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January 29, 2006

Stories from the City

A to ZMy day of culture (best intentions) turned into a day of mooching, shopping, eating and drinking. Met Rhi and her friend Julia for lunch in Notting Hill, wandered around Portobello road, then met Thomas, Phil and Helen for a drink late afternoon. Got myself very lost through my premature confidence, dodgy sense of direction and belief that the time had come to cut the umbilical cord to my trusty A-Z. Have now realised the error of my ways, and understand that there is a long way to go until I can go out in the big bad city and trust to pure instinct alone.

Love being in the city at weekends – there's so much potential and possibility. It reminds me of those lazy, slightly hungover Sundays in Taipei having brunch in Grandma Nittis with the other EFL teachers, followed by a wander in the park or a spot of shopping in Shi-da or in the flower/jade market. I only have to listen to PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea and I feel myself transported back there – the curious soundtrack to my last few months living in Taiwan.

Now I have that Sunday night feeling, even though I'm quite looking forward to tomorrow's task (writing a 3000 word speech for a conference). It's funny the way that I got myself into a complete state over my essays at Warwick and fretted about them for weeks before they were due, but the thought of throwing together a ministerial speech in a day doesn't really daunt me. Well not till 9am tomorrow anyway. Rise and shine

Rise and shine

Whatever happened to a pot of freshly brewed coffee, some warm buttered toast and leisurely perusal of the best of the morning papers before facing the day ahead…?

These days it appears to take pre-packaged sandwiches, the latest Daily Mail shock headline, a futile attempt at nutrition in the form of a pint of full-fat milk, and an 'energy' drink akin to battery acid to jolt our sleep-deprived brains into such a state that we can face another day of existence in the 21st century.

Rise and shine


London tap water is manky.

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