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!!!! I'm sure this won't come as a surprise to anyone who's been there, but OMG the London Aqarium has a petting zoo! You can stroke rays, and they love it so much they come and beg for strokes! Why on earth would they like to be stroked by humans? Aren't they super-primitive cartilaginous fish-freaks from the dawn of time? (Incidentally, they feel strong, slightly warm and rough -- rather pleasant, in fact.)

We went there as wind-down after spending the night at the Scala for the Modular Easter Party, to which we had gone chiefly because it was a chance to see Australian disco-punks The Presets play in the UK. I like The Presets, they sound like Depeche Mode, The Klaxons and the Pet Shop Boys doing something disgusting together. In a very well-lit alley, covered by full-colour CCTV.

We caught Metronomy but didn't stay all night, instead taking night buses back to crash at my lovely sister's. What in heaven has happened to night buses? I remember them as ciculating processions of the desperate and damned, full of violence and filth! Instead they are clean, polite and the only mild annoyance stems from how slow buses are compared to trains.

Added joy: I lost my sketchpad at the Scala, but the following day, picked it up safe and sound! I hearby delare the staff at the Scala to be altogether lovely.

A few more announcements: I have a spare free 3-day gym pass to an Oxford city-centre gym. My induction is at 2pm on tuesday, and if anyone is a) local and b) able to take a late lunch hour, feel free to come along and be my gym buddy. Yes I have killed Jeremy Dennis, hollowed her out and am living in her skin. Join us!

Virtual Car Boot Sale The time to reap has come again! Here are some lovely things I no longer want to have but you may:
  • Small crucifix-shaped post earrings for pierced ears with a blinging stone in the middle of the cross. Show you care for baby jesus and your own good looks!
  • Moominpapa capsule toy, with own tail and glasses. I feel compelled to share the information that he doesn't stand up too well.
  • Selection of assorted Barbie hair accessories. I got them out of an advent calendar! They're brightly cloured, poorly made and plastic!
  • Small copper coloured post earrings for pierces ears roughly in the shape of a rose. Look like you might be able to claim you made them yourself in double chemistry.
  • Flashing stick-on phone charm from orange. Promotional item given out at a new rave gig. Laugh now, but anyone going to a festival sponsored by a phone company this year is likely to end up being given one of these.
  • The Castle of Adventure Game Book "by" Enid Blyton, used but a good reading copy. Help the Adventure Squad make the right choices!
  • Rubber bangles that have travelled in time from the 80s via Claires accessories. Black with electric guitar charm, pink with star charm.
  • What's eating Gilbert Grape on Guardian vanilla free DVD. I really don't care, but you (ahem Johnny Depp) might.
  • Miko Cat raspberry crush pink lip gloss and Body Shop Cassis Rose eau de toilette -- unwanted items (too pink) from gift sets.
  • Pirate coin and card purse with a silver glitter skull and cross-bones with heart-shaped eye-holes. Alas, proved to have nothing like enough space for all my crap, so would only suit quite light purse needs.
  • Pampered girls cosmetic bag with mirror-on-a-ribbon. Very pretty black and white hearts and swirls design. There's a couple of other cosmetic bags, too -- one shiny metallic blue, and one fragile beaded black and silver but these are much smaller and less luxurious items.
As ever these are free for the asking, but if you feel guilty about postage you can chuck a coin in the Paypal begging bowl below:

Right, I go now to descend into the maelstrom: bank holiday weekend garden centre!


( 10 worms — Feed the birds )
7th Apr, 2007 12:09 (UTC)
Always up for scrounging!
I'll go for the pirate purse, I actually do need a small purse for small bag days. Raaah!
No need to post, I'll be seeing Damien next week.
7th Apr, 2007 23:50 (UTC)
Re: Always up for scrounging!
Curses, i wanted the purse!

Although it is undoubtedly good news that i'm not getting it, as i would have had to take up cross-dressing in order to make use of it, and i just don't have the wardrobe space for that.

-- tom
10th Apr, 2007 17:10 (UTC)
Re: Always up for scrounging!
Ha! It's yrs. Would you also like the pampered girls makeup bag w/compact mirror? You're probably the most enthusiastic applicator of eyemakeup I know ...
10th Apr, 2007 17:24 (UTC)
The most enthusiastic aplicator of eye makeup.
That really disturbs me! I bought my first eye make-up last year dontyaknow. (See icon.) Up till then I'd just grudgingly got by on my mums rejects and whatever came free when I bought Clinique soap.
Most disturbing.

But yes, if no one else wants it!
10th Apr, 2007 17:32 (UTC)
but y'are, blanche!
I should have said, "except for me".
8th Apr, 2007 01:41 (UTC)
Maybe Debs would want the Moominpapa ? If not, I'm curious. Moomin-Curious.
8th Apr, 2007 17:29 (UTC)
I want the moomin thing! An added incentive is that it's my 40th birthday party soon, and you could come, and bring it! Brilliant!
10th Apr, 2007 17:16 (UTC)
Birthday gift! You are clearly most deserving of moomin. Part invites always welcome!
10th Apr, 2007 22:22 (UTC)
splendid! email me at sillycow51@hotmail.com and i'll send you details of the party-if you don't already have them xxx
10th Apr, 2007 14:01 (UTC)
We went to a ray petting zoo in the Bahamas where they had obviously been trained by virtue of being fed with a small fish everytime time they let themselves be stroked. Ah the miracles of conditioning, we thank you Pavlov.
I am now cycling every day and somehow don't see the needs of lunchtime gym training. It was quite amusing at Nissan though to come back to work with the endorphin rush of lunchtime weight training. It does tend to change one's outlook on the afternoon.
( 10 worms — Feed the birds )