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Aurora Borealis

Last Tuesday night, I saw the aurora borealis and it was totally amazing!

The sky glowed with swirls of white, tinted with green and pink, but in photos, it all looks more green and even more dreamy. The lights danced and twisted and twirled, and looked like dragons, a piano being played, ribbons, a laser beam, fireworks, and heaven. Oh, it was wonderful.

Aurora Borealis
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Tromsø and whales

I had an amazing time on holiday in Tromsø, Norway! Tromsø is in the Arctic, but the sun does rise at this time of year. On February 2nd, sunrise was at 9.22 and sunset was at 14:35.

It was a very pretty place, covered in snow. From my hotel window I had a nice view of the harbour and mountains.

I arrived on Monday night and wandered around the town, and then on Tuesday, I caught a boat.

The boat sailed around the fjords and I saw many humpback whales and a few orcas. The moment when a whale flips its tail up seems magical! Also, it snowed. :)
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What I did in January 2016

Sail away with me honey

(Photo of God's Own Junkyard.)

I started the year at N19, dancing with goths.

I went to Gingerline's Chamber of Flavours, with deathboy and enjoyed the immersive dining experience.

I listened to Jeff Noon telling micro-stories and explaining aspects of Vurt, at an event organised by the British Science Fiction Association.

My mum and I basked in the neon glow at God's Own Junkyard. "Art is never finished, only abandoned," one sign said. We also visited the William Morris Gallery.

I had dinner with doseybat at Inamo, a restaurant with projected interactive tables, that you can order food from, play games on, and change the tablecloth on. For dessert, I ate crème brulee with a strawberry and lemongrass soup.

At the V&A, one rainy Sunday in January, I looked at dreamy photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron, taken in the 19th century. I then wandered around the refurbished Japan Gallery, where they had a Hello Kitty rice cooker and some mobile phones, but luckily they also still have the netsuke. I went to say "hello" to the bats on the bowl that features in Russell Hoban's Bat Tattoo after that. Then I searched for the fountain of youth and found it depicted on an ivory comb.

I celebrated the Pembury Tavern's 10th anniversary and danced with nicky_j.

One lunchtime I visited the ICA, and read a comic book in the art gallery, and watched a video with nude men in it.

I ate "Fairground favourites" chocolates and imagined what rollercoasters tasted like.

One week in January, I played in two different ball pits, one at the Museum of Happiness, and one oddly with a bunch of Facebook employees.

I had fun in Croydon, during nou's Croydon Fun Weekend. I went on a pub crawl and learnt about the language of flowers. (A Christmas rose means, "tranquilise my anxiety".) I ate delicious food that nou and team had cooked, including mashed yam, salt and pepper tofu, and mushroom pie.

I took a tram to Croydon for more Croydon fun:

A fox looked on as I drew a shopping trolley with tentacles. We were on a drawing tour, run by Turf Projects, standing in a car park next to the station, imagining what the canal might have looked like when it was still there. We then stood near to where a grand manor house stood, and with pencils and chalk, I drew the gas holder that was in the distance, surrounded by CCTV. The last stop on the drawing tour was outside where a cinema used to be, and I drew a cinema full of strange looking animals, watching a film.

gnommi, Dave, Nick, nickmurdoch, Emily, sbp, mikej_uk and I escaped from the Oubliette Escape Room with only 47 seconds to spare!

I ate white chocolate mash, mac & cheese with cacao nib pastry and salsify and other chocolatey things at Rabot 1745, a cocoa centric restaurant.

I visited the Museum of Happiness and played in a ball pit, danced at a silent disco, folded an envelope and a t-shirt in a mindful origami workshop, did a bit of colouring in and a drawing workshop which involved drawing aliens and rocking chairs. Drank coffee from the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. Ate okonomiyaki. Saw short films and art at the Zealous X festival, and looked inside a virtual reality house and apocalyptic scene using an Oculus Rift. Drank cedro soda and played board games at the Pembury with friends.

I ironed bubblewrap to make pendants for a necklace.

I went to the Greater London Linux User Group meet up.

I imagined flying cranes like kites and sung to myself, "let's go fly a crane, up to the highest plane."

I wandered around London at night with fluffymark, sbp, verlaine and friends, looking at pretty light installations, which were part of the Lumiere Festival. A phone box was filled with fish, swimming around. Stick men danced on the front of a building and acted out computer games. Big glowing creatures floated above Oxford Street, sometimes wrapping their tentacles around spectators. An elephant appeared trapped in a building, above us, roaring.

I got a Laputa: Castle in the Sky voice activated necklace. It glows, and then when you say, "balus", it starts flashing and possibly destroying castles.

I made a 3-headed monkey out of hama beads.

I played Dancing Stage Disney Mix on the Playstation 2, and danced to songs such as Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah and Chim Chim Cher-ee.

I spent a lunch time rock spotting and spotted Merrivale granite, rosso verona, nero assuluto Zimbabwe, silver grey granite, zebra white, black pearl, Dakota mahogany granite, travertine, marina pearl lavikite, Graversfors granite, Cornish granite, Peterhead granite, Chinese juparana, verde maritaca, St Austell granite, Delabole slate, Storen granite, De Lank silver grey granite, Portland stone roach, Bath stone, Portland stone: whitbed, Tivoli travertine, Iddefjord granite, larvikite: emerald pearl.

I ate an ice-cream profiterole and stared at stalactites.
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Exercise

Something resembling exercise:

1. Jumping up and down on a lolo ball while wearing glasses that let you see rainbows and laughing loudly.

2. Playing Dancing Stage Disney Mix on the Playstation 2 and dancing to songs such as Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah and Chim Chim Cher-ee.
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2015 Summary - Tube walks, trees, etc

Lists of some of the things I did in 2015 - Tube Walks, Open House Weekend, trees, Flâneurs challenges, SFZero tasks, NaNoGenMo, NaArMaMo: Read more...Collapse )
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Hello Kitty, Bats and the Fountain of Youth

At the V&A, one rainy Sunday in January, I looked at dreamy photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron, taken in the 19th century. I then wandered around the refurbished Japan Gallery, where they had a Hello Kitty rice cooker and some mobile phones, but luckily they also still have the netsuke. I went to say "hello" to the bats on the bowl that features in Russell Hoban's Bat Tattoo after that. Then I searched for the fountain of youth and found it depicted on an ivory comb.
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Look behind you, a three-headed monkey!

Look behind you, a three-headed monkey!

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Rock spotting

Earlier in the week, I spent a lunch time rock spotting.

Guardian article: Rock spotting? It beats shopping.

Useful maps: London Pavement Geology.

These are some that I saw:
Merrivale granite, rosso verona, nero assuluto Zimbabwe, silver grey granite, zebra white, black pearl, Dakota mahogany granite, travertine, marina pearl lavikite, Graversfors granite, Cornish granite, Peterhead granite, Chinese juparana, verde maritaca, St Austell granite, Delabole slate, Storen granite, De Lank silver grey granite, Portland stone roach, Bath stone, Portland stone: whitbed, Tivoli travertine, Iddefjord granite, larvikite: emerald pearl.
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Things I might like to do in 2016

London:
1. Slide down the ArcelorMittel Orbit. (Opening in Spring.)
2. Feel like I must be in Amaryllis Night and Day, and see a life-size paper lantern London bus at the Magical Lantern Festival. (3rd February – 6th March.)
3. See neon dogs, illuminated benches, elephants and other light installations at Lumiere London. (14th – 17th January.)
4. See a digital typography waterfall and other light installations at the Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf. (11th – 22nd January.)
5. Visit the Museum of Happiness and play in a ballpit. (16th – 18th January.)
6. Go on a tour of public toilets in London. (Loo Tours).
7. Look at interesting fungi on a fungi foray.
8. Listen to bats on a bat walk.
9. Visit Ernö Goldfinger's modernist home - 2 Willow Road.
10. Visit the Museum of Brands and Packaging.
11. Visit Crossness Pumping Station.
12. Visit Markfield Beam Engine and Museum.
13. Look down through the glass floor at Tower Bridge.
14. Travel by amphibious vehicle. (Duck Tour.)
15. Climb a tree. (Alexandra Palace?)
16. Explore the foreshore.
17. Visit Severndroog Castle.
18. Swim in Hampstead ponds.
19. Get lost in a maze at Hampton Court Palace
20. Visit God's Own Junkyard and bask in the neon light
21. Jump into the air, at the Acton trampoline park.
22. Make Lego robots. (Drink, Shop, Do).
23. Hide inside a bunker in Uxbridge.
24. Visit some of the Great Trees of London. (I think I have 1 Central, 9 East, 4 North, 9 South left to see.)
25. Explore the hidden tropical oasis at the Barbican.
26. Walk down the other contender for narrowest street, Emerald Court.
27. Find the Seven Noses of Soho and be wealthy for evermore.
28. See a sculpture made of 22 shopping trolleys in the shape of a double helix.
29. Drink cocktails in the Heron tower and stare out over London.
30. Eat a Bánh mì.
31. Climb through a fridge to get to the bar. (Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town).
32. Play a game in one of the video game bars and drink game themed cocktails. (Loading bar in Dalston or Stratford or the Four Quarters Bar in Peckham.)
33. Eat food in the dark. (Dans le noir).
34. Order sushi from a projected menu on a table. (Inamo.)
35. Try out more vegetarian restaurants in London.
36. Drink surrealist cocktails at the Artesian.
37. See microchips lined with human cells and other designs of the year at the Design Museum (25th March 2015 - 31st March 2016)
38. See the impact of computer and networked technologies on artists, at the Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet, at the Whitechapel Gallery (29th January - 15th May)
39. Ride on the inclinator at Greenford.
40. Get lost in a maze at Crystal Palace.

Things I already have planned/booked:
1. Attempt to escape from the Oubliette Escape Room.
2. Monochrome BBS meet.
3. Attend a Gingerline immersive dining experience - the Chamber of Flavours
4. Have fun in Croydon at Croydon Fun Weekend
5. Visit a disused part of Charing Cross Station, in March.

Kent:
1. Look for seals on a boat trip from Sandwich
2. Hide in the bunker in Gravesend
3. Take the Tilbury ferry to Tilbury fort from Gravesend
4. Take a boat trip to the Maunsell sea forts
5. Walk through the wartime tunnels underneath the White Cliffs of Dover.

Sussex:
1. Visit the Brighton sewers

Nottingham:
1. Visit the computer game museum

UK:
1. Visit the Devil's Arse and explore the caves, and go on a boat ride 450m under Castleton to the Bottomless Pit.
2. Climb to the top of Snowdon, or perhaps just get the train up.
3. Visit Guernsey
4. Look for Nessie at Loch Ness
5. Visit the Highlands
6. Take a train to the highest mainline railway station in England, Dent.
7. Take a train to the highest mainline railway station in the UK, Courrour.
8. Look at old computers in the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.
9. Visit Orkney.

Also hoping to go to:
1. EMFCamp in Guildford, in August.
2. Nine Worlds, in August.

Would you like to do any of these too?

Is there anything else you would recommend I do in in 2016?

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