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Seven Squared [20111210|20:57]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Tree, squared

The bloke & I went to the Lickey Hills (oh, English place names. I never grow tired of you.) just south of Birmingham this weekend. Naturally, I managed to find a cemetery during the course of our walk.

Clear-eyed angel












I've become accustomed to being mistaken for famous people occasionally. When I was a postgraduate, the chaps in the machine shop called me Dark Angel, after Jessica Alba in said television show. Since I moved to England, however, it's been all about a certain singer and pianist with approximately the same ethnic background. A few weeks ago, I was on a train home from Wolverhampton when the following exchange occurred.

Me: *snuggles down in seat, is almost asleep*
Chap: *shakes my shoulder*
Me: Whahuh?!
Chap: Do you sing?
Me: *blinks owlishly in total lack of comprehension*
Chap: Are you a singer?
Me: No, no I'm not.
Chap: You are. You're a singer.
Me: What?
Chap: Your dad was Filipino.
Me: How...how could you possibly know that?
Chap: Because you're Myleene Klass.
Me: *groans* No, I was trying to sleep.
Chap: I'm sorry. Would you like some crisps? Or a banana?
Me: No, thank you.
Chap: *gets up, starts to walk away* I'll be back for an autograph later.

Last week, I was walking down the street in Chelsea and I passed a pub full of very posh, very pissed young people. I was about twenty feet beyond the entrance when I heard a man roar, "Did you see who just went by?"

I picked up the pace. "Myleene!" he called. "MYLEENE!" (Side note: Does screaming at celebrities ever cause them to turn round and have a conversation with you?)

Last night, the bloke & I spent some time exploring Birmingham. Naturally, this included "exploring" the inside of a few pubs. In the first one, we were conversing quietly in a corner when I felt the effect of several pairs of eyes burning into the side of my face. I turned and saw a group of men in their thirties, and suddenly I knew. I didn't need to lip-read to be certain that they were having the Myleene Klass conversation, but I did anyway. They were.

In the last pub, another chap leaned over and said, "You're a dead ringer for that woman off the telly in those adverts. You know who I mean?"

I did, but I pretended I didn't. He struggled for a moment and then shouted, "Myleene Klass!"

The bloke returned with a couple of pints. The chap said, "Your lady here looks just like Myleene Klass."

The bloke replied, "She doesn't look like her."

I gave him a warning glare. He sat down. The chap smiled and went back to his conversation. Several minutes passed.

"That man keeps looking over here," said the bloke, highly amused. "He's still not sure you aren't actually Myleene Klass."

"We are so leaving after this drink," I replied.
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[User Picture]From: innerbrat
2011-12-10 21:25 (UTC)
1) I'm sorry for your frustration.

2) *eyes pics* I totally see it. I am also very unhelpful.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:39 (UTC)
Oh, I don't mind that much - she's very pretty, after all! The only frustrating bit is the rudeness with which some people seem to feel justified in using to address me when they actually think I am her. Certainly makes the notion of being famous a lot less appealing.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2011-12-10 22:11 (UTC)
I always enjoy your photos, but the first is absolutely fascinating. It took me a few moments to understand what I was seeing... Thank you for sharing, N. (And my heart breaks a little for the mom that had to bury her two wee children.)

Also, *snicker snicker* ;)
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2011-12-11 05:38 (UTC)
I agree about the photos. And also the mum and her babies (waaah- noooooo! Somehow, it's worse that the dates are from the early 1960's rather than the 1860's. The infant mortality rate shouldn't be that high for one family! Not that it would have been better for mothers in the 19th c. Just... just... world, you are not fair!)

Also, the countryside in England is so much less dull, dun colored bleakness than Central Minnesota. I was out for a country drive today and it was really just tan tan buff brown tan brown dun dust dirt brown. And one fool who had an ice house out on a lake that is NOT frozen over well enough to take the weight of a large dog on it, much less a shelter and three people with fishing gear.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:42 (UTC)
Thank you! When I cropped it, I knew that was a good photo. Sometimes I have to work for quite some time to be sure, but that one was certain straightaway.

The bloke found that gravestone and showed it to me. Perhaps it was an odd thing to be grateful for, but I was.

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[User Picture]From: bowtomecha
2011-12-10 22:57 (UTC)
Oh wow he's right you are her. haha.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:37 (UTC)
I wouldn't mind having her salary, but just about everything else I'd leave. ;)
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-12-10 23:33 (UTC)
What an amazing set of photos! Gorgeous.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:36 (UTC)
Wow. Coming from a person whose photos I "add to Favourites" on Flickr every other day, this means a lot to me. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-12-12 20:40 (UTC)
Oh please, you're a fantastic photographer! Certainly you knew that. :-)
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2011-12-11 05:39 (UTC)
Also, do bunnies have funerary significance that I don't know about?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:35 (UTC)
No, I don't think so! The bunnies were in Baddesley Clinton, which is a National Trust property near Birmingham.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-12-11 07:09 (UTC)
Love the photos that always make me want more :)

And I could see the Myleene resemblance! Maybe it could help you get a table in a restaurant, or body double work!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:34 (UTC)
Thank you!

It's only a superficial resemblance. I think if we were placed side by side someone might think we were related, but they certainly wouldn't think we were twins.
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From: pbristow
2011-12-11 14:28 (UTC)
OK, now I'm embarassed, 'cos I totally never spotted the resemblance. And now I have to wonder whether that's despite or actually *because of* the fact that I once had a teeny tiny crushette on Myleene, and thereby became familiar with every detail of her face from all angles. [BLUSH] =:o\

Also: Photos. Goodness! [EXAMINES THEM SOME MORE]
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From: pbristow
2011-12-11 14:38 (UTC)
(Also, gotta love the idiot (who shows up on Google's first page of hits) who's got a wallpaper of Paris Hilton labelled as being Myleene. [SIGH] )
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:31 (UTC)
I think it's only a superficial resemblance, honestly. Our faces are proportioned quite differently - I have a much gummier smile and a lot less forehead.
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[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2011-12-11 16:52 (UTC)
I am afraid I will never be able to unsee that. ARSE.
So I shall look at your beautiful, haunting pictures again to rinse out my eyes. I loved the Victorian dreariness which is completely at odds, yet so in tune, with the more modern subject matter.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:30 (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad they work as a set - once I work on stuff for a while, I have difficulty telling if they mesh.
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[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2011-12-13 23:23 (UTC)
I think they do ! Nicely done !

PS : Christmas card ? See latest post of mine xx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:29 (UTC)
I don't think I'm a "dead ringer" for her anyway. I have a much gummier smile, and a lot less forehead. :P
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2011-12-11 21:32 (UTC)
well done for discovering the Lickey Hills. :) i meant to recommend it as a specific place you should explore but forgot. i'm glad you found it anyway. :) alas, i didn't make nearly enough use of it when i still lived in the West Midlands.

i'm surprised that people mistake you for Myleene Klass; judging by photos you really don't look like her. have you ever tried telling anyone that's somehow made that mistake that you're a physicist? if you did, i expect your accent would put the matter to rest. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-12 20:27 (UTC)
Hiking there was recommended by several people, including an estate agent (!). Now we want to live there. ;D

It doesn't matter to some people when I start speaking and I clearly have the wrong accent. They're stubbornly convinced I must be her. It's weird.
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