Archive for January, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Has it really been that long?

Happy New Year – how’s it going so far? One month is almost gone and I can hardly believe in one week I’ll have been living in London a year (2nd Feb)! The time has flown So fast in fact that I don’t feel I’ve achieved a lot to show for it however, I’m sure if I look back I have fit quite a bit of activity into that year.

Big Ben - my neighbour

Big Ben - my neighbour

The short story is; I’m happy living here even if the weather isn’t my ideal. I’ve made some friends, go to the theatre every 2-3 weeks (sometimes weekly!) so I LOVE THAT and; I am getting to travel fairly often so overall, everything is good.

Christmas Eve 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

I was in France for Xmas and New Year – in the North with my famille Francais for Xmas then a week in my beloved Paris for New Year. Although there are many places I love and would return to, I can’t get over Paris for some reason….must be my romantic soul.

The Eiffel Tower at Sunset

The Eiffel Tower at Sunset

Today I finally got around to tidying up all the things that got dumped upon my return from Paris and directly back into work.  As I sorted through Xmas items, things collected in Paris and some other things from before and after that, I re-ran the year through my mind and realised it’s been a little busy…

……Try saying this in one breath……On the 2nd February 2010 I arrived in London, stayed 2 days then went to Montreal for 2 weeks, arrived back and moved into a house with 11 people! The following Saturday I caught-up with my 1st Aussie visitor and hardly felt like I’d left Oz! Monday: commenced the job-hunt.

Dog-sledding, Montreal 2010

Dog-sledding, Montreal 2010

I started work mid-week three and haven’t stopped since (lucky; but damn!). March was over in a flash; found another place to live and moved in with what turned out to be the creepy, drunk, stalker guy! Caught up for dinner and theatre with more Aussie visitors and went to France for the Bal de Carnival.

First Holy Communion group

First Holy Communion group

I went to Brighton for Easter so got to see a new English place. Came back, re-packed and made another trip to France for my sweet Mathilde’s communion. Back in the UK, more Aussie visitors arrived resulting in three nights of pub meals and pints whilst looking for another place to live. Found one which then fell through, one week prior to moving day! My 1st Aussie visitor returned at the worst time; however, he’s a charming friend who actually organised the best “forget your homeless worries” evening out I could have wished for – expensive seafood, Martinis & Champagne always cheer me!

British Grand Prix 2010

British Grand Prix 2010

I survived the frantic, almost homeless week – found another place with two days to spare so on the 3rd July, moved in then went off to Opera In The Park to celebrate. The next week was a trip to Silverstone to see our Aussie guy win the British Grand Prix then returned to London to catch-up with another Aussie visitor. More pints!

Saved the pounds frantically for the parents impending arrival at the end of July. Went to the North of France, Berlin & Belfast with my parents……..WE HAD A GREAT TIME!

The Brandenburg Gate 2010

The Brandenburg Gate 2010

Did some English sight-seeing and general hanging out for the final couple of weeks of their visit and then had to wave bye-bye. That bit wasn’t fun.

Cheered myself up by heading up to Edinburgh to see my best friend (more visitors from WA) and the rellies there. Back to work and saving the pounds again as Xmas and New Year were looming and Paris was calling!

Phew…so that was 2010.

I wonder what 2011 will bring? Oh, I’ve already had one Aussie visitor, two theatre visits and a birthday!

PostHeaderIcon Happy Birthday to me!

I was born on a Monday around 1pm…not so long ago!

As I head swiftly toward another birthday…dare I blink, knowing I share my day with one of my work friends, I wondered who else shares our day? Seems we’re not in bad company;

If today is your birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  1. Andre-Marie Ampere. January 20, 1775. He was a French physicist in the field of electromagnetism. June 10, 1836-†

  2. Andy Sheppard. January 20, 1957. British jazz saxophonist and composer.

  3. Anson Jones. January 20, 1798. He was the fourth and last president of the Republic of Texas. January 9, 1858-†

  4. Ashikaga Yoshimasa. January 20, 1435. He was the 8th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate from 1449 until 1473. January 27, 1490-†

  5. Bill Le Sage. January 20, 1927. He was a British pianist, vibraphonist, composer, arranger and bandleader. October 31, 2001-†

  6. Bretaigne Windust. January 20, 1906. He was a French-born American theatre, film, and TV director. March 18, 1960-†

  7. Carlotta Monti. January 20, 1907. She was an American actress. December 8, 1993-†

  8. Carlyle Blackwell. January 20, 1884. He was an American actor, director and producer. June 17, 1955-†

  9. Carol Heiss. January 20, 1940. American figure skater.

  10. Charles III of Spain. January 20, 1716. He was King of Spain from 1759 until 1788. December 14, 1788-†

  11. Chuck Domanico. January 20, 1944. He was an American jazz bassist. October 17, 2002-†

  12. Clarice Cliff. January 20, 1899. She was an English ceramic artist. October 23, 1972-†

  13. Colin Clive. January 20, 1900. He was a British actor. June 25, 1937-†

  14. Connie Haines. January 20, 1921. She was an American singer. September 22, 2008-†

  15. Crystal Lowe. January 20, 1981. Canadian model and actress.

  16. Daniel Cudmore. January 20, 1981. Canadian actor. Film, X-Men.

  17. David Tudor. January 20, 1926. He was an American musician, composer and pianist. August 13, 1996-†

  18. Derrick Green. January 20, 1971. Vocalist & guitarist. Band, Sepultura.

  19. Edwin McCain. January 20, 1970. American singer-songwriter and musician.

  20. Emil Newman. January 20, 1911. He was an American composer and conductor. August 30, 1984-†

  21. Eric Stewart. January 20, 1945. English musician, songwriter and record producer. Bands, Mindbenders and 10cc.

  22. Fabia Drake. January 20, 1904. She was an English actress. February 28, 1990-†

  23. Farhad {Farhad Mehrad}. January 20, 1944. He was an Iranian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. August 31, 2002-†

  24. Finlay Currie. January 20, 1878. He was a Scottish actor. 1968-†

  25. Fireball Roberts. January 20, 1929. He was an American racing car driver. July 2, 1964-†

  26. Frank Marlowe. January 20, 1904. He was an American actor. March 30, 1964-†

  27. George Johnson. January 20, 1952. American writer and author.

  28. Ghulam Ishaq Khan. January 20, 1915. He was the seventh president of Pakistan from 1988 until 1993. October 27, 2006-†

  29. Gordian III. {Marcus Antonius Gordianus Pius}. January 20, 225. He was Roman Emperor from 238 until 244-†

  30. Graham Stark. January 20, 1922. English comedian, actor, writer and director.

  31. Greg Kriesel. January 20, 1965. American bass guitarist and backing vocalist. Band, The Offspring.

  32. Ian Hill. January 20, 1951. English musician-bassist. Band, Judas Priest.

  33. Isabel Withers. January 20, 1896. She was an American actress. September 3, 1968-†

  34. Ivan Fischer. January 20, 1951. Hungarian conductor.

  35. Jamie Denton. January 20, 1963. American actor. TV, Desperate Housewives.

  36. Jamiluddin Aali. January 20, 1926. Indian-born Pakistani Urdu poet, playwright, essayist and columnist.

  37. Jane Hall. January 20, 1971. Australian actress and comedienne.

  38. Jason Richardson. January 20, 1981. American basketball player.

  39. Jimmy Cobb. January 20, 1929. American jazz drummer.

  40. Jimmy Smith. January 20, 1947. Scottish football player.

  41. Joe Swash. January 20, 1982. English actor. TV, EastEnders and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

  42. Joel Pott. January 20, 1979. British vocalist and guitarist. Indie band, Athlete.

  43. John Beal. January 20, 1947. American film composer.

  44. John Ireland. January 20, 1914. He was a Canadian actor and film director. March 21, 1992-†

  45. John Michael Montgomery. January 20, 1965. American country music artist. Duo, Montgomery Gentry {Troy Gentry}.

  46. Jorma Nortimo. January 20, 1906. He was a Finnish film director and actor. July 2, 1958-†

  47. Josef Hofmann. January 20, 1876. He was a Polish-American pianist, composer and inventor. February 16, 1957-†

  48. Joy Giovanni. January 20, 1978. American actress, model and wrestler.

  49. Juan Garcia Esquivel. January 20, 1918. He was a Mexican band leader, pianist and film composer. January 3, 2002-†

  50. Kaho Minami. January 20, 1964. Japanese actress.

  51. Ken Page. January 20, 1954. American singer and actor.

  52. Kerri Kenney-Silver. January 20, 1970. American actress, comedian, singer and writer. TV, as Deputy Trudy Wiegel in Reno 911!.

  53. Krishnam Raju. January 20, 1940. Indian actor.

  54. Leon Ames. January 20, 1903. He was an American actor. October 12, 1993-†

  55. Linda Moulton Howe. January 20, 1942. American investigative journalist, documentary producer, director, writer and editor.

  56. Liza Goddard. January 20, 1950. English actress.

  57. Lorenzo Lamas. January 20, 1958. American actor.

  58. Mel Pritchard. January 20, 1948. He was a British musician. Band, Barclay James Harvest. January 28, 2004-†

  59. Melissa Rivers. January 20, 1968. American TV host.

  60. Melody. {Nathalie Lefebvre}. January 20, 1977. Belgian singer.

  61. Michel Goyette. January 20, 1973. Canadian actor.

  62. Mischa Elman. January 20, 1891. He was a Ukrainian-born American violinist. April 5, 1967-†

  63. Mitch Benn. January 20, 1970. British musician and stand-up comedian.

  64. Nadia Di Cello. January 20, 1989. Argentinian actress.

  65. Nancy Kress. January 20, 1948. American writer of science novels.

  66. Nicky Wire. January 20, 1969. Welsh lyricist, bassist and vocalist. Band, Manic Street Preachers.

  67. Nora Brockstedt. January 20, 1923. Norwegian singer.

  68. Olivia Hallinan. January 20, 1984. English actress.

  69. Owen Hargreaves. January 20, 1981. English football player.

  70. Paul Coverdell. January 20, 1939. He was a United States Senator from Georgia from 1993 until 2000. July 18, 2000-†

  71. Paul Masvidal. January 20, 1971. American guitarist and singer. Bands, Cynic and Eon Spoke.

  72. Paula Stone. January 20, 1912. She was an American actress. December 23, 1997-†

  73. Paula Taylor. January 20, 1983. Thai-born English actress, model and TV presenter.

  74. Paula Wessely. January 20, 1907. She was an Austrian actress. May 11, 2000-†

  75. Pierre Lalonde. January 20, 1941. Canadian singer and TV host.

  76. Qurratulain Hyder. January 20, 1928. She was an Indian Urdu novelist, writer and journalist. August 21, 2007-†

  77. Rachel Perry. January 20, 1976. Canadian TV personality and music VJ.

  78. Rainn Wilson. January 20, 1966. American actor.

  79. Richard Sanders. January 20, 1945. He was an American wrestler. October 18, 1972-†

  80. Rick Evans. January 20, 1943. American singer and guitarist.

  81. Ron Townson. January 20, 1933. He was an African-American vocalist. Group, The 5th Dimension. August 2, 2001-†

  82. Roy Plomley. January 20 , 1914. He was an English radio broadcaster, producer, playwright & novelist. May 28, 1985-†

  83. Ruth St. Denis. January 20, 1879. She was an American contemporary dance innovator. July 21, 1968-†

  84. Scott Thunes. January 20, 1960. American bass player.

  85. Sebastian of Portugal. January 20, 1554. He was the 16th king of Portugal and the Algarves from 1557 until his death. August 4, 1578-†

  86. Sid “Ratboy” Wilson. January 20, 1977. American musician. Band, Slipknot.

  87. Skeet Ulrich. {Bryan Ray}. January 20, 1970. American actor.

  88. Slim Whitman. January 20, 1924. American country music singer and songwriter.

  89. Tom Baker. January 20, 1934. English actor and comedian. TV, Doctor Who.

  90. Toni Gonzaga. January 20, 1984. Philippine TV host, singer, actress and model.

  91. Tracii Guns. January 20, 1966. American rock guitarist, musician, and songwriter of various bands.

  92. U Razak. {Abdul Razak}. January 20, 1898. He was a Burmese politician and an educationalist. July 19, 1947-†

  93. Wakanohana Masaru. January 20, 1971. Japanese sumo wrestler.

  94. Walter W. Bacon. January 20, 1880. He was an American Governor of Delaware from 1941 until 1949. March 18, 1962-†

  95. Walter Piston. January 20, 1894. He was an American composer of classical music. November 12, 1976-†

  96. William Berger. {Bill Berger}. January 20, 1928. He was a European actor. October 2, 1993-†

  97. Wyatt Knight. January 20, 1955. American actor.

  98. Yvette Guilbert. January 20, 1865. She was a French singer. February 3, 1944-†

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