Barcelona

October 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm (Uncategorized)

Timbo and I are off to Barcelona on Friday as a little getaway to celebrate being together for four years. With work getting more and more stressful, I have to say I’m gagging to get away and Barcelona has been one of the cities I’ve dreamed about for years. I can’t wait to see all the architecture with my own two peepers and visit the Picasso Museum and check out Montjuic. I will no doubt take way too many photos and bore you all silly with them later on.

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Boo hoo

October 27, 2008 at 8:02 pm (Uncategorized)

I got a little idea of why life in London can wear you down today. Daylight Saving started on Saturday night which I didn’t give much thought to – just thought woo hoo we can sleep another hour in the morning. I went to work super early and worked late (trying to make up for my upcoming mini holiday) and it was dark by about 5pm. I left the office and Slough is even more grim at night. And it was bone-chilling cold. Then my 10 minute trip from Paddington and home took 45 minutes. When the tube finally arrived, it was so late there should have been about four tubes in the same time, so everyone was squished in like sad cattle. After waitin forever, I was determined to get into the tube, but was not keen to push people around – I’m not a real Londoner yet! Then this stern looking blonde girl who’d made it in said ‘just push’ to me and I thought of oh I may as well. The ride was so uncomfortable. Honestly when the tubes are that full, you can see people with their eyes shut just willing the trip to be over. I found it quite funny to reach Shepherd’s Bush and breathe a sigh of relief – it’s far from the nicest place in the world but at least I was home! Let’s hope I can stay positive if winter turns the whole transport system to hell! Eek.

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Apocalypse Now – holy hell

October 26, 2008 at 9:09 pm (Uncategorized)

We watched Apocalypse Now for the first time this weekend. I knew it was weird but I had no idea it was THAT weird. Oh my god. I still haven’t finished it cause my head exploded a little bit with all the craziness and I had to go to bed. Talk about a strange flick. I knew there was no going back when they choppered in the Playboy bunnies and had the surfer vet spinning on acid. It was worth it to hear Robert Duvall’s line: ‘I love the smell of napalm in the morning’.

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Annie Leibovitz exhibition

October 26, 2008 at 9:01 pm (Uncategorized)

Tim and I went along to the Annie Leibovitz exhibition today at the National Portrait Gallery. I knew she was good, but it still blew me away. I would die to take photos which even came close to her ones. Below are two of my favourites, one she took in Petra, Jordan (possibly loses a lot being so small, but it’s one of the greatest photos I think I’ve ever seen) and an amazing portrait she took of Daniel Day Lewis.

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Our very own Gordon Ramsey

October 26, 2008 at 8:53 pm (Uncategorized)

Friday night saw Gordon Ramsey’s new show kick off. It’s a live studio audience situation where anyone can buy ingredients ahead of time and cook along with him. Tim had decided to give it a go and put on a wee dinner party for the Uxbridge Flat Crew, which at the moment includes Miss Sarah T, so there were five of us. He had prepared for it throughout the day and the rest of us were excited by the idea of sitting back with a drink and watching the action.

About two minutes into the show, it all started to go very haywire. Gordon Ramsey took off with his ADHD style of teaching, and Tim was one flustered chef. Within minutes he was screaming ‘Gordon Ramsey you’re a ****ing ****’ and we were nearly on the floor wetting ourselves. Red jumped up to help as this was quickly going to hell in a handbasket. I jumped up to be the cleaning woman because it soon became obvious that in our little makeshift flat, we didn’t own enough of anything to cook a three course meal. Kelly and Sarah had the job of yelling out the instructions, since nobody could keep up with Gordon. It was so amusing – a real adrenaline rush for the boys as they cooked all three courses in an hour – we were so impressed with them

The first course was a warm goat’s cheese salad, absolutely amazing. The second course was salmon en crout and delicious, although the boys didn’t have time to roll the pastry thin (and no rolling pin) so it was a bit undercooked. Then there was a rhubarb crumble which was quite tasty too.

Tim will be thinking twice before he does it next time though. I’ve never heard so many choice words come out of his mouth. I think it’s quite a good thing he decided not to be a chef and went for an office job – much less stress! I have some photos of the boys in action which I’ll upload as soon as I find my darn camera cord.

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Ouch!

October 21, 2008 at 1:18 pm (Uncategorized)

Chainsaw relief for tree-trapped horse

This mare has had a bit of a ‘mare – after getting her head stuck inside a tree.

Horse tree

Saving Gracie: the filly with her head trapped in the tree trunk

The filly, called Gracie, had to be cut free with a chainsaw when owner Jason Harschbarger discovered her wedged in the trunk – after he was alerted by hearing the horse making strange noises.

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Like Brokeback, only gayer

October 20, 2008 at 10:40 am (Uncategorized)

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My new obsession

October 20, 2008 at 10:16 am (Uncategorized)

I haven’t been this excited since I discovered Entourage years after the rest of the world. I’ve always wanted to see Arrested Development but have finally got around to it. I’m obsessed. It is so good in so many ways! Despite going out Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights I managed to get through the first 18 episodes this weekend – how ridiculous is that. If you haven’t already, give it a go – it’s great.

Ps: Finally saw Tropic Thunder this weekend too. Laughed me arse off. I have a little respect for Tom Cruise (boots with the furrrr) but only a little.

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Never piss off the British

October 19, 2008 at 9:21 pm (Uncategorized)

Woah mumma. Tim and I scored freebies to the Sarah Silverman stand up show tonight at the Hammersmith Apollo. We went with my workmate and her wife and had a jolly good laugh. Sarah Silverman was funnier than I ever thought she was and the audience was loving it, going mental. We had looked at our tickets earlier and been really surprised that they were for 42 pounds, which is about double what we’ve paid to see British comedians. But anyway it was an entertaning show and then she finished after 45 minutes.

Everyone was screaming for her to come back on and then she did and said she had no more material but would answer questions. And that’s when things turned nasty. People were screaming ‘What did I play 42 quid for?’ and ‘I think you’re over-rated’. It was very intense! We were quite shocked really. She managed to sort of turn it around and have a bit of a laugh but people were clearly far from impressed. I think it would have been better if she just run away from the angry British public. Boy they get their claws out when they’re angry… Incredible Hulk style.

We were sitting behind Lenny Henry, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders (I nearly died when I saw Dawn French walk in – I love her. I tried to think of something to say to her, but nothing came!) and Lenny Henry turned around to comment to the guy next to us about how terrible it is to charge that much and do such a short routine. Eek!

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Strange encounters of the red carpet kind

October 16, 2008 at 5:42 pm (Uncategorized)

Last night I had the strangest experience. I went to the opening of the British Film Festival which a movie geek like me was most excited about. It started off at a swanky West End hotel where the movie studio I do work for put on drinks. They were 20 pound cocktails and boy they tasted good. I had two mojitos, which definitely is not part of my new life of sobriety. But that was nothing compared to the five the studio boys managed to polish off in 45 mins.

Then we walked to Leicester Square where they do all the big London film premieres. It was a really surreal experience because we went through a few security gates and then in a flash – we were on the red carpet! I’d never thought much about how it must feel to walk down a red carpet – but it’s insane! The lights along the front of the Odeon were lit so bright, they were blinding. Then there was the throng of paparazzi at the end all waiting for some celebrities. One of the studios guys was pointing out the celebs to me, which were mostly the stars of the movie. I was stoked to see Kevin Bacon right in front of me cause I love him. He’s very short though.

But then the best part of the night occurred. I turned around and there was RICHIE CUNNINGHAM himself! In my childhood I was obsessed with Happy Days and especially Richie. Those were the days!! Of course I love him for his amazing directing career too, so I was a bit of a stunned mullet. Later he did a speech where he sounded just a touch Woody Allen.

His film that we saw, Frost/Nixon, was incredible. I was totally gripped the whole way through and it didn’t feel even close to the 2 hours it was (but was that the rum buzz?) Definitely recommend it for anyone interested in dodgy old Richard Nixon.

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