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January 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm (Uncategorized)

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The dinky dictator at colourful Neal’s Yard

January 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm (Uncategorized)

Martha and I had a really strange experience getting our hair cut at the weekend.

Back in good old paradise my hairdresser in Newmarket recommended a Convent Garden hair salon for when I found myself overly shabby in London. This weekend just past Martha and I thought we’d give it a go. We walked in to Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden and Hair By Fairy turned out to be a really nice looking place. It was really busy and he said for me to come back, then Martha said she wasn’t sure about getting her hair cut because she had a lunch date in about an hour’s time. We spent the 15 minutes getting coffee at our new discovery – Monmouth Coffee, where coffee tastes like coffee, which is not their slogan, just something I made up through the sheer joy of finding another good coffee shop in London. Back at Hairy By Fairy, the madness ensued. Fifteen minutes and 13.50 pounds later, we were shorn and shocked.

We entered the salon and the guy running the show goes: ‘Martha go to the basin’. She had no chance to consider the haircut – she was getting it done! Then he told me it was basin time, after a couple of minutes we were back on the waiting seat, wet headed and waiting for a chopper to be free. Then it was quickly off to the chopper, who consulted me just long enough for me to say I wanted a fringe and a very small trim. Now getting a fringe in the past has always been a careful and calculated thing: the hairdresser normally seems to line up every damn hair to get it perfect. Not at Hair By Fairy. The lady doing mine lined up the length and chopped it off in almost one swoop, leaving me gasping so loud she said ‘You did want a fringe didn’t you?’ Five minutes later I was cut and blowdried, paying my measly 13.50 and marveling the very decent fringe now hanging off my head.
Even though it was a touch whirlwindish, I was amazed to have a haircut (which normally takes an infuriating time for an ADD sufferer such as myself) to be so quick. It took longer to get the coffee. I’m definitely going back, and Neal’s Yard might be my favourite part of London – so funky, good coffee and an awesome vibe! I didn’t take my camera but will get some pics of it soon because it’s a seriously colourful, beautiful part of London.
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Oscar Nominations are out

January 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm (Uncategorized)

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I haven’t seen all of the films yet but my picks so far are Mickey Rourke for Best Actor and Slumdog Millionaire for Best Picture – although I’m going to see Milk and might change my mind. Mickey Rourke was incredible in The Wrestler and Slumdog blew me away.

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What a week

January 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm (Uncategorized)

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I thought my aim for this blog might be to update weekly. I dunno why it’s so difficult but I guess the 40 hours a week I spend updating the internet is enough for me. When I get home I don’t even wanna see a screen. Anyway it’s been what I would call an ace week. The following things have occurred.
1. Barackobamarama became President. Wasn’t that an insane part of history? I saw all those millions of people squished into downtown DC and I really wanted to be there. It made our time in the city seem quite quiet in comparison, as if it was a ghost town – which it was one morning when we got there super early like the keen beans we were.
2. I bought my little nephew a card with a big ‘3’ on it and that seemed so weird! What a cliché but they grow up so quickly.
3. I went to a screening of the film Role Models which stars Paul Rudd and Stifler. Stifler is just the same as he was in every movie he’s ever done, only a bit older and balder. It was good for a giggle though, although Elizabeth Banks was truly awful in it.
4. I started my journey to half-marathon success by reading a book called The Complete Book of Running for Women. Had to stop reading it last night on the train when I reached the chapter of menstruation – too much on public transport. I am very into this running business now but it has been sidelined now that I’ve caught Tim’s cold and have swapped going to the gym for feeling sorry for myself and getting angry. Now I’m reading A Streetcar Named Desire and thinking I might name my first child Stella. Then we can bellow at her for her whole life. Stelllllllllllllllllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
5. We have our friend Martha staying with us at the moment. When she is not out being the social butterfly that she is, she makes us warm Pimms made with apple juice for when we get home from work – it’s amazing.
6. Tim and I watched The Usual Suspects. I’d heard so much hype about it. I knew who Kaiser Soze (thanks to either The Simpsons or Family Guy, I can’t remember) was, so that kind of changed things for me but still – couldn’t even begin to keep up with the story line. I felt like an idiot. I was desperately trying to take in every word and keep up with the fast pace of the script and was just left baffled.
7. Thanks, weirdly, to a Valentine’s Day promotion Amazon.co.uk is running, I discovered we sell a ball scratcher. I stupidly asked what one was in a meeting and then had to look it up afterwards – http://www.amazon.co.uk/A1Gifts-Deluxe-Mans-Ball-Scratcher/dp/B000OM7ZD4/

8. I showed my workmates some pictures of New Zealand in January to try and show them what I’m missing and one of them said: ‘But it’s sunny there? I thought NZ was like Britain in the 1950s’. Hilarious. Some of them act as if NZ would be a really grim place to live and like there wouldn’t be anything particularly cool or metropolitan about it. Still they’re better than a girl I worked with at the BBC who said a friend visited NZ and hated it for the following reasons (and I am almost directly quoting this silly bitch):

a. There were so many sheep everywhere, you could hardly move. (Hilarious)
b. They don’t have DVDs yet. (From the country that has only had Eftpos cards for a couple of years!)
c. The people were just boring. (Four million people and every one of them boring – it’s a tragedy!)

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Happy 2009 everybody!

January 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm (Uncategorized)

Howdy everyone – it’s 2009 did you realise? It’s snuck up on me. We are finally back in the real world after two weeks of holidaying in Italy. It was really great. I will upload some photos and put up more about the trip soon but just wanted to say Happy New Year – 2009 is going to be ‘O’ for awesome!!

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