Greenwich

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Went to Greenwich today for the National Maritime Museum, but I found other interesting places. There aren't many original London pie shops left. They sell mash (packet mashed potato), pies, jellied eels and liquor (parsley sauce). I had a chicken and mushroom pie, gravy and mash. It wasn't bad, although ...

Wetland Centre London

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Today I went to the Wetlands Centre London. They were adapted from Victorian reservoirs five years ago and they're the biggest wetlands project in Europe. If you like ducks, you should visit. Especially in Summer - I couldn't count the number of ducklings I saw today. They've done a wonderful ...

Kew Gardens

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Apologies about the delay in getting this up. There are more photos in this post than any other post I've made and they took some time to upload and organize. A whole week, in fact. I went to Kew Gardens last Sunday. *** In hindsight it wasn't a good idea to go ...

Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill and Baker Street

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

One last photo from last weekend. Here's a squirrel eating a pistachio in St James Park. Now to this weekend. Went out to a pub called The Old Fire House on Friday night with work friends. Old is right, they have a memorial to the victims of the Great Fire of ...

St James Park

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Lovely Sunday. Walked around central London with James. Had lunch in China Town at Piccadilly, then walked past the Ritz to St James park. We had a quick stroll through the Ritz but didn't stop. They book up weeks ahead. Plus the place looked a bit tizzy. Tried a bit of ...

Surreal

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

A surreal day. I wanted to go to the Dali Universe exhibit again. Last time I was there was the day my wallet was stolen. I've got bad memories from later in the day, but I remember my first visit with affection. There's something about the surreal that makes me ...

Summer day

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

It reached 25 degrees C in London today. It wasn't like a 25 degree day in Sydney, it seemed much hotter. The buses and the trains still had their heating on - I don't think they can actually turn it off - so it was more like 30 degrees ...

Green and pleasant land

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Took a long trip out of London, through England's green and pleasant land, to get to Corby and my job interview. There were massive problems - signal failures mostly -with nearly every line of the Tube and the trip to the National Rail station at St Pancras, which should have taken ...

Interviews, interviews

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

A comment on today - replacing your Australian driver's license in the UK sucks. Just spent 22 pounds just getting my RTA photo kit validated at the Australian High Commission near Temple Tube station. Now I've got to work out how much the RTA will charge me, then post the ...

Shopping in East Ham

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Walked to Upton Park Tube station and shopped for food. Bought fresh vegetables to make soup, yoghurt, stock cubes, eggs, tins of beans and Italian tomatoes. East Ham is an exotic place to shop, thanks to all the Africans, Bangladeshis and Muslims who live here. The fish shops stock tilapia. ...

Green Park

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Spent the morning applying for jobs and recruiters, sending a fax to my bank in Australia, then I took the Tube to Oxford Circus to prove I had a UK passport to PFJ. What did I see right next to PFJ? It's Post Office Tower! (Now the BT Tower.) Last time I ...

Kia, the Tube Cat

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Note: Dad - I just spoke to the Commonwealth Bank and they say the credit cards will arrive at my Australian address by Thursday. They take a week to arrive, usually, but Anzac Day will have slowed them down. Walked into the Tube at 2pm, feeling a bit down. I'd just ...

Living in East Ham

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

I'm settled in my new place in East Ham. The landlady, Chaz, is really sweet and it's nice to unpack for the first time in weeks. I went shopping for a pair of business suit pants yesterday and East Ham is vibrant and cosmopolitan. [deleted for security] Note the gap in ...

Hampstead Heath

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Just had the most fabulous day. Went to Hampstead Heath by tube, as it was recommended in Lonely Planet London, and all the museums are closed because it's Good Friday and had the most sensational chocolate shop / geocaching / historical house hike of all time. I wish you guys ...

Good Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Barbie, if you're reading this, congratulations on 30 years at Bennetts! I hope they gave you a good party! I'm sitting in Piccadilly Starbucks. Had a free breakfast at the Regent Palace, because they moved me to another (smaller) room and I complained. A business man from Hong Kong chatted to ...