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Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010, 12:50 pm

Oh, things! They do keep happening, and I never seem to write them down.
  • I'm now working most days in Farringdon, which is a pretty great place! Our offices are on Hatton Wall, and "we" are Hide&Seek, and I heartily recommend the "Who We Are" page because the picture of me is excellent. If you, like me, work in or near Farringdon, maybe we could meet up for lunch some time?

  • I turned 29, which was also pretty great! miss_newham hung bunting around the living room, Kevan made a cake, and people gave me various presents including an excellent cheese grater, a fluffy cushion with bee stripes, and a book of fantastically bad lateral thinking puzzles. We also played some walkie-talkie games in the park, but they would probably have gone better if the trees of Battersea Park hadn't decided to celebrate by putting every single little bit of their pollen and tree-fluff into the air all at once.

  • Kevan and I went to the Freemasons museum, as part of the ongoing boring-museums-of-London quest. It was entirely bemusing! Half of the plaques assume you already know an awful lot about Freemasonry, and the other half are keen to tell you either (a) that they can't tell you something because it's secret, or (b) that Freemasons totally don't ever use goats in their initiation ceremonies and will people please shut up about the goats because there aren't any WHY CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND THERE ARE NO GOATS. There were, however, three silver elephant-shaped Masonic cigar-lighters.

  • Jo had an exciting Eurovision party with scorecards and everything, and: oh, that's what Eurovision is like, then! I very much liked the one where the woman was wearing a tutu and the man with the violin was on a spinning giant record player, and they did that thing where they're momentarily silent and everything hangs in the air like a ball and then the music starts again approximately six hundred times.
But all that's in the distant past now, because since it happened I have been to New York. As I seem to be listing things that are pretty great: about 80% of the things I did in New York! But perhaps I'll make that a separate list.

Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)


This makes me want to smuggle a goat in a display case into the museum.

Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)

There is actually a picture of a goat in the museum! In a display of the special logos of lots of different masonic branches, one of them is a goat! But a stuffed real one would be pretty great.

Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)

In a display of the special logos of lots of different masonic branches, one of them is a goat!

We don't talk about that branch.

Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)

Kevan and I went to the Freemasons museum

Is it worth seeing or is the mixture of overt secrecy and lack of goats a bit too much?

Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)

I wouldn't make a special trip - if you're passing by and it's open, it's maybe worth poking your head in, but it's not particularly exciting unless you really really like leather aprons and pictures of compasses.

Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)

Sounds like you are having a pretty awesome life of it, which is good.

Been too long since I saw you - will have to try and catch up on one of my fleeting darts through London, if poss.

Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)

Assuming we're talking about the Freemasons Hall on Great Queen Street, I went in there once on Open House. I recall the museum being sa bit dull, but the GReat hall is fabulous, in a really gaudy and "too-many-symbols-in-the-one-place" sort of way.

Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)

Mm, it was pretty dull, and in a less compelling way than, say, the Sewing Machine museum. But the vague unhelpfulness of all the signs was pretty great.

Sat, Jun. 12th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)

So what they're saying is the thing about goats is the really secret thing, so secret that they actually deny it rather than saying it's secret?