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9/11 Where Were You?

Posted on 11th September 2012 in 11 September 2001/ New York

As another anniversary of that awful day rolls around, I can’t help thinking back to the moment when I first heard about the attacks on the Twin Towers.

My in-laws were visiting from Scotland, we had two very young children who they’d hardly seen; youngest baby was only 2 months old and this was the first time they’d met him.

It wasn’t going well, I’d never felt they particularly liked me and had been very apprehensive about the visit. To make things worse, relations between myself and my husband, their son, weren’t great either.

As soon as I found an opportunity to nip out I took it. We’d run out of something, tea maybe? milk? biscuits? I can’t remember. I know we were skint and could ill afford whatever it was and I know I was grateful to be able to escape the house even for a few minutes.

It was on the way to the shops that I heard it. Chris Myles was on the radio, making me laugh with his nonsense and I so needed that laugh! Suddenly the music stopped and he made the announcement; his voice was hesitant, you could hear his fear that he would get it wrong, or that it might be a hoax, or even worse – that it was real.

I stopped the car and listened. I felt sick. I felt panic. I’d left my babies behind because of a selfish need to get out of the house – what if something happened while I was gone?

My earlier worries paled into insignificance as the enormity of the situation unfolded.

I raced back to the house and watched it on the news. Those images will be for ever ingrained on my mind.

Such utter evil, pointless brutality. Such a waste of life.

MasterChef New York

Posted on 26th April 2011 in taxicab rider bill of rights

Watching Masterchef in New York tonight brought back a memory for me as the lovely and mighty skilled Tim jumped into a taxi.

In the back of a New York yellow cab you stare at a sign which reads:

ALWAYS makes me chuckle to recall it as, without fail, in every cab I took the driver was permanently and loudly on his cell phone whilst simultaneously and permanently hitting the horn!

Oh, ok, masterchef. I’m so glad that my boy Tim is still in. I hope he will win. I did spot and root for @DhruvBaker1 from early on last year so there is a glimmer of hope for Tim that I haven’t just given him the kiss of death!

Good luck all 3 of you x

A City That Sparkles #thegallery

Posted on 15th December 2010 in #thegallery/ Alice In Wonderland/ Central Park/ Empire State Building/ Imagine Memorial/ New York/ NYC/ NYFD/ Patricia Arquette

For the gallery prompt this week, I am going to share with you a city that sparkles. NYC is amazing, there is nowhere else on earth that sounds and smells like New York City. I love it. I hope you do too.

The underground Apple store *dribbles*

 

Chandelier in the hotel lobby (DH says he bumped into Patricia Arquette in the lift…..)

 

Ok so I don’t know what these buildings are called and I probably should, but much like the Toronto building in @themoiderer‘s gallery entry, the clouds almost seem to pass through the building because of the expanse of glass.

 

It don’t get no sparklier than a New York fire truck! *salutes the boys*

 

The Empire State Building shot through the supports of the Brooklyn Bridge. Apparently (although not shiny or sparkly) the brown buildings in front are some of the only remaining rent controlled apartments in New York – according to the tour guide anyway.

 

This massive Alice In Wonderland statue was a huge sparkly surprise in the middle of the park.

 

Central Park is full of gorgeous magnolia trees.

 

Although this doesn’t physically sparkle (although it might if it were clean….) the atmosphere around it does, there is a tangible sense of emotion in the air surrounding this memorial.

The Inquisitor meme – who ordered the spanish inquisition?

Posted on 2nd July 2010 in brighton/ comedy/ meme/ robert webb/ spanish inquisition/ the five people you meet in heaven/ Uncategorized

I have been tagged by @kateab to answer the 10 question meme that is dun dun dun….

THE INQUISITOR!

Or, as Kate dubbed it – The Spanish Inquisition!

1. Which (in)famous person (alive or dead) would you like to take out to dinner, where would you go and what would you like to talk about?

Robert Webb. I’d like to go to a bar in Brighton called something like Etsa/Esca in Preston Street. Hmm just looked it up and it seems to now be called Oxygen Red so I’m not sure if it has the same atmos as the old place, assuming it does though we would go there. And we would talk about whatever he liked! Fingers crossed David Mitchell would swing by, swiftly followed by Russell Howard, Ed Bryne, Dara O’Brien and Punt & Denis!

2. What is the best gift someone could give you (tangible please)?

A house. …oh right, back in the real world huh.

3. Where in the world would you most like to live?

Being a contrary Mary:

I would like to live in NYC.

I would like to live somewhere peaceful and rural but within walking distance of a town.

I would like to live in Portugal.

I would like to live somewhere that is cool (but not cold) all year.

I do like living where I live now, I just hope they don’t develop it much more as it is starting to spoil it.

4. What do you most enjoy cooking?

I love cooking things I haven’t cooked before, I like the excitement of it. I find that it is only ever the first time that I follow the recipe carefully, after that I get complacent and the results vary! I can make a very good lasagne though.

5. What is your favourite novel?

The Five People You Meet In Heaven – I bought it in a NYC book shop purely because I liked the rough uncut feel of the way they finish their books over there. I didn’t expect much from it, it is a small book and it isn’t the type of thing I usually pick up. It tore through my soul.

6. You have your own personal Tardis, where do you go first?

I’m going to waste this answer. I would go back to a nightclub in 1995 where my ex husband asks me to dance and I would say “no, not if you were the last man on earth, now sod off you poor pathetic excuse for a human being” and then, just to be sure, I would stab him, and possibly arrange for cattle to stampede on him, and then I would hop back in the tardis and feed him to a dinosaur – a proper bitey one not one of those ones with silly little arms who must have been very frustrated.

7. How old is the inner you?

26, unlike the outer me which is 408

8. Theatre or Cinema?

I love seeing live comedy

9. Would you be famous, with all that means?

Some days yes, I’d embrace it and I would sparkle and shine. I’d enjoy parties and I would relish in mixing with the beautiful people.

Other days no, sod off and leave me alone.

10. You are able to learn anything at all, a skill, a language, whatever, what would it be and why?

The art of public speaking without blushing like I have just contracted a contagious and potentially deadly disease

I am very indecisive, sometimes, and looking back over these I can see a million (and prone to exaggeration) different answers that I could have given and that would be just as valid.

Yay I am done.

So, to tag some others to face the spanish inquisition……

Firstly, of course, as she is lovely ;o) @TheJellyMonster

@thecakenest

@singledadsdiary

@benspex

@jon_stead

@salamicat

@princess_L_88

Over to you, you lovely bunch of people!

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