Jubilee River Pageant: Long May She Rain Over Us

No, that wasn’t a typo. That’s what happened.

The spot that I had all picked out for the river pageant turned out to be fine. Sort of. There were TONS of people, and standard British protocol seems to dictate that the tall people stand in front.

I did see the Queen though!

Everyone was saying that she was wearing yellow, but I was standing there thinking “I think that’s her there in the white.”

Turns out I was right, because as soon as I got home I looked it up online, and indeed she was wearing white. 🙂

The most impressive part (aside from the Queen) were all the canoes at the very beginning. And I think we should take this opportunity to that the people who designed the Canadian flag. Because, holy crap it’s easy to spot in a crowd.

It’s also the happiest flag in the world. 🙂

They keep saying on TV that the pageant was inspired by the artist Canaletto. I’ve seen a whole lot of Canaletto since I’ve arrived in London. There are at least six that I can think of over at the National Gallery. And, fittingly enough the largest collection of Canaletto paintings belongs to the Royal Collection.

I’m happy I went, but if you watched on TV then you got to see a much more impressive show that I did. It needed more music. The only part that I think I could describe as “fun” was when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra floated by the MI6 building (across the river from where I was) and they played the James Bond Theme song.

Right now I’m watching the Jubilee River Pageant Highlights on BBC 1.

Love ya bye,

Sarah

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Saturday, 2 June 2012

Today I realized that the plant I thought was fake is actually real.

All I have to say is…

oops.

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I went for a little walk today. It was a bit of a hassle with all these crazy jubilee celebrations.

There are enough barricades in London to make those Les Mis people jealous.

Tomorrow is the River Pageant thing. Everyone have your fingers crossed that I get a good spot and can see the Queen!

Love ya bye,

Sarah

Friday, 1 June 2012

English: View of the River Thames from the Gol...
English: View of the River Thames from the Golden Jubilee Bridges Looking south from the east side of the bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Holy crap there’s a lot of flags in London!

All up and down Oxford Circus, Piccadilly, Parliament Square area there’s nothing but flags.

There are also congratulation banners all over the place; on office and apartment buildings.

Even the buildings that are under renovation have decorated their scaffolding with messages to the Queen.

We’re two days out from the River pageant which will have 1000 boats all on the Thames… and it’s supposed to rain 🙂

So, I spent my day up at the British Library doing some research for that grad school writing sample I mentioned a while back.

Just so you’re prepared: Mrs. Millman along with all her best teacher friends (and her daughter) will be proof reading my paper once I’m finished with it.

In other news I’ve read 804 pages of Les Miserables. 

Only 390 left to go!

Love ya bye,

Sarah

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Photo Credit: Flickr: BlueAndWhiteArmy

I took a quick spin by Trafalgar Square today and saw Canada House all decked out for the Jubilee celebrations this weekend.

I’m kind of hoping they’ll keep up all the flags for the Olympics too.

Hey… everyone ask my mum where my top secret spot for watching the River Pageant is. I think it’s pretty good and I don’t want to give it away online.

That way you might get a glimpse of me on the tv 😛

Love ya bye,

Sarah

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

I had a very busy day today.

First, I woke up around noon.

Then I dragged myself to the park to read my book.

I opted for Les Miserables, since the first teaser trailer for the movie came out today, and I’m clearly super involved now.

At the park I met my new friend Enzo. He’s a feisty little shih tzu that was running full force through the park, viscously threatening any horse that dared walk by.

After that it was a spin around Primark on Oxford Street to get a sense of what sort of work clothes they might have. I found dress shirts for 4 pounds. They look like they’ll fall apart after I wash them, but I suppose 4 pounds isn’t too bad.

After I went home I did actually do some work. I did some laundry and cleaned all 30 square feet of my room.

Right now it’s 11:44 and I’m cooking fries, so I’m clearly not planning on going to bed any time soon.

I suppose I might as well enjoy staying up late while I can. In a week and a half I don’t imagine I’ll have the luxury.

Love ya bye,

Sarah

 

The Mysteries of the V&A

English: National Art Library, at Victoria and...
English: National Art Library, at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. 한국어: 영국 잉글랜드 런던 앨버트 앤 빅토리아 박물관 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think I’m finally getting a hang of this “being a nerd in London” thing.

This morning I woke up and looked through the online catalogue for the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I picked out and ordered the books I wanted to read – all about Leonardo da Vinci and his anatomy drawings – and then finished eating my breakfast and getting ready for the day.

The reason I said “ordered” the books, is because the big fancy-schmansy London libraries are all reference libraries. Meaning you can’t just roam the shelves and pick out what you want to read and take it home with you. Instead you have to request them and the lovely librarians go through the miles of books the have (once every hour, on the half hour), find the ones you asked for, and then kindly bring them up to their main desk. It’s your job to check the status of the books online to see if they’ve made their way to the reading room yet.

By the time I got to the V&A my books were waiting for me.

Which brings me to my point on the “Mysteries of the V&A”. I swear to God they have those magic Harry Potter staircases.

Here’s why:

Seminar Room B is only accessible from Stair S, Level 3.

Lecture Theatre only accessible from Level 3, Lift J, Stair S or T.

Seminar Room 3 only accessible from Level 0, Lift Y or Stair X.

Seminar Room 1 only accessible from Stair I.

Members’ Room accessible from Stair P, O, U, or Lift Q or O.

Print’s and Drawing’s Study Room accessible Tuesday-Friday, from Level 0 Lift Y or Stair X.

And so on, and so forth.

It can get pretty confusing walking around in there.

After all that excitement was over, I went back to my apartment and then did some grocery shopping.

Here’s an interesting fact:

You can buy “chips” for 87p, but if you want “french fries” it’ll cost you 1.50.

Love ya bye,

Sarah