1. Use a very liberal amount of vinegar.
2. Not have overly crunchy chips.
I know I don’t have a lot of good to say for Aberystwyth but there was a little place right across from the train station. You could get, for very cheap, a box of chips and fish or a cheeseburger with a can of coke on the side. They doused it in vinegar and salt. By the time I got back to my room, the chips were the right side of soft.
So finding a place like that near my residence hall room is very important. Essential. Probably sad how essential, but I don’t care. It’s my FAVOURITE meal.
I suppose it will take trial and error to find a place. Hopefully sooner than later!
God now I’m craving it…
Well partially responsible, in an indirect way if I’m to be honest.
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Since this blog is going to be primarily (though not exclusively) centered around my move to London to study for my Masters and possibly even to stay afterwards permanently, I figured it was time for an update!
Money: The Qwertee sale for the Tolkien shirt made me enough to afford my plane ticket and visa! I still need $1,600-2000 for living expenses and residence hall fees. (Really the more the merrier re: living expenses though the residence hall fees are $1,174.00)
I’m going to be flying to London on August 27th.
Fundraising: To that end, I’d like to mention my 25th birthday is April 17th.
If I happen to entertain you, I seem like an upstanding young lady who needs a bit of help, if you’ve decided you need some more art in your life, if you’re just feeling charitable, or you’d like to help me out as a small birthday gift…I’d appreciate any monetary help you could give me for my pre-travel and pre-arrival funds. In addition to living expenses and residence hall fees, there are a few items I need to purchase like London A-Z maps, a nice sturdy backpack with wheels (To haul my books with me as a carry on that won’t break my back!) and the like.
My paypal is thelondonistblog(at)yahoo(dot)com.
And I don’t expect money for nothing! I have nice art prints (http://angloart.tumblr.com/), t-shirts (http://www.redbubble.com/people/anglofile), and I’m willing to make commissions!
To be sold on Qwertee as of March 17th at 5 p.m. CST (11 p.m. GMT)!
I would appreciate reblogs and spreading it around twitter and facebook. I would appreciate it even more if you actually bought one!
The longer I go being unemployed, the less likely I feel as if I’m going to be hired anywhere in time to make the $3000+ I need (Outlined here: Road to London) to get to London in September. I’m rather desperate for a lot of people to buy this t-shirt. Thank you!
About a month ago, I wrote Stephen Fry an embarrassingly long and personal letter about my future plans, accompanied by a graphic I had made with one of my favorite QI quotes on it that I very much wished him to sign.
I received it back today, which frankly astonished me because I hadn’t expected to receive it back for at least two months more. The letter accompanying it was short, but it has left me, and believe me this is the only way I can adequately describe it in English, flailing since I opened the envelope this afternoon for two major reasons:
1) He said he loved the graphic. He liked something I made, however simple it was!
2) He said that he hoped it helped me to write down the things I wrote and then added “Very eloquently, I might add.”
As I’ve said before on this blog, my self-esteem issues can be seen from space. I’m not going to say that reading that from a man I greatly admire for so many things, his writing ability being one of them, has changed my viewpoint a great deal (the eternal self-critic is too powerful for one thing). I’m also not going to pretend, much as I’d love to put it on scholarship applications, that it’s anything but him being kind, but I also can’t deny that I’ve been grinning and rereading it all evening.
I plan on framing the graphic and the letter as soon as I have the funds and putting it on the empty wall above my dresser (For Stephen Fry deserves his own wall!) until I take it down so that it will (hopefully) accompany me to London. It’s something I can look at, that much like QI, will always make me smile.
So thank you Mr. Fry for being kind enough to write back. You’ve only made me think you’re even more brilliant than I thought you were before.
Having received my conditional offer letter (Conditional in that I have to prove I can pay tuition and living expenses by taking out student loans.) to the University of East London, I am eligible for either a partial or full tuition scholarship for taught postgraduate programmes. This requires a 300 to 400 word personal statement about why I would make an excellent candidate for the scholarship, what I can contribute to the University, and what I plan to do with my qualification after graduation.
This is understandably difficult. I will be the first to admit that my self-esteem issues can be seen from space and it is incredibly difficult to know the right way to talk myself up to the level that being awarded the scholarship would entail. I have my advantages in what I’ve done in the past and my education, but it seems even harder to write these 400 words that could mean so much to my future.
Gaining the full scholarship or even the half tuition scholarship would sharply reduce the amount of loans I need to take out, of which I have many from my previous degrees (a B.S. and a Postgraduate Diploma) already. Tuition alone for an international taught Masters student is 10,620 GBP. If I am to possibly explore a PhD in history afterwards (should the job market remain problematic), the scholarship would be advantageous to have.
So I find myself agonizing over words in a way I never have before. My first and very rough draft has been written and now I begin to rewrite and rewrite again before finally gathering the courage to finalize and submit:
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I’ve changed themes and created a header that better reflects the blog and my own preferences. I hope you like it!
(Note: I’m willing to make headers for other blogs for $1-5 depending upon complexity. Profits will go directly into my savings account for London.)
International Students Move In 12 September 2012. So I need to fly on 10 September, arrive the morning of 11 September, check in to a hotel, sleep for the day to avoid jetlag induced panic attacks, and then move in on the 12 (get food, register for doctor, etc.).
So let’s put things in priority.
1. Plane tickets will only get more expensive. Right now I found an economy flight from the nearest airport to Chicago and then onward to London for $473. Clearly my first priority is to purchase that. (I have $300 right now.)
2. After that it’s visa fees for $461.21.
3. Then I need to save $500-1000 for various things to keep me going until my loans and bank account is sorted.
4. Then finally the $1,118 for the residence hall deposit and fees need to be paid.
I know it seems odd to put residence halls first. Here’s my logic. It doesn’t matter at all to be able to afford a place to live if I can’t actually get over there. Furthermore, I can hope that one of you dear followers who live in London might take pity on me for a week or two until I find a place or get into residence halls once my loans come in.
But the most important thing is to get over there.
HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge (January 2010)
Note: This is a museum ship: Link
Currently closed until after Easter 2012.
Section: Prehistory to 1066
St. Bartholomew’s Hospital
St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (or St. Bart’s) is one of the oldest hospitals in the world. The hospital was founded in 1123 by Rahere, a courtier of Henry I, after St. Bartholomew appeared to him while on pilgrimage to Rome and urged him to found a hospital for the sick in Smithfield.
During the reign of Henry VIII, St. Bart’s became a royal hospital administered by the City of London after the dissolution of the monasteries left the hospital without funding. Most of the medieval buildings of the hospital were torn down during the rebuilding program in the early 17th century and the tower of the church of St. Bartholomew the less is the only medieval building remaining.
The hospital is home to two large paintings by William Hogarth, located by the staircase that leads to the great hall.
St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum
The museum at the hospital is located in the north wing and tells the long history of the hospital through life size models, medical collections, and hospital documents. It is run by volunteers and is free to the public. A small bookshop is also on site. Donations are appreciated.
St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Timeline
St. Bartholomew’s Museum and Archives
St. Bartholomew’s (Medical Museums of London)