Friends from Wales visiting in London took me to the V&A to see the Pink Floyd exhibition. It was very much worth the £20something admission, especially as I didn't have to pay it!




flaviomatani: (flavpopart)
( Apr. 19th, 2017 06:33 pm)
South Bank one afternoon in spring #afternoon #thames #southbank #spring
South Bank one afternoon in spring #afternoon #thames #southbank #spring
A slice of Moon over Kentish Town

Moon over Kentish Town, 14-03-17
flaviomatani: (dreamscape sepia)
( Mar. 15th, 2017 07:03 pm)
A slice of Moon over Kentish Town

Moon over Kentish Town, 14-03-17
This was a quiet week-end. Had thought of going to the SOS festival but things happened otherwise, for no particularly important reasons. Saturday did see the Hampstead Alternative Picnic, organised as always by [livejournal.com profile] londonjon and... that was pretty much it. Went to the Slime after the picnic to try and catch up with a couple of the bands, but two of the ones I was interested in seeing had already played and I wasn't particularly interested in seeing Assemblage -so turned back.

My pictures of the picnic on Saturday (Facebook album)

On Sunday, on the way there again I thought better of it and instead had a wander down (or is it up) the South Bank from Embankment up to London Bridge, taking pictures of the sunset over the Thames. A quieter and fresher time than at the festival although not that much less crowded.


First picnic of the year last Saturday was a resounding success. Quite a few people, lots of fun and catching up with some peeps I hadn't seen for a long, long time. Thanks again [profile] londonjon for organising this!





The event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/782682585178362/?ref=1

My pictures of the day:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153365644909919.1073741995.544159918&type=1
First picnic of the year last Saturday was a resounding success. Quite a few people, lots of fun and catching up with some peeps I hadn't seen for a long, long time. Thanks again [livejournal.com profile] londonjon for organising this!





The event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/782682585178362/?ref=1

My pictures of the day:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153365644909919.1073741995.544159918&type=1
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( Mar. 31st, 2015 08:41 am)
Yesterday I went to Camden Market for the first time in, oh, a long time. It gets more hectic and less alternative as time goes by with lots of clones of shops selling the same tat. There even was a unit in the main Stables market selling a well known sports shoe brand (that doesn't need me advertising them, says I). Full of zombie tourists, even on a Monday when half the shops used to not bother opening ten years ago. The street food market by the canal is now a seven-day-a-week affair. Stopped by a Colombian stall, had an empanada, the attendant turned out to be Italian, he turned to his colleague in the Peruvian stall next door for change -and this one, too, was Italian. Authenticity at all costs, some things never change after all.

I don't think I'll be going very often; too hectic, too little of interest. Shame, I used to love the place
A few things happening today, including triple-booking myself for tonight (amongst these, [livejournal.com profile] tar0r's birthday, Gliteratti and another birthday). Not sure whether I'll be going to any of those; bit low in energy still. I am, OTOH, going to a friend's birthday dinner at Arepa & Co., the only Venezuelan restaurant in London (actually, not entirely true as there also is Mi Cocina Es Tuya, in Crystal Palace but that is more of a local café, although still very good). Haven't been and have known the owner for many years, so it will be interesting to check the place out.

Apart from this, lessons, with some of the pupils (or, in this case, the parents) making me jump through hoops with changes of days and times. If I can, I will comply -I need the work; but I do feel that they sometimes don't realise how much inconvenience they can put you through.

Tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] bibliogoth meeting and more lessons....

It's good to be rid of the bug. Feeling almost alive -except when I watch the news and I get that sense of impending doom....
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( Mar. 28th, 2013 11:18 am)
Yesterday I spent an interesting, if rather different, few hours at the A&E of the UCL Hospital. Nothing majorly wrong with me (hopefully, knock on wood) but .. bear with me.

bit long.... )
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( Nov. 9th, 2012 05:09 pm)
Lovely afternoon spent with [livejournal.com profile] lovelybug around Crystal Palace, first at the Venezuelan coffee shop/restaurant, most likely the only one in this country. Then we went to a lovely, quite hidden, lovely little jumble market with lots of little stalls selling all sort of junk -a bit like I remember Camden Market being in the olden times, in the 80s. A stroll round Crystal Palace park and then rush back to Camden to pick up guitar, computer and car to set off for a lesson... tonight, Ethiopian dinner with the macheads of uk.comp.sys.mac.
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( Oct. 25th, 2012 02:36 pm)
Walking in Hampstead on side-streets covered in yellow leaves, shiny wet pavement slabs, dew in the air (better than calling it rain), on my way to a lesson. I like this weather -at least I do when it's not actually raining on me. Is that weird? I like autumn, at least when it's not too rainy. Even the white sky (for now, at least) and the red leaves, so beautiful and so brief.
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( Oct. 25th, 2012 02:35 pm)
Walking in Hampstead on side-streets covered in yellow leaves, shiny wet pavement slabs, dew in the air (better than calling it rain), on my way to a lesson. I like this weather -at least I do when it's not actually raining on me. Is that weird? I like autumn, at least when it's not too rainy. Even the white sky (for now, at least) and the red leaves, so beautiful and so brief.
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( Oct. 11th, 2012 12:33 pm)
A gloomy drizzly day in London town... not a busy day either, just a few things to do. If I have time I might even go to the gym. On a day like this it feels like the world is holding its breath for something to happen...
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( Sep. 3rd, 2012 03:19 pm)
Had a couple of hours free after [livejournal.com profile] maxvon_d's lesson, so I could a) go to the gym or b) stay in the centre of town, wander around the backstreets of Mayfair, emerge in Regent St and browse the Apple Shop and John Lewis and coffee shops and deceive myself into believing that the walk was equivalent, more or less, to the work out. Need not explain which option won.
Absolutely horrid morning out there today; somewhat scary drive up the M1 with people doing all sorts of stupid and dangerous things in the rain and heavy traffic. Clearly a lot of people out there still believe in eternal life, after-life and all that, given how they risk their current one.
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( Apr. 25th, 2012 07:50 am)
Absolutely horrid morning out there today; somewhat scary drive up the M1 with people doing all sorts of stupid and dangerous things in the rain and heavy traffic. Clearly a lot of people out there still believe in eternal life, after-life and all that, given how they risk their current one.
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Horniman Museum, 09-04-12, a set on Flickr.

With [personal profile] lovelybug and friends. Lovely place, I will be going back to have a closer look.

The clocktower reminded me of Neal Stephenson's 'Anathem'. The aquarium is not very big but, as they say, perfectly formed. The various exhibits are all interesting and the glass house is a lovely place for a coffee and a chat. Next time we have to see the gardens, which we didn't then as it was a rather soggy day.

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