In London

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 08:17 pm
tourmaline: (hugh laurie)
It's a whole week since this happened and I still can't get over how awesome it was. Last week, [profile] bmax67 and her family vacationed in the UK and on Thursday I travelled down to London to meet them!

Story and pics )

Despite having achy knees that evening and the next day from walking all round the museum and then standing up on the train, it did not take the shine off the day. It was so great to meet [profile] bmax67 after knowing her online for so long - first at the Devoted to Hugh fan forum, then here, and now also on social media.

Saturday in Town

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 04:44 pm
tourmaline: (home-made bread)
I went into town today, as we have always said. In other words, I went into the city centre to do some Christmas shopping. I went on the bus, having originally planned this so I'd be out of the way while my road is closed for resurfacing. However, that's been delayed until Monday so I'll have to leave early for work.

I managed to get the things I wanted - Christmas cards, an advent calendar, a 2017 diary - plus a few other bargains from Wilko including blueberry shower gel and Vimto lipbalm. I also visited the art gallery for their Brick Wonders exhibition - basically lots of Lego recreations of famous world vistas and other things, such as our local cathedral, the International Space Station, and a massive Lego airport.

Am also wondering if I've got a cold coming or if this is just the effects of the weather getting colder but not cold enough to be into a regular routine with the central heating. I've been putting it on for about an hour most evenings, and I've had the fire on a few times also. It's the beginning of half term week here now and I'm determined that winter cannot be sighted until half term is well and truly behind us.

Also last night saw the first episode of QI's N series, the first edition with Sandi Toksvig in the chair instead of Stephen Fry. I do miss Stephen and I think I always will, but Sandi is awesome.

Spacey Leicester

Saturday, December 12th, 2015 07:00 pm
tourmaline: (ISS)
It's a few weeks since my visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester, and since I'll probably be writing here about Tim Peake's launch and Christmas, I thought I ought to get typing about this.

I finally went )
I also spent some time getting lost in Leicester City Centre, it must be ten years or more since I was last there and it has some new shiny shops, including one selling American Candy where I just about managed to get more JellyBellys in my bag to purchase than I scattered on the floor. I had wanted to go into WHSmiths to buy some Christmas cards and a 2016 diary, but I didn't pass one.

Exhibition Visit

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 05:12 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
I took a day off work today, to visit the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the centre of Coventry - it's currently hosting an exhibition on Children's Television.

More with pics )
The Children's TV exhibition is touring other places after it finishes at the Herbert in September. See it if you can.


Monday, May 31st, 2010 08:08 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
OK, I've got 20 or 25 minutes until my fishcakes are ready. And as I don't seem to be getting the same spam-followers on Twitter that I used to, I thought I'd ask here.

What used to happen... )

That's all folks, fishcakes are done. Yay.

Staffordshire Hoard

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 03:32 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
I saw the Staffordshire Hoard today. There had been tales of very long queues, so I got up early (6am) and was out the door before 7.30am to get the bus to get the train to Birmingham. Got to the museum just on 9am, the queue was out the building & just round the corner, it was pretty chilly but I was inside in about five minutes cos they've been opening early for the Hoard at 9am. Only ended up queueing for around 40 minutes before getting in to see it, which was much less than I'd expected - obviously the early start paid off.

The items themselves were so fabulous, mostly gold and lots of garnets, mostly decorative pieces from swords & armour. Very detailed & intricate, there were magnifying glasses over lots of the pieces so you could see the detail. Very crowded round the display cases, almost all good-natured except for one arsehole who kept complaining he couldn't see (he was at least 6 foot tall), and asking people to move but they had nowhere to move to in any direction. One woman was there with her two children and most people were moving when they could to let the children get close to the display case, but he was getting arsy about them getting closer than he was even though he could easily tower over them.

I went in the gift shop afterwards, first time I've been in there for years and it hasn't been full of schoolkids, so I bought some postcards of some of the gallery paintings and a three-colour pen. I was hungry by then (no breakfast except a cup of coffee) & I thought about going into the cafe, but I saw the arsehole heading that way (lecturing his wife on the way) so I left for food elsewhere. I headed round the back (ie where the underpass begins) to see how big the queue had got - about half-way back along the side of the building, but looked slower-moving. I walked round the back streets there, the old buildings that survived the war there are awesome, huge sturdy Victorian & Edwardian era buildings with original lettering preserved for "Birmingham Institute" and "National Bank" & similar. I love buildings like that. Many are still banks etc, the Birmingham Institute building is part of one of the Universities or colleges, but a lot of the ground floors are bars or eateries. I didn't venture in there but headed to the Bullring, and had a hot chicken jalapeno wrap in Pret A Manger at Selfridges, before buying my usual stash of jellybeans. Then off for some Christmas shopping at Hotel Chocolat before heading home via Marks & Spencers.

A few links on the subject: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where the Staffordshire Hoard is on display. They have a fundraising thing on to try & keep the items in the Midlands. Also, lots of pics of the items can be seen here.

This week I have....

Saturday, April 4th, 2009 11:16 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (jesse spencer)
...done lots of things, despite my ankle and my hand and my bruised bum. Thankfully all are on the mend.

Read on... )
And as I've spent the evening with Wikipedia, I must do some studying tomorrow.