shewho: (melting tube)
it's funny the kind of things that put you in a good mood for the day.

i'm not talking about the almost painful to read mccartney / mills verdict.

i'm certainly not talking about my colleague's assertion he just learnt how to say 'good morning' in japanese on the toilet.

but i did just merrily stroll into work, singing crowded house's 'mean to me' out loud with a grin on my face.

why?

the Best Bus Driver Ever.

seriously. oftentimes in the morning it's tricky getting the bus to stamford hill. a million and two schoolchildren to navigate. this bus was full. but the driver, in the cheeriest way got everyone to 'move down and work together' and even though we were packed like sardines by then stopped again at the next stop, and got people to squeeze on the back, all the time keeping up this cheery monologue of joy and togetherness, which had us all *talking* to each other and smiling. and wished everybody a wonderful day as we piled off at stamford hill. piled off with a spring in our steps and a grin on our faces.

reader, i tell you, i had a tear of happiness in my eye. it's the little things.

*and* it's a bank holiday tomorrow. today may be made of greatness.

tomorrow you should totally come to soul mole at canal 125 for some serious dancing to some seriously excellent music.
shewho: (melting tube)
it's funny the kind of things that put you in a good mood for the day.

i'm not talking about the almost painful to read mccartney / mills verdict.

i'm certainly not talking about my colleague's assertion he just learnt how to say 'good morning' in japanese on the toilet.

but i did just merrily stroll into work, singing crowded house's 'mean to me' out loud with a grin on my face.

why?

the Best Bus Driver Ever.

seriously. oftentimes in the morning it's tricky getting the bus to stamford hill. a million and two schoolchildren to navigate. this bus was full. but the driver, in the cheeriest way got everyone to 'move down and work together' and even though we were packed like sardines by then stopped again at the next stop, and got people to squeeze on the back, all the time keeping up this cheery monologue of joy and togetherness, which had us all *talking* to each other and smiling. and wished everybody a wonderful day as we piled off at stamford hill. piled off with a spring in our steps and a grin on our faces.

reader, i tell you, i had a tear of happiness in my eye. it's the little things.

*and* it's a bank holiday tomorrow. today may be made of greatness.

tomorrow you should totally come to soul mole at canal 125 for some serious dancing to some seriously excellent music.
shewho: (E17)
What's this? The entirety of the Victoria Line down after 23:00, Mon - Thurs, 23rd June to 23rd November??

BUT MY SOCIAL LIFE!!!

(Ahaha the last train out of Liverpool Street doesn't leave til 01:00ish, foiled again! Who wants to hang out in Hoxton all the time? No? Bethnal Green? Hackney?)

***

ETA: ARGH! The only thing more irritating than that, is when you've just whacked up the radio to a silly volume to have a little sing and boogie to Don't Stop Me Now and some officious woman organising a work experience you know NOTHING about calls you up for the duration. I want my FUN, dammnit!
shewho: (E17)
What's this? The entirety of the Victoria Line down after 23:00, Mon - Thurs, 23rd June to 23rd November??

BUT MY SOCIAL LIFE!!!

(Ahaha the last train out of Liverpool Street doesn't leave til 01:00ish, foiled again! Who wants to hang out in Hoxton all the time? No? Bethnal Green? Hackney?)

***

ETA: ARGH! The only thing more irritating than that, is when you've just whacked up the radio to a silly volume to have a little sing and boogie to Don't Stop Me Now and some officious woman organising a work experience you know NOTHING about calls you up for the duration. I want my FUN, dammnit!

London

Sep. 26th, 2006 11:39 am
shewho: (ginbooze)
It doesn't matter that I've been living in London* for most of my life, I still get a stupid thrill when visiting monopoly board streets in day to day life.

I've just been banking on Fleet Street. :)

I think this is probably half the attraction of the Monopoly Board Pub Crawl also, visiting *all* of the places. That and the challenge in doing it in 12 hours. That and the booze.

Well, maybe mainly the booze........

*****


Things that are entertaining me today - the word 'gametes'



*Shut up, you can have that debate another time!

London

Sep. 26th, 2006 11:39 am
shewho: (ginbooze)
It doesn't matter that I've been living in London* for most of my life, I still get a stupid thrill when visiting monopoly board streets in day to day life.

I've just been banking on Fleet Street. :)

I think this is probably half the attraction of the Monopoly Board Pub Crawl also, visiting *all* of the places. That and the challenge in doing it in 12 hours. That and the booze.

Well, maybe mainly the booze........

*****


Things that are entertaining me today - the word 'gametes'



*Shut up, you can have that debate another time!
shewho: (honeybee)
I read in the paper this morning that some airlines are soon to be letting hand luggage back on flights. I don't quite understand this, does it mean that all terrorists have been eradicated? They have blocked all their passports? Why is the risk any less?

Also, to celebrate, Ryanair are going to be offering 'free' flights. Cash Back!

****

Last night I went to see A Caucasian Chalk Circle at The Scoop, which is the outdoor concrete ampitheatre near Tower Bridge.

It was a lovely balmy evening to sit happily on my own and watch a really quite good free production. It was even lovlier to be surrounded by dubious youths (obviously on some sort of school trip) to find out they weren't dubious at all, and very keen.

Even when the rain started gently, they carried on, as promised. When it started tipping it down we were soooooo close to the end and the not-so-dubious-youths and everyone else sat there getting wet cheering for them to finish. So they did. In the pouring rain.

It was brilliant :)

****

Yesterday I heard many of my favourite noises:

♥ the roar of traffic pulling away from the lights at London Bridge
♥ the gentle pitter patter of light rain on umbrella
♥ the beautiful, beautiful ear-slamming thunder! God, I love storms :)
♥ the rain beating down on the bedroom window*

****

I don't think I'll be going to the free theatre today, I'm not sure the weather will let me.....





*NB this sound kept me awake and eventually made me angry, gah!
shewho: (honeybee)
I read in the paper this morning that some airlines are soon to be letting hand luggage back on flights. I don't quite understand this, does it mean that all terrorists have been eradicated? They have blocked all their passports? Why is the risk any less?

Also, to celebrate, Ryanair are going to be offering 'free' flights. Cash Back!

****

Last night I went to see A Caucasian Chalk Circle at The Scoop, which is the outdoor concrete ampitheatre near Tower Bridge.

It was a lovely balmy evening to sit happily on my own and watch a really quite good free production. It was even lovlier to be surrounded by dubious youths (obviously on some sort of school trip) to find out they weren't dubious at all, and very keen.

Even when the rain started gently, they carried on, as promised. When it started tipping it down we were soooooo close to the end and the not-so-dubious-youths and everyone else sat there getting wet cheering for them to finish. So they did. In the pouring rain.

It was brilliant :)

****

Yesterday I heard many of my favourite noises:

♥ the roar of traffic pulling away from the lights at London Bridge
♥ the gentle pitter patter of light rain on umbrella
♥ the beautiful, beautiful ear-slamming thunder! God, I love storms :)
♥ the rain beating down on the bedroom window*

****

I don't think I'll be going to the free theatre today, I'm not sure the weather will let me.....





*NB this sound kept me awake and eventually made me angry, gah!
shewho: (Default)
so the dust has settled on yesterday's events a little, and we've all had time to think things over.

London and it's people have impressed me so much in a few short hours. no mass panic, just pragmatism and looking out for each other, steadily sorting everything out and getting the job done. much of the tube and transport is up and working fine and dandy this morning, thankyouverymuch. and major incident planning seems to have kicked in pretty well - i'm sure things could have been a lot worse. although not for those poor people and their families who *were* caught in the worst of it. my thoughts go out to you, whoever you may be.............

and i stick two fingers up to terrorism! so you thought this would bring us to our knees did you? so you thought we'd be scared and hiding in our houses? well screw you, whoever you are, because look what has happened: you have made us stick together and care about random strangers (yes, i *am* talking about the same london where people avoid eye contact on the tubes), and you have made us EVEN MORE DETERMINED to live life as we do, to change nothing and enjoy our freedoms to the most.

hell, you couldn't even disrupt the transport system as much as a few of the wrong sort of leaves.

we aren't afraid as much as annoyed and defiant. this morning i am back in work, sipping at a hot cup of tea, and i even got on a number 30 bus. IN YOUR FACE.

as so many have said, this little city has seen so much and been hurt so much worse, and still we pick ourselves up and carry on.

********************************

left work early yesterday to face a long journey home. which wasn't that bad actually. walked for an hour and a quarter to manor house, where we hopped on 2 buses straight home (via a detour into tesco). i reckon my estimate of a 2 and a half hour walk was quite accurate. eminently doable, and nice to know i know the way.

it was very strange walking through london in the afternoon though. strangely subdued feeling in the air, much quieter than normal despite the throng of walking people. maybe it was the lack of traffic noise. i don't know.

the 123 bus is normally a hotbed of inane chatter, but last night and this morning there was silence. very weird. tottenham / walthamstow is a mixed bag of characters and races. i haven't spotted any dubious looks / attitudes yet, and i hope i won't do. let us not let them win, eh?
shewho: (Default)
so the dust has settled on yesterday's events a little, and we've all had time to think things over.

London and it's people have impressed me so much in a few short hours. no mass panic, just pragmatism and looking out for each other, steadily sorting everything out and getting the job done. much of the tube and transport is up and working fine and dandy this morning, thankyouverymuch. and major incident planning seems to have kicked in pretty well - i'm sure things could have been a lot worse. although not for those poor people and their families who *were* caught in the worst of it. my thoughts go out to you, whoever you may be.............

and i stick two fingers up to terrorism! so you thought this would bring us to our knees did you? so you thought we'd be scared and hiding in our houses? well screw you, whoever you are, because look what has happened: you have made us stick together and care about random strangers (yes, i *am* talking about the same london where people avoid eye contact on the tubes), and you have made us EVEN MORE DETERMINED to live life as we do, to change nothing and enjoy our freedoms to the most.

hell, you couldn't even disrupt the transport system as much as a few of the wrong sort of leaves.

we aren't afraid as much as annoyed and defiant. this morning i am back in work, sipping at a hot cup of tea, and i even got on a number 30 bus. IN YOUR FACE.

as so many have said, this little city has seen so much and been hurt so much worse, and still we pick ourselves up and carry on.

********************************

left work early yesterday to face a long journey home. which wasn't that bad actually. walked for an hour and a quarter to manor house, where we hopped on 2 buses straight home (via a detour into tesco). i reckon my estimate of a 2 and a half hour walk was quite accurate. eminently doable, and nice to know i know the way.

it was very strange walking through london in the afternoon though. strangely subdued feeling in the air, much quieter than normal despite the throng of walking people. maybe it was the lack of traffic noise. i don't know.

the 123 bus is normally a hotbed of inane chatter, but last night and this morning there was silence. very weird. tottenham / walthamstow is a mixed bag of characters and races. i haven't spotted any dubious looks / attitudes yet, and i hope i won't do. let us not let them win, eh?

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