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Welcome, 2005. Have you got any painkillers? [20050101|23:35]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[the weather today is |torn pantyhose]
[with a hint of |oh, dear god, no.]

Adios, 2004, we won't be missing you. We spent from about seven pm to five am drinking with Ian and Anna. I have only one New Year's resolution right now, and that is never again to ride the London Underground with a hangover. Not good. No no.

I am dragging myself out of my pillow-encased hangover nest to load up some pictures I took with my Lomo while Claudine was visiting.

Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens


Yeah, I have a bit of an obsession with this place. I try to visit it at least once a month. I've loved watching the seasons change here, and the birds make great lomographic subjects.

Highgate Cemetery


I'd never been here before, but was angling to visit based on what I'd read in the Lonely Planet guide about it. Karl Marx, Michael Faraday and George Eliot are probably the most recognizable names, although some of the other slightly less notables have eye-catching tombstones. For instance, Richard "Stoney" Smith, who saw fit to remind everyone that he invented the process for making Hovis bread. Thanks, Stoney! Also, if you like angels, and I do, this is the graveyard for you. It's littered with them - reaching up to heaven, pondering with their chins on their fists, hands clasped in grief. I blew a roll of black and white film. I'm going to go back with my digital. We spent a couple of hours there and we didn't even get to see the western side of the cemetery, where Faraday is buried. It's only accessible by tour and the [purportedly haughty and blue-haired] tour guides are only there on weekends.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-01-01 23:58 (UTC)
You know, I haven't even read the entry yet but wanted to say: Oh my fucking GOD.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-01-02 11:58 (UTC)
You want to see Michael Faraday's grave. You know you do! And then you want to walk down to a crusty old pub in Archway with me to drink Guinness and watch the retired men feed crisps to their little yappy dogs.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-01-02 15:09 (UTC)
Twist the arm a little harder? Please? Here, let me help. *twists own arm*

I want to see all that and more. Someday I will see London. You give me fresh motivation.
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2005-01-02 07:28 (UTC)
Adios, 2004, we won't be missing you.

WORD TO THAT & HALLELUJAH!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-01-02 11:59 (UTC)
This has been the rockiest year for me and for a lot of my friends. I went from near-suicidal depression to grappling with daily terror in a new country to ecstatic happiness. Buh. I want OFF the emotional rollercoaster for a little while, please, 2005!
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-01-02 18:13 (UTC)
fantastic photos!
i am especially fond of the '2 second exposure' flight shot.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-01-03 12:51 (UTC)
Thank you. I think I need to get some photography books so I can actually know what I'm doing and don't have to waste so much film! :-P
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-01-14 21:08 (UTC)
The shots are great. Highgate, drool...

I'm going to go back with my digital. We spent a couple of hours there and we didn't even get to see the western side of the cemetery, where Faraday is buried. It's only accessible by tour and the [purportedly haughty and blue-haired] tour guides are only there on weekends.

Well, what did you expect? I mean, the man did more than invent Hovis bread with his time. ;) Naturally he needs a couple of well sweatered and booted old ladies reminding people of his importance to the world.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-01-14 22:30 (UTC)
That logic would hold up if Karl Marx weren't buried in the stinking pinko activist eastern portion of the cemetery.

Oh wait, never mind.
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