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Happiness. [20060309|13:11]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Last night was just about perfect. On the bus, I shamelessly eavesdropped on a mobile phone conversation in which the woman on my end earnestly tried to convince the woman on the other not to leave her husband for some other man. When I arrived at Trafalgar Square, I couldn't resist getting out my camera. I met imyril and Ju (helpful_mammal) at The Albannach for whiskies. I tried the Aberlour a'bunadh and discovered that chickenfeet2003's description was spot-on. Only a peaty Islay malt could have followed it, so I went with a perennial favorite, Laphroaig.

We came dangerously close to losing the entire evening to the whisky so we had to dash around the corner to the ICA to watch Mirrormask. It was light-hearted and oh so very English. Visually it stroked my brainmeats in all the right ways. When it was over, we bounced over to a pub for a quick pint about two minutes before last orders.

I'm still smiling.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-03-09 15:37 (UTC)
I've refined my palate when it comes to wine, chocolate, and coffee, but have held off starting my education in whiskey until I find a knowledgeable guide who also happens to be good company! I suspect that the variety and complexity will make for happy taste excursions and good times, both.

I've always loved the velvety look of long exposures of moving water.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-03-09 15:44 (UTC)
Oh man, I wanna go to London again! I like London!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-12 13:33 (UTC)
Come and stay on my sofa. I will feed you tea and take you dancing.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-03-13 14:27 (UTC)
That's verr tempting! I may do that one day. Don't think I won't. :)
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-03-09 15:48 (UTC)
I know this is off-topic, but have you made it to this show?

It would probably go well with a cold night and good whiskey.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-11 15:14 (UTC)
Not yet, but I'll make a night of it soon. Thanks for pointing it out!
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2006-03-09 16:01 (UTC)
I love eavesdropping. When I'm old, I intend to spontaneously give advice to those having deeply personal mobile phone conversations in public places.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-11 15:15 (UTC)
Ha! Be sure to punctuate your points with emphatic waves of your walking stick.
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From: 24db
2006-03-09 18:10 (UTC)
sounds completely brilliant, keep smiling :)
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-03-09 18:43 (UTC)
hooray for perfect nights! Yesterday I overheard two conversations I wanted to record. A bunch of techies perhaps fresh from a class were discussing probabilities or distributions or something like that very earnestly and I thought, only at Caltech. And then a guy in Old Town on a cell phone was lambasting liberal activists with "principles are principles but these guys are nuts!" Heh. And I thought of you soon after because I took out my camera to snap a moving traffic pic, and the woman waiting at the bus stop with me came over and just watched me as I set the camera on a trashbin and asked if I was taking a video. And she just stayed there watching me for minutes! It was very unnerving.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-11 12:56 (UTC)
Heh. Photography is a spectator sport, apparently. Yesterday, shniggit observed a number of cars slowing down to watch, and there were even some people who crossed the road in order to avoid interfering with one set of shots. Which is kind of them and all, but you know, it's not a video camera. And it's digital, which means assuming that even if someone walked straight through the frame, I'd just immediately delete that shot.
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2006-03-09 19:01 (UTC)
http://inpassing.org/ is a wonderful collection of one woman's eavesdropping. Well worth an hour in the archives.

*Psst* Bother imyril for audio book goodness.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-11 12:52 (UTC)
"The thing is, drinking beer is just like anything else in life. You have to practice, practice, practice to stay good."

That's beautiful.

imyril was meant to bring audio book goodness last night but she forgot. I'll be nagging "reminding" her repeatedly before our next meeting. Thank you again. Oh, and please do drop a note next time you're going to be in London if you'd like to meet up.
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2006-03-11 17:32 (UTC)
Yeah. Eve picks good stuff, not plain dumb quotes. It's interesting and people watching by proxy :-)

'course I'd like to meet up. Your PR arm has been hard at work already.

I'm in town tomorrow, wandering around taking pictures hopefully. Then retreating back up north Monday evenin'. If you're otherwise occupied I'll be back down at regular intervals anyhoo.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-12 13:32 (UTC)
Oop. Didn't see this until just now. I'm busy today with photo stuff but next time, for sure.
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2006-03-12 16:56 (UTC)
no probs. I'm taking a break from taking photos in the city for HDR experimenting as we speak.

I knew being on T-mobile would be useful one day. I don't pay *quite* so much for using the hotspots :-)

Mmmmm. Sweet, life-giving coffee.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-10 09:04 (UTC)
They didn't. It would have helped if I'd switched to the telephoto. And been more sober.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2006-03-09 22:59 (UTC)
There's http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/ which I find amusing in that crass New Yorker way.

Is there one for London?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-10 09:11 (UTC)
I love this one. Not the funniest by any means, but so very appropriate.

Little girl: What's London?
Teen girl: London is a country in Europe.
Little girl: In Newark?

There probably is one for London. At least, there's probably an LJ comm.
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