Christmas in London

December 27, 2008

Paul and I had a quiet Christmas in London where we didn’t leave the house all day and we ate a LOT of food. Paul gave me two wonderful books: Hypatia of Alexandria by Michael A B Deakin and The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. They will help very nicely with my new year resolution to read more nonfiction!

Yesterday we went to the Westfield shopping centre at Shepherds Bush where there was lots of mad consumerism going on with the post-Christmas sales. We both bought shoes at the Terra Plana store as they were having a sale and Paul and I are big fans of their shoes. I bought some cool boots and some cool slip on shoes. Paul bought some nice blue shoes.

Today we are going to see the film Waltz with Bashir, an animated documentary about an Israeli soldier’s memories of his time fighting Lebanon in the 1980s. I’m really looking forward to it.

I have been watching a lot of television in the last few days – it’s nice to be on holidays. I have also been to the gym three times in the last five days! It would be very good to keep that up. We’ll see how I go. Paul and I are still on holidays for another week. I’m loving it. I have a lot planned.

Three sleeps till Christmas

December 22, 2008

I finally posted the Christmas presents for my family on Saturday – only five days before Christmas. The woman at the post office was kind enough to inform me that they wouldn’t arrive by Christmas!

Paul and I have bought a new laptop – my laptop died recently, but we might be able to get it fixed – as we have not enjoyed having to share! So now we’re umming and arring over whether to buy each other big presents on top of this. Probably not a good idea. Paul is now on two weeks holiday – which I’m sure he will fill by playing World of Warcraft on his more-powerful laptop! I am working Monday, Tuesday this week but then I have a week and a half off and don’t go back till January 5. Yay for the holidays!

In other good news, it has been warmer recently which is much nicer. I think it is twelve degrees today! Much better than 5, that’s for sure.

Currently reading:

December 18, 2008

I always seem to be in the middle of many books, some of which won’t actually get finished, but why waste your time finishing a book if it’s not good enough to keep you interested, right?
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Nerding it up at the Natural History Museum

December 17, 2008

It rained pretty much all weekend but that didn’t stop Paul and I (and lots of other people) going along to the Natural History Museum to see the Darwin exhibition they have at the moment. I can’t believe I haven’t been there before – the building is really beautiful and it is has a replica of a diplodocus (I think) in the main hall where you first walk in – very cool. Paul took some photos but he still needs to turn some of them up the right way but I didn’t take my camera unfortunately! You’ll have to go to these links to see some pictures of the amazing building!

Next year marks 200 years since Charles Darwin was born and the exhibition looks at Darwin’s life and his travels where he developed his theories on evolution and natural selection. I learnt a lot about his life and travels (on the Beagle), like how he collected thousands of specimens on his travels, sending them back to England, and not only did he study them when he got back but lots of other scientists studied them (he sent a whole bunch of birds off to an ornithologist who then reported back what they found) all contributing to his theorising and eventual publishing of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. There were extracts from his letters and notebooks, including a sketch where he was first working out how different species may have come from the same species (see below, a mug I bought that has this sketch on it). I would definitely recommend the exhibition to anyone in/visiting London before April 19 (when the exhibition ends).
Charles Darwin Evolution mug from the Natural History Museum
Charles Darwin Evolution mug from the Natural History Museum
Charles Darwin Evolution mug from the Natural History Museum


December 17, 2008

It has been soooo cold lately – regularly below 5 degrees during the day. I swear it wasn’t this cold at this time last year (I will have to go look that up and see if that is the case!).

A couple of weekends ago I went to the Bust Craftacular and We Make London craft fairs. I saw my friend Di at the We Make fair and bought some purses from her stall for Christmas/birthday presents. I bought some stuff for me at the Bust Craftacular: a really nice necklace with birds on it and a big hairclip with a telephone on it!
bird necklance
telephone hair clip
The film we saw at the ICA, X-102 Rediscovers the Rings of Saturn, with images of Saturn from the Nasa Cassini/Huygen exploratory mission to visit and document Saturn and its moons, accompanied by music by Jeff Mills and Mike Banks, was really good. We both really enjoyed it. We have also been to Paul’s work Christmas Party which had a masquerade theme.

The ICA and some Craftacular stuff

December 2, 2008

Paul and I will be visiting the ICA twice this week – there is a members’ viewing on Tuesday night, and we’re going to hear some Detroit techno accompanied by NASA images of Saturn, which sounds pretty cool, I hope it’s not a disappointment.

Jen Smith is coming to town this weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing her.

On Saturday Bust magazine is having a Christmas Craftacular which I’m really excited about:
20 Phoenix Road, London
Near Euston Station

Shop, dance and be Merry! BUST magazine brings you an all-day, all-night shopping and music extravaganza featuring the nation’s hottest DIY talent. Down some drinks as you learn to craft and listen to DJs while you brwose the handmade wares, from jewellery and clothing to home decor and cards. Don’t miss: Learn to Stitch and Knit! // Tatty Devine Craft Clinic! // DJ Sets from Vinyl Vendettas, Golden Shivers, Shellac Sisters and Sheila B! // Goodie bags for the first 100 attendees, raffle, and more! Admission: £ 2

And Amanda (who I worked with at Chapman Taylor) is having a farewell thing Saturday night – she is going back to Australia.

Cold weekend in Exeter

December 2, 2008

It’s been very cold lately – between 0 and 10 degrees (celsius) during the day – quite unpleasant.

On the weekend Paul and I went to Exeter for Thomas’ house-warming which was lots of fun – but very cold. Thomas wasn’t lying when he said he had a cold house. But there were lots of interesting people there to talk to and I got to see Felicity who I haven’t seen for probably 7 years and Michelle who I met at Thomas’ 30th two and a half years ago has recently had a baby (he is sooo cute) so it was cool to talk to her about that (and cuddle the baby).
Paul, Thomas, Daniel, Felicity in Topsham near Exeter
Paul, Thomas, Daniel and Felicity and I talk a walk around Topsham, a village near Exeter on Sunday.
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