Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
I bought it because I've always liked Larkin's poetry, and because the blurb on the back said that it "is now regarded by many critics as a classic of its kind." I really enjoyed it. It's very readable, and there's a quietness about it, as well as a sense of something ominous looming just outside the frame. The characters are very finely drawn, and the language emotive, as you would expect from such a wonderful poet. He wrote it when he was 21.
Friday, 25 September 2009
The reviews (see the website) are pretty stellar as well.
I had a mega tourist day last weekend. We went to Buckingham Palace, and toured the State Rooms which are open to the public during the summer. We also went to the Queen's Gallery (which houses her private collection of art), and to the Royal mews to see the horses and carriages. It was such a good day! The State rooms are amazing. You go in through the Ambassadors Entrance, and through all the sitting rooms, ballroom, dining rooms, and reception rooms. Absolutely stunning. Everything you look at is gold, or edged in gold, but it's very regal.
When you exit the palace, you come out at the back, and walk out through the gardens. You would never know that you're in central London: see the pictures above.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
We went on a sunday night for dinner, in the restaurant at the back. There were around 8 of us, and we had a table which was perfectly nestled into an alcove. The food was delicious (pints of prawns! yum!), and the atmosphere really lovely. They have antique convex mirrors, and dark wood and leather furniture. The bar was full, and people were hanging out in the front courtyard and out on the street - one of my favourite things about London pubs. It has white walls and lots of hanging flower baskets.
No pictures I'm afraid, but have a look at the web-site.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
The movie was great too. I think Grace Coddington is fabulous - she's such a natural which is exceptional given that fashion can tend to be a little contrived, and she's a romantic, which shows in her styling (loved the 20s shoot, and shook my head madly when certain images were cut). There were some very amusing moments in the film (Andre Leon Talley, head to toe in Louis Vuitton, playing tennis... hilarious).