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Did you miss me? Or indeed notice that I was gone? Well, I was, in various parts of Galway, since Thursday afternoon. And now I am back. And insanely tired, and hot, and head-achey. And I arrived home to find that Patsington's dad went and painted much of the house when I was away! Which was pretty damn nice of him. So now our bathroom is a gorgeous primrose yellow and our hall, stairs and landing is, well, magnolia, but that's much nicer than the blah off-white it's been for years. Anyway, here are some things I've done since I was last online.

1. Worried about my sister in London, who is fine. Although I have to confess I'm a little freaked about going to London now, which is idiotic of me. I think it's because ever since 9/11, I've been scared something like this would happen in London, possibly while my sibling was on a train, and every single time I've been there since (and I've been over there quite a bit - I went to London the week after 9/11 and, as usual, I've gone over about three times a year every year since) I've been worried about something happening on the Tube. And now it has. Anyway, I'm still going over, of course. And I am planning to take a couple of day trips out of the city, as I'm going to be there for five days - is Cambridge do-able for the day? Or would travelling there and back take too long? I've always wanted to go there, but I have no idea how regular and/or fast buses and trains there are from the city.

2. Speaking Irish. Yes, I went back to my old colaiste samhraidh and had to speak Irish the entire time AS IF I WERE A STUDENT THERE AGAIN. It did come back remarkably quickly, which was rather strange. Without thinking about it, I found myself using words I thought I'd forgotten. I did, however, have a tendency to put in German words, particularly prepositions and expressions like "und so weiter", but that's what not doing Irish since 1993 and doing a four year German degree does for you.

3. Watching Patsington's film receive a very enthusiastic reception in the Shorts section of the Galway Film Fleadh. Hurrah for the bold and triumphant Patsington!

4. Played with the very friendly dogs belonging to our Galway friends and hosts Gugai and Cherie.

5. Nearly fainted from the heat while wandering around my favourite bookshop in the country, Charlie Byrne's. I found a copy of Genius at the Chalet School, and a couple of Gerald Durrell books, but it was relatively slim pickings for Charlie Byrne's. Usually I find books there that I've been seeking in vain for years.

6. Gone to an exhibition of art by a friend of mine and Patsington's. Her stuff is fucking amazing but, alas, very expensive so we couldn't buy any of it. It was an exhibition of stuff by both her and a group of her art mates, and the quality varied widely, but there was one piece I really, really loved and was sorely tempted to buy, as it was in the almost-affordable range (€200). I kept thinking "well, I know I didn't earn very much last month, but it's such an amazing piece and it'll be an investment, and it's not like I don't actually have the money in the bank..." However, while I may have that money in the bank, I certainly can't afford to spend it on one painting, so my art collecting days have not begun.


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Jul. 9th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Cambridge totally do-able for the day - it takes about an hour by a direct train that goes past the village I grew up in. About 2 trains an hour.

Hurrah Patsington.

Edinburgh 4-and-a-half hours by fast train from London.
Jul. 9th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Genius! A good one. And I did notice you were gone actually, though as Leedy was posting, I assumed nothing awful had happened.

Cambridge is very easy from London, and you should definitely go. When is this going to be? I might be in Peterborough.

Were you at the colaiste samhraidh for yourself, or for writing?
Jul. 10th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
It will be Monday two weeks, I think - I'm going over to London on Thursday week and home the following Tuesday. I thought I'd make Monday the Cambridge day as it's the no-open-galleries day (I plan on taking in the Penguin design in the V&A, the Frida Khalo in the Tate, and the Irish in Britain in the NPG). Will you be about?
Jul. 10th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I was in the colaiste for work, not pleasure!
Jul. 10th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately not, damn. I'm home the previous week. Have a lovely time. I must try to get to the Penguin and the Kahlo at some point too.
Jul. 11th, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
Ooooh I went to the Frida Khalo on saturday and it was wonderful. I definitely recommend it. Also, if you have time, I saw the Diamonds exhibition at the Natural History Museum. It was great also, and prompted lots of 'ooooh shiny' type comments.
Jul. 9th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
Agreed re Cambridge. Spent far too much time on those trains myself but I was even able to go to London for the evening sometimes.
Jul. 9th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
Having commuted to Cambridge from London, I can indeed confirm it's a doddle - you can get a coach from Liverpool Street and King's Cross.

Am considering going to London in September for a do, and am having some weird thoughts about the Tube. Especially as my aunt missed the train from King's Cross that was blown up.

But to be honest, I think I'm more encouraged to go now, if only to give a two fingers to those who would perpetrate such crimes.
Jul. 11th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
Hoorah for Patsington's film! Were you nearly talked to death by your host's offspring and/or made watch Lilo and Stitch? Or has she gone all quiet?

Oh, and check your mail, you.
Jul. 11th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
I've never even heard of 'Genius at the Chalet School', but it sounds hilarious. I hope it's real and not some sort of satire. What's the basic plot premise? No, don't tell me - v clever girl with no sense of humour, a dislike of sport and too much uppishness when talking to the Mistresses is fatally transformed into her own sportive, hockey-loving nemesis by (a) contact with Jo, or Jo's horrible offspring (b) a bout of brain-fever caused by hubris in the matter of a book-reading marathon in ancient Greek or (c) a fall from an Alp, due to short-sightedness caused by an excess of said Ancient Greek. Am I right? Because I've generally found that one of those things is always happening to nerdy girls.

Well done Patsington - what was his film about?
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