All entries for November 2005

November 30, 2005

Paris encore

Greetings,
am back in Paris safe and have lots to do! (The weekend was very nice and I highly reccommend 'Mrs Henderson Presents', by the way! It's a very charming, very English film.) Tuesday I was working at Antony-val, and went to Aquagym afterwards which was hard work! Seems to be very good for you though, and can be fun.
Today I just pottered around, really, did some laundry and tidying, reading, work, wrote a postcard to mark, etc. They changed the locks on our rooms today, too, so I have a new key (since the pass-key to the residences was stolen about 5 months ago this is a little late but better late than never, at least if I'm going to be burgled they'll have to break the door to get in now…!)

Tomorrow I am going to go to the library in Nanterre to do some researching for my uni essay (at last!) and to the supermarket, I also need to go to the post office and then in the evening I should be going to the Christmas market at La Defense – the cheesy type with mulled wine and twee stalls! Looks pretty though, so I'll take pictures.

Doesn't sound very exciting, I know, as days go, but then on Friday I'm going to Disneyland!! Julia and Tamara (both assistants) are desperate to go so how could I refuse?! Then at the weekend I'm either seeing Harry Potter or going to Cergy to see what it's like on Saturday, and then all the assistants are meeting up for brunch on Sunday (then probably going on to a museum – as it's the first sunday of the month they're free). I think that makes up for my mediochre days today and tomorrow!

Plus I have been watching some episodes of Lost today, that Mark sent me, and I'm totally hooked – I've got up to the end of episode 5, must watch more so I can catch up with Antony! Antony's gone to see Harry Potter this evening – I'm jealous! I have to wait, so I'll have to not let him talk about it on the phone.
Off to have dinner and watch more Lost methinks… Lxx


November 25, 2005

quick update

Hello all,
just to let you know that Grandpa's funeral went off without a hitch – (thanks to all who sent their kind words and wishes) I got through my reading, and it was a lovely service. It was also really nice to have all the family together – it hasn't happened for years, and only one of the 9 cousins was missing, so we had fun chatting and joking and reminiscing afterwards at the golf club.
Antony is staying down here for the weekend, which is lovely lovely lovely, and we are planning to go to see 'Mrs Henderson Presents' tomorrow. Will let you know if it's any good (must surely be worth it for Will Young…yum).
Today is Paul's birthday – he is 36 (ancient!) so Happy Birthday Paul, hope you had an enjoyable day :)

November 22, 2005

Hurrah for UKTV Gold

Currently showing Blackadder until at least 10pm!!! Huzzah :)

Small rant

Webmail is annoying me – as I am living in France, the only access I have to my warwick emails is via Webmail, and recently I've noticed that more often than not I get either a 'The server is busy and cannot process your request' message, or a 'Your post office is unavailable, please contact your service administrator' message. Both of which are very irritating and don't let me see my emails, which might be very important as I am not on campus. Grrrrrrrrr.
Humph. Works today though! (Thank goodness, had to do my campus accommodation application.)
Colds are rubbish.

November 21, 2005

I am going to read

Grannie has asked me to read the following poem at Grandpa's funeral on Thursday, and it's rather moving so I thought I'd share it with everyone;

Do not go gentle into that good night (Dylan Thomas)

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


for Antony (for being my steady presence)

"To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be."

(Anna Louise Strong)


random quiz (I know I haven't made a real entry in ages, I will soon!)

A little bit about me
1. Whose thoughts would you most like to read? Antony's – just to see who else he fancies! ;p

2. What have you lost that you'd most like to retrieve? Currently my Bill Bailey DVD

3. What's your favourite red thing? My hair (well, it's just about red!)

4. What are some things that irritate you? Ooh, many things – people being ignorant, full of themselves, people saying 'haitch', ready-to-eat sandwiches having mayonnaise in them (I don't like it and it spoils so many nice fillings!)...etc etc.

5. What's your favourite boy's name? Harry

Girl's name? Bethany

6. What's on the walls in your room? Various postcards – mainly black and white ones, a calendar, a big photo of lilies, a timetable of dance lessons at the centre de danse du marais, and a collage of crazy playing cards that Mark sent me.

7. Name a CD you own that's a guilty pleasure (one you adore, but pretend not to for fear of irreversible negative social consequences). Umm Hear'say's album…I wouldn't say I adore it but it has some happy memories attached :)

8. What item of your friends' would you most like to have for your own? Mark's phone (any of them – he's always got a gorgeous new one) or Julia's sunflower candles because they're really pretty!

9. Where will you be in five year's time? Well if I knew that, life would be a lot simpler…

10. What one thing would you most like to accomplish with your life? Be as happy as possible and make some other people happy too :)

11. What's your favourite scary movie? None of them – I don't like scary movies!

12. Who's funnier, Jim Carrey or Bill Murray? Tough one. Bill.

13. Have you ever been in a school play? Yep – my first role was the messenger in the nativity play (saying everyone had to go to the town where they were born for the census) but I've been in loads. Was it good? Were you good? Of course!

14. What's the furthest place you've ever travelled to? India

15. Have you ever won a trophy? What for? Yep – for getting the most credits (like house points) in my year in one term at school

16. Name a book you'd recommend to a friend. Why? There are so many, but the book I'm currently reading is fascinating – Watching The English, by Kate Fox

17. What's the stupidest thing you've ever done? That's for me to know, and no-one else to ridicule me about :p

18. What's your favourite cartoon? Why? I'm not sure if it counts as a cartoon, but the animation Pocoyo is SERIOUSLY cute! But I think actually Winnie the Pooh is my all-time favourite.

19. Which animal do you most resemble in appearance and habit? a cat.

20. What mesmerises you? Flying.

21. Name something about yourself that people don't expect. I can do a very passable train whistle impression.

22. What's your favourite place on campus? Why? The arts centre, because it's a great place to meet people, eat and drink, read, see great plays and music, or even just sit and be – all of which are things I love doing. It always has a lovely atmosphere.

23. What everyday item is the most well designed? (Fit for purpose and aesthetically pleasing.) Not sure what sort of 'everyday item' this question means, but for me, my mac laptop!

24. What's your favourite time of day? Why? Early evening – fading light, one can start to relax after whatever one has been doing during the day.

25. What is the best thing you have done in a seminar? Listen to some really interesting ideas that I never would have heard anywhere else.

26. What is the best moment you have had in a lecture? Realising we were studying two Asterix albums – both funny and fairly easy to analyse!

27. What was your biggest mistake in your first year? Not doing enough secondary reading to get a higher grade – that said, I had so much fun, I don't really regret it. My first year mark didn't count anyway, so I reckon I was well-balanced. (If we're not talking academically, then kissing one of my hallmates in the union in my first week probably wasn't a great idea!!)


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