Well despite it being summer in the UK yesterday was pretty rainy and quite dreary but I still went out and tried to take some photo's. You know the old saying waste not, want not :) As you can see I have been playing around in photoshop adding a little bit of colour to some back and white shots. The top shot of a very smart gentleman crossing Waterloo Bridge is still a work in progress but I thought I would put it up anyway....you know what the hell and all that jazz!
As always in London there is an abundance of men dressed in suits. This gentleman was taking cover from the rain. I thought that the juxtapostion of the suit and the graffiti was interesting and deserved some attention.
Along the Thames close to Waterloo Bridge there is an area where BMX bikers and boards show their stuff. This is one of my favourite places in London to go take photos.
I am officially a free agent! For about the last month I have been clocking major hours in the library and cramming my head full of streams of information in order to face the dreaded exams.......and now they are finally over! To be exact technically I finished on the 20th June already :) So all I have to do now is cross my fingers and hope that I passed all my exams!!!!!!
And as most students do I spent the first 24 hours after my exams partying it up with my friends in Grahamstown one last time before we all parted ways for the holiday. After a quick 10 day stop at home I flew to Johannesburg where I got to spend almost an entire day mulling around O.R Tambo airpot. Not exactly my idea of fun but arriving at Heathrow on 1st July and seeing my sister was well worth the waiting :)
So as you might have already guessed I am on holiday in London visiting my sister and catching up with friends! It's been an extremely busy weekend with my sister's boyfriend, Luke, passing out on Friday in Plymouth at the H.M.S Raleigh. Don't worry huh? was also my first reaction when I was told that almost straight after getting off the plane I was to board a train for 4 hours to get to Plymouth to attend a passing out ceremony. Basically Luke has joined the British Navy and a passing out ceremony is his graduation from basic training.
After a quick 24 hours in Plymouth I had to shoot back to London to organise the final few details for my trip to Claire's wedding which was on Saturday. The journey back to London almost went pear shaped when I nearly missed by train because we lost track of time at supper and then I (like an idot) went to the wrong platform. Likely I run fast when I need to and still made the train. All in all despite the hardly anytime to breathe I am having a blast being back in London.
Well I think that just about brings you all up to speed on me and the happenings in my world. I took loads of photos at both the wedding and the passing out which I will be posting tomorrow once I have sorted them out. And I am still in London until the 22nd July so I intend to have heaps more photos and stories to share with you all soon! So watch this space!
In my last post I mentioned the radio show that I am involved in as part of my radio course in journalism. Well I'm in the Classy Colours team and we ROCK! here is our marketing poster which will be put up all over campus on Monday! Anyone out there listen to RMR? If you do make sure that you tune in for your show on Friday 5 June at 9:00!!!!! Thanks to the team Sizwe, Sarah, Kate, Jane, Kirstin and Simnie for all their hard work and a great posters!!
The Daddy's Rich Kids show is another one of the second year journ shows that a good friend of mine is doing. I helped them with their poster by taking the photo's, which if I might add came out great as well!
Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.
Picture by: Sally Munro
I officially have ten days until exams start! How on earth did that happen? Last time I checked exams were weeks away and I had plenty of time to finish my end-of-term essays and start studying. But as I have found out there is nothing more sneaky at Rhodes then exams!
With three essays and a radio show to do before I can even think about exams the forecast for the next ten days is looking pretty grim....
I have spent the last few nights up at the radio lab with my team Classy Colours trying to get our show ready for the practice run that we had today with our tutor. Sleep seems to be a distant memory and both the radio and writing labs at the journalism deptartment are beginning to resemble scenes from a zombie movie as students who have not slept in days fumble about in an attempt to complete work by the dreaded deadline (Appropriate name if you ask me!).
Tonight I'm taking a break from the journ only to start my politics essay on Athenian democracy which is due Monday. Ah the life of a student.....sometimes I really do think studying is harder than working! And to top it all off on my way back from Pick n Pay (I went to get yummy supplies to get me through the peckish hours around 3 in the morning) I passed all these people who are going out tonight.....how I ask you? Don't they have work? Or am I just slow!? When I got back to my room my friend Janine had emailed me some photo's of a thunderstorm that passed over Cape Town this morning they instantly brightened up my day as they are gorgeous! I also found the quote which made me realise that there will always be good and bad weather and all you can do is invest in a good umbrella!
So it is with that in mind that I have decided that I am going to stop moaning about all the work I have left to do and just get on with it! Because you know what the old saying says when it rains it pours.......so I guess I'm going to give dancing in the rain I try! Wish me luck!
Any One Tree Hill fans out there, well I'm a huge fan I love how the show has given music such an important role. The music added to narration that always manages to inspire results in the show being a cut above the rest. While looking for a quote on the internet I stumbled across this one from One Tree Hill that I would like to share with you all as I don't know about you but I have been feeling very lost this year...
Lucas: And Hansel said to Gretel, “Let us drop these breadcrumbs so that together we find our way home because losing our way would be the most cruel of things.” This year, I lost my way.
Nathan: And losing your way on a journey is unfortunate, but losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel.
Peyton: The journey lasted eight months. Sometimes I traveled alone; sometimes there were others who took the wheel. And took my heart. But when the destination was reached, it wasn’t me who arrived. It wasn’t me at all.
Brooke: And once you lose yourself, you have two choices: find the person you used to be or lose that person completely.
Mouth: Because sometimes you have to step outside the person you’ve been and remember the person you were meant to be. The person you wanted to be. The person you are.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark.
And the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish.
And lonely frustration for the life you deserved but never been able to reach.
The world you desire can be won.
It is real.
It is possible.
And it is yours.
The view from my bedroom window this morning after the few hours (that being 3hrs) sleep that I managed to squeeze in before I had to get up again. Things this term at Rhodes are just crazy! The old saying "so much to do and so little time" has never been more true!
But I must admit that when I wake up to a view like this it is hard not to be hopeful about the possibilites that dawn holds for us all.
So today is a new day and tomorrow will be another and as Ayn Rand says it exists, it is real, it is possible and it is yours...
Why is it that whenever you have work to do your mind begins to wonder. I should be thinking about Greek sculputre and how the nude has developed of the years or even about the Levellers and the English Civil war.....BUT alas I'm thinking about my last trip to Scotland and how I would love to go back. Maybe after lunch my mind will be more co-operative!
Protection. Cannons positioned within the castle walls keep the city safe.
Rhodes students up before 7am on a public holiday now that is not something that you see everyday! But as most of you well know today is no ordinary day.... it is ELECTION DAY 2009. Voters all around South Africa will today exercise their democratic right to place an X next to the party of their choice. So at 6:30 this morning I dragged my lazy bum out from under the warm covers and headed down to the Rhodes Drama Department to vote. As it turns out I was not the only student who had the same idea about voting early as there was already a sizable queue! The queue was buzzing with the chatter of friends and one keen student even brought along his guitar to keep boredom at bay. After waiting almost an hour and a half I finally put an X in the appropriate box and walked out feeling like one of the people that make our country democractic. It felt good! And to put the cherry on the top I was informed by a police officer that Wimpy is giving all voters a free cup of coffee!!!! WOW now that is what I'm talking about!!! Students LOVE free stuff! So off my friends and I went to Wimpy to fulfill our daily caffine requirement free of charge. Now this is what I call a good day!
Police keep a watchful eye over the queue of voters outside the Rhodes Drama Department voting station. Picture by: TARRYN LIDDELL
The atmosphere was festive as Rhodes students queued to place their votes in Grahamstown. Picture by: TARRYN LIDDELL