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Internet Meets Meatspace. With elephants. [20100616|13:01]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Elephant Parade: Dedicated to the Wonderful Chelsea PensionersMy Monday was internet-friend-tastic. I lunched with cheekytubemouse at the Hereford Arms on Gloucester Road. It was her last day in London and our first time meeting in meatspace, so I took the liberty of having a longer break than usual to sit and chat about jobs and relationships and sightseeing. Also, to have bitter shandy and fish and chips. Nom. I walked her to the Natural History Museum entrance before shooting back to the office. She must have brought me good luck, because in the afternoon we managed to convince JPL to reboot a router and all the server troubles we've been having for the past four days melted away. Next time something goes wrong with our ops computers, I'll be looking to you to help us out with your magical unfuxoring powers, cheekytubemouse.

In the evening, I meandered off to the pub to meet [personal profile] kake, [personal profile] bob, and a whole host of others whose online identities I didn't discover. We sat in the Imperial and attempted to talk over the angry droning bees (vuvuzelas) coming from the Italy-Paraguay match. We mostly succeeded, though it was a relief to move the restaurant for our Hunan meal, coordinated by [personal profile] kake. We ordered 13 dishes - meats and vegetables, pickled and hot, smoked and dry-fried. Finely chopped chillies and garlic garnished most of our selections. I ate green beans, daikon radish, asparagus, smoked pork, chicken, spicy beef, mashed aubergine ("Hunan guacamole"), cabbage, tree fungus, pigs blood and other delicious and unidentifiable things. The croning dish was a delicate flaky white fish in garlic and chilli sauce (of course). We polished it off with great enthusiasm and washed it down with chrysanthemum tea. We considered having dessert, but decided the consequences might prove catastrophic ("Tragedy on the Tube: Woman Explodes On Train, Garlic Everywhere"). I toddled to Kings Cross for the train home and was pleased to have a pair of seats to myself, as I'm sure my breath could have slain an ox at twenty paces. (You wanted to know. You did.)

In other news, I have now seen over 200 of the 258 elephants in London's Elephant Parade. I expect to reach 220+, but I don't think I'll have time to hunt down some of the more far-flung candidates in their native habitats before 24 June, when they all move to the Royal Chelsea Hospital to prepare for auction, since I'll be in Paris for most of next week. Still, a good deal of time and shoe leather went into this project and I'm quite pleased at the number I managed to find. I've updated my Flickr set with around 170 different elephants. Click on the RCH elephant - with genuine pensioner! He volunteered to be in the photo. ♥ - to get to it.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2010-06-16 17:45 (UTC)
I am slightly weirded out by the fact that two of my LJ friends who appear to have essentially nothing in common were both at that meal.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-17 15:26 (UTC)
I'm guessing that that's owlfish? I don't think we got to speak to one another much, as we were on opposite ends of the table. I think the only common link between everyone was nou/DW user=kake.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2010-06-17 15:27 (UTC)
Yes it was owlfish
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-06-16 20:42 (UTC)
Thank you for posting as many elephants as you can. I am vicariously enjoying them through your posts.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-17 15:28 (UTC)
I'm glad! Unfortunately I'm not going to get to go elephant-hunting this evening due to telecons, so I may be stuck at 212. Oh well. I gave it my best shot. If only I didn't have to work, I could have spent enough time to nab the ones in Greenwich/Brixton/Heathrow Terminal 5.

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[User Picture]From: seismic
2010-06-17 14:02 (UTC)
Excellent! I'm so glad you and
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Excellent! I'm so glad you and <lj-user="cheekytubemouse"> got along.

I love the elephants and E continues to rave about them. The shot you've posted here is fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-17 15:42 (UTC)
The elephants are gorgeous. I get really gleeful whenever I spot one, even if I've already seen it, which by now means most of them!
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[User Picture]From: cheekytubemouse
2010-06-17 16:54 (UTC)
I kept seeing one with a Great White Shark on it, but I was always in a cab at the time. :(

seismic actually tipped me off to The City In The Elephant via your Twitter post and I went out to Southbank just to track it down. I think I photographed one or two that you may not have seen yet. Have you seen the one which looks like a black cab? Sadly, I didn't know the headlights were solar-powered or I might have tried to pop back by after dark.

http://www.dudecraft.com/2010/05/elephant-taxi.html
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-20 15:13 (UTC)
The one with the shark on it is in my set, but it's a front view so you can't see the shark.

I have seen a few elephants that either I didn't photograph or I did photograph but chose not to put them on Flickr because I thought they were rather dull. Unfortunately, the Taxi Elephant wasn't of them - I missed it because the area it was in was cordoned off at the time.

I'm planning to go to the Royal Chelsea Hospital when they're all gathered together so I can nab the ones I missed. I was never fortunate enough to catch Cloudia (the mobile elephant) during my elephant quest.
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[User Picture]From: cheekytubemouse
2010-06-17 16:42 (UTC)
I had such a nice time chatting with you! I'm glad you suggested meeting up, because my shyness probably would have prevented me from doing so.

After the Natural History Museum, I wandered on to the Victoria & Albert Museum, which I'd never been to. I did get caught in the rain later in the day, but managed to find an umbrella for just four quid and which didn't scream "I'm a tourist!"

*contemplates adding "magical unfuxoring powers" to my resume*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-06-20 15:15 (UTC)
Oh good! I'm glad, because I worry about pushing myself on people who are quite happy to remain internet-only friends, which is why I suggest coffee (which could be as short as twenty minutes) or lunch rather than drinks, etc. Although next time you're in for a dinner & drinks invite, just to warn you. :-)
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