Mazhira's memorial and burial

June 27, 2008

For people who know Monica and Dave and will be in Brisbane on Saturday:

Mazhira’s memorial ceremony will be this Saturday, 28 June, from 2pm in Dutton Park.
Meet at the corner of Fairfield Road and Brisbane Corso, Fairfield and the burial will take place from 3.15pm in Dutton Park Cemetary.

The wake will be at Dave’s parents’ house at 17 Lindon Street, Dutton Park after.

Dave and Mon own a house within walking distance of this cemetery which is a nice thought: when they move back to Brisbane they will live very close to Mazhira’s final resting place.


Mazhira’s memorial and burial

June 27, 2008

For people who know Monica and Dave and will be in Brisbane on Saturday:

Mazhira’s memorial ceremony will be this Saturday, 28 June, from 2pm in Dutton Park.
Meet at the corner of Fairfield Road and Brisbane Corso, Fairfield and the burial will take place from 3.15pm in Dutton Park Cemetary.

The wake will be at Dave’s parents’ house at 17 Lindon Street, Dutton Park after.

Dave and Mon own a house within walking distance of this cemetery which is a nice thought: when they move back to Brisbane they will live very close to Mazhira’s final resting place.


Quentin Blake illustrations in King's Cross

June 27, 2008

If you’re like me and you grew up reading Roald Dahl books you probably have quite a fondness for the illustrations of Quentin Blake.

There are currently some Quentin Blake illustrations on hoardings on a building in King’s Cross outside St Pancras train station.

Kingsley (who I work with) took a bunch of photos of it for me!
Quentin Blake at King's Cross (taken by Kingsley)
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Quentin Blake illustrations in King’s Cross

June 27, 2008

If you’re like me and you grew up reading Roald Dahl books you probably have quite a fondness for the illustrations of Quentin Blake.

There are currently some Quentin Blake illustrations on hoardings on a building in King’s Cross outside St Pancras train station.

Kingsley (who I work with) took a bunch of photos of it for me!
Quentin Blake at King's Cross (taken by Kingsley)
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I'm on Library Thing!

June 26, 2008

As if there weren’t already enough ‘social networking sites’ with intimate details of myself, I have now joined Library Thing where I’m listing my library. At first I was just going to list books I have on my bookshelf in the UK that I’ve read, then I decided to add books I own that are in Australia, and then I ended up adding books I have read or want to read but don’t own! Anyway, the list will probably grow and change, especially when I reach the 200 book limit for a free account and then have to decide whether or not to pay!

So see the books I like here.
The music I like here.
And the photos I (and others) take here.


I’m on Library Thing!

June 26, 2008

As if there weren’t already enough ‘social networking sites’ with intimate details of myself, I have now joined Library Thing where I’m listing my library. At first I was just going to list books I have on my bookshelf in the UK that I’ve read, then I decided to add books I own that are in Australia, and then I ended up adding books I have read or want to read but don’t own! Anyway, the list will probably grow and change, especially when I reach the 200 book limit for a free account and then have to decide whether or not to pay!

So see the books I like here.
The music I like here.
And the photos I (and others) take here.


Things to do in London

June 25, 2008

While I will often complain about London and its bad weather, dirty city (from pollution and people throwing their rubbish on the ground! Yes, I have witnessed this many times), terrible service (in cafes, restaurants, shops, post offices, government departments, you-name-it), there is soooo much to do here that I love doing. Last night I went to the ICA where I got to hear the french feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray talk about her latest book, Sharing the World. While I didn’t really understand much of it, I did get to buy discount tickets for the four of us who went, as I’m a member of the ICA! I think I’m going to give up on Luce Irigaray. This type of philosophy is not for me (Paul and Jess really enjoyed it, Helen and I didn’t really get it).

There are lots of places I am yet to visit in London but want to:
The Chelsea Physic Garden (I have been listening to some podcasts of lectures to the Royal Society which is how I found out about the Chelsea Physic Garden) (official site)
The Sir John Soane’s Museum (official site)
The Museum of London
The Royal Academy of the Arts and their Summer Exhibition
The Museum in Docklands and their Jack the Ripper and the East End exhibition
Gresham College

For the next month there are lots of events for the London Festival of Architecture.

Helen told me about a feminist theory reading group which I am quite excited about (if they read theory I understand).

Helen and Jess are keen to go with me to see the film Her Name is Sabine at the ICA. It is a documentary by a French actor about her sister who has autism. It sounds really good.

And my friend Jen is coming to town next week which is exciting (she lives in Edinburgh). It will be nice to see and her partner and their two kids.


Photos from Valencia, Spain

June 25, 2008

A few weeks ago (June 6-8) I went to Spain for the weekend with a friend from work as a pre-wedding party (she’s getting married next month). Below are some photos.

yummy sangria in Valencia
Yummy sangria
Out for tapas in Valencia, Carmen, Lucja, Mireille, Ling and Sing.
Having dinner. From left, me, Lucja, Mireille, Ling and Sing. Ling is the one who is getting married.
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New friends and old friends

June 23, 2008

On Friday night I went to the housewarming party for Alletta and Ryan who are friends of my friend Lucy. I hadn’t met them in person before then but we’d exchanged emails after Lucy emailed us both saying we all live in London so should be friends! I had a really nice time (apart from burning my finger on some haloumi cheese but what do I expect for doing something as silly as picking it up directly off the barbecue?!).

On Saturday we had lunch with old friends of mine from my student union days (Dave McElrea and Matt Carter) and their partners and another couple from Australia. It was really nice. We met up in Islington and had a late lunch at a French cafe and then a few drinks in a pub.

After that we met up with Helen in Kensington and walked up Exhibition Road where there was supposed to be a heap of stuff for the London Architecture Festival and a music festival, but I think we had missed everthing for the day – the street was still closed off but everything was being packed up! We went up to Kensington Gardens for a concert to do with the Serpentine Gallery, near the Albert memorial. (I had only seen the Albert Memorial from a distance before and it is so ostentatious up close!). We could also see the Royal Albert Hall across the road, which is rather nice looking from the outside.
The Albert Memorial (Queen Victoria's husband) in Kensington Gardens
The Albert Memorial
Helen and Paul at the Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, London
Helen and Paul at the Albert Memorial.
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Some very sad news

June 19, 2008

From my very good friend, Monica’s blog:

On 17 June 2008 at 10.50pm I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Mazhira Jane Copeman. She was 3.75kg and 52cm long. She died 6 hours later, due to what we think was meconium asphyxiation. She had ingested meconium into her lungs and in spite of overnight monitoring, giving her oxygen and trying to clear her lungs, she didn’t make it.

Dave and I are returning to Australia next week. We’re bringing Mazhira home with us and will hold a funeral / burial. I know no-one got to meet or see her except us, but I’m fast realising that this tragedy has touched so many that a funeral ritual will, I think, go some way to healing not just our loss, but the grief that others are also experiencing.

There’s so much more I feel that I could or should write about, but finding the words is near impossible.

In Spanish, to give birth is literally translated as “to give light”. Mazhira is Hebrew for “light, shining” (although we chose it more for the sound than the meaning). Somehow this little linguistic match is a comfort to me. Although I’m not feeling like there’s much light in the world right now, Mazhira’s birth did feel so incredibly uplifting, and Dave and felt immense joy and light when she was born, and we will never forget that.

As you can imagine I have been feeling devastated since I found out yesterday. I had to go home from work as I couldn’t stop crying. Mon and Dave are amazing wonderful people who would make amazing wonderful parents so it seems so cruel and unfair for them to only get to be parents to Mazhira for 6 hours. I feel so far away from them and unable to help. I wish I could go back to Australia for Mazhira’s funeral. I wish this hadn’t happened to such good people. But these things are never fair. Some babies die and there is nothing we can do about that. I have shed many tears for them all and will probably shed many more. I love Monica like a sister and wish there was some way I could make this better.

I saw Monica and Dave the day they discovered Mon was pregnant – they were in London at the time. It was so exciting and new. They had a really good pregnancy and labour so this was just so unexpected. And sad. Even though I know everything will be ok eventually, right now I am really, really sad.