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I don't think the weather knows what it's up to any more than I do (I apologize, I'm taking on the typical British trait of talking about the weather). It's at one minute hot and muggy and the next chilly rainy windy. It makes Pacific Northwest weather look much less schizophrenic in comparison.

It was a relaxing weekend, even if I didn't get to do everything I wanted. On Friday night we drank gin & tonics and started off with some fresh baby mozzarella with avocado oil (it didn't tie in with the rest of the meal, they just sounded good - and they were!). I then steamed some wild Alaskan sockeye salmon with lime, lemongrass, chili, ginger, sesame oil and served it with basmati mixed with wild rice and steamed gingered carrots. We drank it with a cheapish and good Pinot Gris from Argentina and finished the meal off with some Green & Black's organic chocolate orange ice cream, which is one of the best chocolate ice creams I've ever eaten.

The next morning Max left early for Southampton to pick up his parents' car, which is now our car. We were going to buy a cheap used car since we've been feeling the need for one lately, but Max's parents gave us theirs because they decided they wanted a new one (despite their previous proclamations that they'd never buy a new car again). It's perfect for us because it means we can save the £1,000 or so to put towards buying a flat. When Max arrived back from Southampton we took a drive through various greater SW London areas that have piqued our interest for either renting or buying and drove through Bushy Park and Richmond Park. The size of Richmond Park still impresses me, London earns a lot of respect points from me for maintaining such a huge park in the city. When you're in the centre of the park and look around at the acres of rolling grassy hills, dotted trees, ferns, and roaming deer you would have no idea that you're surrounded by one of the world's largest cities. I think most tourists don't even have a clue it exists.

I wanted to see two exhibitions on Sunday, the first was the Art Deco exhibition at the V&A and the second was the Banksy show in the East End, but I was a dumbass and forgot to tell Max about the Art Deco show and he didn't feel like going on such short notice. The Banksy show is a bitch to get to from where we are so that was also crossed off the list. I thought I might try to get to the Banksy show on my own today, but it's now "closed for legal reasons". Does anyone know what happened? Was Banksy arrested? I've written myself a calendar with all the art, photography, etc. shows I want to see so I can make sure I catch them well in advance this time. This is the list so far ("until" means that the exhibition runs until that date):

until August 3 - Pissaro in London - National Gallery

until August 25 - Cindy Sherman - Serpentine Gallery

until September 7 - Cruel and Tender: Photography Realism - Tate Modern

until september 7 - Painting Light - Estorick Collection, N1

until September 14 - Julia Margaret-Cameron at the National Museum of Photography (£5)

until September 14 - A Private Passion (Renoir, etc.) - National Gallery

until September 21 - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Expressionism and the City - Royal Academy

until September 28 - Restoration Lives: Samuel Pepys and His Circle - National Portrait Gallery, WC2

until September 28 - Bridget Riley - Tate Britain

December 22/23 - Eddie Izzard "Sexie" - Wembley Arena

I know many more will be added to this list.

We again spent much of Sunday looking at areas to live. This is what we have planned: Since our landlord said we have less than 2 months to get out of this flat we don't have enough time to find and buy a flat of our own. It takes at least 4 months to just sort out the paperwork and details. So it looks like we'll be renting another flat for about 6-8 months while we search for a place to buy. I'd like to rent closer into the city which is fine by Max since we'd be saving money on his travel expenses into the West End for work anyway. I'm a little sad to be leaving Kingston since I've only just gotten to know it. I'll miss the Thai-restaurant-in-a-pub and the riverfront, but then there's always a chance that something good will come up to buy in this area (our landlord still hasn't lowered his asking price of nearly £190,000 for this flat. I think he'll be extremely lucky if he gets £150k). Sunday eve Max cooked a delicious Piperade again and I spent hours sorting through and organizing my photographs from the past 5 years - a job that sorely needed doing.

Next weekend we're going to take the car and spend a weekend alone in Southampton and revist a few of our old favorite haunts from when we lived there in 1999. I also have a strong desire to visit the ocean, hearing the small waves lap against the pebble beaches of the Thames River isn't enough to satisfy this island girl.
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On July 21st, 2003 06:07 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
would that be the San Juan Islands, m'am?

don't forget to give me your new mailing address when you finally move!

woo! car!
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On July 21st, 2003 11:28 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Yes, the tiny Sinclair Island to be specific.

I forgot how much I missed having a car.. we can actually rent a movie without a 30 minute walk, etc. :)
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On July 21st, 2003 11:40 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag replied:
when i win the lottery or stops daydreaming again, i'm gonna buy one of the tiny islands there and build me a nice lodge. i'll be withing boating distance of 3 cities!

ahh, PacNW weather

here's a business idea for ya. you can start the uk version of netflix
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On July 21st, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I've daydreamed over advertised San Juan Island property too.. but I don't think I could live full time on one again. Maybe in retirement. ;)

Although at times I look at old photos of living on Sinclair and my heart yearns for it again.

A uk version of netflix is a good idea. The closest rental place we have near us is a blockbuster and they have a really limited selection. I wish London had a place like Scarecrow in Seattle, that place is incredible. Maybe it does and I haven't found it yet.
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On July 21st, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC), heuteistmeintag replied:
a video store that actually have a nice selection??? brilliant
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On July 21st, 2003 07:00 am (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
i love that photo of your candlelit dinner! the colors are fantastic, and it looks so homey and warm. it's the kind of photo you could look back on twenty years from now and remember the moment, the ambiance, etc., it has a real nostalgic feeling to it. nice.

that art deco exhibit looks fabulous! i'm glad to see that you're taking advantage of london's museums. also glad to see that the pepys exhibit is on your list. ;)
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On July 21st, 2003 11:33 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks! I only snapped a couple quick photos.. I was too hungry to attempt taking a close-up of the dinner with my camera's dying macro setting.

Today Max said to me after reading this post, "If you really wanted to go to the Art Deco exhibit we could have." But er, it's a bit late now. c'est la vie.

I should read the book before seeing the Pepys exhibit, now I have a deadline to encourage me. :)
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On July 21st, 2003 11:57 am (UTC), vizzygoth replied:
what kind of camera do you use? i'm starting to research what my options are as far as digital cameras go. my needs aren't too specific, i just want decent color quality, etc. if you have any suggestions, let me know!

the v&a has a pretty good online exhibit with panoramic photos. i realize that doesn't come close to actually seeing the exhibit tho. it'll be in toronto next, if you *really* can't miss it! ;) sadly, it'll be in boston probably after i've already moved elsewhere. ah well.
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On July 22nd, 2003 05:25 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I use a FujiFilm MX-1200. It's about 4-5 years old now. The macro is buggered, the focus off, and pixels are dying off. It's definitely time for a new camera, but it will be awhile yet.

I have kept notes on cameras I'm interested in.. mainly Olympus, Sony, or Nikon. I have several contenders bookmarked. I've heard bad things about the Minolta Dimage and I haven't been impressed with Kodak.

I looked through the online exhibit a bit. One interesting piece of info I wasn't aware of before was that the term `Art Deco' wasn't invented until the 70s.
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On July 23rd, 2003 06:20 am (UTC), vizzygoth replied:
thanks for the tips. :) your photos are really high quality, so your camera still has some life left in it.

how strange that "art deco" wasn't coined until 50 years or so after the movement. i guess that's often the case, some time passes and you can look back at things and sum them up better with distance.
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On July 21st, 2003 07:01 am (UTC), andyroyal commented:
Green & Black's do ice-cream? I never new that.... have to get me some now. I love the chocolate, especially the oraneg one.

Is that Estorik place in Islington? I have a feeling that's the place I always used to walk past when Kath lived in that end of town. It looked quite nice and we kept saying we'd go there, but as always we never got round to it.
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On July 21st, 2003 11:39 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Do they ever do ice cream.. damn it's goooood. The maya gold is my favorite chocolate bar of theirs too. :)

Yes, it is in Islington. I've never seen the gallery before and I really want to see that exhibit. At least I have until September this time.
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On July 22nd, 2003 04:37 am (UTC), andyroyal replied:
When you go there, if you carry on down Canonbury Road away from Highbury & Islington, past Estorik on the left, there's a really nice bar/restaurant a short way further down on the right. Well, the bar bit's nice at least, I've not tried the food at the restaurant as I always used to turn up there late.
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On July 22nd, 2003 05:15 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
ooh thanks I'll keep a note of that. :)
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On July 21st, 2003 07:22 am (UTC), foxbase commented:
a heads up for tues night
hey i'll be playing stockhausen's spiral tuesday night (4 versions) so i hope you can tune in! i'll play it straight up 7 pm my time so as not to play it past your bedtime :)

a friend of mine lent me a fascinating conversations with stockhausen book.
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On July 21st, 2003 11:45 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: a heads up for tues night
thanks so much for letting me know! I'm writing a note to myself on my desktop to remember to tune in. That's really nice of you to play it early so I can hear it, I'm excited to finally hear all four versions. :)

What is the title of the book? Sounds like something I'd be interested in..
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On July 22nd, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: a heads up for tues night
I'm listening.. whatever you're playing right now (2am my time) is absolutely beautiful.

Nevermind, you just said what it was (Omit?). :)

I caught most of the Stockhausen but unfortunately missed the first 5-10 minutes.
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On July 22nd, 2003 06:14 pm (UTC), foxbase replied:
Re: a heads up for tues night
oooh great i'm glad you caught most of it! i started Stockhausen out early enough hoping you'd be able to tune in. Omit are absolutely tremendous i know i love them, i can't get enough of the guy, and i need to get more by him soon. i posted some Omit info in my lj last week you should take a peak :)
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On July 22nd, 2003 06:27 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: a heads up for tues night
I love what you're playing right now as well.. Doppler Effect I think? I missed the name of the album. I'll search for that Omit post..

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On July 22nd, 2003 06:35 pm (UTC), foxbase replied:
Re: a heads up for tues night
i wrote a review for Dopplereffekt at www.gullbuy.com you uses the search engine to read it. the disc is farout much different than their first disc. half of it is ambient noises and the other half is like the song i played. good stuff if you ask me :)
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On July 22nd, 2003 06:54 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: a heads up for tues night
i think the tired is getting to me.. i've actually heard of Dopplereffekt before, but i never got around to checking them out properly. now that i've heard some i definitely want to hear more.

now it's bed time. thanks for the lullaby. :)
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On July 22nd, 2003 07:10 pm (UTC), foxbase replied:
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hey i'm so glad you got to tune in and liked what you heard :)

just be aware the first dopplereffekt cd is much different, and personally i'm not crazy about it.
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On July 21st, 2003 11:48 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Doing the same as in buying your own flat, or more specifically buying your own flat in London? This is such an insanely expensive city, but I've come across a few places with some real potential within our budget. It's exciting and slightly intimidating. :)
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On July 21st, 2003 04:43 pm (UTC), gulch commented:
Richmond park is cool - many wonderful childhood stonehead skateboarding memories.

Have you thought about Putney or somewhere round there to live? It's also pretty close to Richmond park, but a lot nearer to town. I used to cycle from Teddington to Putney across the park every day - beautiful wake-up ride, except when I got a puncture (I once had seven in five days on that route)
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On July 22nd, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
So you grew up in London then? Was it near Richmond park?

I haven't looked into Putney at all and I don't know anything about it, but now that you mention it I'll check out what's available.
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On July 21st, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I saw this article yesterday on BBC site (Hope this is not to long):
Graffiti art show shut
A controversial exhibition by graffiti artist Banksy has been closed for "legal reasons", according to his website.
The show was shut after painted animals, which became hot and distressed, were taken back to their farm, a spokeswoman said.

Organisers did not want to go on without the main attractions - cows, sheep and pigs that attracted animal rights protestors - but there were actually no legal problems, she said.

Banksy is now considering taking the show on a national tour, the spokeswoman added.

The exhibition, called Turf War, was held in a disused garage in east London.

Religious images

It stayed open for one day after the animals were taken away - but it was decided to keep the doors shut on Monday, the final day.

Turf War also included a painting of the baby Jesus with a bomb strapped to his chest and Banksy's version of Rodin's sculpture The Thinker.

Banksy, from Bristol, real name Robin Banks, has been hailed as "Britain's most celebrated graffiti artist" and designed Blur's latest album cover.

Turf War included pigs painted in police colours, sheep painted in concentration camp stripes and a cow covered in images of Andy Warhol's face.
The animals were removed because the "severe heat and heavy petting" were "causing distress to the animals", a statement said.

Their removal had nothing to do with protests by animal welfare campaigners, organisers said.

The beasts were all show animals from Cheddar, Somerset, were used to being on public view, and the paint was animal-friendly, a spokeswoman said.

An inspector from the RSPCA approved the animals' conditions, the spokeswoman said.

And Hackney Borough Council said they were not happy about the show going ahead - but could do nothing to stop it.

Celebrity party

A demonstrator, Debbie Young, chained herself to railings surrounding a cow, in protest at what she saw as animal cruelty.

Stars including Jamie Oliver, Sara Cox and Jarvis Cocker turned up to the show's opening party on Thursday.

Banksy has turned down four requests to do adverts for Nike and his work is usually seen only on walls in cities across the world.

He has previously painted the Queen as a chimpanzee during her Golden Jubilee and sprayed "Mind the crap" on the steps of the Tate Britain before the Turner Prize ceremony.

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On July 22nd, 2003 05:08 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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That's interesting, thanks for posting that article. I'm relieved to hear he wasn't arrested, although the animals were the attractions I was the least interested in seeing.
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On July 21st, 2003 09:44 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:

Another good exhibition (also free)is the BP Portrait Award 2003 show at the National Portrait Gallery until Sept. 21st
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On July 22nd, 2003 05:09 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: Exhibitions
thanks for the notice, adding it to my list. :)
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