A week of cool mail!

February 24, 2007

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(some art by Gilbert and George)

Well, maybe ‘a WEEK of cool mail’ is a slight exageration but this week: the first issue of Paul’s New Scientist subscription arrived; and today, my member’s pack from the Tate arrived. Very exciting!

I’m excited about seeing the Gilbert and George exhibition at Tate Modern for free (it costs money to non members). I’m currently watching films about the exhibition.

Here’s a little blurb about Gilbert and George that I found on the Tate website:
Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore, known always by their first names, have been collaborating for over thirty years. They met while students at St Martin’s School of Art in 1967. They have worked in the media of video, performance, painting, drawing and photography. In 1970 they began calling themselves ‘living sculptures’ and, wearing conservative suits and striking statuesque poses, became the primary subjects of their art.

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Death Hope Life Fear by Gilbert and George, 1984.
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Cunt Scum by Gilbert and George, 1977.

I’m also interested in seeing the Hogarth exhibition at Tate Britain.

I think the Tate website has pictures of all the art they own (over 65,000 pieces of art). You can do a search on an artist (or a piece of work) and look at lots of photos of their work. It’s pretty cool.

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Best friends and BOSU and camera!!!!

February 23, 2007

On Tuesday, my bestest friend Lucy was in town. Unfortunately, she was only here for a couple of hours but I went into King’s Cross and met her and we had lunch and hung out in Camden. She now lives in Edinburgh and we should really go visit her soon. Especially as she’s planning to move to Glasgow later in the year (although, there’s no reason why we couldn’t visit her there!). But I also have a friend, Carol, who lives in Edinburgh so we could see them both.
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Lunar eclipse, March 3

February 22, 2007

Paul just sent me a link to a great story about a lunar eclipse on March 3. The Moon will be a lovely shade of red. One of the reasons I like this story so much is that it really made me excited about the prospect of living on the Moon. I do often think that science fiction may one day become reality, and people could be living on the Moon, or on Mars, but I rarely get excited about the idea that I could be one of those people. Read the story!

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the eclipse in Eastern parts of Australia (where most of the people I know live). But here in London I’ll see it.


myart and myzines and myspace

February 13, 2007

So I’m finally starting to get my art up on the site. Haven’t got it all there but at least now I have some.

I still have heaps of stuff from my zines to put up too (articles and art from Ugly Duckling, Another Dental Visit, Tick the Appropriate Box and others). I’m also currently working on a zine (with a new name) which would be great to have it available for download here but still gotta see how my tech ability goes!

I have recently been adding lots of friends on myspace! At first I only wanted to ‘add’ people as friends if I was actually friends with them but have since decided to screw that – by having lots of people and collectives as friends, you can see their bulletins and read their blogs and find out about cool things going on: shows, callouts for art and articles, etc. And as my attempts to meet people here in a new country have been quite lame so far, I figure any help could be a good thing.

Whenever I used to hear people making fun of people who use internet dating sites or dating services I used to think it was quite unfair. I never felt I needed to use them to meet people but I couldn’t see the harm in using a service to meet people if you are having trouble just meeting people in your everyday life. I’ve only moved towns twice in my life: once at the age of 17 to go to university (and it took me quite a while to make new friends) and then 9 months ago, to a new country on the other side of the world (London, UK). So, again, I have to meet new people, find new communities, etc. It’s not easy. At least I know some people here. And coming with a partner has definitely gotta help keep loneliness at bay.

Anyway, it’s Paul’s birthday today so we are probably going to go into town this afternoon and maybe spend his birthday money from his parents. I bought him a subscription to New Scientist and the graphic novel, Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman. It’s a superhero comic book set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth (the first!). It’s supposed to be quite good and quite historically accurate (apart from the superheroes, I guess!).

Our new flatmate brought heaps more of his stuff on the weekend (he only had one suitcase full till then) so now we have an X Box, a Playstation 2 and a Wii. Before he went to work this afternoon we played guitar hero which is cool. And Paul has been playing sports games on the Wii (tennis, golf, boxing).


looking for employment

February 11, 2007

Paul’s friend Stu is leaving us today to spend a week in Edinburgh with his brother. Stu used to live there and he met his current girlfriend there (and she came from the Sunshine Coast, just up the road from Brisbane, where Stu came from!). I also found out that Stu spent the first ten years of his life in Rockhampton – I have a sister who lives just near there.

I have decided to look for a job in a bookshop, or in publishing. I love reading so much, I think this could be a good thing. Maybe I should find out how much people earn working in shops – I have a feeling it’s probably not much.


It's snowing in London

February 8, 2007

My brother Steve and his girlfriend Sophie came back from a week in Slovenia on Monday evening. They stayed with us till Wednesday and they are now in South Africa for a couple of weeks, on their way back to Oz.

Paul’s friend Stu arrived on Tuesday. He has a new digital camera which he has been trying out – all the photos below are by him.

He took some photos around the neighbourhood yesterday and then out again this morning to take photos of the SNOW!!!! Very cool and exciting but very cold!

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A pic of Ealing Common near my house on Wednesday.
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My street on Wednesday.
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My street on Thursday.
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A moss-covered ball on a fence on Wednesday…
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Became a snow-covered ball on Thursday.
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Stu walked Paul some of the way to the train station this morning. Here is Paul in our street. See the snow falling and the lovely house behind him – there are lots of lovely, big, old houses in our neighbourhood.
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Ealing Common covered with snow and someone crouching to pick up a snow ball, perhaps?
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Some parkland near my house, all covered in snow.


It’s snowing in London

February 8, 2007

My brother Steve and his girlfriend Sophie came back from a week in Slovenia on Monday evening. They stayed with us till Wednesday and they are now in South Africa for a couple of weeks, on their way back to Oz.

Paul’s friend Stu arrived on Tuesday. He has a new digital camera which he has been trying out – all the photos below are by him.

He took some photos around the neighbourhood yesterday and then out again this morning to take photos of the SNOW!!!! Very cool and exciting but very cold!

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A pic of Ealing Common near my house on Wednesday.
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My street on Wednesday.
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My street on Thursday.
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A moss-covered ball on a fence on Wednesday…
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Became a snow-covered ball on Thursday.
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Stu walked Paul some of the way to the train station this morning. Here is Paul in our street. See the snow falling and the lovely house behind him – there are lots of lovely, big, old houses in our neighbourhood.
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Ealing Common covered with snow and someone crouching to pick up a snow ball, perhaps?
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Some parkland near my house, all covered in snow.