Flatmate needed, long weekend and new job.

May 28, 2007

We need a new flatmate because our housemate B is moving out. If you know anyone interesting who would like to live in West London with three people for £382 per month, get in contact! 🙂

Last night Paul and I had dinner with Thomas, who lives in Exeter, and his brother Daniel, who lives in London and Reading. It was nice to catch up as we hadn’t seen them in a long, long time.

My first week of my new job went off well. I am doing administrative support for architects who are working on the St Pancras international train station. I went onsite on Thursday and had a look around. It was pretty cool. They are using the old building and keeping heaps of the original brickwork and steel supports so I think it will look really nice. I found some articles about it from the BBC and Eurostar and the BBC have a heap of photos of it too.

This weekend was a long weekend and we’ve spent most of it inside because of rain! We did go into Covent Garden and Charing Cross Road on Saturday and bought some books. We also looked at laptops because we’re going to buy another one so we can have one each! Yesterday we watched the Hunt for Red October, and today I watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean on DVD.

I have to get going now because our flatmate Will’s brother Rich has brought around the cartoon movie of the Transformers and I might go watch it now.


New Job

May 19, 2007

I have good news. I have a job with an architectural firm and I start on Monday. I’m really looking forward to it. I haven’t worked for four months so I’m looking forward to having some money again.

Also, my friend Richie Rich has a new blog, which I’ve added to my blogroll, and he has joined the myspace crowd (I am his 3rd friend!). Yikes! What has the world come to?


Hotel Rwanda

May 16, 2007

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Above, poster for the film Hotel Rwanda.
Yesterday I watched the film Hotel Rwanda. It tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of a hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, who saves the lives of 1200 people during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

I think it effectively told the story of a few people while filling in the background of the situation in Rwanda, letting the audience know the scale of the killings outside the hotel. It was really depressing – I didn’t just cry, I was sobbing. And they didn’t have to show the violence to let you know what was happening; the two places in the film where I remember sobbing particularly hard was when a Red Cross worker spoke of being forced to watch as children were murdered, and when the foreigners (mostly white people) were being evacuated and the (mostly black) locals were being left, most probably to be slaughtered.

It was very sad but I think it is important to be aware of horrible events like this, where the international community knows what’s going on, but they don’t try to stop it. I found an opinion piece by Paul Rusesabagina talking about what is happening in Sudan at the moment and how it will probably just be another situation like Rwanda: where genocide is happening but no-one is coming to the aid of the victims.


Pi

May 13, 2007

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Pi, cross stitch and embroidery of Pi to 150 decimal places.
Featured in the Are you angry or are you boring? zine.
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Are you angry or are you boring?

May 13, 2007

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Are you angry or are you boring cover. A7 zine.
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Catch up with Dave and learning about North East Africa.

May 11, 2007

Last weekend I caught up with Dave who is in London for a month of training for his new job in Africa. He is based in the Ugandan capital Kampala and is campaigning on human rights in the horn of Africa (the North East bit that looks like a rhinoceros horn): Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Kenya. I think that’s all of them. He isn’t working on Sudan because I think someone else concentrates solely on that. Dave told us about what is going on in the different countries and some of the history and I got out an atlas and opened to Africa so he could point at a map as he told us stuff. It was very informative. It’s pretty impressive what he’s doing I think. A few years ago he went to Zimbabwe for a year to help out the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

I wanted to include a map of Africa but instead I will just include a link to one at the National Geographic site.

Dave’s partner, (my good friend) Monica is still living in Australia but she will be moving to Uganda to be with Dave later this year. In September of next year (2008) they will have been together for ten years(!!!) and Dave said they’re having a big party to celebrate where friends and family can come and if they need a ceremony/event to ‘validate’ the relationship, then this party can be it (and Dave thinks that is the closest he’ll get to Mon marrying him!).


Zine Fest and Zine workshop

May 10, 2007

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This Saturday I will be attending the

Zine Fest

Saturday 12th May 2007
12-4pm, Free
The Women’s Library, 25 Old Castle Street, London

I’m also helping out with a ‘How to make zines’ workshop which should be cool. Come along, find some cool zines, and meet cool people. I’ll hopefully have a new zine ready by then. I just wish I had brought some of my zines from Australia!