So...I'm back at Uni, we have lots of work already, and I have two rather cool adventures to tell you about. :)
The first one is a London adventure...and so is the second! It's actually the first time that I've been to London in ages. I thought I'd go quite a bit last year seeing as I'm so close now, but I didn't. This year that appears to have changed, having gone twice in a matter of days. I'm actually trying to build a little ticket display thingy across my wall, I'm a quarter of the way across with all the train/boat tickets from last year and this year. Like so...
I know a slight curve/blatantly wavy line will take longer, but my OCD tendencies couldn't handle a straight line. I'd be standing there adjusting wonky tickets all day. ;)
Adventure No. 1:
The other day my lovely friends (Christine and Arjun) and I went to London to look around the musical instrument shops in Denmark Street and others...Hobgoblin too...such a great shop. I had actually been looking online at a couple of guitars in a shop called Angel Music in Denmark Street - they looked great - so I wanted to check those out in real life. I had been searching for/thinking about getting another guitar for ages. In my mind I knew exactly what I wanted my guitar to be like, how much I was prepared to pay, the age...etc....hence it taking ages! But when we went into Angel Music, I spotted THE guitar. :) And luckily the cost was the price I had in mind. As soon as I tried it I knew it was THE one for me...it just felt so great to play...it sounds rich and lovely and it has a fairly small, neat body. It's a 1975 Martin 000-28. You can tell that it has been loved and there are a few signs of its age...the pickguard is curling up (weirdly) at the edge and there are a few places where the varnish on the purfling has come off, but nothing significant...and I think it adds character. ;)
Here she is in all her glory (definitely a girl)...
What a beaut. :) Next I need to find a pick-up to insert so I can easily play her live. I think I've found one actually. And it's only a temporary one too, so I can take it out after the gig without damaging the guitar. Nice. :)
Anyhow - as well as me buying a beautifully lovely guitar, we went and ate sushi and visited The British Museum, which was rather fun. :) We saw Ancient Egyptian mummies and stuff, and also clocks through the ages. I love clocks and watches so that was very cool. Here is a picture that I took of my friends outside the British Museum. It's just a fun one...and everything about it makes me giggle...
I especially love the lady walking past with the ice cream. Lol.
We also went in a very cool music shop called Hobgoblin. I highly recommend it - it's a great shop with a huge variety of instruments from different cultures. I also got this rather weird plectrum there...they actually gave it to me for free because they can't sell them...hmmm...wonder why?!
So that was a rather cool day. :) Then yesterday evening we had...
Adventure No. 2:
Arjun and I went to see Tanita Tikaram live!!! SO incredibly exciting. :D :D :D And she was awesome. And guess what?...Totally met her afterwards...she's incredibly lovely and friendly. (And she was wearing some really good shoes!) (And we have matching guitar straps!) We had a little chat with her and I got my ticket signed...(note the number! Lol)
I also bought a t-shirt...her t-shirts are really cool...and you can get them online over at her official website.
Here I am looking equally awkward and strange, modelling mine for you...
YAY! New t-shirt!
I also had my picture taken with her - thanks muchly to the lovely Glenn ('twas great to see you again!) - and the result is priceless. (In a "that is a very funny photo" way.) I'll ask Glenn if I can put one up here. :)
I hope you are all well!
TTFN and lots of love
Also, I totally love this song/video at the moment. I think Imogen Heap is awesome...so clever...and this is such a different, but brilliant song. (Love the video too.) (And the song.) (I already said that.) (Do you think I like it?)