London’s still

…a blog about an ordinary Australian living in London

Youse arksed for it! July 28, 2008

Filed under: Friends and Family,The Social Scene,Travel — Annaleis @ 1:54 pm

Here are some pics from Italy, hope you enjoy

(sorry, know I’m really late and need to update desperately, had lots going on!)

We had just got to our Tuscan Chateau, it was stinkin’ hot!

This is our wicked awesome pool that we got to swim in and youse didn’t.

This is the view of the castle where James and Aggie got married, from our joint. Isn’t it pretty?

This is me and Dernie and my huge fat chops, just about to go in and sit in the church in 30+ degree heat, despite the wedding being at 5:30pm! Phoar!

Agatha and James – Newlyweds!

An amazing cathedral we happened to stumble upon in Siena, we had no idea it was there, one minute we were lost down a tiny alley way, next we turn a corner and there we are!

The square in Siena where it’s all happenin’!

See what I mean?  We were innocently sitting at a cafe, eating an innocent (yet delicious) pizza or two, and lo and behold, a parade enters the square and does a lap of honour, stopping and singing at each corner!  It was absolutely incredible!  They were celebrating because their team had won the horse race around the square, and they had a huge following of young and old, and most of them had dummies around their necks.  Couldn’t quite figure that one out but hey, I’ll let it slide.

Well, I hope youse enjoyed that little update.  I would just like to add that I was talking to Nicoooooole while I was writing this post, and she may have influenced me somewhat.

That is all.


I gots technology… May 18, 2008

Filed under: England,The Social Scene,Travel — Annaleis @ 6:08 pm

Heya youse blokes, just checkin’ in and updating things that have happened recently:

I received a belated Christmas pressie last week that I am totally rapt with, in the form of an IPod Nano! I was so excited and scared of scratching it that I went out the next day and used some of my John Lewis (bit like pommy Myers) vouchers that my old school gave me as a leaving present and bought a swish red leather case.

Here is my pride and joy pictured with my new Laptop – if you look closely you can see whose website I was looking at at the time…

Marcus’! I thought it only fitting as the gift was from him and Hayley. Thankyou guys, I love it!

You might be thinking ‘Good one Annaleis, bout time you got a lap top! Geez!’ and you’re right, it was about time, so I managed to acquire one thanks to Dernie 🙂 He set it all up for me and fixes it when I can’t figure out what it’s doing or when the internet connection drops out, causing me to nearly slug it up the chops. Which for anyone who knows me, is unsurprisingly often.

My social calendar is quickly filling up these days, not only am I working full weeks supply teaching (not bad really!) but my weekends are being overrun with activities. Take last weekend for example, Dernie found out on Friday that he’d landed a new job, and we couldn’t let that go uncelebrated, so we celebrated in the central London pubs and drank rum and Diet coke (with lime, people – I’m posh now!). The next day I nursed a hangover while lounging around in the 27 degree heat in Richmond Park, near Wimbledon (ah what a life!)

This weekend was very quiet. The highlight was that I had a kebab for tea last night. It was very nice thankyou. Precisely NONE alcohol was consumed.

Moving right along, next Saturday I am going Air-softing (yay!) with my flatmates! I’ve been once before and loved it. Everyone there gets dressed up in hardcore army gear (except Andy J and myself, who aren’t hardcore in the least) and shoot big black guns filled with little white pellets at each other. They sting when you’re up close, believe me!

The day is set up into different games, and is a lot like Unreal Tournament, because you play ‘capture the flag’ style games, and each team (there are two teams, red and blue) might have a different objective, like protect the box full of nothing, but you only have one life, and the other team has to capture the box, but they might have unlimited lives etc.

It’s a pretty full day, we’ll be out of the flat at around 6am to drive up north to this place, and we’ll be back probably by nightfall. Lots of fun though!

The weekend AFTER all that, Dernie and I are going to Ireland for the weekend – partly so I can meet the family (eek!) and partly to attend his mate’s wedding. I got to buy a pretty dress to wear so I’m happy. Wanna see it? Too bad! I still have to buy shoes that match, and Andy T reckons I need a big flouncy hat…I don’t think so Tim.

Anyway, that’s enough blogging for one month. Until next time kids!

ps. Happy birthday Bread Bread! Have fun in Hobart with the kiddies!


Trip to Ireland – just a taste August 21, 2007

Filed under: Art,The Social Scene — Annaleis @ 11:51 am

Well guys, I’m back in good old London, home sweet home I guess.

I can now say that I’ve been around the UK and Ireland, but now’s not the time for me to be bombarding you with stories and photos, although I know you’re actually looking forward to all that.

Just a little background info – we went on a bus/backpackers tour around the Republic of Ireland and into Northern Ireland. Most people on the tour are going to organise themselves to put their photos onto a photobucket folder that has been created to us tourists to share our photos. Only a few people have managed to do this so far. Mine will get there eventually.

Phil and Lyn added this picture that just happened to have me in it. It was a memorial to all the Irish people who tried to flee the famine and ended up on ships to America and other such places. Many died during these journies, and few of those who made it to the other side survived the wait they endured while docked in their new country, unable to leave the ships while paperwork was sorted.


Thanks Phil and Lyn, I hope you don’t mind me pinching this pic.


Up and Down and Back Again August 4, 2007

Filed under: England,Friends and Family,Ramblings,The Social Scene — Annaleis @ 5:53 pm

Hi once again from the Emerald Isle!
Just a little update for you avid fans out there…

After touring in a hired Fiat Punto around Scotland, then south through Cumbria and into Wales (visiting some rather quaint little unpronouncable villages along the way – some with buildings older than the nation in which I was born), we have now arrived in the greenest of the green lands – no, not Greenland, you fools – Ireland!

We have just finished day 1 of an 8 day bus tour which promises to take us around the coastal areas of the Republic of Ireland, and into Northern Ireland. We have been promised a world of fun, and so far the tour company have delivered, and I have sampled the kiss of the Blarney Stone, which may to some extent explain why I’m dribbling so much today. And so eloquently too.

Over the next few days we’ll go see the Gaint’s Causeway and other such attractions, and probably drink lots o’f Guinness. After the tour we’re heading straight back to Bristol, picking up our new hire car and heading to South West England, where we’ll tour the likes of Weston-super-Mare (Bottom fans will understand), Cornwall and Devon.

In Cornwall we’ll be going to Lands end, which ties into where we went in Scotland, a lovely little place called John O’Groats, which just happens to be the furthest distance in Britain from Lands end in Cornwall. I’ll have been to both extremes! Hurrah.
OK, signing off now –
It’s going to be great Craic!


I think I better dance June 20, 2007

Filed under: The Social Scene — Annaleis @ 8:48 pm

Guess who’s got a ticket to see Prince in September?

Me! That’s who.

To use a Northern phrase, I’m ‘well chuffed’.

*Edit – This pic grossed me out too much, I had to take it down.*


Wouldn’t you be?

Thanks for listening.


How very European of us January 19, 2007

Filed under: England,Friends and Family,The Social Scene — Annaleis @ 10:42 pm

We’re going to France next week!  How exciting!

This post is mainly to brag about that, and to let you know that I’ve been updating Flickr, and there are plenty of new things for you to gawk at now.

Christmas night

This is me in my typical ‘God it’s freezing in here’ getup.


Oot and aboot January 12, 2007

Filed under: Education,England,Friends and Family,The Social Scene — Annaleis @ 11:26 pm

Hi there, I’m back for a little soiree on the internet during lunch time at a school today (I’ve got yr 3’s, they’re awesome!)
As most of you know Bread Bread is here, and we’ve been touring up a storm!
So far we have been to Windsor Castle and Eton, got photos with Cap’n Jack (jealous?), saw a heap of huge fishes in huge tanks, saw London from the top of an overgrown Ferris Wheel, watched a movie-film or two, had tea with the Queen at Buck Palace (well almost – she pretended she wasn’t home…), listened to Big Ben and checked out the remains of Diana’s famous dresses.
Bread will be here for another couple of weeks, and we’ve got a lot of stuff planned!
Yesterday we booked tickets to Paris, and we’re staying for 3 nights! The day after we arrive we are going to Disneyland! Wahey! (Sorry, picked that up from some poms…won’t happen again.)
We’re also taking a day trip to Brighton in the next week or so (south of London on the coast – pebbley beaches here we come!)
Oh yeah, we might even squeeze in a trip to the theatre so see either Avenue Q or Cirque du Soleil – Alegria

Well, sadly lunch is coming to an end and I have to get off the internet.
I hope everyone is well and that Bread’s sister still hasn’t squidged out a kid 😉
Until next time, Gadget!

PS; There are lots of pics to put up now – stay tuned!