23.11.06

Happy Thanksgiving


May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of long lasting memories.

18.11.06

Borough Market (London Bridge)






These are pictures of Borough Market. Its right near London Bridge and this October it celebrated its 250th anniversary. The section with the colored umbrellas is the organic section, the main part is in an old Victorian pavillion. You can buy nearly everything here including squirrel and shark! The vegetables that are sold each season change obviously --you can see from the pictures that squash is in season now. The animals that are hanging in the pic for sale are rabbit and pheasants --sometimes they even hang deer! I love the smells of this place--there's loads of food stalls selling everything from Kebabs to Wild Boar sausages and today when we went they were selling hot cider. Its always horrendously busy for obvious reasons, but you can get some really good deals on high quality fruit, veg and lots of homemade breads and cakes. Today we bought loads of mushrooms, some organic eggs for a whole 99 pence and a huge homemade loaf of sourdough bread. I love supporting local farmers and its great because when you chat to the sellers you can find out where all the food is grown or made. I think not many people today know where their food comes from which is surprising considering in most under-developed countries they know this and even live with their food (animals, etc). Being informed about simple things like this is important and healthy way to take control over your life. I also believe that food is so much better tasting when you know that there's a story behind it. Anyway--cheers to Good Food!!

11.11.06

A Moon for the Misbegotten



James and I went to see a matinee performance of "A moon for the Misbegotten" with Kevin Spacey this afternoon. It's our third time seeing Kevin Spacey on the stage at the Old Vic and I've never been disappointed with any of these plays. The cast was absolutely amazing and seemed so at comfortable with each other. I had never seen Colm Meany (Star Trek) or Eve Best who played the female lead Josie on stage before. They were fabulous especially Ms. Best--gosh she had a lot of lines to remember! I could really relate to a lot of what her character was going through in trying to figure out her feelings and place in the world. Kevin Spacey--what can you say, every time I see him perform it's like having a good friend over for dinner. He reels you in and very warmly invites you along the journey his characters take. I always love the theatre, but this play was just an absolute pleasure. If your interested check this link out to read more about the play http://www.oldvictheatre.com . Its got some great behind the scenes footage that Kevin Spacey took which is a bit of fun to see as well!

4.11.06

Bonfire Night



"Remember, Remember the 5th of November-Gunpowder, Treason and Plot..."
A big tradition here in England is to celebrate the 5th of November every year. It's officially called Guy Faulkes night, but the nickname is "Bonfire Night". Guy Faulkes was involved in a plot on 5 November 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliment (where Big Ben is) with gunpowder. He was not successful obviously and was burned at the stake for treason. Bonfire Night started off as a celebration every year to act as a reminder to not mess w/the government and that democracy works. Now people don't really think of it this way, only just as a night to enjoy fireworks and probably a few too many pints (what else is new!!).
We went with James' parents up to the "Heath" in Blackheath Village (A huge flat grassy area) for the festivities where we go every year. The fireworks were absolutely amazing and lasted a whole half hour and were set to music. Unfortunately the pictures I've posted don't do the fireworks justice as these were the only ones that turned out and they were a lot more spectacular. Although from the pics you can see how the moon was full! It was darn cold because it was such a clear night but was a great excuse to bundle up with our warm coats and scarves!

Phenomenal Woman
by Maya Angelou



Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.