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30
Aug
08

Eye eye

Whoops, done a YouTube and failed to update this for a while! Check out my latest YouTube vid for the rest of the story on the road trip. I’d embed it here but I’m tapping away on my phone, watching Most Haunted Live in Aldwych tube station.

My iPhone has been a bit of a dick lately, with applications (officially downloaded and therefore approved by Apple) seeming to be the problem. Had to restore my whole phone THREE times this week. And it’s not a short process. It takes hours – literally. I hope it behaves as I still love it, but it’s getting harder to adore something that seems intent on pissing me off as much as it possibly can.

Had an eye test and contact lens check today. At the end when I was presented with the bill (the tests plus 3 month’s of contact lenses), I think the optician could visibly see my jaw drop: £104. Having lost my only pair last weekend, I tentatively asked how much spectacle lenses were these days, since I get £80 worth of frames free. This time she had to pick my jaw from the counter: start at “about £100”. For a bit of plastic! It’s not even glass! I’m sticking with my lovely comfy new contact lenses for the time being. Not least because I can’t afford glasses, even if I wanted them.

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04
Aug
08

Meditation, that’s what you need.

Whilst going for a random wander today, I went for a little stroll in Jubilee Gardens whilst Tom went to get something for my birthday tomorrow. I’ve always known Jubilee Gardens existed but never bothered to find the entrance. It’s actually situated on the roof of Canary Wharf tube station. It’s a pleasant enough spot, with the gentle sound of the fountains masking the sound of nearby traffic and the trees contrasting against the tallest skyscrapers in the UK adjacent to the park. If you look carefully in the first picture, you can see an interesting looking character meditating on a park bench. I’d just been thinking that I was the most relaxed person in the park, snapping away whilst lying on one of the other benches, before spotting him!

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30
Jul
08

From the tent!

If you’ve arrived here from my latest YouTube vlog (see below), you will understand what I mean by saying that I’m typing this from inside my new Quickpitch tent.  I’ve bought it for this weekend – it’s Brighton Pride time again!  I’ve been to Brighton Pride for the last 3 years with various people, and every year it’s been great.  Basically, it’s a massive gay gathering in a city on the south coast, pretty close to London, that has a sizeable gay community anyway.  When you add a lot of the gay London community, plus those from even further afield, you have a very large event indeed.  I’m not one for shouting “GAY PRIDE!” – I don’t see the point, really.  There isn’t “Straight Pride”.  I’m not proud to be gay as such, like straight people aren’t proud to be straight. (Neither am I ashamed of it, I should point out!)  But it is great to have a massive gay party every year.  I only really go to the gathering in Preston Park – the parade doesn’t really appeal.  Tens of thousands of people go there, and the atmosphere is amazing.  The last 3 years have been hot and sunny, but it looks like the forecast this year is for rain.  Oh dear.  I’m sure I’ll still have fun.  Heck, it’s to celebrate my birthday as well.  I WILL have fun!

29
Jul
08

Not quite midweek updateness

The drive home was fine, if a little hot. Mine and Tom’s amazing pop-up easy-peasy tent has arrived in time for Brighton on Saturday; they sent the wrong inflatable bed – a single. However, we have also realised that a double will not fit inside anyway. It has to be two single sleeping bags and roll mats. So it looks like we’ll be going shopping for these later in the week. The weather forecast for Saturday isn’t that promising at present either. I’ve never been a massive fan of camping, and if things stay as they are, it looks like my beliefs will face little challenge.

I’m also looking very pale and white – methinks some fake tan may be in order…




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