interaction between Captin Phillipa G played by Michelle Yeoh as Asian teacher with troublesome protégé Michael Burnham. However, I was a bit perplexed about cohesion between people on the USS Shenzhou like Saru and Michael. The interaction between Saru and Michael looks a bit childish.  I will expect crew after 7 years they will be less conflicted but maybe I just got used to StarTrek perfect cohesion in the past and this will show want show bit different approach to this, so I hope it will look a bit less childish.

As prologue episode, it was my favourite one for Star Trek series.  However, It was far from perfect while the first episode was great but then the second episode was bit depressing.  As I mentioned before the big battle was utter rubbish and then last part of the second episode looks messy and like re-written in hurry by me on few hours before the deadline. However, they were a lot of problems during the creation of the show that delayed the launch by more than a year and I guess that explains this but still could be done much better. However,  Star Trek TV series usually starts very poorly and getting more interesting around the middle of season 3 or beginning of season 4 and this one start much better than others.

Other things:

  • USS Shenzhou is one of my favourite ships and I am impressed that it survived with the amount of damage it took.
  • I like all 3 major characters they showed in this episode and admiral. I hope rest of the cast will have something unique.
  • After Trek is crap. I switched off after few minutes because I hate fake chat shows. I mean, I like the concept but the execution looks like it has been done by some teenager YouTuber with drug problems. ” So happy, everything is f.. awesome.”

 

I have high hopes for new series but there are 2 problems with problems of Star Trek: Discovery:

  1. Hardcore fans and shit storm they created over every detail.
  2. StarTrek IP belongs to CBS – Paramount Pictures which causes damage to Star Trek universe.

What’s your opinion?

How looks process of finding job as software developer part 1: What I looking for and where to look

WARNINGS:
This is a NOT a professional advice. It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet. It will contain many grammar mistakes. Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.

I LOOKING FOR …
It is a most important question.
What do you want to do?
Always start with this question… Seriously.
Describe what you would like to do and write it down.

  • List of languages and technologies that you want to use in the new job.
  • Consider other important things like minimum salary ( do research about salary depends on your experience/location and be REALISTIC about it!), maximum commute distance, work hours, perks and so on.
WHERE TO LOOK?
There are  few ways to look for a job these days:
  1. Friends (best option)
  2. Companies website (especially, your dream companies)
  3. LinkedIn is a great source for gathering information about company and possibility to find which company recruiting at the moment.
  4. Job hunting Website ( only if the job is advertised by the company but not the recruitment agency.
  5. Job centre plus in theory (in the UK) are quite useless for professional jobs but It can be a good place free advice.
  6. Recruiters

How looks process of finding job as software developer : Introduction

WARNINGS:

This is a NOT a professional advice.It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes.Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.



It is an extended version of my previous blog entry on my IT Blog which I wrote some time ago. It will be a series of short notes about various stages of recruitment and what I learnt from it.


This is a list of notes:

  1. Answer on the question .i looking for
  2. Preparation
  3. How to write a good CV?
  4. How to write a good cover letter?
  5. Do I need Linkedin?
  6. Company’s job specification
  7. Recruiters
  8. Phone interview
  9. Homework (tests, task,etc.)
  10. Face to face interview
  11. Tests, task, quizzes on interview
  12. Troubleshooting
  13. What to do, if you get 2 and more offers. (which one, I should choose?)
  14. Conclusion
  15. Useful resources to read

My journey with StarCraft

I was inspired to write this blog by fact that Starcraft: Remastered will be released soon, podcast by Incontrol who talks about his life in Evil Genius as Starfact player, commentator and personality and I want to write a post for last 3 years about my  view on game industry and e-sport from viewer who watched games but does not have time to play it.  This post will be about my experience as a spectator of e-sport game which will contain an answer to the question “Why you watching other’s people playing the game” and “Why you watching e-sport”?

 

IN THE BEGINNING …

I discovered Starcraft in an internet cafe just before brood war expansion was released.

      I wasted many hours and spent a fortune to play single player campaign.  I was impressed with the storyline, one of the most amazing cut scenes I have ever seen in the game. I remember until today when I saw other guy playing a campaign where Terrans were under siege by zerg and they need to survive for some time. It was a hard mission for me as I was constantly attacked and I barely won. What stunned me and it is a reason why I still remember is when I saw the guy playing Starcraft for the first time and he maybe built 2 bunkers and he won … without hassle as zergs sent 1 hydralisk per minute. I had on of the biggest WTF face expression. I guess these days I will shout on Twitter how this game is imba! I played some multiplayer games too. I even won 2 vs 2 … even if I had 1 zealot and 1 pylon left on field :). It was a great fun.

    Anyway, this is NOT a blog entry about grandpa sharing experience when he was young, so it summary I had a great time with this game and I consider as one of my favourite game of all my life. (XCOM: Enemy Unknown is my favourite).

 STARCRAFT REBORN BY YOUTUBE

Life moved on and I forgot about Starcraft. A few years later when I was preparing to exams and I needed “5 minutes” break and I discover a YouTube channel  (Klazart, VioleTAK or Moletrap) where some guys made a commentary of Starcraft tournament in South Korea. I was shocked because :

  • An ancient game is not dead.
  • Playing Starcraft in South Korea is a big thing.
  • There are many tournaments.
  • They stream it on TV!

Here, I have an advice for people who looking for 5 minutes break in the middle night during preparation to exams on next day at 9 am. Do not use Social Media or content making website where you can discover as it will make surviving at exam … much more challenging.

Anyway, back to the topic. I started watching all matches with commentaries created by Cholera, Klazart, Moletrap, Tasteless with Little Susie and during Starcraft 2 era Husky, Incontrol and Day9 (more about Starcraft 2 later).

I still remember watching finals where Moletrap did his commentary from the car on the university campus which makes Cholera and other laughs. It shows the passion of these people to create content about things that they care about it. It was amazing. I felt really sad when each of them decided to retire.

Watching Starcraft became my hobby. Yes, it is correct. For me, watching game’s tournament was my way to relax after work and exams. It is like being a football fan. You can play for fun and still watching professional matches.  In fact, there is no difference between watching football and e-sport like Starcraft.

STARCRAFT 2 ERA

Blizzard announced that Starcraft 2 will be released in 3 parts. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and 2 expansions StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. In the beginning, it sounds like release the same things 3 times and cash-in on people but then I realized that it can be a good idea as it will help re-shape game in each major release like Brood War changed original Starcraft. As it turns out, it exceeded my expectations because each release has an epic single game campaign and good impact on multiplayer. I decided to play all 3 campaigns at once and I am planning to buy at some point in near future.

During Starcraft 2 era I enjoyed commentary by Husky, StarcraftHD, Day9 and  Incontrol.  My favourite player was White-Ra because of his good heart personality. I also support TLO, White-Ra and all polish players.

Unfortunately, at some point, I got busy in real life (got married, change job and so on) and at the same time Starcraft 2 pass his peak time, lost momentum and start dropping in terms of quantity and quality of the tournaments which makes back to watch tournaments more and more difficult over time.

LEGACY OF THE STARCRAFT

Personally, it is sad to see that popularity of Starcraft is going down so sharply but Starcraft exists for 20 years and it must happen sooner or later. I think Blizzard did a great job to keep the game for so long even if some mistakes and slow response to game’s needs may speed up this process of fading out of this game.

On a side note. One of the big advantages of being e-sport player than sport is that players can switch games if things go wrong over time. Something that is almost impossible in normal sport).

In my personal opinion, Starcraft and Korean scene were one of the main factors to popularize e-sport and create professional e-sport in the world. Thanks to other games I think e-sport will grow rapidly and one of the games will match the level of popularity as football. Speaking of football.  Unfortunately, mistakes like corruption, match fixing and drugs appear in Starcraft too. However, I will discuss this subject in the future blog entry.

Thanks to the internet we as a society is under revolution from the industrial age into the digital age where information and content is a value, not goods. It allows e-sport and games like Starcraft to create digital content by people can share their passion with others from all over the world. They didn’t need big media but they need the digital platform like YouTube and Twitch (known as Justin.tv). It creates internet based shows like “State Of The Game” by JP and channels like Day9Tv and much more.

From my point of view, everything during a time of early days of Starcraft and e-sport was amazing and I have hoped that e-sport learnt from mistakes made by sports organisations. Unfortunately, real life was a bit different.  I didn’ know about dirty politics between Kaspa, Blizzard and so on. As mentioned before there were incidents with match fixing. Sadly innocent time is over. In my opinion, it will go in the same as football where the game industry will control everything. Again a subject that is worth its own blog entry.

If you are interested in the history of Starcraft’s e-sport history from various perspectives then I suggest you watch:

WHY I WATCH OTHER PEOPLE PLAY GAMES?

WHY I WATCH E-SPORT TOURNAMENT?

Many people didn’t understand why I watch other people playing games or watch e-sport. How I explain them this? Other people enjoy to watch sport, tv series or play the radio in the background while they are doing something else. I am doing the same but I watch e-sport tournament or watch somebody play game in the background while I am doing my things. Simple. As time goes more and more people will do the same.

SUMMARY

As you can see,  Starcraft contribution to the game industry and e-sport is massive. I just briefly mention a few of them.

Big money brings great shows but it kills the spirit. Is it bad? No. It is great an e-sport is a booming industry now and who knows maybe my son will be part of this some day. These days e-sport is growing rapidly and a digital-sport becoming as popular as the physical sport with all good and very bad things.

I think I was lucky as I enjoy the best part of e-sport when it was in incubation. When ordinary people did commentary full of passion and players plays for being the best player. It creates many spectacular moments which I am grateful for.

I was an anonymous viewer who enjoys watching all these shows, thanks to commentators like:

  • Cholera
  • Klazart
  • Moletrap
  • Tasteless
  • Little Susie
  • Husky
  •  and a few more who I should mention but I forgot.

and players like:

  • Boxer
  • Flash
  • Bisu
  • Stork
  • Day9
  • White-Ra
  • Firebat
  •  and a few more who I should mention but I forgot.

It will be great to meet these commentators and players someday and say in person…

THANK YOU

I hope all of you who I mentioned (or should mention but I don’t remember) somehow find this page, read and know somebody in this world appreciates what you did.

Anyway, I am looking forward to playing a Starcraft: Remastered to enjoy a campaign for fun.

Image source: http://www.blizzard.com (Official press resouces)

Laptop HP Pavilion 14-al119na review.

This is not a professional review. This is more daily experience with using this laptop.

If you do not bother to read the whole article, then this is a main take away points:

GOOD

  1. Cheap
  2. Good 14″ Spec for money
  3. Speakers
BAD

  1. Glossy screen
  2. No backlight on keyboard
Summary:

   It is a pragmatic choice if you want reasonably priced 13-14” secondary laptop for a commute, lightweight work, learning or medium distance travelling. Don’t buy this laptop if are surrounding for fashion police or hipster developers. If you good spec for money then you should choose 15.6” laptops or looking to spend £700 at least.

 

STORY

    I needed an Ultrabook as my tablet is a great device for content consumption but for the simple content creation and practice some development skills failed. I tried Nexus9 with keyboard and …it didn’t work for me. I needed a device that I can use during my commute on Tube and as a secondary device while I am trying to survive as being a super father at home.  I didn’t want to spend a fortune as I assume this laptop will be murdered by my son someday during his “crash tests” of all items that he can grab or drop.

 

MY EXPECTATION:

    I want to use this laptop to practice programming skills, write blogs and be able to use as my travel laptop. I decided that laptop should have:

  • 13-14” screen with low resolution
  • Core i3 minimum. Prefer i5
  • 8GB RAM,
  • 128GB SDD (minimum 256GB will be perfect)
  • Decent battery life
  • lightweight

    Problem is that ultrabook is designed for hipster developers so it must be expensive and offer spec that it is pointless for most of them. Is it any budget ultrabook?  I did research and it turns there are not too many choices for the budget ultrabook. Best choice turns out to be HP. However, I don’t like this brand but in this price range, it was a most pragmatic choice. Anyway. It looks like a most valuable option.

This is specification:

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-7100U CPU @ 2.40GHz

RAM 8 GB

SDD 128GB (Samsung MZNTY128HDHP-000H1)

GPU Intel(R) HD Graphics 620

WiFi Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168

Sound Realtek with some B&O tunning.

Cost £400

In shortcut, not a good spec for 15.6” laptop but for 13-14” is not too bad.

 

FIRST IMPRESSION

    It came with the small package. It has just essentials. I will skip unboxing as you can find sponsored videos when people are much more orgasmic about the process of unboxing. Believe me seeing a middle aged fat guy cutting his finger during the process is …boring. Anyway.

    I read some complaints about battery but this one was enough to hold whole day but I use from time to time and I used for playing music, videos online and install few important apps and enjoying endless Windows Updates.

    Laptop looks quite decent outside but cheap when you open and when you touch you feel … cheated. Everything works. Typing on the keyboard is great. The touchpad is usable. The screen is good but it is glossy so I see my ugly face instead of the screen on sunny days. Overall, I was happy with the choice.

 

Screen

    It is a 14″ Screen with resolution 1366 x 768 pixels and it is perfect. I know, having a screen that is less than 4k is considered as a disadvantage, but for me, it is the ideal resolution for content creation and consumption and development.

There is a one big problem Glossy screen. It is great for narcissist person, but I am not one of them, so it is annoying to see my face on screen while I am developing. Glossy screen and battery saver change your screen to mirror. You can see your face, but you cannot see what you are typing. I am not sure what is the purpose of glossy screen apart of collecting your fingerprints and make it impossible to see anything during the sunny day while the laptop is in battery saver mode.

    The image is sharp and colours look nice but vertical view range is not good enough as I usually most adjust it.  

Keyboard

    The keyboard is OK. Key layout for this size of the keyboard is quite good. There are only 3 problems with it. 2 major and 1 minor.

  1. The Enter button is very small and it is a problem for me as a person who hit Enter all the time.
  2. The pause button is put in weird place (fn+right shift).It was difficult to find at first, but I used this button rarely, so it is not a problem.
  3. Up/Down arrows are tiny and cause some problems during development.

    Most weird thing is that there is enough space for one more column for keys which will solve all these problems. Overall, it is good enough keyboard to type but you can find much better one.

TOUCHPAD

    The touchpad is usable but not comfortable.  Moving pointer on the touchpad is quite good. It is smooth. Buttons work a bit better than on my Asus laptop but it still quite annoying to use. Left clicks works, usually. Right clicks can be tricky to trigger on many occasion. It works, but it depends on its mood. Overall, you can survive without using a mouse but it will be an unpleasant experience. 

 

BATTERY

    As I mentioned in the first impression there is concern about average battery life. With limited choices in this price range, it is hard for me to define an average and good battery. My aim was to have a battery that lasts for 5 hours of developing and listening music in background and laptop seems can holder even longer on battery saver mode. If you planning fly Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Auckland and your seat socket doesn’t work then, unfortunately, you are screwed, but for a bit shorter … like  5 hours journeys should be OK. 

 

MUSIC

    Let’s face it. This laptop is not for DJs who want play drum and bass from laptop’s speaker. However, the sound quality is great for their size. If you don’t  expect to experience a brainquake from bass then you should be happy. B&O did a great job with this speakers. For background noise, play songs to a baby or listen to the podcast at room is perfect. For teenagers who want share, they passion to dubstep in public is a bad option.

 

MY DAILY EXPERIENCE WITH Laptop HP Pavilion 14-al119na

  • I was surprised that fan works all the time. When I was exploring ‘rich’ configuration possibilities in BIOS (as I looked can you set this CPU in specific mode), I discover option “fan always on” is enabled. If you disabled, fan works when CPU gets hot. When you disabled “fan always on”, the laptop is very quiet. I have no idea what was the reason behind it, but so far laptop temperature is good.
  • Some people complain that it WiFi doesn’t support AC standard. Is it a problem? Not really. This laptop wasn’t designed with best possible performance in mind. It was designed to be cheap ultrabook and this cut seems to be reasonable. If you need ac-standard, then … it is not a laptop for you. Most funny thing is I check my laptop. It supports AC.
  • People moan on the internet that Ethernet doesn’t support gigabit standard. Many portable laptops do not have this port at all because it is not needed in wireless communication times. Another thing is it should not be a problem for me as with 128GB SSD there is unlikely that you will flood this drive with many data. I think it is good that it has a port at all.
  • I saw on the internet complaining about a lack of DVD-ROM. It should NOT have one. Ultrabook is designed to work on the move and the n digital age. This is no retro machine to support ancient technologies like CD-ROM, floppy disk and N64 cartridges. DVD-ROM is just waste of space and increases cost and weight.
  • Bluetooth works. I connect my headphones, ‘no name’ speakers’ and everything seems to work.
  • The battery is good enough for my 3 hours commute plus 1 hour spent at the coffee place and spend some time at home on doing various things.
  • It doesn’t have a keyboard with backlight which is especially useful in ultrabook.
  • Performance seems to be ok for my need playing video, having browsers with many tabs and running various CPU intense tasks. My unit tests running around twice longer than tests on my Asus laptop or worse. Performance can be sluggish on rare occasion on battery save mode.
  • Windows didn’t crash.
  • If you looking value for money, then buying 15’ish” laptop is a better idea.

 

SUMMARY

    It is weird for me to say about HP laptops but this is quite a decent laptop for my requirements in this price. I am happy with the choice.  It seems is good enough to handle browser with many tabs and developing a medium sized project without any hiccups. 

 

Doms learn Chinese: Word Game v17.3 released!

Doms learn Chinese: Word Game
v17.3

 You can download from here:
It is a maintenance release, where I removed AppBrain as an Ad platform and left google ads only.
CHANGE LOG
  1. Remove AppBrain ads and keep Google Ads only.
  2. Add some words.
  3. Minor improvements.
LINKS

USS: CHESHAM

USS stands for underground secret search and it is about exploring things around London’s underground station. Read more about it in my introduction: https://dominiksymonowicz.com/2017/07/07/uss-dominik-underground-secrets-search-introduction/

    The station was opened on 8 July 1889. Accidently,  I have visited this station on the 128th anniversary of the opening.

    You can get here by Tube (Metropolitan line to Chesham, Zone 9*). It takes just … 74 minutes from Aldgate to Chesham. It is a very beautiful little station with old water tower, signal box and very lovely garden in the place where was track to another platform.

    I am very perplexed about Chesham. From one side it is a very beautiful little town with a decent high street that has a few local shops, big park, nice houses, churches ( St. Mary’s Church) and many places for a walk (I recommend Chess Valley Walk)  but … I had a feeling that Chesham is in decline. It looks like council just abandon this place. Park looks lovely but is lie shit mind field and pond looks like sewage tank. I want to go to Chesham Museum to learn more about Chesham but unfortunately, they just closed down during a lack of funding. 

Is any Good independent coffee place nearby?

I didn’t see any.

Is any good pub nearby?

    I didn’t find any local pub yet. Queen’s Head is a Fuller’s chain. I like this place for  a unique character. They have a few popular craft beer. Beers are reasonable priced.

Is any good restaurant nearby?

    There are a few restaurants in Chesham. We tried Queen’s Head which is a pub with Thai food. The place is family (you can bring a child in pram) and dog-friendly which is always a plus. The food was OK but I get one of the tiniest portions of rice I ever had. 

    I tried also sandwich in Sandwich bar on High Street. It was  OK’ish, but it is worth to mention that they charge me £3  but price everywhere was £2.95. I have a rule, that if this kind of thing happens I never go there again. I do NOT recommend a Sandwich bar.

Is interesting places to see nearby?

  1. High Street
  2. Chesham Clock Tower
  3. Chesham War Memorial
  4. A few religious places

Interesting walks nearby?

There are many good walks. Check this website for details  http://www.chesham.gov.uk/Walks/Local_Chesham_Walks.aspx

On this blog, you can find my experience from some of these walks.

Trivia and other interesting and non-interesting  facts:

  1. In movie The Imitation Game, 73 Church Street in Chesham appears as Alan Turing’s lodging house in Bletchley (Source: Wikipedia)
  2. Chesham station is around 40 km north-west of central London (measured from a famous place in Trafalgar Square near Charing Cross, making it the furthest London Underground station from central London.
  3. It is a northernmost London Underground Station.
  4. It is a westernmost London Underground Station.
  5. The distance between Chesham and Chalfont & Latimer is the longest between stations on the London Underground network.

SUMMARY

Chesham station looks great. Chesham as a place is like heaven for people who love work in the city, have access to an endless amount of events but relax in a peaceful place. It is something which I always dream about it. Unfortunately, this place looks like is decaying and beauty is dying, therefore, you should see it before it lost its magic.

*) Yes, Zone 9 exists in London … well, it is outside of London, but Zone 9 exits on Tube.

Sources:

Some Chesham citizen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGPQfVMTaJQ (Geoff Marshall/Londonist)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesham (Wikipedia)

USS Dominik : Underground Secrets Search : Introduction

USS Dominik is sort of acronym for Underground Secrets Search by Dominik.

This is a 5 years mission: to explore strange new stations, to seek out new places and new civilizations, to boldly go where I didn’t bother to have gone before … eee … I got a bit too StarTreky. Am I?

This is my idea to explore and discover London. I came into this idea, because near the place where I live. Vibrant local shops disappeared in scary rate and they are replaced by soulless chains, charity shops, and property management.

I watch catch what is left before it will devour by clones of the same.

For each place I am planning write a short entry where  I will try find interesting places and facts about it station and surrounding area.

I will look for independent coffee shops, pubs, and unique restaurant.

I will see are they any interesting walks to do nearby.

I will do some pictures of interesting places.

 

I am planning to do this on weekly basis, but I will start from 1 note per 2 weeks in the first 3 months.

I started on 1 July 2017 and I am planning to complete this quest by 1 July 2022.