too too too hot

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Okay so I did survive the flight. I should have posted last night but I had a killer headache yesterday, had a nap after work for 2 hours and then overslept this morning. No idea why.

We did have a good weekend. Saturday we arrived in Bembridge around lunchtime, walked about 40 mins from the airfield into the town and checked in to our B&B. Had lunch at the Crab and Lobster Pub, chilled out for a bit, and then did a HUGE long walk around the coast and into the main part of the town. Unfortunately we were too late to shop in all the cute little stores, but we waited around and had a nice dinner for such good value compared to London.

Sunday I managed to see a bit of the Queen on Juno Beach with the Canadian veterans on tv, before we checked out of the B&B, and then met one of Mark’s work colleagues for a coffee (his mother in law lives in Bembridge and was there for the weekend). After lunch we took off from the airfield about 2, and had an interesting journey back. First there were war planes doing acrobatics to the left of us, then we flew over the whole the island and I took some nice aerial photos (including Needles, the west edge with chalky white cliffs, pretty cool), and then a big plane called a Flying Fortress from the war flew right underneath us by 500 ft and we didn’t see it coming until it was really close by!!

Now we are back in London and it is SOOOOOO hot here. It’s like 29 or 30 both today and yesterday, and no air conditioning or wind and it’s terrible. Probably why I had such a headache yesterday. Mark is meant to be tiling but it’s like too hot to work.

I am at work waiting for a colleague to arrive so we can plan out a big meeting we have on Thursday. I am launching a new program of housing estate-based learning for adults, to train people to be involved in their own neighbourhood’s regeneration and renewal. Catchy Labour government phrases there. Anyway, it should be good as it will involve teaching people to be more involved in community activities, the importance of voting and understanding government, and more. I am really hoping to teach some of that. I will be teaching a short course this summer, a few week’s at a women’s hostel, a literacy-focussed creative writing course that I am also excited about.

And speaking of voting, I am voting here on Thursday for the Mayor of London, members of the London Assembly, and members of the European Parliament. I am also hoping to vote in the Canadian federal elections – in fact I am photocopying my passport today in order to fax a form to register for a postal ballot.

Better get to it all…

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