Monday of last week I went to Craft Night at the Notting Hill Arts Club with Bella (who I work with) and Paul. Luckily Bella had a camera and now that I have received copies of the photographs from her I can share them here!
Paul wearing his fabulous cybercardboard spectacles he made at Notting Hill Arts Club’s Craft Night.
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Last Thursday night I had dinner with my friends Jen and Mez and their kids Matilda and Otto (and others) which was really nice. They are friends from Brisbane who now live in Edinburgh but were down in London visiting family and friends. Matilda has recently finished her first year of school (I remember when Jen and Mez got together and when Jen told me she was pregnant with Matilda) – wow how time flies. Paul and I got lots of cuddles from the very boisterous, two-year-old Otto which was very cute (even though he stank of beer after knocking over Jen’s cousin’s beer all over himself and Jen)!
Saturday afternoon and evening was spent around Soho at Pride and Sunday was spent at home – it was rainy and depressing. Paul and I played three games of Magic and I lost all of them! Boo hoo.
On Monday night Paul and I went to Craft Night at the Notting Hill Arts Club with Bella (from my work). We made spectacles which was a lot of fun and I didn’t win a prize but my fabulous sun/rain spectacles did get a mention from the judge! Hopefully I’ll get Bella’s photos from her soon.
On Tuesday night I went to the ICA with Helen, Jess and Lucy to see the French documentary Her Name is Sabine. It was made by a French actress about her sister with autism. It was very good and Jess and I cried a lot. They had footage of Sabine in her teens and twenties and she was so vibrant and articulate and then to see her so withdrawn, years later, after years in an institution was very sad.
Tonight, Wednesday, Paul and I are going to a talk at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre as part of the Hayward Gallery’s 40th birthday celebrations. Speakers include Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Dennis Crompton.
On Saturday morning the ICA is having a members’ morning so I’ll probably go along and have a look at the new exhibition with a bunch of other members before the general public come in!
On Saturday night I’m going to another talk at the Southbank Centre (they are currently hosting the London Literature Festival) by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie and on Monday night I might go see a film about Christianity and homosexuality – I think it’s about a bunch of gay Christians and I’m worried that I might just spend the whole time thinking ‘why don’t these people just leave Christianity – they’d be much better off?’ After the film there’s a talk between Ian McKellen and a gay bishop.
Tuesday night is the feminist book club and I’m less than halfway through the book for it. Better get reading!
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
Helen and Paul at the Albert Memorial.
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I’ve just finished my first week working in Kensington and the head office is a bit of a change – it’s very quiet! The area of London though is very nice. And my commute is down from an hour to 45 minutes.
I’m actually feeling very happy that winter is pretty much over now because I had such a horrible time and got sick so many times. I’ve been feeling better these last few weeks and have been trying to get back into going to the gym regularly – I have even made a playlist on my ipod called ‘gym’!
Yesterday, Paul and I went and saw a couple of really good films.
Today we went into town and I found Craft magazine which I’ve been looking for for a while so I bought the two issues they had. It’s very cool
Tonight I cut Paul’s hair (just trimmed it) and it actually looks ok.
I’m currently watching Richard Dawkins films on youtube and Paul is playing World of Warcraft.
On Friday night I watched the third Lord of the Rings film, The Return of the King. It was good but long – it goes for four hours. So now I know what happens in the Lord of the Rings. Maybe one day I will read the books. I am planning on reading The Hobbit first.
On Saturday I went to the cinema to watch The Kite Runner and it is one of the saddest films I have ever seen. I cried a lot. I haven’t read the book by Khaled Hosseini but Paul’s Mum gave me A Thousand Splendid Suns by him and I’m looking forward to reading that one of these days.
On Sunday I got started on a cross-stitch project, which felt good. It has really been annoying me that I haven’t been making any art lately. I also watched the third Pirates of the Caribbean film. It was silly but entertaining.
On Saturday I caught up with my friend Meryan; she was in town briefly. It was really nice to see her and we chatted about the state of our respective relationships, the need for visas to stay in countries, and what’s happening with our lives, etc. It was really nice.
That evening Paul and I saw the Golden Compass at the cinema. It was very good except they left the last scene from the book out of the film! I couldn’t believe it. I was sitting in the cinema saying, “It can’t end there! It doesn’t end there!” I can only guess that the second film, the Subtle Knife will begin with that scene!
It was still early evening when the film ended but we went home because it was FREEZING. It’s been quite cold lately.
Yesterday, I found the latest editions of the magazines Bust and Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture in Borders in Islington. I’ve bought Bust a few times since being here but Bitch is very hard to find (they are both from the US). I even emailed them about getting hold of it in London but they weren’t much help! Lucy bought me a Bitch bag when she was in Portland earlier this year!
Today, Sunday, we had planned to go to the craft exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and then shopping, but we left the house so late we just went into town and shopped – we got some more thermals each from Uni Qlo (did I mention it’s been very cold lately?) and headphones for our mp3-players.
This morning I talked to my two sisters and heard all about my grandfather’s funeral which was on Friday. I’d been feeling bad about missing it so it was good to talk to them about it.
I was thinking we could start a facebook group for Gordon that all his friends on facebook could join. And we could add photos and everyone who is a member of the group could see the photos. It’s kinda funny though because Gordon wasn’t on Facebook and I’ve been wondering what he would think of us making a group about remembering him there of all places. And we have found some photos of Gordon which I might put on Flickr.
Tomorrow night is my work Christmas party. No doubt many people from work will go crazy with the free alcohol and they’ll be very hungover at work on Tuesday and we’ll have to listen to their stories about how drunk they got.
I’m also catching up with Madeleine and Claire this week. I haven’t seen them in a couple of years. Should be good.
Well, it’s ten to one on Sunday night so I have to get up in six hours for work. YIKES. Paul is listening to some hard-house/trance and dancing around our bedroom – lucky for him he is on holidays so can stay up as late as he wants.
Paul sent me a couple of cool links recently:
A sewing cafe in Berlin
Our friend Scotty, who lives in Berlin is coming to town this weekend and I think he is staying with us on Saturday night.
And my friend Cherie is also in town for the weekend so it will be nice to catch up with her and a couple of others I know through her. Should be good.
Paul and I are thinking of going to see some installations by Antony Gormley tonight at the Haywood Gallery on the South Bank.
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This weekend some art studios in London are having open days. I’m quite excited about it. I still have to look through the website at all the different studios and decide which ones I simply have to visit. I’m sure it will provide plenty of inspiration but I’m also sure it will probably make me want to give up work and become an artist.
I’m currently watching Star Wars, episode 5, the Empire Strikes Back. Yesterday we watched Star Wars, episode 4, a New Hope. I’ve also watched the Notorious Bettie Page which was interesting.
I’m currently crocheting a little short-sleeved jacket from my Stitch and Bitch: the Happy Hooker book. I learnt to crochet from it but I’ve only made a scarf from it up to this point! Will post a photo as soon as it’s done.
Well I’m remembering how full time work sucks. I hate spending so many of my waking hours doing stuff I’m not into. I should have got a part time job! Maybe I’ll try to stick this out for a few months then look for a better (less time consuming) job. I only went to the gym once last week and I haven’t been at all this week. Maybe I should go before work – I don’t have to be there until 9.30!