Sunday, 23 May 2010

All The Lovers

A time to reminisce. A Sunday morning, safe and sound back in Hum-drum Derby, listening to Kylie's All The Lovers. I feel like I've been to another country, it probably sounds odd, especially to those of you who frequent London regularly, or even live there, but it's such a different place. People are far friendlier and there's opportunity as far as you can see. I feel like I have achieved something, aside from all the fun I had, I believe I accomplished something.

"You ought to get away from Derby, I'm not saying those places are bad, I grew up in a place like that, but they're so negative and it impacts you. Don't let anything pin you down, travel, travel, travel, make the world your country. Nothing is that hard if you set your mind to it. You'll go far, I just know it."

"No smoking, no splashing, no getting out of the boat, no picking people up in the boat. No crashing into any other boats, no jumping up and down in the boat. Oh and have fun" -
"Can we capsize the boat?"
"The lady didn't say not too."

"And this Calum is Speakers corner. This is where people come to speak about politics and such."
"But those women are all gagged."

"And what will happen at this party?"
"We stand around, chat, and look at men in pants."

"I was outside this amazing palace like building today! All the guards were wearing those funny hats!"
"Was it Buckingham Palace?"
"Oh yeah! Probably!"

"Do you see what I arranged for you Calum? A choir of 60 school girls singing Happy Birthday."
"They're not singing to me!"
"They are! And now look it's the wet T-shirt contest..."

"Oh my God, that pigeon just touched my foot. Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. It actually touched me. I feel sick, i feel sick! I'm going to throw up"

[To the bus driver] "One to Selfridges please"
"You don't come to London much do you."

"We'll go for a picnic since it's your last day."
"Where are we going?"
"To a park around the corner... well.. a graveyard."

As you can tell, I had a great time, a great Birthday, and great work experience. Thank you to all the amazing people I met, thank you to the best boyfriend and friend for travelling down to celebrate with me, thank you to my family for helping fund the whole trip, and thank you to everybody else who sent me supportive messages from afar! It's not something I will be forgetting any time soon.

Next stop, Amsterdam.


  1. Glad to see you had such a great time - now what about some photos? And can I just ask, how do you see opportunity everywhere in London? Every time I've been there I've just noticed that people tend to walk into me as it's so busy and not that exciting, just bigger.

  2. I'd love to put photos up but by the time i get them it's always too late! I'll do my best to take my own in future! Perhaps there isn't oppurtunity everywhere in London as such but compared to Derby there is so much more. People to meet, contacts to make, etc etc. But yes, I've noticed the bad parts too, people are always so busy, always in a rush and don't apologise when they bump into you. To quote The Shawshank Redemption. "It was as if everybody went and got themselves in a god damn hurry" not a direct quote, but that's the jist!