Kate and Bron's Diary for 2002-07-13

Stayed the night in London

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From: Bron Gondwana <brong@brong.net>
Date: 13 Jul 2002 14:33:39 +0100 (GMT)
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This is being typed on a touch screen keyboard in Westminster.

We're staying with a friend from the net for the rest of our stay in
UK, so should be able to write more there. The touch screen is a
little slow.

Stayed at a youth hostel where a girl we met on the plane works!

Lovely day today. Not much warmer than Melbourne though. Crowds are
crazy (guess it is a Saturday in tourist season). Spent most of the
morning in the Tate Gallery, then strolled up the Thames.

More later.

From: brong@zebkrahn.brong.net (Bron Gondwana)
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 09:21:56 +1000
Guess even this Swedish keyboard is better than that touch screen!

We got up nice and early and has breakfast at the youth hostel - lucky
we were early, all the good stuff was finished very quickly!

Checked out, but left our bags there to save having to carry stuff.
Strolled off in the direction of the Thames, and wandered up towards
Parliament. Got distracted by the Tate Gallery on the way through
though. Lots of cool stuff. Some of the 'modern' sculptures would have
benefited from a little plaque detailing what drugs the 'artist' was on
at the time. By far the largest exhibit (taking an entire room) was
something called '30 pieces of silver', which is 30 circles of maybe
50cm diameter made of random bits of old, broken silverware. The pieces
(knives, forks, cups, plates - some broken, some whole, even some coins)
are individually hung from a mesh 3 metres above. Very cool.

The crowds around Parliament House were insane, espcially all the
antisocial people who would get one person out at the road with a
camera, and the other(s) against the fence on the other side of the
footpath, then spend a minute fiddling around trying to get the perfect
shot, while the crowd stops. Very rude in crowds thoat size.

Navigating the trains to Ingvar's (where we're staying now) wasn't too
bad, and then we crashed!

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