Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Survived the first night shift, now the rest should be easier. For some reason we were going at full capacity last night, and lots of drunk people.. on a Tuesday! What's going on?!

Stumbled upon this online meditation course, about £60 for 90 days... sounds good to me... might just sign up! Also still contemplating signing up for that Thai Yoga Massage course, as it looks really good. They are having a workshop at the Yoga Show, which I'm hoping to attend and see how it goes from there.

And tis a sad week - R.I.P John Peel.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

In a flurry of inspiration (read "last-minute panic"!), I've just sat at the computer for about 3 hours plotting my NaNoWriMo novel! Disappointingly low word-count for such a long time spent thinking, but hey, I feel like I am going somewhere with it all now! Bugger, only 5 days left til kick-off, and I start a run of 4 nights tomorrow! Let's hope it's quiet, that way I can plot while I work!

Monday, October 25, 2004

I've signed up for Blog Explosion, and it looks quite interesting. Lots of interesting blogs to read while I should be plotting my novel!

A couple of days ago, hubby found himself in a late-night kebab shop in Camden Town with some friends. Whilst enjoying an after-hours doner, some other customers came in and sat an the next table. These 'other customers' consisted of a 60yr old man who looked like an East-End ganster, with an entourage of younger blokes. The older man got chatting to hubby, and when he found out he was from Kosova, asked him if he was interested in importing weapons for him! That's the last time he goes out for a late-night snack!

Actually, have just had a thought that perhaps I could use hubby's misfortune in the plot for my NaNoWriMo novel... hmm...

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Just stumbled upon this, which links Blogger and NaNoWriMo... participants of the novel-writing-in-a-month challenge are encouraged to post their efforts as they go along on a specially-created blog. So, here's mine... Nothing much there yet, of course, as it doesn't start til Nov 1st...aargh only 8 days to go!!!

Hmm I'm a 1950s Parent apparently [via].

Work is busier and more stressful than ever lately, and the busier it gets, the more tempted I am to do something like this.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Managed to have quite a nice birthday yesterday, despite the cold from hell. Went into town at lunchtime, and had a fabulous organic salad in Fresh & Wild in Soho. Stocked up on beans and supplements (as recommended by that scary Scottish woman), then hubby bought me some D&G Light Blue perfume! In the evening, went for a pizza at a nice pizza place in Queens Park (proably not recommended by said Scot).

Booking now! - The Yoga Show at Olympia in November.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Urgh. Off sick yet again with this ruddy cold! This being ill malarkey is starting to get on my nerves now!!

Monday, October 18, 2004

God has it really been almost a week since I posted? Sorry bout that. Work has been crazy, I don't know where they are all coming from. Or perhaps it's the fact that our hospital has THREE (3) medical wards closed, so no wonder we are so busy these days. They have to put them somewhere...

I don't know if it's the constant contact with ill people, or maybe I just have zero immunity, but I have yet another bloody cold. And I'm getting quite fed up of it! Have cheered myself up by spending the whole afternoon watching DVDs - Ross Noble and Bill Bailey. Can heartily recommend both! Supposed to be back at work tomorrow after ooh a whole day off of sniffing. Still, one consolation, it's my birthday on Wednesday, so hopefully I will shed the cold and get out and enjoy myself!

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Found this via Pete... The albums you think people should have heard (although not necessarily your favourite albums)...

The ones in bold are the ones I've heard, and I've added 3 on the end...although how you could pick albums you think people should have heard without them being your favourites is beyond me...

London Calling - The Clash
Think Tank - Blur

This Is Hardcore - Pulp
Moon Safari - Air
Elastica - Elastica
Never Mind The Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
OK Computer - Radiohead

The Kiss of Morning - Graham Coxon
Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
Come From The Shadows - Joan Baez
The River - Bruce Springsteen
The Very Best Of Joan Armatrading - Joan Armatrading
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Metal Box - Public Image Ltd
Orbital #2 (The Brown Album) - Orbital
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement
Apple Venus Vol. 1 - XTC
Marquee Moon - Televison
Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
No More Shall We Part - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Band- Northern Lights Southern Cross
Martin Stephenson and The Daintees- Boat to Bolivia
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers- Rock and Roll With Modern Lovers.
Jeff Buckley - Grace
U.N.K.L.E. - Psyence Fiction
Craig Armstrong - Space Between Us

The Jeff Buckley album because it's in a word brilliant. A perfect album, no album, fillers. Unusual chord progressions, poetic lyrics, a genius at work. Probably the best album ever made, in my opinion.

The U.N.K.L.E. album because it's groundbreaking, and shows the impressive results of collaborations between dance / trip-hop musicians and indie-vocalists (like Thom Yorke and Richard Ashcroft). I like this album, as it's trying to do something a bit different.

The Craig Armstrong album because, in the words of a BBC producer who heard the album in our flat (when hubby was on "Watchdog", we had a music + wine break!), it's like an "aural spliff". Strings, beats, chilled out cool. A must-listen-to for fans of all genres.

Back in Sunny London Town... for some reason work is busier than ever lately (hence the lack of posting). Managed to have a bit of a TV debut on City Hospital yesterday, only in the background mind you, as I declined to have a speaking part. All added a bit of interest to the day, anyway!

Had a fab time oop North, made even better by having a Peter Kay DVD waiting for me when I got home.

Oh and shock, horror, hubby has handed his notice in at work. Not surprised actually, as he's been right fed up with it for ages now. Working a 60-70hr week and not knowing your days off until on the day sometimes would get anyone down.

Hurrah! Am off for the next couple of days, and so is hubby. Having a trip out to Borehamwood tomorrow, to a) visit a friend, and b) survey the land as a possible prospective place to buy a house.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Off to Newcastle tomorrow... should be able to blog from there... so long Big Smoke (til next week, anyway).

Sunday, October 03, 2004

The vicar-trip is off due to overpriced tickets, but have decided to go to Newcastle for the week instead. Bizarrely, GNER ("Great"North Eastern Railway) have some weird "first-class-is-cheaper-than-standard" offer on at the minute, so I'm ditching my liberal values and riding in the realm of the elderly posh.

Anyone who is thinking of doing NaNoWriMo, you can now register on the all-new website.

Urgh. Hubby came to bed at 6am (after a couple of post-work drinkies - normally home at 4am, so not quite as bad as it sounds) and started babbling on about some car accident he'd seen on the way home. Needless to say, about 5 mins later he was flat out and snoring for England (or Kosova, whichever), and I couldn't go back to bloody sleep. So here I am. If I can muster up some energy, I might have a long walk to Euston to buy a train ticket for my visit to Stafford on Friday (visiting the vicar-friend).

Saturday, October 02, 2004

The Dangers of Online Shopping...

Well, frankly, since you don't have to carry it, it's easy to get carried away. By way of example, I have just bought the following DVDs:
Peter Kay
Ross Noble (well, he is a Geordie)
Bill Bailey
The League of Gentlemen
Little Britain

Bugger. I nearly bought an mp3 player, but had to stop myself. Can you tell I've got PMT and need cheering up? (or maybe it's because I spend my days drowning in depressing music... Let the comedy-fest begin.