Archive for February, 2006

Last night a group of us met at the Lion and Lobster to listen to some really great music. Every Sunday and Thursday the Brighton Jazz All-Stars perform. One of the singers is an older lady who has a great Billie Holiday-esque voice – she is amazing! We got really lucky and ended up grabbing a table really close to the band. And, you definitely need to get there early to get a seat, because the place gets packed fairly quickly!

Margaret and Sam  – aren’t they cute??

Maia and me:


And, here’s Siad, looking very happy:

There are a few more on my yahoo photos page.  I really need to figure out how to post videos on here, so everyone can see the funny videos of Brendan rocking out to jazz music…..


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Giant Bunnies!

I read an interesting article today in a Brighton newspaper.  Apparently, since the new Wallace and Gromit movie came out – the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, families have rapidly started buying large rabbits as pets.  There are certain large breeds that can weigh up to 35 pounds!

The sad part is that people aren’t really thinking about the care involved in having large rabbits, and are abandoning them when they realize everything that’s involved, and how much food they eat.  So, places like the Giant Rabbit Rescue in Kent are having to take in a huge amount of really big bunnies.

I do have to say that they look very cute and make me nostalgic of the bunnies my family had when I was younger.  You should definitely take a look at the cute photos on the Rabbit Rescue website, and adopt one if you can! If I’m ever in Kent anytime soon, I’d really like to go see some of the rabbits 🙂

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Last night I got back from a great mini-break. This year, instead of exchanging presents, Thad and I decided to go on a short trip to celebrate Valentine’s and our anniversary. We spent three days and two nights exploring the town, which was wonderful, and we were lucky to have fairly nice weather – only one day of patchy rain. Since Thad is posting a  lot of the weekend’s details on his blog, I’ll just cover some of the highlights.  Here’s a photo of the wonderful room we stayed in:


The Crescent (believe it or not, the camera is not permanently glued to his hands):



Thad in a funny hat, to make up for all the photos he has of me in funny hats….


Exploring the basement of Sally Lunn’s before having dinner the first night. Doesn’t he look like a bakery boy who would cause trouble?

Day two at the Roman Baths:


Partial view of the abbey and the baths:


The ducks like the baths too…..


Relaxing at the end of the weekend….


So, that’s the short version, but we had a lot of fun!  To see more photos, go to my yahoo photos page.

Believe it or not, my term is almost over!  The next few weeks are going to be busy, between applying for a DPhil program, looking for jobs, thinking about term paper and dissertation topics, and getting a presentation ready.  But at the end of it I’ll be two-thirds of the way done with my master’s!

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The Constant Gardener

Last night I saw this movie for the first time and loved it.  I actually had not heard the reactions of very many people who had seen it, and so I went into it with no expectations.  After seeing the film, I’d really love to read the book by John le Carre.  Rachel Weisz did a great job, and the cinematography and music were amazing.  It is a really compelling story, and a film that I honestly think everyone should see (along the lines of Hotel Rwanda).

In other news, things are picking up around here school-wise, and it’s hard to believe that soon I’ll be writing two term papers again!  We got our first grade back on Friday, and I got a B, which I’m ok with.  I would like to improve on that this term though.  On top of regular classes and work, I’m trying to figure out what I will be doing next year.  That means coming up for a proposal for DPhil research, applying for funding, and looking for jobs/internships.  If I am not able to stay in school next year, I hope I can find a job that I will like a lot, and that will provide plenty of good experience.

In a few days I’m visiting Thad, and then we’re going to Bath for a few days to celebrate our anniversary.  I’m so excited!  I think we could both use a relaxing trip, and we’re going to be staying at Cheriton House, a small and cute bed and breakfast.

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Last Wednesday the ADST-ers (along with several of the other anthropology MA students) got together for dinner at Pablo’s. It was quite an evening, with lots of wine and a huge turnout. Hopefully I wasn’t too annoying while playing with my camera 🙂 Unfortunately, I don’t have enough room to post all the funny videos that were taken of Brendan, Anna, and me!
Thad was in Brighton this weekend, which was a lot of fun. We spent most of Saturday in the kitchen, but had a lot of fun too. I baked peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for Emma’s birthday get-together, and turned out with way to many. The recipe I used claimed it would result in 24 cookies, but I ended up with about thrice that! The recipe I used, if anyone is interested, is on allrecipes.com. I added a little vanilla extract, dark chocolate chunks, and probably used slightly less peanut butter since my supply ran out!

Sunday I saw the best weather Brighton has had in a long time! It was sunny, and warm enough to walk around without a heavy coat for most of the time. Thad and I went on an excursion to the beach, played the 2p slot machines on the pier for a few minutes, played with our cameras, visited the fishing museum, and (the best part in my opinion) had “American doughnuts.” They tasted wonderful, but part of that could be because it’s probably been well over a year since I’ve had one.

You can take a look at some of the weekend’s photos here.  Oh, and I’ve gotten lazy, so apologies for the vertical-oriented photos that are horizontal.

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The State of the Union

One of the more humorous reaction’s to Bush’s State of the Union Speech yesterday:

Representative Charles Rangel (D) New York: “It was a fantasic speech – not at all connected with reality. It seemed like the president had got hold of a speech by Bill Clinton.”
Oh, how I miss the days of Bill Clinton……

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