Friday, January 21, 2005

Brisbane town planner Fiona visits and we go to our first English football game

This week we have had Brisbane planner Fiona F. staying with us on her way home from 4 months work with ING in The Hague in Holland.. She arrived on Monday night after spending a week or so with other friends in London, and has got plenty of sightseeing done in the last 3 days while we were at work.

We went over to Brick Lane in East London for a curry on Tuesday night, and then on Wednesday night I organised some last minute tickets to see Fulham vs Watford in a 3rd Round F.A. Cup game. Somehow we managed to get 2nd row tickets and were right up against the sideline for what turned out to be a great game, with Fulham downing the Hornets 2-0.. After the game we raced back through the crowds to our local pub, The Eight Bells, for a few pints on our way home. I've added some photos below of the night at the football.

Fiona and me at Craven Cottage, Fulham

Carly and me at the game

Me and Fiona at The Eight Bells, on the phone to John G. back at the BVTP offices in Brisbane

Fiona spent her last day doing some quick sightseeing and getting packed for the last leg of her trip back to Brisbane - so with her massive overweight suitcase bursting at the seams and bordering on the Qantas luggage weight limit, I took her up to Paddington station to get the Heathrow Express instead of having to haul the case in and out of the Piccadilly Line tube!


On the web: - this great webpage, described as: "A weekly update of what people are saying on the London Underground" has been picked up and is now a regular article in the Time Out London magazine over here.. its a great read and if you go back into the older entries you can see references to major events of the time - a real finger on the pulse of what real people are talking about. Is it real?, is it not?, who knows, but it is a great read anyway.
Currently listening to: The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds album; I finally went out and brought this classic CD, and managed to get the release that contains the original mono recordings, and also the remastered stereo versions.. a brilliant piece of work, even still today.
In the news: U.S. President George W. Bush is inaugurated to commence his second term - this is not good news..


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