Lady Luck Speaks

Desi dating and desires from the doctor of delight.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

One Hot Minute

Wow. What can I say. RHCP were AMAZING on Tuesday.

We had all the greatest hits, the singles from the new album, instrument swapping & a fabulous encore. Well worth the money & the stalker weirdo that tried to chat me up. I also had several 5-second love affairs with randoms - I sincerely doubt the aesthetic appreciation was returned!

I've not been upto much else. Saw K yesterday, which was lovely. Also met up with a chick I went to school with. Only a couple of us actually liked her back then. Never again - the voice was bad enough, let alone the offensive hyper-conservative bile she came out with. Even the censored version of my life story ended up getting slighted or moralised upon. Just thinking about Respect Party minions makes me cross!

*breathes*
*breathes*
*breathes more*

Monday, July 17, 2006

'allo!

Hey Blogsters!

A week has passed since I last spoke to you. Surprisingly, not much has happened; it's been quite chilled. I've also got scared of blogging on here after reading about plagiarism from Sach's blog. A Sri Lankan media outlet lifted text verbatim to complete a film review, without actually mentioning that Sach hadn't seen said film in the first place! My experiences with the Lankan media haven't been pleasant either; there's a lot of nepotism & slackness to boot. Needless to say, I'm not in the best of moods with two spoilt popstars & refuse to have anything to do with them in the future. If they're willing to reject half their potential audience in one fell swoop, then they're not deserving of the coverage we're able to offer. This very pleasant lady on the other hand, is going to blow up huge :D

Monday saw me hanging out with Dave A (hello!) and finding out he wrote coursework essays on Apache Indian. Some people have all the luck, eh?

I also got to meet his coursemates; these guys - who give out charitable vegan lunches outside SOAS. I had one, in exchange for a small donation & had to endure the line of red Marxist tops behind me.

'I don't think it's fair people give 50p and move on. That guy cooked a decent lunch. It would cost a fiver in the restaurant, it'd take an hour to cook & he deserves a minimum wage. I'm going to give him a fiver.'

The cost of the ingredients & labour needed for one plate of rice, veggies and pulses is minimal, twenty pence or less since Hari Krishna's buy in bulk. Since spirituality and giving without return is what's at stake here, the stall holder shouldn't expect much more than cost price in return. Exactly how does it warrant a fiver from a stereotypically stingy student, more so one better served by said fiver spent on his wardrobe?

Needless to say, the Govinda's lunch was not worth the hype or the pigeons crowding round to piss me off.

Monday dinner was a more sedate affair - all you can eat Chinese @ New Kam Tong in Kingston. Highly recommended, aside from myself not liking Chinese any more. I've just gotten bored of anything that isn't Dim Sum/Peking Duck/Special Fried Rice & Prawn Crackers.

Tuesday was a heavy day. J & I traipsed 'round Neal's Yard, shopping in the Covent Garden sales, walking to the National for Rebels & Martyrs, before heading westward to the Crabtree (which is worth the trek for the fantastic River view)with M & out for dinner at Sagar's with K.

K & I proceeded to have an interesting time with her girls @ KBar. It's a shame the tenets of Buddhism have to be commercialised in the name of hedonism; last time I checked, Buddhism was based around the middle path! Was surprised at the amount of attention we (seven Asians & a blonde Spaniard) got - I thought Hooray Henry's only spoke to blondes! Perhaps that phenomenon is unique to medical school prats?

Either way, Wednesday was a sleepy one. And Thursday saw me fight off the managers at my gym - eight phone calls to clarify one single thing! They'd not explained the suspension policy clearly at the time of signing, ensuring I had clearance for my two months abroad to be frozen. I then injured my Achilles (still mystified as to how) & was signed off exercise for two months. Needless to say, it's still not recovered - hurts like hell from Friday's song & dance.

Saturday was the wedding of two ex-Imperial Computing dudes at one very plush stately home. Lower Beeding is a really nice place - washing my hands repeatedly with Molton Brown Naranji (mmm, bitter orange!) really made my day. It's a shame about the forced conversation & set table small talk on offer, but hey, I was pleased to meet two lovely ex-UCL's and lots of sweet old ladies who didn't have rural/urban/white/non-white pretensions! The ceremony itself was very sweet (over-long though!), combining the Sri Lankan Poruwa with a poetic civil service hosted by none other than Marjorie Dawes! We had to rush home to receive our visitors from NZ, who made Sunday worthwhile - I'm going to be spending time with them later this year. I also found myself baking - my strawberry, cream and almond sponge cake went down a treat!

Just reading through all that made me realise why I'm inexplicably tired today - I guess 'not having uni work' really isn't a euphemism for chilled!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Result!

Paper 1 (SAQ): Pass

Paper 2 (EMQ): Pass

Pathology: Pass

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Black Books

Today's ranting is directed at results day.

Why, oh why do I have to wet my pants for an entire week beforehand?

I'm *really* scared I've failed path - which is horrible because it's a final + the MTAS people, i.e. those who allocate our jobs in October, will know I've resat and move me further down the year rankings (shame because my results this year have been pretty good!).

So yes, come 4pm today, I will know whether my summer will be spent in a library.

Hopefully not, mind! I'm going to Gardening Club/wherever my mates go tonight regardless of pass/fail!

'til then, I have the following set up to distract me; an interview with Dave A for his thesis on Sri Lankan Sinhalese in the UK plus a dentists appointment to remove this ridiculous tea-staining off my teeth. The jaw problem has been coming and going + I can't seem to fit into many of my previously-loose clothes.

Hence the uptake of a massive diet; mainly fish + vegetarian mind - with bits of chicken and sausages once a week. I especially like these they're 90% pork with the crispiest skins ever! Wilfred, the farmer, is an absolute legend; I'm totally inspired by his wish to make the rural life accessible to urban ethnic minorities. Certainly a pleasure to watch during the last few weekends.

The typifying factor was the reaction of boys without male role models to Wilfred. Their struggle with male authority was especially fascinating to watch. Given that 50% of Afro-Caribbean children live in single-parent households, it's unsurprising that the breakdown of the family has been a key part in the continuing cycle of poverty-deprivation-crime. There's a fantastic article in the Sunday Times archive that the Londoners on here have GOT to see - it's set on a Ladbroke Grove estate and details the Kidulthood-type circumstances many children grow up in - it's sad to see that things are heading this way.

So what else have I been upto?

1. Parties - I've been to four. They were fab.
2. Shopping - I've bought a polka dot skirt from Next & some lush goodies.

3. Getting pierced - Cold Steel's the best place to do that; after all, it's the only APP-certified place in the land :)

4. Listening to this piece of well-trampled rhetoric at the Fabian Society. Sadiq Khan MP didn't do himself any favours by using sports teams + the Tebbit test as a yardstick for identity. As Humeyra Khan noted, it's far more complex than that - most people don't even like football!

5. Hanging out at The Glass Bar, one of London's few members-only bars for women & their male guests. Definitely worth a visit next time you're hanging tough on Euston concourse ;)

6. Watching DVD's - 'Mean Girls', 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'XXX'

Monday, July 03, 2006

Welcome to Final Year

...read the meaning of our lecture.

Feels rather surreal - we finished our 5th year exams on Friday, results will be out next week.

Here's to hoping I haven't failed.

What are you guys upto today?