15 October 2007

The Rosie & Garo UK Adventure

Unfortunately I didn't have another opportunity to speak to Gordon about my chewed up book, and Billy was reluctant to say anything. Stupid dog.

So I'm back in London - yet again. My next job is down south, about 20 miles from Brighton. Two weeks there then I've got a few weeks off. Yay!

My auntie and uncle from Australia were here over the weekend. They'd just done a three-week tour around the UK and stopped here for a day before jetting out to Thailand. They've already been here many times before over the years, so I had to rack my brains a little to take them to places they haven't visited on previous occasions.

I spent a day with them when they first arrived, before they started their three-week tour, and took them to Knightsbridge, the West End, Soho and Camden. So yesterday I took them to South Kensington to check out the beautiful architecture of the Victoria & Albert Museum - and the many dinosaur fossils inside - following which we headed to Westminster for a cruise along the Thames to Greenwich, where we went to the Royal Observatory to check out the time meridian, i.e. where they measure Greenwich Mean Time from. Their clock was slow.

Georgian architecture at Greenwich

View of the City of London from the Royal Observatory.
The city itself is only 1 square mile in size.

Today I learned that the greeny-black water of the Thames is apparently very clean. But because of a large tidal shift the water moves quite fast and hence disrupts the mud at the bottom of the river, hence giving it the appearance of being filthy and toxic. However in reality, if you took a glass of Thames water and let the sediment settle to the bottom, you would perfectly safe... for at least 2 hours before your stomach collapsed. Mmm... yummy!


  1. Anonymous03:27

    Hi Ara

    I see you know more than one Rosie!
    So are you goin back to Australia or trekkin round the world? If you're goin back to Aussie, i do hope you're goin to carry on bloggin, and when you've blogged another couple of hundred entries, then I think you should turn your blogs into a book!
    Off course, if you become rich and famous doing this, I wanna a cut........... for givin you the Idea!!!
    Talkin about cuts, looks like you need another haircut, but maybe this time you might choose a mens hairdresser!!!!

    Take care

    Not Auntie Rosie (but possibly could be)

  2. Anonymous03:32

    P.s. I don't know why, but your auntie and uncle look really familiar. You say they've been to the UK quite a bit, maybe I've checked them in?!!


  3. haha... but women's hairdressers get rid of all the split-ends and give great grooming advice!

    I will keep on writing. I'll write an entry about you - my other auntie rosie - that way you'll get a mention in my book ;)

    My auntie and uncle have been over a few times, but it's over a number of years. But yes, it is possible. They are very friendly and I'm sure they would have engaged you deep into conversation.

    How you been, Rosie? It's always good to hear from you!

  4. Anonymous05:56

    Nah you don't have to give me a mention, a cut will do nicely thanks.....that's a cut of the profits pls, nothing else!
    I'm Ok considering the amount of treatment I've had, but only two more sessions to go and the hard bit will be over. Will still need to have additional therapy, but hopefully it won't be as invasive and with any luck I should be able to return to work sometime in Jan. I don't believe I'm saying this, but I do actually miss work...... Ok I don't really miss work, just my friends at work!

    Anyway you take care


    p.s. will comment on your "natural gift" for making balloon animals later!