Outdoor furniture and new phones

April 29, 2008

Easiest Ikea assembly ever
On Saturday Paul and I ventured out to Ikea at Wembley to get some outdoor furniture for the terrace. We picked up some wooden furniture but it hasn’t been oiled so after putting it together on Saturday evening and putting it outside, we then brought it in for the night in case it rained. I put it out Sunday morning and enjoyed my breakfast out in the sun.
Sunny Sunday morning with my new outdoor furniture!
Then lots of clouds came over so I brought it inside again – Luckily because it then started to rain really heavily and continued for the rest of the day! We really have to buy some oil and paint it this week so we can leave it outside! We’re also going to buy some kind of lounger – because I really want to lounge outside in the sun while reading. We got a lift home from Ikea with the guy who was delivering our furniture and he was a crazy man! He broke SO many road rules – if I was a religious woman I would have been praying. He was a Somali guy who had lived in Finland for 25 years and is now working in the UK. He said he has 8 children and he asked us about our attitude to gender roles, which we happily discussed!

On Sunday I was quite slack and didn’t bother going to the London Zine Symposium or the anti-Racism concert that was on in the East of London (although Patrick Wolf is the only performer I recognised in the line-up!). Instead, I accompanied Paul into town (Oxford Street) where we were going to get new phones for both of us but they only had one in stock of what we wanted so now Paul has a new MDA Vario III which is the T-Mobile version of the HTC Tytn II. I will probably get one next weekend. It is very cool!

I’m trying to convince Paul that we should go to the Hay Festival for the second long weekend in May. It actually goes for ten days but we could see heaps of really interesting writers and speakers if we just went for that weekend. Plus it will cost us about £100 each day for the both of us to see all the sessions we’d like (each individual session is ticketed!). Some of the people speaking are Naomi Klein, Christopher Hitchens, Will Self, Cherie Booth, Gore Vidal, Fay Weldon, Salmon Rushdie, Jimmy Carter, Boris Spassky, Eoin Colfer, plus lots of scientists and the former UN Under Secretary General for Communications talking on Iraq. It looks really interesting.

And I started reading Beloved by Toni Morrison on the weekend and I’m really enjoying it!

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Picture of Paul, me, Lucy and Jamie

April 24, 2008

Paul, Carmen, Lucy, Jamie in Hyde Park, London
Lucy emailed me this great pic of us all at Hyde Park, just after we’d been to the Serpentine Gallery. Sweet. I think Lucy is straining her arm to get the camera as far away as possible to take our picture.


head cold, Spaced and Saul Williams

April 24, 2008

I’ve spent most of this week home with a head cold. I think it’s a viral infection – which is certainly better than all the nasty bacterial infections I had over winter (all the tonsilitis, chest infections, etc). I don’t feel as bad but am still miserable.

I have been reading the Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson. I don’t think it’s her best book but I am only two thirds through it. I’ve also been watching Spaced episodes and films from Wholphin 3.

I have bought tickets for Paul and I to see Saul Williams in May. I’m really looking forward to it. He is a poet and spoken word performer as well as a singer and his stuff is amazing! I had been meaning to check him out for ages and then when Lucy came to stay she recommended I go see him so the other day I watched a bunch of clips of him on Youtube and was very impressed. Check it out below!

Above is Not In Our Name (the Pledge of Resistance) which (I’m pretty sure) was on a CD I once got with New Internationalist.
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I'm a bad friend (well not really)

April 22, 2008

I just realised that in my blog roll (right down the bottom of the second column of this blog) I haven’t included the blogs of my good friends Janette or Monica! Well that has now been fixed and Leap_frog_J and Little Warthog are now there with all the other blogs and sites I like!


I’m a bad friend (well not really)

April 22, 2008

I just realised that in my blog roll (right down the bottom of the second column of this blog) I haven’t included the blogs of my good friends Janette or Monica! Well that has now been fixed and Leap_frog_J and Little Warthog are now there with all the other blogs and sites I like!


The little book club that couldn't (yet)

April 21, 2008

My first book club was supposed to be meeting at my house yesterday but we ended up going out for Sunday lunch as I was the only one who had read the book (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote)! Not a good start, but hopefully things will improve.

So, lots of extras came along to lunch and we had a good meal at the Prince Regent Pub in Marylebone – quite a nice area that Paul and I had not been to before. After lunch we explored the amazing Daunt Books which has a huge room of books divided up by country (Paul went to the Argentina section and bought the collected fiction of Jorge Luis Borges which I am really looking forward to reading!) and they have an amazing bit where the books go right up the wall and you go up stairs to a balcony they’ve built around the room to look at the books – I think I would like this in my house one day.
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The little book club that couldn’t (yet)

April 21, 2008

My first book club was supposed to be meeting at my house yesterday but we ended up going out for Sunday lunch as I was the only one who had read the book (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote)! Not a good start, but hopefully things will improve.

So, lots of extras came along to lunch and we had a good meal at the Prince Regent Pub in Marylebone – quite a nice area that Paul and I had not been to before. After lunch we explored the amazing Daunt Books which has a huge room of books divided up by country (Paul went to the Argentina section and bought the collected fiction of Jorge Luis Borges which I am really looking forward to reading!) and they have an amazing bit where the books go right up the wall and you go up stairs to a balcony they’ve built around the room to look at the books – I think I would like this in my house one day.
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