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After Drapers Hall, the next one on our list was 1 Finsbury Circle, a Lutyens designed building from the 1920s which had had a modern refurbishment.  Unfortunately there was a rather long queue and we predicted it would not clear before they closed at lunch, so we headed to the next one - Andaz hotel, Liverpool street ...................... another long queue, estimated time to wait of 2 hours!
So we went to the next spot, an office block on Bevis Marks with rooftop atrium ...................... guess what, another 2 hour queue!

Decided it wasn't worth trying any more buildings in this area and as Drapers Hall was relatively queue free, we might have luck with other Livery Halls, and walked down to Blackfriars.
First stop was Apothecaries Hall, rather unassuming from the outside but opened out into a twee little courtyard (reminded me of some of the places we've visited in Krakow and Germany.
"A courtyard building with some of the best-preserved C17 livery hall interiors, on the site of the Blackfriars Priory on which the original hall burnt down in 1666"



Apothecaries Hall and Stationers Hall )

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For Sunday we returned to the City, as it had been a while since we last did that borough and many choices that not everyone had been to.

The plan was to start at the Bank of England - getting there nice and early to avoid the queue .................... not early enough it transpired!


As the queue went right round the building, 30 minutes before it was due to open, we decided to head staight to building 2 - Drapers Hall.  We still had a bit of a wait as they weren't due to open until 10am.




Livery hall first built in the 1530s, twice destroyed by fire and rebuilt (1666 & 1772). Late C19 facade and opulent Victorian interior.
The Drapers' Company is one of the historic Great Twelve Livery Companies and was founded during the Middle Ages.

The Drapers' Company is based at Drapers' Hall located in Throgmorton Street, near London Wall. The company has owned the site since 1543, when it purchased the London mansion of Thomas Cromwell, Austin Friars, from King Henry VIII. Cromwell had been attainted and executed in 1540.

The building was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and rebuilt to designs by Edward Jarman. After another fire in 1772, it was rebuilt again. This time the architect was John Gorham. Further extensive alterations were made in the 19th century. The hall survived the Blitz during the Second World War.

The hall includes four finely decorated main rooms used for the company's functions. The largest room is the Livery Hall, which can accommodate up to 260 guests for dinner. These rooms are also available for hire[2] and have often been used for film locations, including for The King's Speech, GoldenEye, The Lost Prince and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.[3][4] Groups may book a guided tour of Drapers' Hall; a donation to the company's charitable work is requested.



This was a bit gorgeous, so its going to get a photo-post all of its own:
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More info in their Corporate Brochure ................ anyone fancy hiring this place for a British edition of Gala Nocturna? ;-)
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after lunch, we took a bus to Harmondsworth - turned out to be a rather long journey, diverting all around the suburbs of Uxbridge!  Finally arrived at Harmondsworth and despite our concerns we were going to end up on a dodgy estate, turned out to be a pleasant village, at risk of being redeveloped as Heathrow Runway 3*

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*I did a bit of further investigation and the latest proposal does not intend to bulldoze the historic heart of the village, including the listed Great Barn, church and pub as we were told, however half of the village would go and these buildings would be left clinging to civilisation at the very edge of the airport.
I admit to being all for a third runway, as I think Heathrow is embarrassingly over-crowded, however is this really the solution?    Surely there is other land that could be redeveloped in its place, instead of destroying an established community.

Anyway, on a cheerier note, here is my full gallery of photos.
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I have a bit to update on LJ, namely a rather fantastic little trip to Nantes.  However whilst it is fresh in my mind, will start by posting about this weekend's London Open House.
This year we decided to explore the borough of Hillingdon.  Not as much to see as other boroughs and a bit spread out but there looked to be enough places of interest to make a day of it.
We started off at Ickenham to visit Swakeleys Manor.


Swakeleys Manor, Uxbridge Lido, Quaker Meeting House )

Full gallery of photos here

Infest 2015

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Infest over for another year, marking the end of my festival season for another year too.  And it was a rather amazing Infest, the best line-up in a long time and lots of friends in attendance.

We set off up the A1 early on Friday, so i could stop off for a swim at Rutland Water's new "beach".  Lovely to see that one of the water authorities have seen sense in providing an area to swim in, a contrast to all the "danger of death!!" signs you see elsewhere.  When we arrived, there was nobody in the water but a few families playing on the beach and the water looked pretty choppy.  Still, the flags said it was safe to swim, so I took the plunge!

The water was surprisingly mild, I'd say around 18-20c but very choppy indeed, making it near impossible to swim.  It was more the kind of place to splash around with friends.  Still, I made the most of the lovely clear water and attempted a couple of lengths, having to get out and walk back to the start each time as it was impossible to swim into the breeze!
By the time we'd had our picnic brunch, the traffic had got a bit busier but despite a slight delay we arrived in Bradford around 4pm, giving us enough time to eat, rest and get ready.  Unfortunately Cecile and Simon, on their first trip to Infest, got caught up in a bigger traffic snarl, so we couldn't wait for them to arrive and just hope they could find the way to the venue.

Friday's bands
CTRL+ALT+DELETE - a Luton based 3 piece act with a slight DnB/Ibiza feel.  Discovered later that one of the band members is also in Ultraviolence.  Despite the music not being my usual taste I did really enjoy their set, as they had a professional sound (shame the female vocalists were a little quiet, as always seems to be the case for bands with female singers) and full of energy and bounce.
DKAG - or the "Slimelight House Band".  Seen many times before but I do enjoy them.  They sounded good but felt a little slower in pace than I recalled - not sure if it was in contrast to the first band, a different style to their newer stuff or just sound different outside of slimelight!
COCKSURE - One of the bands I was really looking forward to, featuring Chris Connelly of Ministry/REVCO.  Sadly it didn't quite deliver for me, I loved the instrumental element but the vocals grated - I guess that was just me though, not really into a punk style, as other friends loved it.
EMPIRION - Friday's headliner.  I hadn't heard the name before but on listening online I realised i recognised a lot of their music, namely from the good old days of Full Tilt at the Electric Ballroom, so much of this used to end up on Rex's set!  Yes, just two guys on decks, no gesturing or gurning at the audience, just getting on with what they do so well with the occasional grin at the audience's response.  i may have danced a bit! :-)  Total nostalgia-fest!
After the bands, I wanted to have a dance, after spending some time chatting to friends but seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as nothing drew me to the dancefloor - hard dance in the main room, cheesy 80's in the other room - what about something in between?  It had been a long day anyway, so we decided to call it quits around 2am.


Saturday.
After breakfast we took Cecile and Simon to Bombay Stores, a wonderful cornucopia of Indian bling around the corner from our hotel.  Cecile managed to find all the gothic fabrics, skulls, hallowe'en scenes. :-)  I ended up being tempted by a gorgeous sari fabric, rather expensive but I couldn't leave it go and purchased a meter, which will form part of next year's Gala Nocturna outfit.
Back to our hotel/pub to grab food - with the intention of only ordering something light, still full from breakfast that morning, ending up with a monster portion!  somehow managed to squeeze myself into a corset and dashed to the venue in time to catch the bands from the start.

ALTERRED - seen a few times before and usually considered them potentially good but gimmicky (albeit entertaining gimmicks, with clockwork doll dancers, angle grinders, masks etc).  Was surprised to see they've become a serious band!  A bit rocky for my taste but they did sound very good, with the lead vocalist Mikey seemingly determined to channel Trent Reznor. :-)
ETHAN FAWKES - was intrigued about this one from the description part metal/part industrial/part electro.  This basically consisted of a guy who looked disconcertingly like Bill Baileys younger brother, playing with electronic toys in his bedroom.  One minute twiddling with buttons and knobs behind his decks, then the next minute running off to one side to growl down the mike.  I nearly enjoyed it but something didn't quite hit the spot.
CHANT - the band with the big pre-festival hype ..... which delivered, and then some!  Lots and lots of drums, two guys, one guitar.  so much awesome!  Can't describe it any better than "woah, drums!"  Even Rob enjoyed it, pootling off to the merch stand just before the end to grab a CD before everyone else did. :-)
L'AME IMORTELLE - I know I have friends who are really into this band.  A certain one who came to Infest for the first time specifically to see them.  So I will remain tactful. meh. ;-)
KLANGSTABIL - the band I was most looking forward to.  Purchased two of their CD's before WGT last year and just fell for their sound.  Unfortunately Rob didn't, at all.  The WGT gig was odd, very intense but so different to the CD's, so I was interested to see what they'd be like without their manaical German fanbase.  It was wonderful.  So intense, the sound just builds up in layers to become almost painful, with Boris May's shouting angsty vocals striking a harsh contrast.  You get the impression he is not a happy guy.  The only slight niggle was that it was a purely English language set, so they didn't play my favourite track Lauf Lauf, nor did we get any of the Italian tracks which are sung by Maurizio instead and provide a welcome contrast.  but they were good, very good. I was happy.
MIND.IN.A.BOX - the headliner for the day.  I like their sound on CD but when i saw them live at Resistanz I got so bored, wanted to give them another chance though.  I was busy chatting with Alan and Heather, so forgot to get to the stage in time, so by the time i did, ended up standing towards the back where the sound wasn't so good.  They have a very prog-rock style live, and are very good at what they do but still didn't hold my attention for a full set so a comfy seat and gin called to me instead.
After the bands, Cecile hit the dancefloor whilst me, Rob and Simon played on the free computer games instead - well i was wearing my pacman dress, so had to play the game too!  Had a bit of a dance at the end and was there until the curfew.

Sunday
Had breakfast not been included in our rate, we would have had a lie in, however bacon called.  After a relaxed morning, we headed down to the National Media Museum to play on the computer games.  How better to spend a sleepy sunday morning during an electronic festival!  They have a room full of historic games, some free, some operable at their original arcade prices - pacman, space invaders, pong, sonic the hedgehog etc.   Rob's main draw was Gauntlet, something he spent most of his teenage years playing instead of getting a girlfriend. ;-)  I started playing one game with him and soon died, got bored waiting for him to die too, so I went to shoot things on the Point Blank rifle range game, such fun!  Ran out of 50p's, Rob still playing Gauntlet, so I put in another 20p to play.  Soon died, went to play Qbert whilst he continued to play Gauntlet  and finally died!  Just then Jonny and Mandy turned up, so after a quick browse around the games, Jonny and Rob had another go at Gauntet.  I finally managed to drag him away to get lunch.  There was talk of meeting up with the others for curry but I didn't fancy anything else savoury, so we went to the Waterstones cafe for coffee and cake instead.   Back to the hotel to struggle to get ready for the final day of the festival.

MECHANICAL CABARET - I've seen before and not a fan but wanted to check them out anyway. However we arrived late and only caught the last two songs.  Better than they used to be but still too much like Marc Almond for my taste.
READJUST - a band who have been on my WGT maybe list for years but so far eluded me.  A generic German three man electro/futurepop band.  They were good though and i had a much needed dance to start my day.
BHAMBHAMHARA - the dancing continued!  A fantastic combination of old-school electro with more modern dancy build-ups and even a slight element of trance.  I really loved this band and had a good dance. :-)
SYRIAN - the synthpop band of the weekend.  I decided to grab food before, thinking this would be a mellow affair.  I was wrong!  More futurepop than synthpop, very dancy, very entertaining.  An enjoyable set despite my getting a stitch from bouncing so soon after food!
MONOLITH - another band I was looking forward to.  the "noise" option for the weekend.  A project of Eric van Wonterghem of Absolute Body Control, this was noise with his distinctive crystal clear sound.  It started off a little tribally but soon built up to the aural assault I was expecting, building up layer upon layer of sounds over a repetitive beat - very hypnotic and powerful. Just great!  And proof that you don't have to have the volume turned up to 11 for a powerful noise experience (something I wish that certain acts at Resistanz earlier this year could learn from!)  No ringing in the ears afterwards!
PROJECT PITCHFORK - the main headliner of the festival, originally scheduled to play last year but replaced by VNV at the last minute.  This time they definately played.  A band I have yet to see live before despite their long history.  I was only aware of their one big hit Timekiller but recognised a few more once they started to perform, namely those of a more goth persuasion that I would have heard at clubs such as Tanz Macabre.  They were very good, admittedly not a band I'd dash to see again but not one I'd avoid either.
Alas, that was it for another year, how fast did that go!  We planned not to have a late night as we were off to Lincoln the next day, however the music on the dance floor was excellent and i had to stay a little while, eventually dragged away at around 1.30am.

Its a shame that we now have to choose between Infest and the Asylum steampunk weekend every bank holiday.  However, despite not yet making it to Lincoln for the last day of that, I had already decided that I would never be able to give up Infest - must come back next year!  It has become my favourite festival of the year.  The right balance of great music, great company, a lovely venue and cheap gin!
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We had a morning in Berlin before our flight home and with temperature hitting 30c, we went for a swim at the Badeschiff.  A shipping container located in the river spree converted into a swimming pool with adjacent beach bar.


swimming in container ship! )
Leaving with a longing to return again soon!  Decided i must book an extra day after WGT to go back to Krumme Lanke for a swim at least.

view of Mueggelsee from the air. Bye bye!
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By Sunday, the weather had started to get a bit scorchio, so of course we decided to spend that day going round fleamarkets and sightseeing!

all over the place! )

full gallery of photos
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Saturday was the day of our primary reason for this trip - swimming!  After much deliberation of the 80 or so lakes we could choose from, we decided on Krumme Lanke, to the south west of the city, just before Potsdam.



lakes, duck attack, squirrels, art nouveau and mad scientists bar )



the full album of this day here












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Next stop was the Neues Palais, the one I really wanted to visit.  I had heard it was undergoing refurbishment so was a bit concerned about what we were going to see but thankfully the rooms I really wanted to view had just reopened.


photo heavy - Neues Palais, Dragon house, Neuer Garten, Russian Colony )


and again, the full gallery of bling is here
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Started a couple of weeks back but then my essay got in the way .....This will be split into multiple parts, as we saw so much!  i will limit the photos though - please check out my gallery for the full set


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continued in next post.  Full Potsdam gallery, many more photos of bling, is here
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Trying to post something positive for a change!  Holiday time!

Its been a rather busy and stressful couple of weeks, this week even more so as i had to fit a weeks' worth of work into two days.  Why is it that all the archive requests come in just as you're about to go on holiday?
However somehow I managed to retrieve from the archive and send to the printers around 300 drawings, which after a sneaky check of my works email today (currently at home on a day booked off to study) have all successfully been sent to their requesters.  And in addition to this, have finally completed the Record Guideline documents and distribute them to the team for comment (aforementioned sneaky email check didn't see any complaints yet!).

Phew!  I had a much needed Gin Elderflower and Prosecco cocktail to celebrate last night - been meaning to try that one out for a while.  it was a little sharp, even for my taste but i did use elderflower gin instead of elderflower liqueur.  Then managed to pack for our much needed long weekend break to Berlin.

Being picked up at oh-my-god-how-early tomorrow morning by Simon and Cecile, to catch the 6am flight from Luton.  A weekend planned of lake swimming, beer-garden/beach bar relaxing and cycling around as many Potsdam palaces as we can manage.  And much icecream and green beer of course!


Mainly looking forward to finally getting a chance to swim in one (or two) of the 80 or so "swimming" lakes around Berlin.  Never managed to persuade Rob before but now he will be subjected to peer pressure, with Cecile and Simon on board too!

Hoping its all going to go to plan, the way everything else has gone recently, i've been stressing about this more than I should.  However a holiday is bloody needed, even if it is only a short one!
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Whilst I may enjoy a drink (or three!), I very rarely get drunk, as it doesn't take much to tip me over from giggly to dying, so I usually stop before I reach that point.  So I'm not sure how I managed to get more than a little bit tipsy not once, but twice this weekend!

On Friday I went to the Cider Tap after work, to meet up with Angharad (another student on my course, visiting London for the day).  Somehow I've failed to make it to this pub before, what have I missed all these years!  A pub specialising in just good cider, was spoiled for choice!  However, two strong ciders on an empty stomach soon had their effect on me - probably a good think that the bar queues were so long, otherwise I would have had more, enjoying the company of Angharad, her partner and their friends, out in the sunshine, with a good cider.  A great way to finish a rather "meh" week at work.
Some photos, found online, of the Cider Tap.





Wasn't really capable of cooking dinner by the time I got home though, so Rob took us to the chip shop.  Something else I very rarely do!  Great comfort food but a bit heavy on an "ahem" delicate constitution, so i had quite a sleepless night.

Saturday we had a quiet day.  I decided to get up early, as I couldn't sleep anyway and got on with some sewing (with the intention of studying on Sunday morning).  I'd bought some Indian sewing kits in Bradford last year, with the intention of making some nice summer wear, so I started on making a tunic from a lovely black and gold sequinned fabric.  Unfortunately with these kits, the fabric isn't decorated all over, just a panel down the centre with the rest left plain, so initially my tunic pattern was too wide for the fabric.  After bodging this somewhat, I discovered that my pattern was way too generous in the measurements (as it was a simple pattern, I stupidly didn't pay much attention to the measurement or ease) and it looked like a tent!  A few more adjustments later, and I am ending up making a very pretty, fitted kameez tunic - which is basically what the kit is intended to make.  Not sure where I am going to wear it (as its a bit glam for workwear!) or how my predominantly Indian neighbourhood would take to a "westerner" wearing "their" clothing - all this crap about cultural appropriation is making me a bit paranoid of abuse these days.

In the evening we'd been invited to a wedding do at the lovely Knights Templar pub in the City.  A little concerned about getting there, due to the massive anti-austerity protest that day but thankfully that appeared to go largely peacefully and we decided it was OK to drive into town.
Had a fun evening, catching up with friends and drinking a little too much of the complimentary prosecco!  Oops!  I've largely stopped drinking wine these days as it does have a bad effect on me, however I tend to make an exception for fizzy.  Well, its usually just the one glass on arrival at events, so never enough to hit me.

Sunday, as a consequence, was mostly made of hangover. :-/  I was incapable of doing any studying, nothing would sink in, so I faffed around on the computer, tried to do a bit more sewing and then went shopping for a picnic.  Basket full of comfort food and no booze!
We set off late afternoon to David Searle's Solstice Picnic on Primrose Hill.  A lovely place to sit and relax with friends, with a fantastic view of London.  We spent a few hours catching up with Sylvia, Lorena, David, Howard & Lande (and kids).   Lovely to see H&L's twins in real life, Josh has a cheeky grin and I'm sure its going to be a little devil when he grows up.  He took quite a shine to me and Rob for some bizarre reason, however I managed to make his sister cry ...... oops!  She wasn't happy about my taking away the cigarette butt that she found on the floor, making me out to be quite evil! ;-)
I was tempted to sit in the park until sunset, for the Solstice, but it was getting too cold and I needed coffee, so we headed home, via the pub for a coffee and watched the sunset through our patio door at home instead.
(not my photo but my phone is just too slow to transfer any pics over at present)  and it was a little busier than this example!

Balls two!!

Jun. 2nd, 2015 11:58 pm
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to continue from the Bank Holiday Balls post.  On Sunday we headed across country to Bath.  we'd heard the motorways were hellish, so we opted for the scenic route.  A very pretty drive, via various white horses and Avebury stone circle, arriving in Bath pretty much on schedule.

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As we decided not to do WGT this year, I still wanted an excuse to dress up and not feel too gutted about missing my favourite festival - so we ended up going to not one, but two balls!  One in Abingdon and one in Bath.  It seemed a little insane but worked out very well, and a weekend of two very different events.


On the Saturday we went to Abingdon, for the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea steampunk Ball.  As the weather was supposed to be good, we set off early to make the most of our day in Abingdon. It turned out to be a little nippy but still a lovely day to peruse the town and have dinner in a lovely pub on the river.

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Full gallery of photos here: http://vampyresheep.smugmug.com/Parties/Abingdon-Steampunk-party
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Sunday we awoke to wet miserable weather - rather unfortunate as our plan was to visit the Necropolis that day.  Well, we've done Kensal Green and Pere Lachaise cemeteries in the rain, so why would this be any different!


Morning at the Necropolis and Cathedral Precinct )




afternoon tea, deco style! )

Full gallery of photos for the day here: http://vampyresheep.smugmug.com/Holidays/Glasgow-Sunday
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As the study school ended on the bank holiday weekend, flights home were expensive, so I managed to persuade Rob to meet me "half way" in Glasgow - me getting a train over from Dundee and him flying up from Heathrow, for a short weekend break.
It all went to plan, the train journey took me through scenic countryside arriving at Glasgow Queen Street, where Rob met me after taking his first solo flight :-) and then a bus from the airport and from there we set off to find our hotel
As far as first impressions of a city go, this was a rather nice first view after emerging from the station:


architecture and pubs - our first day )

Here's my full gallery of pics for this day: http://vampyresheep.smugmug.com/Holidays/Glasgow-Saturday
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So the past week was spent revisiting student lifestyle but this time 600 miles from home, up in Dundee.

It went really well. :-)  My fellow coursemates were by and large all lovely people, all from different backgrounds and agegroups but we hit it off pretty well.  The course consisted of four days of talks and presentations about the various aspects of the Archives and Records Management course, they were very long and tiring days but mostly rather interesting.
the highlight for me was the Paleography demo - I loved that so much and really hope i can take it up as a module.  Apparently very difficult and intensive, however I felt it ticked with how my brain works; puzzle solving is definately more for me than theorising different works, and what you can learn from writing types, spelling, paper, condition etc, is just fascinating.

I booked accommodation in the centre of town, in case i needed to make my own arrangements for food etc - good to know everything is on your doorstep.  However most evenings I socialised with people from the course anyway.  the first night we all headed to a pub, in the opposite direction from town, so it was a shame for me to have to make my excuses early as I hadn't checked in to my accommodation yet!
Thursday night was the Archives' pizza and icecream night.  We were all expecting just a quick stop over for food and polite drinks, however it ended up being a party going on until the early hours!  Painfully aware of the effect that wine has on me, I did "try" to pace myself, however a naughty curry and chips on the way home was very much needed - the final day of the course was very difficult to get through as a consequence. :-)

The Sleeper train was an experience too!  The best customer service i have ever experienced on public transport, all very polite and friendly, plus you get woken up with a coffee 30 minutes before your stop. I was lucky to get sole occupancy of a cabin, they're so small, I cant imagine what it would be like to share with a stranger.  I can't say I slept very well but i didn't expect to, and the experience was well worth it.   It did mean i arrived in Dundee at 6.30 am, so I have some very early morning sightseeing photos.

the unofficial symbol of Dundee - the comics were produced in this city!  My hostel is just to the left of this photo, where the clock is coming out of the wall.

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It could be said that that was a rather busy weekend! Particularly as I'm about to depart to cold, wet Scotland after work today.

After a frustrating, stressful week at work, I turned down a much needed post-work drink with colleagues on Friday as I had barely a minute spare this weekend!  Rather embarrassing to use the old "doing my hair" as an excuse but that was the truth!

Saturday morning I was up early to start packing for my trip to Dundee/Glasgow.  Not a clue what to take as the weather forecast is taking a turn for the worse, so I've ended up with a massive case. :-/
The rest of the day was spent in Camden.  We were meeting up with Amanda and various friends for her birthday drinks at the Cuban bar, so we got there a bit early to do some shopping.  I failed to get anything I needed to buy but instead a bag full of crafty bits n pieces and a gorgeous chunky skull necklace .............. upon showing this to Amanda, she promptly dashed over to the shop to get one for herself!  Had a fun few hours catching up with friends and enjoying the delicious cocktails - Pepper & Chocolate Mojito is a thing of wonder indeed.
We needed to get food before the evening's gig, so finished off our Camden trip in Belgo.  Food not as good as previous visits but yummy Belgian beer!  and more time to catch up with Amanda and Martin to plot various events for this year .... seriously considering a trip over to Holland for Emporium Vernesque, as it happens to fall on my birthday!

That night we had tickets booked to see Suicide Commando at Slimelight.  I had been in two minds about going because it was a club gig and wasn't sure how my knee would cope.  But I didn't want to miss SC and knew I'd be grumpy if we didn't attend!  Had a bit of a mad dash to get ready and back out again but of course the gig was running late as usual. :-)
first band on was DKAG - basically the Slimelight DJ's band, bouncy fun dance music, although the sound wasn't good at the venue.
Suicide Commando came on around 1am.  It was a good, greatest hits set.  Again the sound not great and i have to admit that i don't think they're the best live band - usually a bit hit or miss in the sound quality department - but I love their music and every track they played hit the spot, despite being a bit muffled.
We didn't bother staying late at the club because my knee was too sore to dance and there weren't many people we knew there.  Besides, had another busy day to come!

Sunday we were going to the Imperial War museum to meet up with an old work friend, Gemma, to see the Fashion on the Ration exhibition.  This was a great little, cram packed, exhibition about the development of street fashion in the 1940's - from military attire, utility wear, "make do and mend" and finishing with the post-war "New look".  Very informative, I learned a lot I didn't know about how they refashioned clothes in that era and the strict rules on what they were allowed to purchase during wartime.  i also bought myself a lovely book on 1940's fashion - lots of inspirational photos!


After the exhibition, we decided to find a pub for food and ended up at Zeitgeist. Had a fab German meal, with a pint or two of "weissbier" and a few hours catching up on each other's news.

The rest of the evening was spent finishing off my packing and getting everything ready for my trip.  I'm off to Dundee after work tonight on the sleeper train, for a 4 day study school to start off my Masters course in Archives and Records Management.  It finishes on Friday but it being a bank holiday, I was having problems finding an affordable route home ................. so instead, Rob is flying up to Glasgow to meet me for a weekend there!  He's never flown alone, neither of us have ever been to Glasgow - what could go wrong! :-)
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Feeling rather grumpy with a cold (my first in a year!) and work stuff but its about time I use my LJ for pretty photos instead, less of the whineing! :-)
We had an accidental free weekend, so despite my having a cold, I wanted to get out into the sunshine, so we decided on Saturday to do some of the Shaun in the City trail around London.


sheeeeps! )
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