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Today is rubbish [Aug. 28th, 2007|10:16 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Today is mainly rubbish because it's a back to work day after a long
weekend. Nobody wants to go back to work after a day off, do they, and I
could quite happily have stayed curled up in bed for an extra eight hours
or so this morning, rather than getting up and dragging myself onto the
stupid stinking tube. Now that I'm here, I find I've left my phone at home,
which is a pain, but almost as bad is the realisation that I've become a
person for whom leaving my phone at home is an unimaginable horror. However
did I manage for the long years when having a mobile phone wasn't an
option? Speaking of phones, the reason the new one I got on Sauturday
doesn't work yet is that I'm having my old number ported to it, and unlike
every other network I've ever had a number ported to Vodafone don't give
you a number to use with the phone until the old one's ported, they just
don't activate the sim card until the porting date. Tsk. Never mind, the
big day's tomorrow so I don't have too long to wait before I can play
properly. Memory cards - they're ridiculously cheap now aren't they? I just
ordered a 2gb one for it for £13.49 from play.com. I remember t'days when
there probably wasn't 2gb of memory in the world, etc. Actually, I wonder
if I do - my earliest memory is from 1974, so what would the total amount
of memory on all the computers in the world have been at that point? I bet
it wasn't much more than 2gb.

I went on Sunday to the Tate Britain to see their How We Are
photographic exhibition, and it's excellent. If you've got any free time
between now and Sunday when it ends, I thoroughly recommend that you go and
see it. My favourite bit was the post-war photos up until about 1970 - I
agree with dermfitz when he says that he wasn't that inspired
by the most recent stuff in the last room, but I think the main reason for
that is probably the familiarity with the subject matter - I've no doubt
that in fifty years' time the pictures will be just as fascinating to those
who won't be born for another fifteen years. The best bits that I can
remember now are:

- the pictures of Hulme just before it was slum cleared (that worked out
well didn't it?)

- the pictures of Welsh women doing things in national dress.

- the women at war photos, in which all the women were unremittingly more
cheerful than the task at hand might have justified. Here are two smiling
women bearing an injured soldier on a stretcher! And here are two more,
cheerfully extinguishing a blaze following an air raid!

Also, if you do go then try and wander round close by some old people,
because when I was doing this on Sunday the old photos were triggering off
dead interesting memories to earwig.

Yesterday was a bit of a waste of a free day off. I was supposed to be
going out for lunch, but overslept drastically and missed it. I then
thought I'd go out on my bike but it had a puncture, which I had no means
of fixing. In the end, I fell asleep on the sofa for a couple of hours, did
some washing, tidied the lounge and cleaned the kitchen. It can be a heady
life at times. Still, I have excitement ahead, as I'm going to Blackpool at
the weekend! Fresh air and fun!
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2007-08-28 09:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, I totally forgot about Blackpool over the weekend and got in today to see it in my calendar. 3 day week! W00t!
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From: pipistrellus
2007-08-28 10:12 am (UTC)
I finally went to see the How We Are exhibition on Saturday and really enjoyed it.

The Paul Reas Military Wall Paper in B&Q was a real highlight for me. Just smashing.
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[User Picture]From: emareo
2007-08-28 12:39 pm (UTC)
There is nothing more overwhelmingly non-sexual as our national dress. As much as I love it.
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[User Picture]From: miss_newham
2007-08-28 11:57 pm (UTC)
You are right - even though I heart my job, a day off yesterday had lulled me into "You can do anything you like!" mode. Heigh ho. I am gutted that I am missing the entire run of How we are, due to work and philistine boyfriend. Still, Blackpool!
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