Posts Tagged: UK
Mon 01.02.12 – It must be a warm winter as a camellia bush in Bayswater is already in full bloom.
Today I had the opportunity to go with Alison Austin and Andy Budd to the Grayson Perry ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman‘ exhibition at the British Museum and then to the Teddy Bear Tea afterwards in the 3rd story cafe.
The exhibition was wonderful, humorous, thoughtful, and many layered; go see it. I have a new favorite artist thanks to Alison!
Best part of writing this blog post is discovering that Grayson Perry’s teddy bear, Alan Measles, has a blog.
Sun 01.01.12 – New Year’s Day 2012 was a day of bringing in the social new year with several lovely friends: I had dim sum lunch at the Imperial China in SoHo with FJ van Wingerde, then FJ took me to Maison Bertaux for tea and cake where Helen Keegan met up with us for a good conversation and more tea, then I took a bit of a convoluted train trip (due to signal problems) to Blackheath to have dinner with the newlyweds Cami and Alan. It was a truly lovely day.
Sat 12.31.11 – The last day of 2011 was spent with a nice big walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park before returning to my hotel to get ready for Mecca’s New Year’s Eve Party in Kew just outside of London Central. The party was a good deal of fun and I met some very lovely folk, it was a relaxed way to spend New Year’s Eve.
Fri 12.30.11 – This afternoon, I had the marvelous opportunity to join Mecca and Michal for lunch at The Gilbert Scott in the St. Pancras Renaissance hotel. The food was lovely, the architecture amazing, and the conversation was good.
It was a lovely way to ring out the old year on the Eve of New Year’s Eve.
Mecca’s photos from lunch are on the Great British Chef’s Flickr.
Thurs 12.29.11 – I arrived mid-day, with a couple hundred other folk on a Boeing 777 from LAX to LHR, in London today for a two week Christmas present to myself. After cleaning up, I decided to step out in the late afternoon darkness to buy 120 film for the ADOX at Jessops, check out the sales at the various Clark’s in and around Oxford Circus, and get wet as I forgot my umbrella at the hotel.
Very glad to be in London.
Tues 06/15.10 – British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the UK Parliment in regards to Lord Saville’s report on Bloody Sunday.
Ah, Ireland, you break my heart, but today I am greatly heartened on your behalf. It is truly extraordinary in the true sense of the word to have a conservative prime minister to apologize to the people of Northern Ireland.
“What happened should have never ever happened.”
“On behalf of our government, indeed of our country, I am deeply sorry.”
Thank you, Mr. Cameron. Thank you, Lord Saville and all the investigators and staffers of the report commission. Thank you to all of the witnesses, survivors, families, officials, army folk, and others who gave testimonies and interviews for this matter to be parsed out.
The Saville Report
News, Video, & Commentary:
BBC : Bloody Sunday report published
The New York Times : Cameron Calls N. Ireland Killings ‘Unjustified’
Video of Cameron’s Apology For ‘Bloody Sunday,’ and Footage From 1972
The Irish Times : “On behalf of our country I am deeply sorry” – British prime minister David Cameron
The Guardian : Bloody Sunday report: 38 years on, justice at last
Making Light : “Both unjustified and unjustifiable”
Metafilter : After 38 years, the truth