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Oh gosh golly... [Dec. 19th, 2007|10:56 pm]
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[Current Location |my room,]
[Current Music |Urinetown The Musical]

I am cleaning out my room.

This evening I pulled out all the boxes and piles of papers from all the cupboards and drawers and started sorting through them, filing what I need and shedding all the crap like the skin of a snake, or the fat of a contestant on The Biggest Loser. I have to do this because my family are moving house, and the removalists are coming to take our stuff on the 27th. Of DECEMBER.


So in the midst of throwing out the junk that doesn't need to go with me to Hurstville (and beyond) I find treasures that I cannot part with. Some things are priceless, like the Game Boy Colour and accompanying Pokémon games I found in a box, which will no doubt prove a wonderful distraction to packing when I find some new AA batteries.

Others are of questionable value, like the stacks of film and fashion magazines that I bought in the first year out of high school. I think of the potential for cutting out pretty pictures and doing wonderful things with them. But I haven't done that in the past three years, so would I start now? Any knowledge they impart will be dated, and could be sourced on the Internets. But still! It will require deliberation. Until a decision is reached they sit on my floor, dusty and crumpled. Although I found the copy I saved of SX Magazine with David on the cover, that's one to show the grandchildren.

Other things are just absolute trash, but which I have held onto for sheer sentimentality. Sitting on my desk for the past five months are an empty Blistex tube that I got in Berlin, and an empty tissue packet from Carrefour. I think I will keep them until David gets home.

Speaking of which, OMG! David will be home in three days, nine hours, 48 minutes and 16 seconds. It feels strange that the one thing I have spent a year looking forward to, waiting for, distracting myself until... is finally going to happen this week. It's going to be so weird! And good. And relieving. And too many other feelings to articulate at this stage.

In the meantime, I've gotta find me some AA batteries.
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Madness [Sep. 11th, 2007|11:41 am]
Haha! I have my own entry in IMDb now!

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Freaky [Aug. 15th, 2007|04:14 am]
I just woke from a dream where Arq nightclub and Bethesda nursing home were one in the same.

I think I'm too frightened to go back to sleep.
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Online Petition [Aug. 6th, 2007|04:48 am]
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Harry Potter madness [Jul. 21st, 2007|06:31 pm]
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[Current Location |Another Internet cafe, Leicester Square, London]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

Last night at around 8pm we went to the Harry Potter launch at one of the large stores in London... where the mad fans had been waiting for days in their robes and pointy hats... some of the teenagers look so authentic, as if they'd bought their robes from Diagon Alley itself. And the line was at least seven blocks long. We came back at 11.30pm after the movie finished to see the doors open... people were screaming and taking photos and news crews were there. At the stroke of midnight the door opened and a man dressed as Dumbledore walked out and waved his hands in front of the cameras. The lines began slowly moving and we left. We wandered through the city looking for a tube that was open and we passed four or five other bookshops with people crowded outside to get a copy.

In our travels today we bought a copy for £10 at Tesco.

We also went to the Tate Modern which had a cool exhibition on cities, density, urban planning etc. and the Natural History Museum which had skeletons and many taxidermied animals. Tomorrow we are going to the Globe Theatre to see Love's Labours Lost - the tickets were only £5! (albeit in the groundling section... yes we will be standing for two hours and forty minutes).
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(no subject) [Jul. 15th, 2007|11:13 pm]
Today we climbed up to the dome of Sacre Coeur.
We sunbaked in the Jardins de Luxembourg and took photos of sculptures.
We got more felafel from the shop in the Marais (third visit).

A perfect day really.

PS. I failed Stats but got an HD for Social Sciences. Whoo!
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Bastille Day [Jul. 14th, 2007|02:36 pm]
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[Current Location |Internet cafe across from the hotel]
[Current Mood |hothot]

Well we couldn't find the Gay Ball, either our directions weren't good enough or the French gays and lesbians were too lazy to organise anything. So we walked down to the Bastille at midnight only to find the party already over and hundreds of drunk off their faces French staggered and hollering around the place. It was, in a word, disappointing. We did however find some awesome icecream which tasted like it was made from real ingredients (we got vanilla, bananna and pistachio) which made up for it. So we went home to sleep so we could at least wake up early for the parade today.

We got up and went to the Champs Elyseé, and stood on the fence of the Champs Elyseé Gucci store to try and see the parade. We decided to move along and walk up the route - we saw the French soldiers walking around, we saw tanks and horses, we saw President Sarkozy, we saw jets fly over the Arc de Triomphe and release tricoleur smoke. We saw lots of hot soldiers in their uniforms and David took lots of photos of them. Then retiring to the warm afternoon glow of the computer screen in the netcafe across the road. All in all a pleasant day.
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Vendredi [Jul. 13th, 2007|09:26 pm]
So today we got falafel for lunch again because they are awesome, and fill you up for the whole day. We got up at &é again which meant that breakfast was lunch. It was the first sunny day in a week so David taught me to say "Il fait soleil!"

We went and strolled through the Jardin des Plantes with ice blocks... there was a zoo there but you had to pay to enter. Then we went to the Jeu de Paume where there had an exhibition of Pierre et Gilles, which was fantastic. Lots of pretty naked boys on offer.

Then we came home to rest because tonight we are going to a huge open air Gay Ball in celebration of Bastille Day... which means we're probably going to be out until the Metro starts running again. Or if we can suffer to walk across Paris in the middle of the night maybe...
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Sleep [Jul. 12th, 2007|11:32 pm]
Today we slept in until midday.

Looks like I have succeeded in infecting David with my laziness again.

We also got awesome falafel for lunch and saw Harry Potter et l'Ordre du Phénix... the film started and there was no audio, which caused an uproar from the enourmous French cinema audience. Good times. Also everyone applauded when Harry kissed Cho.
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Modern art and all that [Jul. 11th, 2007|08:38 pm]
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[Current Location |milk, Les Halles, Paris, France]

Today after a grande sleep in David and I emerged from our hotel room and headed to the Centre Pompidou (modern art). It was all right... we wandered through some galleries of recent artworks - disembowled stuffed toys strung up from the ceiling and the like (a father explained to his young daughter "They're just asleep").

So it was all fine and dandy until we walked into a room to see a bicycle wheel sitting on a stool... it took me a moment to realise "OMG it's Duchamp!" On the walls were Man Ray, in the next rooms were Dali, and then on to Mondrian, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky... it was très exciting to see all this art that existed previously in textbooks in real life.

Also, the view at the top of the building was really cool... you could see Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur... and a sea of beige and white buildings. We also could see this church we randomly visited yesterday called St. Eustache... apparently it was once the parish of St. Vincent de Paul.

Meanwhile I have this weird feeling in my legs and a sore back... David's father's diagnosis is sciatica... :S

Anyway tonight we're going to try and find a vegetarian restaurant in Paris. Ha!
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