One more from Mitchell and Webb – on (not) finding god in your fruit

July 4, 2009

Family in town, party plans

July 4, 2009

I am finally getting around to uploading my Amsterdam photos to Flickr, and then putting them on here. Hopefully I’ll finish that off today. Paul and I only have a month left in London – I can hardly believe it. After three years here we are ready to move back to Australia (but we will miss it). I have so much to organise!

We are planning on having a combined farewell party and engagement party on Sunday, July 26 in a local pub. Then we’ll be leaving a week later! We’re planning a stop-over with my friend Sam in Hong Kong on the way home which should be really nice (and it will be great to break up the long journey home). Paul and I are planning to get married in October (if we can organise it in time).

Paul’s mum and sister stayed with us last weekend – it was really nice to see them. They’ve gone up to Yorkshire now to visit relatives and we’ll see them in another week on their way home. We went to Blenheim Palace with them last Sunday. Hopefully we’ll get the photos off their camera when they come back and I’ll be able to put some here. Blenheim Palace is the home of the Duke of Marlborough (Winston Churchill‘s family). I must say I had less regard for Winston Churchill when I found out how incredibly privileged his background was. I think that doing great things is not exactly that hard when everything you could ever want (money, education, connections) is handed to you on a platter.

Some photos from Amsterdam – Anne Frank and the Homomonument

July 4, 2009

A few weeks ago Paul and I spent a week in Amsterdam. Below are some photos from Anne Frank House and the Homomonument.
The front of Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
Above, the front of Anne Frank House. This housed a business with Anne Frank and her family hiding out in the annex at the back. Below, a nearby statue of Anne Frank.
A statue of Anne Frank, Amsterdam
Homomonument, Amsterdam
The sign above says: “Homomonument Commemorates all women and men ever oppressed and persecuted because of their homosexuality.
Supports the International Lesbian and Gay Movement in their struggle against contempt, discrimination and oppression.
Demonstrates that we are not alone.
Calls for permanent vigilance.

Past, present and future are represented by the 3 triangles on this square. Designed by Karin Daan, 1987.”
Homomonument, Amsterdam
Homomonument, Amsterdam
Homomonument, Amsterdam
You can read more about why they have this monument here.

Funny things on That Mitchell and Webb Look

July 3, 2009

I often find That Mitchell and Webb Look (on the BBC) a bit painful but I have found some of their sketches very funny.
Ever wondered what a homeopathic A&E (Accident and Emergency) ward might look like?

Would you like to see Mr Darcy doing some freestyle disco dancing?

We're leaving London… and returning to Australia

June 22, 2009

Paul and I are leaving London and moving back to Brisbane in August. We are really looking forward to it, especially as we haven’t been back since we left three years ago. So, I have soooo much to organise and pack etc. Also, Paul’s Mum and sister arrive this Friday and we’ll be spending the weekend with them which will be really nice. I also have to blog about our trip to Amsterdam last week. That was completely short notice – the Friday before, Paul’s work asked him if he wanted to go to the Amsterdam office next week. As I’m not working at the moment, I got to go too. It was booked on the Friday and we left early Sunday morning. We had a really good time (even though Paul had to work). I will be posting photos soon.

Sunny weekends in London

June 1, 2009

Yesterday (Sunday) Paul and I wandered around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens with Kara and Cheryl. We checked out the current exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery (films and photos by Luke Fowler) which was interesting. Below are Paul and Kara outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.
Paul outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens
Kara in Kensington Gardens
The photos below are from the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens.
Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
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The Met is coming to Brisbane

May 22, 2009

Pretty cool advertisement for the Queensland Art Gallery and the Met Exhibition coming this year. I’m really looking forward to checking out QAG’s Gallery of Modern Art when I’m next home – it opened after I left. I hear it’s really great.