• Olympic Village Wandering – Fail.

    So after months of discussing it, we finally got ourselves over to East London, to check out the Olympic Village. We were up early, settled into our Tube seats for the cross-London journey, and came out of Stratford station armed with a wanders map. I love the random industrial pieces of art that are dotted around the site, including the below. Irreverant and gleaming they are beacons for lost travellers hoping to see Olympic glory.… View Post

    Summer fun

    Yes, you read that correctly – it now feels like summer. The last few days here have been pretty good, and our 28’ day today was amazing once we got away from our desks – sunshine, with a bit of a breeze – so we decided to get out our BBQ for the first time this year and fire it up. As a totally unexpected bonus, my box of New Zealand beer arrived which I… View Post

    I think the sky is falling. It’s certainly raining poetry…

    Tonight I learned, as part of my ex-pat experience, that it’s really hard to catch twirling poems falling from the sky. As part of the cultural events around the Olympics, a friend of a friend who is part of the Chilean collective Casagrande has organised to drop 10,000 bookmarks over Waterloo, containing an piece poetry from poets selected from each of the countries participating in the Olympic Games. We nipped out for a wee bite of… View Post

    Sunday Mornings

    There isn’t quite anything so lovely as a rare Sunday lie-in, with your best boy & fur baby. We treated ourselves to a lovely cup of tea, and gastronomes delight – Fish Finger Sandwiches. Between the crisp Fish Fingers, luscious white bread, the Tartare Sauce which was handmade, and well … why mess with perfection? Not super healthy, but we behaved for the rest of the day to make up for it. Queue the Maroon 5… View Post

    Bank of England and £400,000 of Gold in your hands

    I held £400,000 of gold in my hands this morning, in the Bank of England, and no I wasn’t chased out by security. They let me. We couldn’t take any photos of it, but we walked through along the fabulous mosaic hallways, were taken through a brief history of the bank site (originally in rented accommodation, they moved to a purpose-built site in Threadneedle street, where they are now, then compulsory purchased the next-door church! which they bulldozed), wandered through… View Post