30 August 2009

bring on September...

this month is jam-packed with nerd action! amongst other things:

-2 plays (Troilus & Cressida, the Duchess of Malfi)
-2 days of running around Londres looking at beautiful buildings (Open House)
-1 morning spent being a guide around a lovely art-nouveau town hall
-4.5 days in Venice (Biennale action a-plenty)
-1 'Hollywood Librarian' conference
-1 anniversary...two years since I left Sydney
-2 evenings working at the Institute of Archaeology library
-1 feast on Southwark bridge, closed to traffic..open to my appetite
-100% support for new Palestinian film, 'Pomegranates & Myrrh'
-undisclosed number of evenings sitting around drinking with friends

...the coffers with surely be echoing with emptiness after all this, but



sunshine, 1956

this photo taken on the set of Giant just takes my breath away....and makes me long for a moment in the sun, not to mention a return to the golden age of Hollywood.

(remember kids, you need at least 15 minutes of sunshine each day
for healthy bones; gotta love that Vitamin D!)

22 August 2009

Londres is awesome because..

-fine ales (current fave: Doom Bar from Cornwall)
-fish n' chips
-mushy peas
-riding on the bus, double-decker up top, front seat
-salt beef bagels on Brick Lane at 2am
-unskinny bop
- so much free art and culture all around town
- so stylish London kids
-beautiful mod boys with killer haircuts and killer bone-structure
-afternoon tea
-the best barista in the world....Umberto @ Sacred
-cupcakes @ Peyton & Byrne
-Paris is 2 hours away by train
-dogs in pubs and on public transport
-did I mention the amazing beer?
-Leo DiCaprio and Michael Caine filming at UCL while I work!
-sunday roasts
-turkish bakery up the road from moi
-open house london weekend...access to normally closed-off buildings
-Thames festival...feast on the bridge!
-Borough Markets
-pubs in Angel
-karaoke @ Bloomsbury Bowl
-weekend fry-up
-crazy Camden-ites
-being able to walk to work
-Prince Charles cinema
-bangers n' mash

i could go on...I'm afraid I have been seduced by Londinium, it's a love affair that's still going strong 2 years on..

i see red...

among other things: red leather polka-dot notebook, alarm clock, Tiffany & Co. lighter from 1982, my Thia Despina's ring, shiny external hardrive, passport wallet, oyster-card-holder, grosgrain ribbon....ruby beauties xo

18 August 2009

Casimir Pulaski Day

in the morning through the windowshade
when the light pressed
up against your shoulderblade
-i could see what you were reading

all the glory that the lord has made
and the complications
you could do without
-when I kissed you on the mouth...

17 August 2009

angels of the silences...

well I will not be an enemy of anything
I'll only stand here
for you

all my sins I said that I would pay for them
if I could come back
to you
all my innocence is wasted on
the dead
and dreaming....

13 August 2009

Hellas is awesome because...

-time is a fluid concept, forever expanding and unfolding
-the sweet friendly dogs of Athens
-frappes, at any time of the day or night
-the food, all of it, and fresh fruit after a meal

-the constantly contradictory nature of the Hellenes; easygoing but quick to anger, their filoxenia but suspicion of strangers, the connection to the land yet hasty adoption of the trappings of modern life, knowing hardship and struggle yet living life to the fullest and spending too much..and I could go on

-my dad's village..and not being able to walk around without being invited into each house or someone calling out from their front porch
-the mountains, the mountains...i never tire of them
-their fierce pride in their culture and adoration of their traditions
-they don't drink to get drunk, but drink a hell of a lot
-midday naps in the hottest part of the day
-11.30pm is a good time to start your evening
-the odd feeling that they are stuck in 1992 (just look at the tv. programs and pop music playing)
-there is no question too personal to ask a stranger
-absolute friendliness, unless they are in a customer service position... !
-older Greeks, i love hearing them talking...so fascinating
-breakfast is a cigarette and a coffee (god bless!)
-bread is a constant presence at the table, even with fruit
-you are never very far from water
-the silvery scruffy shape of the olive tree
-music is always there somewhere
-their inability to speak at a normal volume
-anger or laughter are the two most common reactions to anything
-their curiosity about people, yet ability to speak only about themselves if given the chance
-their contempt for authority

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