Listening to: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – The Cardigans

I got all excited about the prospect of donating blood once I get to the UK, because I can’t give any here having lived in the UK before (and I love giving blood – I’d be the best donor ever). So I checked the National Blood Service‘s website, and I might still not be able to give any blood, because they restrict people who’ve lived in some (undisclosed) overseas locations. Poo.


Listening to: Hairdresser on Fire – Morrissey

I know, I know – what am I like? (This is the weirdest, Englishest expression and I expect to be using it a lot from now on.) I ask for comments, I get them (thank you!) and then I go AWOL. Hopeless.

But I have an excellent excuse – out of nowhere, the opportunity to move to London in April burst on the scene, and it’s been distracting!

The story is that my aunt C. (why does everyone I know have to start with C?) went there for a holiday last October and stayed with a friend, and since she found out that I want to move to England she’s been angling hard for Shepherd’s Bush (did you know it was the most exciting place on Earth?). I’ve been kind of “yeah, yeah, whatever” about it, because London is notoriously expensive and just seemed slightly too far out of reach, really. But then, a couple of Sundays ago, she came over and announced that there was a spare room going in her friend’s sharehouse (for only, like, 25% more than I’d been budgeting) and did I want it? And of course I did, even though it’s a terrifying prospect (what if I don’t find a job?).

Here are some pictures sent by the person whose room I’m taking:



I will have the downstairs bedroom while my three housemates sleep upstairs (how perfect is that?).

More details as they come to hand!

Listening to: Walk Away Renee [Version] – Billy Bragg

Look at how cold Britain is right now!:

  • “Cold snap deepens as temperatures reach -10C”
  • “That’s winter for you…”
  • Imagine the coats, jumpers, hats and scarves they get to wear! Do you think it’ll be that cold again next year?

    (Summer makes me sad.)

    Listening to: Back to the Old House – The Smiths

    Also, this Steve Bell cartoon from a couple of days ago amused me:

    Steve Bell - David Cameron

    (David Cameron.)

    Listening to: Desperation Made a Fool of Me – Belle & Sebastian

    I love this idea: guerrilla gardeners make London pretty.

    Listening to: Coffee + TV – Blur

    Argh! I’ve just taken a little lunch break (my assignment is actually progressing at last) and have been torturing myself by looking at London rental properties. It’s completely exhilerating – seriously, I think my face is actually flushed after seeing the words “close to Tesco superstore”, or this:

    Clapham Tube Station, I think

    Exhilerating, but disheartening. My lunch break has stretched into two hours, and I have concluded that I am going to have to couple up with someone if I am ever going to afford that kind of rent on a studio flat (even if I resist converting the price tags back into Australian dollars, they’re slightly alarming. Does anyone know any wealthy bachelors who disdain sunshine?). Studio flats above shops, studio flats near Tube stations, studio flats with manky carpeting which boast “neutral decor” (when did neutral decor become desirable? Yuck). I don’t think I have the words to express how badly I want to go, how much I want to live in a country I wasn’t born in. I think it’s a sign that things are calming down a bit here, because until a couple of months ago this was all I could think about all the time, too.

    Today is deliciously grey and rainy, too, which is perfect weather for thinking of England.

    Listening to: Figure of Fun – The Birthday Party

    If you have ever been to the Medway Towns, I hope you will find this as hilarious as I do: Dickens World. I am sure Chatham will soon be awash with tourists.

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