DIY publishing

July 31, 2006

I should have my website back online soon (www.zinegeek.com). I certainly hope so. It’s just taking a while to get it uploaded here at the internet cafe. It’s being hosted by halftheory which is owned by a friend of mine and he likes to help out artists. Hopefully the site will be online soon but I actually want to redesign it and change it anyway.

Yesterday I went to Publish and Be Damned which was an independent publishing fair. It was cool – a lot like the zine fair at This Is Not Art in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, but not as big and with more books and music. I only spent £10. I could have spent heaps more.

I have another interview with a temping agency on Wednesday but this agency just deals with charities and non-profits so I think I might like their jobs a bit more. I hope they have some work for me. I need to start earning some pounds! It seems to be way out in the middle of nowhere – I have to get the national rail cus the tube doesn’t go there! They said most of their jobs are in Central London.

Paul starts his job tomorrow and although it will be a shock for him getting up so early EVERY DAY I think he is looking forward to the job and the company. The job is way out on the west side of London so we’ll probably look at getting a place out that way. We got the tube out there on the weekend and got some buses around the place to see what is was like. It seemed ok.

We recently borrowed the whole first season of Lost from the library. We are nearly through it. I’m really enjoying it. Don’t watch it though if you don’t like flashbacks!

Anyway, better get back to checking on my uploading!

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Food for thought

July 25, 2006

Have joined the library here in Islington which is great as I love reading. If only I could be paid to sit around and read books! Just got a call from a temping agency; they might have work for me on Friday! Let’s hope so.

I am currently reading the Watchmen by Alan Moore, Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk (he wrote Fight Club) and Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson. I have to drag myself to the internet cafe to look for work. I just want to sit in a cafe all day reading! But I seem to have given up caffeine and gone vegan in the last week so it’s harder to justify doing that now – and we’re broke.

I did buy a decaf soy caramel cappuccino on the weekend (really). I’ve never liked soy milk but I figured if i’m going to give up dairy then I’ve gotta get myself onto the soy and what better way than with caramel and coffee flavouring. I know I’m going to miss dairy products more than meat. It’s funny, a friend of mine who is vegan will probably be very happy that I’m doing this but I haven’t rushed to tell her in case I don’t keep it up. I mean, I’m still finishing off food at home that contains animal products and I was planning to ease myself into it anyway. I’m sure there will be occasional lapses. And, I don’t actually have a problem with humans eating animals. I have a problem with the waste and cruelty in factory farming methods. And also the environmental cost of excessive meat consumption worries me. Paul and I were discussing it yesterday and part of the problem with decisions such as this (going vegan) is that we don’t know where all our food comes from, how it is made, who makes it, etc. If I’m buying soy products and an area was cleared to grow it and a heap of animals lost their habitat then maybe it’s as bad as meat consumption. If our vegetable diet is full of plants grown in monocultures that strip the land and don’t leave time for renewal then that’s not something we want to be supporting. I guess we just gotta try to buy food directly from the farmer!


It's hot in the city

July 19, 2006

Well it’s a Wednesday in Summer in London. This afternoon I had an interview at a temping agency so hopefully I’ll be working soon – I got sooo much debt to pay off. The interview only took about 5 minutes but the testing took over an hour! I really don’t know much about Powerpoint I learned. I’ve got another interview tomorrow morning with another temping agency so I’ll hopefully be working by next week. I really don’t want to work though, being on holidays is great.

This week I joined the Islington libraries. Gee I love libraries. So many free books. Hopefully it will stop me from buying them when I really can’t afford it. I borrowed a comic book of short stories by Daniel Clowes (of Ghost World fame). I quite like it so far even though most of the characters are really unlikeable. I didn’t like the book Ghost World because the main characters were just so nasty.

I have just looked up Chris Martin of the band Coldplay to see what he looks like because a number of people have said Paul (my partner) looks like him. There was a resemblance in some of the pictures. (see http://www.actustar.net/photos/chris-martin.jpg, http://www.futurestyle.org/archives/c/coldplay.htm and compare with http://www.flickr.com/photos/90695302@N00/177754372/in/set-72157594179163279/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/90695302@N00/176205798/in/set-72157594179163520/ or http://www.flickr.com/photos/90695302@N00/182682031/in/set-72157594179162773/)

We’re in the middle of an English heatwave at the moment so it’s been in the thirties. I could probably cope with that but nowhere seems to be air conditioned in England (the internet cafe I’m in at the moment is but it’s run by immigrants who obviously are unaware that air conditioning is just not English!). Taking the bus at the moment is total torture because the windows don’t open and there is no air conditioning. But when you get off the bus it feels lovely and cool because you’ve just been sweating and cooking!

Well that’s enough of a whinge for one day.

Carmen


It’s hot in the city

July 19, 2006

Well it’s a Wednesday in Summer in London. This afternoon I had an interview at a temping agency so hopefully I’ll be working soon – I got sooo much debt to pay off. The interview only took about 5 minutes but the testing took over an hour! I really don’t know much about Powerpoint I learned. I’ve got another interview tomorrow morning with another temping agency so I’ll hopefully be working by next week. I really don’t want to work though, being on holidays is great.

This week I joined the Islington libraries. Gee I love libraries. So many free books. Hopefully it will stop me from buying them when I really can’t afford it. I borrowed a comic book of short stories by Daniel Clowes (of Ghost World fame). I quite like it so far even though most of the characters are really unlikeable. I didn’t like the book Ghost World because the main characters were just so nasty.

I have just looked up Chris Martin of the band Coldplay to see what he looks like because a number of people have said Paul (my partner) looks like him. There was a resemblance in some of the pictures. (see http://www.actustar.net/photos/chris-martin.jpg, http://www.futurestyle.org/archives/c/coldplay.htm and compare with http://www.flickr.com/photos/90695302@N00/177754372/in/set-72157594179163279/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/90695302@N00/176205798/in/set-72157594179163520/ or http://www.flickr.com/photos/90695302@N00/182682031/in/set-72157594179162773/)

We’re in the middle of an English heatwave at the moment so it’s been in the thirties. I could probably cope with that but nowhere seems to be air conditioned in England (the internet cafe I’m in at the moment is but it’s run by immigrants who obviously are unaware that air conditioning is just not English!). Taking the bus at the moment is total torture because the windows don’t open and there is no air conditioning. But when you get off the bus it feels lovely and cool because you’ve just been sweating and cooking!

Well that’s enough of a whinge for one day.

Carmen


To Brighton for a lesbian wedding

July 13, 2006

Today I got the megabus to Brighton with Paul and am now sitting at Lucy’s house watching a television show about bores (tides that go up rivers!). Megabus tickets are really cheap if you book ahead so our return tickets, London to Brighton, for the two of us were £9.50! The bus does take two and a half hours when the train takes an hour but it’s so much cheaper.

When we got to Brighton, Paul and I met Lucy at the Cowley Club, an anarchist club where she volunteers regularly cooking vegan food that is sold to the public at lowcost. I also caught up with Kirk (who is also from Brisbane and lives in Brighton).

Lucy, Paul and I bought dinner from a Lebanese restaurant and ate it on the (pebbly) beach which was lovely till the wind got too cold so we headed home.

Tomorrow we are going to the wedding, well, civil union ceremony of two women I know through Lucy – Lauren, who is from Australia, and Ros who is English. Paul and I had been thinking of getting matching outfits for the wedding (to go with the whole couple theme of the day) but we couldn’t agree so we’re being boring: he’s wearing black pants, white shirt and tie and I’m wearing a dress (yes, it’s THE Dogstar dress, worn to my uni graduation, Nicky and Kini’s wedding, Lily’s christening, Joel and Chantelle’s wedding, so Mum – who paid for it – I’m more than getting your money’s worth).

We head back to London on Saturday morning (Lucy’s going to Romania to visit her Mum then too). On Sunday we’re planning to go to an Eco-day in Hackney where there are supposed to be 50 stalls of vintage and recycled clothes and other cool stuff. I think Justine – also from brisbane – may be coming too. We went to Justine’s for dinner last night which was really nice. We’re thinking of taking a room in her house (in Brixton) which would be cool but we don’t want to take a room until we get jobs. Also, I’d like to rent two rooms so we’d have a bedroom and a study/reading/studio/chilling room as well.

Yesterday Paul had a job interview but he’s not sure if he even wants the job. I need to really get down to finding a job.

Lucy needs to look for jobs on the internet so I’d better go.

If you want to see our holiday snaps, go to:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/90695302@N00/

Carmen


Looking for work in London

July 11, 2006

Well I’ve been in Britain for more than a month now and the debt on my visa card far outweighs the cash I have in the bank so it’s time to get a job! Boo hoo. I would much rather continue my life of the last month – travelling around, staying with friends/family, going to galleries, bookshops, cafes and museums, reading books and making art. But alas, no-one will pay me to do that. Yesterday I put in a job application to work in the Press Office of the Tate. I really really want it and I could totally do the job. Let’s just hope they can see that from my application and come calling for an interview!

I also recently found out that a friend died and another friend had a healthy new baby…The circle of life and all that stuff. It’s a bit of a spin out really, the woman who died was the same age as my mother (56) and it seems she died in her sleep. At least it was peaceful (I hope). She took lots and lots of photos of people (including me) and now I will probably never see her again. It’s freaky. I got an email from a couple of women I know who were very close to her so I’m sure there are a lot of very sad people out there.
*Update: The woman who died was actually a lot younger than I thought. Only in her early 40s. Such a shame*

London has good and bad points to it. It doesn’t seem anywhere near as exciting as I’d hoped it would be but I’m not entirely sure what I was looking for. I am going to a lot more galleries here than I did in Brisbane and I have seen some really cool inspiring art. I went to an exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery that was focussed on Outsider art and I absolutely loved it. I just had to buy the (£10) catalogue but it has so much inspiring art in it – Henry Darger and Madge Gill were amazing.

I also saw some great stuff by Grayson Perry – a heap of old things from Lincolnshire with art by him inspired by the old stuff!

I’ve also been reading some good (and not so good) books. More on them later. really gotta go look for jobs!