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My ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Tribute: Lunch at Harvey Nichols

I am a huge fan of the show Absolutely Fabulous. There have been many champagne filled nights watching this show and wishing that I were half as fantastic as Edina and Patsy, two of the most amazing heroines ever. I’m not sure what this says about my convictions, but I pretty much want to become Patsy Stone. She’s beautiful, hilarious, knows what she wants out of life, and doesn’t care what other people think of her. She is, well, fabulous.

Edina and Patsy
Edina and Patsy

In many ways I already do things to tribute these fine ladies. I drink copious amounts of red wine and champagne, many times I have been silly (a diplomatic way of saying drunk) in public, I do enjoy looking chic, and boy oh boy do I love red lipstick. I am rarely caught without it. Something that Edina and Patsy do quite a lot on the show is visit a department store in London called Harvey Nichols, or “Harvey Nicks” as Edina and Patsy often refer to it. During my trip to London I finally had a chance to visit this department store and it was fantastic. So posh, so delicious, and so out of my price range, but I didn’t care. I was at Harvey Nicks. 

I was however finally able to do something that I have wanted to do ever since I started watching Absolutely Fabulous and that was have lunch there. For Edina and Patsy, I had lunch at Harvey Nichols.

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Ep. 117 Not Really Jet Lag

Will this Lady Geeks ever stop talking about their Euro-Trip? Probably not. Giselle is back from England and she may or may not be missing the cooler weather. Listen to the Americans make more assumptions about foreign countries! New game: Summer Movies.

Ep. 115 Travelcast: We’re in Paris! Part 2

The last episode we recorded while we were in Paris — the Space Pirate Queen, Gizzy B and Pilbeam have one last late night conversation during their trip. We talk a little bit more about our impression of Paris but mostly we ended up talking about Once Upon A Time. We also contemplated where Brendan Fraser went.

Out of this World

The British Library has a special exhibition on Science Fiction called Out of this World. It’s on till the 25th of September.

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It’s not a gigantic exhibition, but they had a lot of really interesting books on display, some incredibly old ones. It covers everything from political satire, to comics, to pop up books.

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Doctor Who Experience

Last weekend I went to the London Doctor Who Experience. It’s currently at the Olympia convention centre in London. I don’t know the planned length of duration, but these things don’t last forever!

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I will admit up front that I have not been keeping up with the current Doctor Who shows. I watched the Eccleston season when they rebooted it, but lost interest after that. I may have to re-evaluate that.

I grew up watching Doctor Who on Saturday mornings with my dad. I definitely remember seeing Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy but I’m sure I saw some of the others. Colin Baker is far and away my favourite Doctor.

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UK Trip 2011: London, at last!

We ended my romp around the United Kingdom in London where Nancy and I stayed at the London House Hotel located in Bayswater. Although this hotel wasn’t as cheap as our 20GBP a night Travelodge hotels, it was still within my budget and it was a really nice hotel for the price. I would definitely recommend it to people traveling to London on an average budget. Our rooms were very comfortable, the shower was awesome and the front desk was constantly helpful. A subway station was also easily located around the corner and not hard to navigate to.

London, Day 1

Of course, we spent the first and second day hitting up all the tourist-y fun stuff. We arrived in London from Cambridge late in the afternoon and figured that the one super-touristy thing we could do was The London Eye since it was opened later than most. As anticipated, one ride in the Eye was extremely expensive although the view was pretty spectacular. Though perhaps I wouldn’t recommend it to most travelers on a budget.

On our second full day there, we found an open double-decker bus tour, which is a must for first-timers like me. It was an easy way to get around to see all the main sights. We stopped at the Tower of London and spent a couple of hours poking around within the castle. Definitely an interesting place to see some of London’s older history. We also stopped to look at Cleopatra’s Eye by the Thames River and of course, Buckingham Palace.

London, Day 1

London was very much a city and reminded me of many other cities I’ve been to. It was quite a contrast from all the other places we went to during my trip. Still, I am interested in going back and exploring the city a little deeper. On the third day, we went to the Tate Britain Museum, a smaller museum but stock full of art of different variety. Pilbeam showed me Camden Market aka Camden Lock, an area with open markets and famous for its goth stores. The best thing about the market was discovering the hidden stalls that had artists and crafters selling their own handmade and unique creations. It’s a great place to find cheap accessories too in which I bought many!  Continue reading

Stitch and Craft Fair

Yesterday I went to the London Stitch and Craft Fair. I’ve never been before. It was pretty easy to get to, although, some of the underground was closed for maintenance.

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It was a packed house! We had trouble getting through the first floor. The major crafts represented were cross stitch, paper craft (card making and such) and knitting. But, unfortunately, the knitting wasn’t as well represented as I would have hoped.

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The really popular paper craft was decoupage. There were some amazing examples. I really want a giant giraffe in my house.

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It was pretty standard cross stitch stuff, but there were a few really amazing things, like this 3D house and….

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Firefly! This was Mr X Stitch’s stall, who is really nice, go check him out here. He had loads of amazing pieces. I wish I’d taken more photos, but my phone was dying.

And then there was the knitted art! So many amazing pieces. There were some crazy tea cozies and some real master pieces:

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Overall, it was ok. I think I’d go again, but just with the mind to see cool things, not really to make any big yarn purchases.