Friday, April 29, 2011

True Brit

Well the wait is finally over & most importantly we know what the dress looked like (how gorgeous?!)!
The rents & I got up at 6am this morning to witness one if those 'where were you when...' moments & we can proudly say we saw it all in person!

We thought that when we arrived at 7ish the mall would be packed & we'd just watch it all from trafalgar square but no, there was still space! We wandered down & ended up on the side of the road opposite the turning on the mall 2/3 people deep!

We got so many free flags while waiting but we refused to advertise by using the bigger ones with logos on & used our smaller plastic ones instead! We'd been there about an hour when I needed the loo (how old am I?!) so wandered to McDs & had to wait about 30min! This is a photo of half the queue!

I managed to fight my way back to ma & pa & not drink a drop more!
Later on a brass band started playing to keep us entertained & we sang along to 'my old man said follow the van' & 'knees up mother brown!'

At about 10am you could feel the excitement growing, flags started waving & Prince William & Harry drove straight past! They were followed by Charles & Camilla & then the one I was most excited about - the Queenie herself! Kate came along last, we all cheered & then breathed a sigh of relief cos it meant the crowds behind us thinned out & we finally managed to have a bit of a sit down & a little picnic while we listened to the service over loud speakers.

There were cheers when they happy couple said 'i do' & a big roar & claps (as well as a few champagne corks!) when they were announced husband & wife. When we heard the procession back to buck palace was getting ready we took our places again & got all excited! We had a lovely view of Will & Kate in their carriage & we were on Kate's side which was cool cos we saw her so well. We cheered along & waved our flags to everyone going by & then headed to the nearest crossing point where they were going to open the barriers to walk down the mall to the balcony. On the way I was pretty excited to see another Queen - a pearly Queen!

Eventually we were let down the mall & as luck would have it they filled it up from the back forwards so we ended up walking a long way rather than being stuck at the back as we thought we might be.

We finally came to a stop to the left of Queen Victoria's statue & had a brillaint view of he infamous balcony! We kept seeing the curtains twitching & eventually the doors were opened & the newly weds stepped out. We saw them all waving & even saw both kisses! Dad was trying to get photos on his camera so I used my iPhone to get a few snaps & the one below shows pretty much exactly how far back we were so not bad at all! If you squint you can see everyone standing on the balcony too!

After lots of waving from both parties it was time for the fly by. Nowt much to say apart from there being noisy big planes!!

We headed towards Waterloo station & passed by Westminster Abby where the bells were still chiming & then to the houses of parliament. It was brill cos all the roads were closed so we got to walk over Westminster Bridge in the middle of it! Never thought I'd do that!

By this point we still hadn't seen THE DRESS! So I went online to have a closer look, then when we got back home & the rents had a cuppa before driving home we watched what we'd recorded on BBC1 so we could see the dress & also try to spot us in 1million, yes 1million, people that were there!
It was a knackering but brilliant day & wouldn't have swapped it for the world! Congrats to the happy couple!

roaming reporter KtPx

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My legs don't know what's hit them!

Today was another looong day of walking! We started off at primarni cos I needed to return a dress that didn't fit & boy was that a bad plan! It took about half an hour to queue up! Eventually got it sorted tho & got a few more bits I didn't bother to try on cos that queue was stupid for that too so who knows I could have to go through it all again! We decided we needed a cuppa after that & headed to John Lewis where we also looked at ribbons to get a good idea if anything matched our wedding theme colours.
After that was Regent Street & we saw all the flags ready for the royal wedding. Yay!

We took a detour onto Carnaby Street to have a nosey at a few places for wedding outfit ideas (no secrets being given away just yet!) & saw all these mannequins lined up with 'Middleton' written on them, dunno if they're supposed to be just like her or what!

Loved this sign below outside a pub near the shops!

Our next stop was Shoreditch & Brick Lane to see what graffiti was around & any new boutiquey shops. Loved the design below & also found some alternative royal wedding prints which were pretty cool.

By this point our legs were about to drop off so we sat in a Costa for a couple of hours recharging! At 7pm we met a group at Aldgate East to go on a Jack The Ripper walking tour.

If you're looking or summit to do one evening in London I'd definately suggest one of these tours. Ours was with & our guide was called Philip Hutchinson & I'd recommend him & this company for sure. It was so interesting to walk the streets where The Ripper once walked & find out lots of info on such a famous serial killer. I didn't really know much about him till tonight but it lasted 2hrs & was well worth every penny. We ended our evening on Brick Lane with a curry at my favourite place Monsoon. We managed to get 2 free drinks each, 25% off the bill & free popadoms! I'd probably still go there even if they didn't do a deal cos they definately do the best curry on the road!

roaming reporter KtPx

culture d'harling!

Yesterday we were very cultured & went to the Saatchi Gallery. When I was at uni I used to 'get' all the modern art & what it meant but now I end up looking at something with as blank a face as the rest of the people around me! I always like the Saatchi Gallery though cos as well as it being modern art, generally it looks good too!
The first thing I loved was by Tessa Farmer & called 'Swarm.' It was a big glass tank that at first looked like it was full of dead insects but on closer inspection it was dead insects with tiny human skeletons rinding them. I could have looked at it for hours cos you always saw something new.  The dragonfly with 5 little skeletons riding it was brilliant!
When we went downstairs we got to see the 20:50 by Richard Wilson again that we've not seen since it was in the old Saatchi Gallery. It's brilliant cos it's a room filled with oil & it's so still it creates a perfect reflection of the ceiling. Unfortunately the walkway wasn't open to walk into but you could still look down onto it & it really messed with mum's head!

 Us waving into the oil below!
Ekrem Yalcindag 'Impressions from the street'
Yasam Sasmazer 'Treacherous Wolf'
The Ritz had a big banner outside congratulating Wills & Kate on their wedding for Friday which was cool & they had the Union Flags outside too.
All in all it was a fun day & Adam & my rents finally met which was rather long overdue! It went really well though thankfully so at least they know each other before the wedding now!
I hope everyone had a good Easter I ate way too much chocolate for my Wedding Diet but hey what's one day eh?! again, reason 2 why I'm not good at dieting! :-P

x x x

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Back in the 21st century

I'm finally back in the land of social networking! Logged onto facebook & Twitter this morning to find most of my updates & notifications were rubbish so I hadn't really missed much! I'll have a look through all the photos I've been tagged at some point but there's not much else to do!

I've really enjoyed getting back into my blog though so I think I'll try to keep it up as much as possible rather than boring everyone with status updates. So sorry blog people, I'm here to stay!

roaming reporter KtPx

Saturday, April 23, 2011

day tripper

For Good Friday, seeing as it was a bank holiday, Adam & I decided to take a trip out of London & pop to Cambridge. It was only an hour on the train & I can't believe we've not taken advantage of it before. We walked from the station to the city centre & our plan was to head straight to the Tourist Info & see what was what. That was until we spotted a shopping centre & we ended up veering in "just for a quick look" & lost most of our morning in there! Yoink! We eventually came out & ended up in front of Kings College & it was stunning.
We managed to get away with looking like students for most of the time so we didn't get hassled too much from the punting tours but then someone spotted my camera & came over. Seeing as it wasn't too busy we managed to barter the price down a bit & we booked a tour for 4pm. We met up with Dave & Heather for a bite to eat & a good old catch up & carried on with a bit of shopping (unfortunately I found a Fopp so ended up lugging round 3 new books that I couldn't just leave!). It was then time for our punting trip so we met a guide & headed down to the river. We loved the fact that Cambridge is a city based around clever people & someone couldn't spell 'official' on their t-shit (then again it could have just been to get your attention cos it worked!).
We headed down to the river to get on our punt. There were 3 other tours heading down at the same time as us & each one had 12 tourists. Let's just call waiting for the right punt organised chaos! When we set off the river was like the M25 with loads of punts & canoes coming & going. The guided punt tours were fine cos they were able to swerve in & out of the way (no idea how much practise that took to get them moving so easily cos when I was in Oxford with Mel, Michelle & Keira we never managed to move around so easily!). The problem was all the tourists who'd decided to take out punts themselves & were either just stuck right across the river or just drunk!
I'd lugged my lumix g round all day but decided I was having much more fun with my iphone hipstomatic & robot camera so really my dslr ended up just being a extra weight I could have just left at home.  I'd put a black&white roll of film in my robot camera so can't wait to see how those pictures come out.
The river was a lot quieter down by Trinity College so it was really nice to have a bit of a relax before we had to turn round & face the hustle & bustle again.

2 of the colleges on our trip. Seeing as it was the Easter hols for the students, the colleges were all closed to walk around so it was nice to see them all from the riverside.
Our trip lasted 45min & was money well spent, tho next time I think we should push the boat out (excuse the pun) & hire a private punt with a driver & have a champagne & strawberry picnic as we go along, it looked so romantic.
We went into a pub called the Eagle which is where WW2 pilots used to come & sign their names on the ceiling using the smoke from their lighters. It was incredible to look at but also sad to wonder how many of the pilots managed to come back again. Another claim to fame is that the 2 guys who discovered DNA used to drink there.
They always say you learn summit new everyday - well I learnt that guys don't like to show off their knees in denim shorts! We went into Jack&Jones & Adam tried on these shorts below & I thought they were ace but he wasn't convinced & the shop assistant came up & said he was the first guy to try them on & how did he feel? When he saw Adam's face he pointed out how weird he thought they were as well & how all denim cut offs should be below the knee!
We wandered back to the train station after searching high & low for a cafe doing a cream tea at 5pm (we found one but they only had 1 scone left so we shared it & had half a hot cross bun each!). I crashed out on the train home after realising how much walking we'd done all day.  As always it was really nice to get back to London & hop on the tube home.
When we got back we decided to have soft boiled eggs with soldiers but as usual it's never that simple & they all came out hard boiled (or undercooked) & I threw a little wobbly!  The day I manage to have a perfect dipping egg & soldiers I'll be a very happy camper!
x x x