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Last Wednesday, I managed to go to Wimbledon, and sit on Centre Court thanks to an old tennis mad school friend.
Last year, Rob followed the tennis around the world, going to Davis Cup matches, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Which is quite a feat really!
This year he's only at Wimbledon, but what tickets he managed to get. Centre Court, right in the middle behind the court. Lovely.
We got to see Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling play which were all very good to watch (and who all won). We also wandered around the grounds a bit to take in some of the outside courts.
And of course we had the obligatory Pimms and strawberries. :)
Wimbledon is such a great event, I love it - the atmosphere, the tennis, the whole Britishness of it that pervades the entire place.
Next year, I may even get around to getting my own tickets!
So. The election is tomorrow and if you're in the UK I want to take this opportunity to tell you to vote.
I don't care who you vote for (well I'd really like it if you didn't vote Tory, but I'm not going to stop you), the most important thing is that you actually vote.
I think voting is one of the most important democratic processes we have and it's important that everyone has their say. Also if you don't vote, you automatically lose you're complaining priveleges - you have no right to complain if you didn't make your voice heard when you had the chance. Conversely if you vote and the people you voted for don't win you have a free pass to complain as much you like.
So please just turn up at your polling station and make your voice heard.
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We've managed to get tickets to be in the studio audience at Channel 4's Alternative Election Night with David Mitchell, Jimmy Carr and Charlie Brooker.
I can't wait, this is going to be rather awesome. it goes till 1am so I've taken the following morning off work also. :)
if you're in the UK, make sure you vote!
I've recently started to get a bit more invested in politics in this country. There's been a few things lately that I've been feeling strongly enough about to get involved: libel reform and Simon Singh's high court battle and most importantly the Digital Economy Bill and the 'wash-up'.
The Digital Economy Bill is a huge massive piece of legislation full of controversial clauses. And many of those clauses have the potential for major unintended consequences, especially for places like libraries, universities and cafes. (Thankfully one of the clauses I was worried about has been removed relating to free use of images found online).
Frustratingly since the General Election has been called we've entered the so called 'wash-up' period where any bills not yet passed through parliament get rushed through - without the necessary debate. And last night that's exactly what happened to a number of Bills. A couple of hours discussion then voted through due to deals being done in back rooms by the party Whips. Bloody frustrating.
And to add insult to injury hardly any MPs bothered to even show up. There are over 600 MPs in the UK. At times there were only 12(!) in the House while bills were getting their tiny amount of discussion. And then less then half of them voted.
And that's what really posses me off. What's the point of having that many MPs if so few bother to turn up and do what they were elected to do? And it should piss more people off. What were ~400 MPs doing that is more important than voting on legislation that affects all their constituents?If like me you're interested, there's a great page here showing who bothered to vote for the DEBill. even if they voted for the Bill, at least it shows they cared enough to bother voting.
So I give you Eye Juice - my new tumblr where I shall be attempting to post a photo everyday.
It has the same name as my now defunct icon journal, just because I really like the name and it seems a shame for it to go to waste.
THE CLOCKWORK QUARTET
Thur 15th | Fri 16th | Sat 17th October
Discover The Horse Hospital transformed into a run down Victorian music hall, where you can enjoy a cup of tea, a glass of port, or something more potent, and refreshments crafted by the band chocolatier. Advanced booking recommended.
“The Clockwork Quartet is a Dresden Dolls-esque collective of 20-odd musicians, actors and cabaret performers who all play various bizarre and morbidly dark characters. Intrigued?” – NME
The Clockwork Quartet consists of a core quartet of guitar, bass banjo, violin and cello, with help from accordion, oboe, piccolo banjo, Stroh violin, musical saw, and the magnificent Steamdrone, as well as the percussive possibilities of clocks, metronomes, discarded mechanical parts and found objects. Members include two trained luthiers, a carpenter, a jeweller, a prop maker and sculptor, a chocolatier, and a doctor of zoology.
Listen & book tickets at http://www.clockworkquartet.com
Today I am off to Spain for the week. We're flying into madrid tonight and then bussing to granada on Monday.
I'm currently on the bus to Luton which goes through tourist central London as you can see from the photo of marble arch above.
I plan to take many many photos , though my camera is a little broken. :( The lens cover broke (it fell off my desk and landed badly) so it still works, but I need to probably get that fixed.
It's a glorious day here and it's going to be even better on Spain! Hola Espana!
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This past weekend I was in Chamonix-Mont Blanc in France for a friends wedding. I had a fab weekend, and the wedding was beautiful - in a hotel up a mountain and overlooking a glacier! and it snowed! it was all very very romantic and picturesque.
I went with a friend, Anne, from my old firm. and the friend getting married was another friend from there.
On the Saturday before the reception, Anne and I went up a mountain (Aguille du Midi) in a cable car. It was incredibly amazing, but we were 3.8 km up and both of us got pretty bad altitude sickness! so that was a new experience!
the photo above is my fave pic from up the mountain. We went so far, and then there was another higher peak you could climb, but this was a good enough view for me!!
So, it started snowing yesterday, and this morning this is what it looks like out my window. The trains are all cancelled, the buses are withdrawn, and so it looks like it's a .... SNOW DAY!! yay!
one downside though is that I'm meant to have class tonight! So, if it calms down this afternoon, I might attempt to make my way across the city for it.
But still! extra day at home! woo!
Have just had an email saying all classes are cancelled, so don't have to worry about that! And the snow has restarted and is coming down fast.