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12 October 2009 @ 01:25 pm
"I’d always thought her half-baked, but now I think they didn’t even put her in the oven."  
Greetings from this side of the weekend! Had a smashing time, and I will now proceed to tell you all about it. Well, not all about it. Let's aim for the highlights, what, and leave it at that. So, Katie and I bopped to the South Bank and met Helen and Chloe at midday, and went round the National with, it mun be said, quite a lot of old people, who asked questions like "How much of the National's funding comes from the Government?" But, anyway, it was fab and, best of all, only one (1) of God's honest pounds.

Then we went and had lunch in Trafalgar Square, which was vee yum (Prezzo is actually very nice), and then we walked down the Mall to Mayfair, where we made our way to Heywood Hill, an extremely adorable bookshop (located, so the blue plaque outside would have us believe, in one of Nancy Mitford's former residences) with a quite beautiful old chap running it. Anyway, thus was the Wodehouse exhibition, which was dandy. (Total, total love for the bookshop - the sort of place where you ring them up on the 'phone and ask for such and such a title, and they send it round in a plain brown paper parcel - gorgeous! I want to get all my books that way.) So that was all super, and then Katie and I went home on the bus (a routemaster - always jolly) and got the last bits of Helen's birthday present. (And I watched Merlin and decided to become an Arthur/Gwen shipper.)

Accordingly, on Sunday, I arose late and we went to Helen's for cake, wine and general bitchery (always a staple), which was perfectly charming.

In conclusion: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELEN!!

And also: I got offered that job I wanted (at ten to eight this morning - ye gods!), so woo!
b_lizb_liz on October 12th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the job :)
The Katiekatie__pillar on October 12th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Actually Nancy M worked there, I think. Although that does seem slightly unlikely.
Miss Squeenie McPimpalot: dls youchaletian on October 12th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh, actually, that makes more sense - I found this earlier.
The Katie: Bandom UA Rumorkatie__pillar on October 12th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Ja. Good old google books.
Miss Squeenie McPimpalot: inglourious basterdschaletian on October 12th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Good old Google books indeed! I was just looking at that on Amazon - think I might get it for Grandma for Christmas. Will buy it from Heywood Hill, however, natch!!
The Katie: Skins Sidkatie__pillar on October 12th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
But of course! Good excuse for a little trip back.
Miss Squeenie McPimpalot: life danichaletian on October 12th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Excellent thinking, old bean.
Kathrynkathrynw on October 12th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Coincidentally, a friend of my parents is doing a book signing there on Weds.
donna_kdonna_k on October 12th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job!
Home of a dozy dormousedozydormouse on October 12th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Well done on the new job front. I assume you said yes please? Congratulations whatever you choose it is nice to be wanted.