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One of the cool things I did while I was in London was visit the Longplayer at Trinity Buoy Wharf[personal profile] seekingferret actually wrote a much better entry about it than I did! They're having an NYE get-together at The Lighthouse on the afternoon of the 31st; if you're interested in attending, PM me your email address and I can forward you the invite. Note: since it is in a lighthouse, it is most definitely not universally accessible.
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I heard about this from [personal profile] littlebutfierce, and we tried to go see it together but failed, so today I took my rainy August Bank Holiday down at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which is pretty amazing. I saw only a few galleries, but it was really great throughout, and this special exhibition, on the objects and design of protest and activism, was one of the best I've seen. It goes from the suffragette movement to #occupygezi and beyond, though the meat of it is from the 1970s forward, and it is quite well done. Though it's honestly on the small side, it packs a real punch; I teared up at one point (the point where the organizers had displayed the quote from Mario Savio's machine speech), and left, as usual, feeling inspired, determined, and challenged. I also left with handouts on how to construct one's own book bloc shield and makeshift tear-gas mask, so don't let anyone tell you that museums don't teach you anything.

Seeing these objects in the museum setting was really interesting; I would never have thought to put them there, and as the organizers note, these objects challenge the museum paradigm itself, among many other things (my favorite item in the exhibition was probably the banner reading Capitalism IS Crisis, but it's so hard to choose). Kudos to the Victoria & Albert for having the chutzpah to put this on. Go see it if you can.

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I'm in London for the first of three mini-jaunts for various things from now until 28 August. [personal profile] unjapanologist and I have been having a good time so far! Yesterday afternoon after I got off the Tube from Heathrow we went to St. Paul's and saw the poppies at the Tower (I'm not sure if you've heard about this, world, but this year is the centennial of the start of WW1) and crossed the Millennium Bridge (me: "It's the bridge the Death Eaters wreck in HP6!" Her: "Let's go!"), observed the flocks of bankers in their natural habitat, i.e. out on the street outside anywhere labeled "pub," "bar," or "tavern" from 17:00, ate a late lunch in a graveyard, and found dinner in the City, which is more work than one might think. I've never spent so much time in the east part of central London before (and the last time I was in London proper it was 14 years ago), and it's quite different from the western part, i.e. full of banks and business-type places. There are a lot more healthful chain food places and a lot more bicyclists than when I was last here, for sure. And some of the healthful food chain places have FLAT WHITES.

Still the same: the tear-jerking dollars/pounds exchange rate, though it's apparently actually slightly improved relative to when I was here in August 2000. Well, that's a nice change.


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