Thursday, 29 July 2010
Busy day tomorrow, then off camping for the weekend. Lots of fun ... I just need to pack!
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Back at work, not a bad day with plenty of exciting bits and pieces to keep me busy and somewhat thoughtful. Sometimes difficult in life to decide what to do for the best, but as usual I need to get away from making the 'best' decision, and make as confident and realistic a decision as possible with the information available. Exciting times ...
Met with Charlie after work at the Hive to write, but ended up doing lots of chatting instead. Then helped him with his rehearsals for 'I Digress' on Thurs.
Oh, and you will have to see Facebook for SGP photos, too many to choose from!
Monday, 26 July 2010
It was a lovely film though, well deserving the great reviews it has received. Catching up on jobs this evening, ready for work again tomorrow. Exciting times!
Oh, and will try and put SGP photos up soon.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Between us all, we camped out all day at the Small World stage. Excellent music, endless tea and chai, and kind people bringing milkshakes too (ice cream milkshakes with malteasers, yum!). It was nice to have such a base, Charlie had his pyjamas on and we played a couple of games of chess. I tried to read Hound of the Baskervilles, but was too easy to drop off or just lie listening to the lovely music or chatting.
Ruth and I had our toes nibbled by some special fish who exfoliate your dead skin from your feet, very tickly but nice once you get used to it.
Becky got into full tooth fairy mode as she put on her toothy necklace and earrings, as well as her wings, posh frock and wig as the night went on.
Gravitated predictably back to Feast of Fools for the fire, the mead and the lovely conversation. A lovely last evening
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Saw lots of exciting creatures at the science tent, backing up a talk about fear. Held the small chameleon and a bit of the snake, coudl not go very near the tarantula though Ruth did hold it briefly. The larger chameleon was so cool, with beautiful patterned skin and the fastest tongue in the West.
Went back to the Sanctuary for a 'Flying for Freedom' talk about managing stress. Was ok, but not very inspiring.
Hung out at the Feast of Fools with their various oldie stylee acts including rope climbers and a gentleman rapper, drank a fair bit of mead and we all went to teh main stage to watch Caravan Palace, a speedy charlston act who were a great presence on stage, had the audience in the palm of their hands.
Then we all gathered by the lakeside to see the burning of the island, this year a massive blimp, along with fireworks and floating lanterns heading off into oblivion. Lazed around by Small World afterwards, then bed for Emmy.
Friday, 23 July 2010
Watched Mink and Dave's synesthesia show in the science tent, was good if a little confusing. Very good brain model! Combined with delicious thali curry.
Sat being lazy in Small World tent seeing a few good bands and individuals, especially Philip Henry who we saw more than once over the weekend. Also saw James and Theresa, friends of Becky's, who were very nice.
Had another pretty early night, still hoping to get refreshed as I was still a bit grumpy getting out of my usual work habits.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Finally arrived at the Secret Garden Party, and we were frustrated by the four and a quarter hour long queue to get in. On foot, partly sunny and partly rainy, it turned out that with more ticket holders and more stringent security, they might need to offset this with more staff ... which they didn't. I would love to see their risk assessment!
Eventually got in, put the tents up in the drizzle, and had a quick wander round to orient ourselves, however went for an early night to recover. A sternly worded letter shall shortly be in the post.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Got home at 10:30pm ... have collapsed in bed, and fortunately arranged to come into work a bit late tomorrow.
Was glorious to run into Keith on the Tube, who had clearly spent a random day having a tipple or two in London. He does give very good hugs!
Also, 200 blog posts has now whooshed by without me noticing. Wow, what a lot of blog!
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Went to the Trinity for dinner, another drink and (for me and Norris) sticky toffee pudding. Alex joined us for a quick one after his weekend with Andrew and the Warwick crew in Newcastle. Now trying to get an early night in preparation for the week ahead.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Had a bit of a trial getting home, waiting for rail replacement buses, finding no more trains from Redhill northbound, jumping quickly on a train to Gatwick, getting the Gatwick Express to Victoria, then the N2 home ... in bed at 2am.
Friday, 16 July 2010
Rushed to Bank to have my first excursion on the Waterloo and City Line, a bit strange, like a shuttle bus underground. Met with Charlie, Mink, Dave, Ryan and Erika T for Inception at the IMAX, and Matthew also turned up having bought a ticket last minute. What a film, so many questions ... as soon as it finished, you wanted to watch it again, although it made you feel exhausted just watching it.
Went to Pizza Express (minus Matty and Erika) for wine and discussion and lots of 'owwwch, my brain!' kind of discussions. Also joined by Kiwi Laura, and we pootled on to the Concrete Bar at the Hayward for more drinks. All in all, a lovely night!
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Excited about 'Inception' at the IMAX tomorrow evening!
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Also watched the firemen playing volleyball from her balcony, not a bad view :)
Now back at home, and bemused by all the sounds you can hear with the window open. The town hall bells chiming at 11pm, the wind blowing, and some suspicious moans that may belong to two of our neighbours ...
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Eventually left in the early afternoon, and worked from home as I waited for my appointment. Nice doctor, and i'm now on antibiotics. Feeling like they are working already, which is a good sign. Also finally managed to get the Traidcraft order through, I don't know why the website was being so horrendous.
So, now in bed for the evening. Matthew is back from Prague and Andrew has come round, but I am determined to be feeling better by tomorrow.
Sleepy time ...
Monday, 12 July 2010
Went out this evening for dinner with Cate Baril from our sister organisation in the USA. Is always reassuring to discuss how similar our organisations are.
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Carried our CD towers round to Alex's, as he thinks he might have a use for them. And if not, just down the road is the new BHF second hand furniture shop. Which I approve of massively. Lots of very good quality second hand (and some new) furniture at excellent prices. We got our tough old blue sofa from a similar shop in Birmingham, and we love it still.
A bit more sorting, and harassing Charlie to get some writing done, then round to Andrew's to watch the World Cup Final. The Dutch seem a little rough, so most of us are rooting for Spain. Oh, and the English referee. We shall see ...
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Friday, 9 July 2010
We agree, that this is just another indication of my run down state ... all week I have had a sore throat and dodgy sinuses. Will take it easy this weekend ... though will of course need to see if Paul the Octopus is right on Sunday.
Jon and Ana staying tonight, will be good to see them. In bed and in 'jamas, but will definitely at least say hi!
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Spent the day in Daventry at a Fairtrade Conference by FDIN.
Met up with Fish after work in the Hive, unexpectedly joined by Andrew who was seeking inspiration for a weekend of fun with Erika T and her cousin, who is staying.
Now watching The Big Bang Theory with Fish ... bliss!
Monday, 5 July 2010
Intended to leave work early as I was not feeling great, but as always my best laid plans were thwarted. Had a good lunch with Vic, who is leaving to go to Unilever. Very interesting new role she seems to have secured for herself.
Had done some sorting and tidying, and now resting and planning for an early night to help my sore throat and head recover. I didn't even drink that much, seems a bit unfair :)
Up to York tomorrow, train times not too mad though. Phew!
Sunday, 4 July 2010
We were slightly sacriligeous and mocked up Erika's wedding (as she had her veil on) with Judy pretending to be Robin, and Sam pretending to be Dan at the front.
A quick lunch at The Eagle, where Watson and Crick announced the discovery of DNA, then a speedy walk back to get our train (which worked perfectly well on the way back).
A lovely group of girls, everybody was really chatty and friendly with each other, and got on really well. Erika seemed very pleased, so Gilly and I had various high fives and hugs to celebrate.
When I pulled into Brixton on the tube, I really felt physically and mentally exhausted. Happy and proud and so pleased for Erika, but definitely pooped! Zoned out at home in front of films, as Charlie was out at the pub with Ryan. They eventually came back and I think I was not particularly coherent. Was very pleased to snuggle up in my bed ... snoooore ...
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Walked into Cambridge, now 15 of us as we are joined by the final 2 hens. Arrive at 'The Cow' for our Burlesque lesson. Kiki Kaboom does a great job teaching us the wiggle, the grind and a particular hand gesture that cannot be named :) Erika has to do a burlesque forfeit over lunch every time she gets an answer wrong in the Dan Quiz ... as she gets 9/20, she does a lot of dancing!!
Walk leisurely through Cambridge to get to the river for punting, in awe at how beautiful the city is in the sunshine, especially Kings College Chapel. Find out that it is even more beautiful from the back as we jump onboard two massive punts with our chauffeurs. Steve, our 'driver' is fun, and teaches us some history which he tells us is not made up. We crack open the bubbly, strawberries and cream and indulge in the sunshine, the spectacular views and the fun commentary on the other river goers .... from foxy (and fit!) girl punters, to the bat under the bridge to the topless and tanned boy punters (come on, it was a hen weekend!). Steve even let Erika have a go ...
Feeling quite zonked after the bliss of the river, we take a ghist tour around Cambridge, we go for a ghost tour around Cambridge and find some lovely places like The Eagle pub and the proud front of Trinity college. Wander back to the house, where we try to revive with a quick cup of tea. We also present Erika with her Snow White costume for the evening, and the news that she will not be alone in dressing up. Two bemused taxi drivers arrive at 7:30 faced with a plethora of Disney characters, including a Tigger (my mother-in-law is just incredible!)
Have a fun and silly dinner, entertaining small children in the restaurant with our costumes, playing with helium and red lipstick. Find our way, after much hollering in the streets, to a Wetherspoons where dancing and drinking continued. Sam, Pauline and I headed back at 12:30, the first wave, where we had a lovely couple of cups of tea before the others arrived home. At least two ladies quite sozzled!