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    Emirates Cable Car, North Greenwich

    The last leg of our tourist day, was catching the cable car linking the southern bank of the Thames near the o2 Arena, with the Northbank to the Excel Centre – both Olympic Venues.

    I have to admit I’m not great with heights, so I was a bit wary of this one, but knew that if I didn’t gird my loins and get on it, I would miss some spectacular views. Once I opened my eyes, and de-clenched my hands, it didn’t disappoint.

     

    We stopped off during the trip for a brief beverage stop. We were so lucky to have such a gorgeous day! My friend remarked that she felt like she was on proper holiday, you know the first day of a week long break. Alas, not true in our case, but an incredible day nonetheless. Between the sunshine, the company & the caribbean bar we wandered into, I think it was a fabulous end, really concreting our day.

    We made our return journey, and decided to have a bite to eat while watching the sun go down as people completed the Walk over the o2 Dome. I think that’s one of our next adventures…

    The Cable Car details can be found of the Transport For London website. It’s very cheap (you can also pay a reduced amount using your Oyster card) and is being touted as a new method of transport for commuters (part of the London Olympics Games Legacy). To be honest, while I’m sure it can be really handy, I’m not sure if I could handle it being broken down, hanging 300feet over the Thames, in the nature of the fairly unreliable Underground.

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    … Sunshine on my window, makes me happy

    A weekend round up in pictures. We had such a lovely lazy hazy weekend in the sunshine. 31-31 degrees celcius. Yum.

    I don’t care that the lawns have gone a wee bit brown, I don’t care that it’s so hot that we haven’t seen the cat as she’s found a shady spot. I love it – I’m not a sun worshipper by any means, but this summer has been terrible… and I don’t expect much from English summers. I think in the last few days I’ve actually managed to get a tan – changing my skin shade from blue to pale. Shocking right?

    All kidding aside we have had the most lovely weekend. From the Foodie Festival on Friday afternoon, to Sunday’s family BBQ it was awesome.

     

    This weekends workout: Er, does walking to the shop at the end of the road count? 

    What did you get up to this weekend?

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    Rivers of London – Reading Recommendation

    Peter Grant is your average Central London PC; street-wise, loves his curries, beer and football but not so great at concentrating on the finer detail. It just so happens that one day he takes a statement “from a man who was already dead but still disturbingly voluble.”

     

    I really enjoyed the clever mix of life in London with a supernatural twist. The characters are flawed and funny – narrated by Peter Grant, it feels that as a character he begins to find himself, instead of being banished the drudgery of the paperwork based ‘Case Progression Unit’ and finds a niche in which to use his unique perspective on the world. As a result of this ‘awareness’ he is approached by a fairly secretive branch of the Met Police, and he begins to train as a magician because as the character says “I want in Sir, I’ve got to know.” I think I would do the same.

    The secondary characters of Lesley and Nightingale are good foils for Peter Grant, as he begins the process and discovers there is much more to London than thought. London itself is almost a character in the novel, and as a card-carrying antipodean, this was one of my favourite aspects of the book – not to mention the personifications of the London Rivers.

    It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, much like Terry Pratchet when I was younger, but once I was hooked, that was it. It may be that as it’s narrated by a man which is fairly unusual for a Fantasy/Fiction book.

     

    Rivers of London (Rivers of London 1) Ben Aaronovitch

    Definately a great commuting and travel read, and nice for something out of the ordinary (even compared to usual Fantasy books). The researching seems to be spot on, but doesn’t overwelm and dry out the book; and insights to the London Bobbies are very quick witted. This was so enjoyable, I’m already reading the second book in the series.

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    Sunshine Smoothies

    I love smoothies, and I’m kind of obsessed with them. Anything that can be blitzed and slurped I think I’ve played with, but still find the old classics make such a lovely, quick and nutritious breakfast/snack/lunch/dinner/dessert…

    This one is my 30second sunshine pick me-up. Bursting with fresh zingy citrus, it’s light, nutritious and scrumptious. Substitute your favourite fruits or whatever you have on hand. To make it more filling, add 40g Porridge Oats (with a touch of Agave to balance the dryness) or a frozen banana, to make a slurpy juice drink, add apple juice and to make a ‘pudding bowl’ freeze all of the fruit in advance and add half a tsp of Xanthan Gum.

    Sunshine Smoothie

    Ingredients

    A quartered fresh Kiwi Fruit

    4 halved fresh Strawberries

    1 Frozen Peach or Nectarine or a quarter of a Mango

    150ml pot of Yoghurt

    1. Place in a smoothie maker & blitz to taste

    2. Serve in a pretty glass with Strawberry garnish

    3. Enjoy!

    I’m off to enjoy this in our backyard, with our beastie cat who has found a sunny spot!

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