Airport Full Body Scanning

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I always get stopped by airport security. Maybe it's because I'm small and blonde and don't look like I'd cause trouble. Whatever the reason, I've experienced every form of airport security, from bomb sniffing machines (I asked if he'd ever caught anyone, he said no) to metal detectors. On my ...

The places in the world I’ve been

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

I've visited 15 countries. Mexico, the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Vatican City, France, Monaco, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand. It sounds like a lot, but according to World66, that's a mere 6% of the world.


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 ...

Wireless broadband

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

City-wide wireless broadband has finally come to London. It's been in Sydney, in the form of Unwired and iBurst, for years. It's called and it's only available in the West End at the moment.

Robbed again

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

What did I do this Saturday? Well, I had to cancel my UK credit card again. I used my netbank this afternoon, the only way to view transactions, and I noticed a transaction for over 100 pounds that I hadn't made. Though my credit card was in my wallet, it ...

366 Days A Year

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

This shopkeeper must need help from Doctor Who to live up to his sign. Speaking of Doctor Who: Doctor Who Update For Belinda Last nights Doctor Who, Fear Her, was one of the best and spookiest so far, involving kids drawings that come to life, vanishing children and the London 2012 Olympic Games. ...

Regents Park

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Can you spot the Dickens novels in this memorial? It's near Baker Street Station. Had lunch at Eat and Two Veg again. Schnitzel with a cream sauce, spinach and chips. Delicious and completely vegetarian. Had Pinkus vegan lager, and that was delicious as well. I'd never thought of lager containing animal ...

Launch party

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Celebrated the launch of, Haymarket's new directory website, at a fabulous party at Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, London W14 8DJ. What a mansion! It was covered, inside and out, in opalescent blue-green tiles and it was utterly beautiful. The entrance hall was domed and had a ceiling covered ...

Goat curry

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

There's an all you can eat buffet selling Indian and Chinese food on the way to the station. One of the dishes it sells is goat curry. I've never eaten goat before and I have to admit that I shudder at the thought...


Monday, June 19th, 2006

Why don't supermarkets in the UK bag your groceries? It's so efficient in Australia. As the checkout person scans your item, they drop it into an open plastic bag, then drop the full plastic bag so you can put it into your trolley. This doesn't happen in the UK. To start ...

By the Thames

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Call me oversensitive but the last two words I want to hear in the same sentence are the words "Crypt" and "Cafe". The thought of sitting on a recycled church pew and drinking a cappuccino six feet above desiccated corpses puts me off my lunch entirely. But I must be ...

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 ...

Silly Pictures from the National Gallery

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

A few silly pictures I saw last weekend at the National Gallery: An Allegory With Venus and Cupid by Bronzino. Monty Python Terry Gilliam used to wander this gallery when looking for inspiration for his animations, and if you look at the bottom left hand corner - it's the Monty Python ...


Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Sorry I haven't been posting every day. I work full time now. I'm up at 6.45am and I get back from work around 7 or later. It's a long commute and going out afterwards with work friends or food shopping makes me later. I spent Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery ...

Bag snatchers

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I see evidence of bag snatchers at work everywhere in East Ham. This morning, not far from my house, I saw a handbag lying emptied on the ground and there was nothing left but a scarf, a hat and the bag itself. On the Greenway, on Saturday, I saw evidence ...

British Taste Tests #4 and 5

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

British Taste Test # 4 - Cherry Brandy Ice Lolly In Australia, water ice blocks on a stick are icy poles or ice blocks. In Britain, they're ice lollies. There was an ice cream van near the park where I had lunch and I bought a cherry brandy ice lolly. If ...

Kill your wife

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

A real street sign, that I walk past everyday on the way to Upton Park station.

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 ...

Persistent suitor

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Just got back from a frustrating session of geocaching. I had a pleasant 2.5km walk through East Ham, towards one of the Greenway geocaches. I got to within 4 metres of the caches and I was about to start searching the ivy bush mentioned in the geocache hint when: "Hi! What's ...