sick, again!

November 28, 2007

I saw a doctor today as I have been coughing, a lot, for the last 11 days, and it seems I have a chest infection! Bloody hell. She didn’t want to give me antibiotics because I had them about a month ago for tonsilitis but she gave them to me because I have an infection in my lungs. I’m so sick of being sick. And I returned the crutches that I borrowed for my sprained ankle (which I did at the end of the tonsilitis)! It’s still a bit sore and I’m a little worried about it when Paul and I go out dancing on Saturday night to a club but I’ll just have to sit down when it hurts.

Tonight we’re going to see the Masque of the Red Death which I’m very excited about. It sounds amazing. I hope I don’t cough too much, but if I do I’m hoping it will add to the whole plague theme going on.

And baby makes three

November 27, 2007

Proud parents
Here is my friend Sally, her husband Sugath and their new little arrival Naomi.
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New cute baby

November 27, 2007

One of my oldest friends (Sally) just had a baby girl called Naomi and she is SOOOO cute. I’m going to ask if I can put photos on here.

Change of federal government in Australia

November 25, 2007

As soon as I got up on Saturday morning, I jumped on the internet to check the Australian election results and was very happy with what I saw!
Happy birthday to me!
[this is me looking happy!]
Considering that the out-going Prime Minister, John Howard’s politics are the complete opposite of my own, I’m happy to see him gone. Let’s hope the new Labor government will be a more caring, just, and honest government than what we’ve had for the last 11 and a half years.

Roadtrip pictures

November 24, 2007

Nicky takes photos at the Lake District
Here are some photos from our road trip we took during Nicky’s first week here.
Paul and Carmen at the Lake District
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Underground, overground, wombling free…

November 23, 2007

One afternoon last week, Nicky and I ventured down to Wimbledon Common to take little Orinoco home.
A womble of Wimbledon Common
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Good-bye to my sister

November 21, 2007

Saturday was my sister Nicky’s last day in the UK. We went into town and went to the National Gallery and saw some Van Gogh and Degas paintings.

Nicky came with Paul and I to Australia House to vote in the upcoming Federal election. I was excited about going there because it’s where Gringotts Bank in the Harry Potter films was filmed!
(The photo is from the Harry Potter Lexicon.)

We went up to Hampstead but didn’t really have time to go to the Heath but we had lunch in a pub and got a double-decker bus back down into town. Nicky enjoyed catching them about town – they’re a good way to see London.

We went to Heathrow Airport with her and it was very sad saying goodbye – we both cried. Then I cried a lot on the tube on the way home.

Holiday photos from Paris

November 13, 2007

I have started to upload photos from our trip to Paris recently. Hopefully there will be more soon but now there are photos from the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.

You can also look at my sister’s photos!

Holiday with Nicky

November 13, 2007

Today, Nicky and I went to Portobello Road and looked at the Antique stores, market stalls and other shops. It wasn’t as good as I’d remembered, so either Monday morning is not a good a day for the street, or my standards were much lower when I last visited (well, I had been in London a lot shorter time back then).

After that, we went to Greenwich to visit the Royal Observatory. On our way, we noticed some very thick, black smoke in the sky which we later found was from a fire at a disused factory on the Olympic site. See pics below (taken by my sister) of smoke over Greenwich.
The Royal Observatory at Greenwich is a really interesting place and I like it a lot. Nicky enjoyed it too. I bought a cute little pin of the observatory which is now on my new hat I bought yesterday at the Spitalfields market.

Last week, Nicky and I went to the film Persepolis at the ICA. It was fantastic. You can read about it on my Spinster blog.

Last week, Nicky got her haircut, we went to Oxford Street and looked in lots of shops including Selfridges, we wandered around Covent Garden looking in nice shops and the Royal Opera House (exciting Nicky because it is the home of the Royal Ballet), we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum (where we saw a Lee Miller exhibition), Harrods, Spitalfields markets, and on Friday night we saw a documentary called Helvetica, (about the font Helvetica that is 50 years old) at the ICA. On Saturday we briefly went to the Stitch n Bitch day but we didn’t hang around to see Debbie Stoller (who wrote the Stitch n Bitch books and is one of the founders of Bust magazine). Saturday evening we saw some fireworks which were part of the Lord Mayors festival but they only went for about 15 minutes and I think they only came off one barge (in the Thames)! I expected more.

This week we are doing day-trips to Brighton and Oxford and seeing a film called Blame It On Fidel (again at the ICA!).

Excitement at the pencil museum

November 12, 2007

On our road trip (up through England and into Scotland), we stopped off at the Cumberland Pencil Museum where they make Derwent pencils. I had a great time! I learnt how pencils are made and the history of them. Unfortunately, I lost the photos I took of the world’s longest coloured pencil but the photos I do have are in their own set on my flickr page.
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