The last thing I did last night was to install kde and get used to it. Haven't setup vnc yet, will do later today. Had already disabled gnome3 back to 2 but was experiencing system failures when the screensaver timer expired. Works ok with kde.
On a side note, I spent Xmas in London with my son, daughter-in-law and grandkids - untill a kidney stone sent me to the university hospital
What part of london do you live, and what kind of work do you do?