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She dreamt of mating oil rigs that night.


Updated things to do list

Things I might like to do:

1. Slide down the ArcelorMittel Orbit.
2. Go on a tour of public toilets in London. (Loo Tours).
3. Look at interesting fungi on a fungi foray.
4. Listen to bats on a bat walk.
5. Visit Ernö Goldfinger's modernist home - 2 Willow Road.
6. Visit the Museum of Brands and Packaging.
7. Visit Markfield Beam Engine and Museum.
8. Travel by amphibious vehicle. (Duck Tour.)
9. Climb a big tree. (Alexandra Palace?)
10. Go mudlarking. (Deptford Creek?)
11. Visit Severndroog Castle.
12. Swim in Hampstead ponds.
13. Get lost in a maze at Hampton Court Palace
14. Jump into the air, at the Acton trampoline park.
15. Make Lego robots. (Drink, Shop, Do).
16. Hide inside a bunker in Uxbridge.
17. Visit some of the Great Trees of London. (I think I have 1 Central, 9 East, 4 North, 6 South left to see.)
18. Find the Seven Noses of Soho and be wealthy for evermore.
19. Drink cocktails in the Heron tower and stare out over London.
20. Climb through a fridge to get to the bar. (Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town).
21. Eat food in the dark. (Dans le noir).
22. Get lost in a maze at Crystal Palace.
23. Drink a freakshake.
24. Eat fancy crisps at a restaurant. (HipChips).
25. Eat vegan fried chicken at Temple of Seitan.
26. Go paddleboarding. (Hampton Wick?)
27. Make concrete jewellry at the Museum of London. (16th February.)
28. Go scuba diving.
29. Drink rock-salted cheese tea at Happy Lemon.
30. Visit the Charterhouse.

1. Stare at robots at the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum (8 February to 3 September)
2. Jump on a bouncy castle at the Pumphouse Gallery.
3. Stare at maps at the Maps and the 20th Century exhibition at the British Library. (Until 1st March.)
4. See the Terrains of the Body exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. (Until April 16th.)
5. See the Peter Liversidge exhibition at Kate Macgarry. (Until February 18th.)
6. See vending art at the Vending Machine Art Gallery Show at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. (Until March 26th.)
7. See Sussex Modernism - Retreat and Rebellion exhibition at Two Temple Place. (Until 23rd April.)
8. Stare at performative artworks and holographic AV installations at Kinetica. (Feb 17 - 19th.)

I already have tickets for:
1. Futuro House.
2. Nine Worlds.
3. Highgate Station Hidden London tour.

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.

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. Look for Nessie at Loch Ness.
4. Visit the Highlands.
5. Take a train to the highest mainline railway station in England, Dent.
6. Take a train to the highest mainline railway station in the UK, Courrour.
7. Visit Orkney.

Further afield:
1. Scuba dive or snorkel amongst shipwrecks.
2. Take photographs underwater.
3. See icebergs.
4. Snowshoe in Transylvania.
5. Walk around the Amazon jungle.
6. Take a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
7. Visit Mongolia, Venice, Barcelona, Finland, Greenland, Easter Island, Myanmar, Bolivian salt flats, Norway fjords in summer, Cappadocia, Pripyat, Machu Picchu, Antarctica.
8. Go sailing.

Already booked to go to:
FOSDEM in Brussels.


2016 Summary - Art exhibitions and museums

Art exhibitions I visited in 2016 include:

Barbican: Strange and Familiar (curated by Martin Parr)
Barbican (Curve): Bedwyr Williams: The Gulch
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2016 Summary - Events, meets, sports, ballpits, etc

I attended the following events/meets/talks:

Electromagnetic Field
Sundown Demoparty
Nine Worlds

Amiga Power Reunion
Block Party 2016: The Teletext-Digi Festival

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2016 Summary - Tube walks, trees, etc

Lists of some of the things I did in 2016 - Tube Walks, Open House Weekend, trees, Flâneurs challenges:

I attended the following tube walks:

118. Osterley - Boston Manor
119. Oxford Circus - Piccadilly Circus
120. Pimlico - Vauxhall
121. Pinner - North Harrow
122. Plaistow - Upton Park
123. Pontoon Dock - West Silvertown
124. Poplar - West India Quay
125. Queensway - Lancaster Gate

And also walked:
Rennes Metro Walk 1. Anatole France - Pontchaillou

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What I did in December 2016

Boxing Day Dip

Watched people dressed up as smurfs, fried breakfast, Super Mario Brothers, etc, all ran into the sea in Folkestone for the Boxing Day Dip. (Perhaps I'll participate next year!)

Gazed upon the crumbling remains of a building and looked at pictures of trees that looked as if they were behind mist. (Alex Hartley: After you left at the Victoria Miro Gallery.)

Took a trip to St Albans and celebrated Kate's birthday and ate stuffed courgette flowers and halloumi with quince jelly, and walked beside the River Ver.

Sipped mulled wine and watched people ice-skate at Winter Wonderland, with colleagues.

Sang "happy birthday" to Baby Jesus, sung carols, chanted "Je-sus!" a bit, and ate Christmas dinner with friends at the Rochester Castle (Wetherspoons), for Bleak Christmas.

Stared up at the ceiling of the new Design Museum, which I visited with tackline. Watched a video of a cat lapping up milk, saw a brightly coloured octopus and some strange half animal/human people at the Animality exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery.

Gazed at a large block of melting ice that had a Christmas tree inside it. (Alex Chinneck's Fighting fire with ice-cream.)

Tasted a delicious cronut at the Dominique Ansel bakery. (It tasted of rose, and of hazelnut!)

Caught up with froodthehoopy for festive drinks.

Spent Christmas in Folkestone with my family and we played Dixit and Carcassonne and stared out at the sea and walked along the beach.

Walked to Sandgate, past beach huts made of what used to be the crazy golf course, and past Mermaid Beach.

Had coffee and cake in a coffee shop that was full of books and art made from books and you could draw on the tables with chalk, so I did that.

I ate ice-cream and sat on the beach and it was actually quite warm.

I watched beautiful sunsets and sunrises over the sea and the sky was so pretty then.

I walked past the dinosaurs and sphinxes at Crystal Palace, and played the musical instruments in the garden of the Horniman Museum, while on a walk organised by jacquic.

I walked around a giant golden apple and swayed from side to side looking at the patterns on a metal sculpture at the Frieze Sculpture Park with grandedgemaster.

I peered into cases full of objects and pictures related to mental asylums at the Bedlam exhibition at the Wellcome Collection.

I ate pizza with sweet potato and rapini at Franco Manca.

I dressed up as a Knight Tube for New Year's Eve.


I wore shoes that glowed green at the monthly Ingress social and generally felt fabulous, chatted with friends I've known for a little while now, and met new people, and everyone going into the pub complimented my shoes.

I wandered through Richmond, only to find some members of the opposite team were doing missions and were nearby, so had a quick drink with them.

I completed the 12 days of Christmas missions and then met up with grandedgemaster.

I wandered around Kingston and did the The Power is Yours banner.


What I ate and drank for the first time in 2016

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What did you eat in 2016 that you’d never eaten before? What did you drink in 2016 that you’d never drunk before? (No animals please!)

Also, where in London might there be fruit that I've never tried before?

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Previous years: 2015, 2014 and 2013.


Top 5 things I did in 2016

1. Made a musical ballpit and took it to EMFCamp.
2. Saw the northern lights in Norway and was in awe.
3. Whale watching.
4. Snow shoeing.
5. Ingress.



Festive London Photos

Alex Chinneck's Fighting Fire with Ice-Cream, is a Christmas tree inside a block of ice that is slowly melting in Granary Square, London:

Fighting fire with ice-cream

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Xmas Lemming

Xmas Lemming


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