May 30, 2008
On Tuesday night I went to see Saul Williams and he was AMAZING. Unfortunately Paul wasn’t feeling well so he went home during the support act but I stayed because I really wanted to see him. I definitely need to get his albums now (Amethyst Rock Star, Saul Williams, the Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust) and check out his books of poetry, he’s fantastic.
Last night I went to a reading group at the Women’s Library and we discussed Beloved by Toni Morrison. I really enjoyed it and wish it was happening again soon (they’re not having another for a few months!).
I went to a class at the gym this morning (an aerobics class) which was good (but hard at times). Unfortunately I now have a blister on the sole of my foot! I was really hoping that after we moved I would go to the gym more often and I am. It takes so much will-power to get up before work and go but I did it once this week and once last week and I just need to get it up to twice a week (before work) and then once on the weekend and I’ll have reached my three-times-a-week gym target! Or if I went every Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning I could have the weekend off!
After I got back from the gym I got a phone called from Monica in Uganda! Her baby is due Monday which is exciting but I think she and (partner) Dave are both quite anxious about being parents but I don’t think they should be. They’ll both make great parents. Monica has recommended I read We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. I’ve heard it has a lot to say on the expectations and experiences of motherhood.
May 27, 2008
On Saturday afternoon, Paul and I went to Bank then walked across the river to near the Tower Bridge and City Hall to see the Telectroscope! It was interesting. Kingsley came and met us and we lined up (suckers that we are) and paid a pound to wave at people in New York!
Above, Telectroscope and Tower Bridge
Above, you can see a reflection of me taking a photo of people in New York waving at us throught the ‘Telectroscope’.
After leaving there, we walked up to Tate Modern which had some great art on the outside and we went and had dinner in the restaurant (up on the seventh floor with big glass walls – very cool) before heading to the Turbine Hall for a Nan Goldin slideshow accompanied by music from John Kelly and Patrick Wolf. It was really good!
Art on the outside of Tate Modern (I seriously thought the middle picture was a guy with a gun!)
Above, Patrick Wolf, and others, performing an original composition of his to accompany Nan Goldin’s slideshow, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
On Sunday we stayed home, did some cleaning, some reading, brought up a bookshelf from the garage and had a roast. We now only have one more piece of furniture to bring up (our desk) and a few more boxes from our move six weeks ago!
On Monday afternoon we headed back to Tate Modern for Duchamp, Manray, Picabia (it was the last day of the exhibition), then into town to the National Portrait Gallery for cake at the cafe and Brilliant Women: Eighteenth Century Bluestockings. After the art we headed to the gym for a hardcore (for me) workout then a relax in the spa. Well done us for getting out and about as it rained quite heavily all day!
I finished reading Beloved by Toni Morrison on the weekend and I think Paul finished the Logic of Life by Tim Harford. We also watched one and a half Indiana Jones films (I had to stop watching Temple of Doom because the female character was soooo stupid and annoying).
I am excited about NASA’s Phoenix Mars Mission landing safely.
What a busy weekend.
May 21, 2008
Today marks exactly two years since Paul and I arrived in London. After a couple of months of travelling around we eventually made London our home and got jobs and a place to live. Although it took me quite a while to settle, when I look back over my blog, I see regular visits to galleries and museums and cool shops and I think we really do enjoy what London has to offer culturally. I often have a list in my diary of all the exhibitions that are on that I want to see. This weekend I’m planning to go to the Tate Modern for the Duchamp, Manray, Picabia exhibition (which ends Monday), and a bunch of other things that are on including a show there Saturday night where a slide show of Nan Golden’s photography will be accompanied by music by Patrick Wolf and John Kelly. Next Tuesday night we’re going to see Saul Williams and next Thursday I’m going to a bookclub at the Women’s library (I’ve got to finish Beloved by Toni Morrison before then!). We’re also thinking of going to see a show of Shaolin monks performing, with sets designed by Antony Gormley. London is cool! Now, I just have to take advantage of what London has to offer jobwise (I’m working on it).
May 20, 2008
Paul and I are going to see the French feminist theorist, Luce Irigaray give a talk at the ICA on 24 June. I’m not sure if I’ve read anything by her before but I’m planning to brush up on her thinking before the talk to try and get the most out of it. So if anyone can recommend any of her work to read before I go, I would appreciate it. I have already been recommended An Ethics of Sexual Difference and I Love to You. Irigaray will be speaking about the thinking behind her new book Sharing the World. She will be giving another talk at the ICA later in the year (9 September).
May 18, 2008
On Friday night Paul and I went to the Whitechapel gallery and saw a little bit of video art and we saw two bands play: An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (see clip above) and No Bra. I hadn’t seen No Bra play before but I’d been wanting to for ages. I think I’d describe her as electro-punk. She came onto the stage in very small pants (possibly just underwear) and a leather jacket and stood there speaking/singing into the microphone along to the backing electo music. After the first song she took off the jacket and she was standing there, topless! Needless to say, without a bra! I find it kinda cool to see ladies with saggy bosoms (kinda similar to mine) putting them out in public, not restricting them in some tight, ridiculous bra, pushing them up, but letting them be in all their natural glory. She also has really long hair – past her waist – which was actually covering one of her breasts for the whole performance; she didn’t move about much. I really like her song Munchausen and we laughed when she sang it, it’s very funny. Check it out on Youtube (the sound’s not that great) or listen to it on her Myspace page.
On Saturday we went to the Craze Gallery on Portobello Road and saw a bunch of guns and grenades made out of paper, then we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum and saw three exhibitions: China Design Now, Thomas Hope: Regency Designer, and Blood on Paper: the Art of the Book. We also had lunch in some nice rooms and Paul took some photos.
Paul recently shaved his head. Here he is, with new haircut, after a long day of London site-seeing.
He might be tired but he still has enough energy to play World of Warcraft!
May 16, 2008
Since getting my ipod for Christmas I have been LOVING downloading and listening to podcasts. A lot of the podcasts I was downloading fit into the following categories: science/skeptical, book review/authors speaking, and poetry.
This past week I started listening to the Indiefeed: Performance Poetry podcast and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve been introduced to a lot of amazing poetry and poets who I plan to look into more. I’ve even friended them on myspace! It is based in the New York area in the US so a lot of the poets are from around there.
Last year some time I joined the Poetry Society here in the UK and I have yet to go to their Poetry Cafe where they have lots of events, but I now feel inspired to seek out some local spoken word events and go along.