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“Heat Wave!”

Before I begin, Hoa, you really should know better than saying things like this to me:

.. for one reason or another, I have this image of Phil prowling the back alleys barefoot and in a tattered t-shirt and rolled-up jeans in the middle of the night, picking fights with stray cats… I could be wrong, however. 😛

Thanks Hoa

You're not wrong Hoa.

Without taking anything away from Cal's awesome achievement of getting a job so soon I've had a bit of news on the same front myself. After a rather depressing first week of hunting in which Cal was bombarded by calls, and the only ones I got were from Vodafone advertising their plans, this week has been much better. I've had a couple of snags – the most notable of which being a "Mocap Specialist" on some PS3 game. The position is pretty much made for me and I'm very confident of getting it – my only concern at this stage being the fact that it's in Cambridge. This'd mean I'd have to commute by train for an hour each day, and have to fork out 80 pounds a week in tickets. That's around �4000 a year. My feeble australian mind boggles.

So with all that out of the way, I can move onto our escapades today. As you might have guessed from the subject of this entry, today was a "heatwave!" according to the English media. Today reached a grand total of 25 degrees celcius. This naturally lead to a whole bunch of interesting discussion on the weather (which most conversation seems to revolve around most of the time anyway).


Comment from Callina
Time: May 4, 2006, 8:55 pm

Which segways nicely to

[b]The Weirdest thing we saw today:[/b]


captured at the entrance to the tube station. We were floored by the gravity of the warning.

Comment from Phil
Time: May 4, 2006, 8:57 pm

Taking advantage of the wonderful day (it was clear and sunny too!) Cal and I had plans to head to Kew Gardens – some massive gardens about an hour by tube out of London. This then brings me to a point. People often ask me questions. Some, like "Why do you have your hands down your pants" are easily answered. Others, like "Why are you the best boyfriend in the universe" can be a tad more difficult. With an aim at answering this question, I'd like to present Kew Gardens as Exhibit A. It's well documented here that I'm not the biggest fan of gardens – plants don't really interest me all that much. But Cal was interested and thus I went along. As further proof of my dedication to my dear Callina, these gardens cost £8.50 ($20) (!!!!) to get into which was dutifully paid. Ladies, you can all feel jealous now.

Once we got in there though, I have to admit that it was pretty damned cool. There were greenhouses and stuff which were pretty meh, but it was very very nice sitting around in the sun in what ammounted to a nicely manicured version of Hyde park in Sydney. I really enjoyed taking my shoes off and wandering around in the soft grass.

Speaking of soft grass and bare feet, my institutionalised southern hemisphere brain still doesn't comprehend that it's spring here now, and I get hayfever in spring. Further to this, my brain also thinks that "frolicking" around in the park is a good idea. (Well it was at the time).


Of course, all this rolling around in the grass and all the pollen all over the place promptly gave me hayfever, which I'm still suffering from now a few hours later. Go me.

Comment from Callina
Time: May 4, 2006, 9:01 pm

I loved the gardens. 300 acres of shady grotto's, green houses, flowers, temples and palaces all along the banks of the Thames. Definitely worth visiting if you have a chance. 🙂

Weirdest thing in the gardens and aparently a 'draw card':


It features on the map and there is even a look out over it.

The english are REALLY into their gardens. 🙂

Comment from Callina
Time: May 4, 2006, 9:15 pm

Thought I should also mention our activities over the last few days:

We visited the British Library and saw 2 copies of the Magna Carta, Original Beatles and Jane Austin drafts just to mention a few. How they fit so much history in such a small space is astounding.

We also visited Big Ben down by the Thames. Such an impressive sight as the gilt work glistens in the sun and wandered along the river to Summerset House. An impressive structure that is NOT a house by any stretch of the imagination. It was truly magnificent as far as architecture goes and would have been a sight when it still stood on the the Thames, allowing boats to more inside, something out of Venice fantasies.

I also managed to catch up with Raquel in Angel and went to see her drop dead gorgeous flat.. (cant wait for the house warming!) over a restaurant on the main strip in Angel. It was my dream flat (with a rental price more like a nightmare I'm sure :p) with 2 bedrooms, proper shower, big kitchen/lounge and the *drool worthy* large veranda come patio.

Tomorrow I must call the welfare office until i get though to get an appointment for my NI number 🙁 Call the national Health to get my National Health card and do all my washing.. excitement +

Comment from Phil
Time: May 5, 2006, 11:07 am

I have an interview on Tuesday!

It's with as a "Mocap Specialist". Hooray!

And yes, I am well aware of the awesomeness of potentially working for a company called "Ninja Theory". 😎

edit:// Photos are now up too! Check them out!

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