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Everyone said that London was a bad place to go if you want to see snow (rhymes!), but today it snowed! So happy. It snowed pretty well, too. The snowflakes started out really tiny, like just frozen raindrops, and as it got going a bit they became clumps of frozen raindrops. It was fantastic fun! :)

Turns out that our flight leaves at 9:15 pm instead of 5:15pm so we have the afternoon to watch the snow through the window (it's changed to rain now I think) and tv.

The weekend - I am going to see how my parents feel about me having a bbq at my place. More details to come, probably? Party party.

Non-holiday related stuff - I'm reasonably sure that I want to get a Macbook Pro at some point in the not-too distant future (before I go back to uni next year definately), but I have some questions and I think people in the Livejournal universe may be able to answer them. :)

In which I ask boring questions about the 15 inch MBP )

Can anyone suggest a good mac community website where I could learn things/ask questions? All I've managed to find so far are dumb fannish websites with really biased reviews.

Pew-pew lasers.

I hope they feed us on the plane. I am going to be sooo hungry by 9pm tonight.
BA has quite good plane food actually.
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Yes, not something you'd expect from someone who is in London in December, but we've been plagued with lovely, sunny (yet freezing) weather, and damn it, the weather lady said it might snow today or tomorrow and I may not know much about snow, but I don't think that bright sunshine is a good sign.
So I want the sun to go away, and I want it to snow.

People should watch this. It's awesome.

I'm looking forward to going home now, as I think I've said, but I'll definately miss London. It's an awesome city. The only downsides to it are the weather and the huuuuuuge distance from home.

We overestimated how much money we'd need for food and such for our 9-day stint in the city, so we're going to splurge today and spend more than £4 between us on dinner - we're going to Nandos! Nandos in England costs the same number-value as it does at home - so it's about £20 for the two of us to eat.
Which is a fair bit... But it's still great. And Nandos here comes with bottomless softdrinks.

But let me tell you about our amazingly cheap dinners!
So there's this supermarket called Iceland, where you can buy a 1kg bag of frozen veggies for £1, and a 1kg bag of frozen chips for £1, and deeeeelicious minted lamb chops for £3.

It sounds boring, but it's actually amazing. Because - and this is the bad bit - we cook the lamb chops in a baking tray in the hostel oven and then we cook the chips in the saaame baking tray after we cook the chops.
SO the result is amazingly delicious chips... But it's probably not very good for us.
I like to think that the veggies cancel out the badness of the other two... but I know that it doesn't.

How lucky is it that our flight is tomorrow and not next week? British Airway Cabin Crews are planning to strike over Christmas.
Striking has to be the most retarded thing ever. Ok, so you're not happy that you're not getting paid enough. But that's not the customer's fault.
Basically, BA is in a fair bit of financial trouble, from what I have heard, and they have offered staff wages cuts or they lose their job. This is what's causing the planned strikes. Yes, this sucks, but the company is in serious trouble. They have to cut jobs, they don't have a choice. If I was in control of BA staff, I know who I would fire first - anyone that strikes.
Er. I just really hate striking. It's the most inconsiderate, stupid thing ever. Strikes almost always hurt the customer/whatever more than it hurts the CEOS or whoever are making the strikers angry.

In another ranty rant, the Australian Internet Filter is retarded. Why the hell would you waste money on something that isn't going to stop everyone? Even if it's only going to slow our internet connections by a negligible ammount, our internet is already beyond woeful for a nation of our standing. In this hostel's average by English standards internet connection, on a computer that is in no way fast, we downloaded a movie in under 8 minutes. A whole movie. To do that at home on a pretty great connection takes hours!


Well, gotta go pack, re-pack and weigh our bags now! It's a delicate balance. Basically if the baggage lady asks to weigh my carry on, we're boned. If she doesn't, we're sweet.

I'm going to catch up on aaaall my friends page stuff when I get home. And then I'll be a good LJ-user again.
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I said I wasn't going to update anyone about Egypt much until I got home so that I would seem more interesting... And I'm not going to. Ha! :P
I will share one thing though, my accumulated knowledge of Arabic words!
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La! - no
Shokran - thankyou

These two words combine to form one of the more important phrases to have in your Egypt vocabulary. For some reason, "No, thankyou," doesn't stop people from hassling you. Sometimes, "La Shokran!!" does. The exclamation marks are entirely necessary. If you just say "La" you will offend people, and this will make them hassle you more.

Salam - Hello
Masalama - Goodbye
Sadik - My friend. Maybe. A taxi driver told it to me, and they are of questionable reliability at best, especially this one.

The spelling is probably all wrong, but you pronounce it that way. Kind of. Roll all the 'r's.

So, this is my meagre knowledge of Arabic. Also, 90% of camels are named Rambo, if it's a tourist who's asking.

Today though, Gavin and I fed squirrels in the park. Green Park, apparently. See, our incredibly loud Canadian dorm-friends left late last night and left behind a tin of roasted peanuts and some bananas, and I hadn't fed a squirrel successfully yet so this presented a big opportunity!

Squirrels are awesome. They're pretty bold and nowhere near as skittish as birds. Once they spot the fact that you actually have food rather than empty peanut shells (which is what we've tried to feed them with in the past - they don't appreciate it), they come running up to you from quite a long way away. Before long, they were climbing up our legs! They liked Gavin's jumper and he had more than one climbing up to look in his jumper belly pocket thingy for food, or up onto his shoulders. At one point squirrels were jumping on and off, and I had two squirrels on my legs, and I felt kind of like some kind of squirrel conveyor belt.
So that was pretty fun.

Home time in 6 days! It'll be good to have some nice sumery weather, and the beach, and of course catching up with everyone.. which naturally contains some amount of boring you all with photos. XD


Nov. 5th, 2009 11:11 am
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So I have recently seen no less than three (3) kid's movies (or at least, pg-like movies), UP, 9 and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.
None of them were as happy as I think that kids movies should be! Why?
They were all a bit sad, 9 was pretty dark (and in the end I thought they could have done something else really obvious that would have been heaps better and less predictable... obvious and less predictable ? ..Yeah!), UP was just sad in places although definately the most joyous of the lot, and Imaginarium was dark-ish too. And sad! Why?!

I can't say much without spoilers. Yep.

Also I'm in Brighton, it seems a pretty cool place but everything only opens at 10am, so getting up at 7 and driving from Chertsey (West London) seems kind of pointless because it didn't take us 4 hours to get there like we thought it would. Oh well! It's a lovely sunny day.

Went to Charles Darwin's house yesterday. Pretty cool stuff!
Brought The Origin of the Species, should be an interesting read!
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Whoo we've made it to a new (sort of) country.
I say (sort of) because TECHNICALLY England and Scotland and Wales are all <I>Britain</i> or the UK I suppose, and not actually separate countries. Which I never knew! I always thought Scotland was still fiercely independent. It's a pity that they're not any more, really.

We've been driving about for the past week-and-a-few-days in an awesome, awesome van. It's not quite a combie but if you remember the Tarago vans... mini busses ? Anyway. It's one of them converted into a camper van and it is painted wtih PAC MAN all over it. Yes.
It's a Wicked Camper, which is actually an Australian company. Yep.

So far we have seen SO MANY awesome things, but I am having trouble with this retarded keyboard so I'll just make a list for now:

- HMS Victory ( <3 )
- Henry VIII's Mary Rose and Queen Victoria's HMS Warrior, an Ironclad
- Cambridge University!
- Canterbury Cathedral!
- Nottingham! (The town is kind of sucky tbqh)
- SHERWOOD FOREST (so much love)
- the Major Oak, a 700-1000 year old tree of Robin Hood fame
- Many, many awesome castles and a Medieval manor house
- Hadrian's Wall! <3

We have actually done so much more than this list suggests. It's exciting. I've been keeping a paper-journal so at the least you will have the joy of suffering through my rambling in more detail when I get home.

So now I'm off to explore Edinburgh!


Have I mentioned that there is Nandos here in England / Scottland? Yeah. It's EXPENSOR here though. £20 for two people. But the soft drinks are bottomless!


Aug. 27th, 2009 08:11 pm
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Pomme is apple, or maybe puree in French. Actually I think Puree is probably Puree in French. But I'm referring, in this case, to the English. In fact. Yes.

London is cool. Just today we visited Hampton Court Palace. Henry VIII might have been a bit of a dick but he had taste. Or at least, his architect did. And his tapestry... techt.

Tomorrow we start our super hippie road trip of the UK in a combie van. Yess. I'm excited. I have to be brief because I only have 5 minutes left.
The internet is a bit hard to come by here. The mac store on Regent street is far from where we're staying on Westminster bridge road.

I think I will get a mac when I get back. The architecture community has had nothing but praise for their ability to run cad things and be good at stuff, so the only concern left is gaming - and to be REALLY , brutally honest the only PC game I've played in ages is WoW. Or the odd RTS, or Fable. And I can just steal Gavin's computer for those. Really. And I need more games for my Wiii anyway.

I mentioned this months ago and it hasn't gotten any better.

I also brought Some Pratchett books for 1.50 pounds each (where is the pound button ffs), one of them is Soul Music and I'd forgotten just how good this book is. Yep.
That's all I have time to say!

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