Sunday, 25 September 2011

School Dinners at the Lansdowne Club.

On Friday it was the U35's School Disco and Dinner at the Lansdowne Club. It was a great evening with some great friends! Some people dressed up while others didn't, I was going to wear my St Trinians school outfit (see photo below), but decided it wasn't appropriate for the Club so went with a black dress and my old school tie instead.

My St Trinians outfit I wore to a 50's/60's themed birthday party
a couple of years ago...didn't think it was appropriate for the Lansdowne!?

The evening started with a champagne reception, before moving into the Ballroom for our 'school dinner', and it was a proper school dinner - complete with sausages, mash, gravy, pudding and custard, and trays! (although I didn't take a tray...I always was a rebel). But unlike school dinners we also had jelly shots and champagne. After dinner they cleared the ballroom of all the chairs and tables and we had a school disco - complete with a makeshift Limbo made from a school tie!

Our School Dinners
Me and Amy with our school ties

Everyone eating school dinners in the Lansdowne Ballroom


Sunday, 18 September 2011

The Royal Automobile Club.

On Friday night I attended an event at The Royal Automobile Club in London. It was a Comedy and Tapas night for the Young Members Inter-Club group which I belong to. So anyway, the comedy was hosted by the Comedy Store Players, and the Tapas...well, I personally wouldn't have called it Tapas...more like a buffet with some Spanish foods.

I got myself all dressed up, and got the tube from Uxbridge where my Uni is, to Green Park, where I met a friend of mine from The Lansdowne Club and off we went to the RAC, which is about a 10 minute walk from Green Park. The RAC is on Pall Mall, the same street as The Travellers Club, Reform Club and Oxford and Cambridge Club. The RAC is one of my favourite clubs, it's so beautiful and it really is my ideal club; beautiful architecture, great facilities, amazing food, and cars! The facilities include a large swimming pool, turkish baths, and squash courts. My friend and I met some other friends of ours at the entrance and we all made our way up to one of the ballroom's where the event was being held. We made the most of the drinks reception, before getting the cameras out to 'attempt' to do our regular photographer Scrym, proud. (He was unable to attend the event so it was up to the rest of us to get the photos).

Part of the Ballroom - I couldn't fit it all in!

The Comedy Store Players

Thankfully I was on a great table with a few friends, and we had a fantastic evening. Immanuel took it on himself to bully the waiters into giving us more food when I was still hungry, and then when we got back to our table to discover they had taken our cutlery, he wouldn't leave them alone until they gave us more. The Comedy Store Players were excellent, very entertaining and extremely clever! After the show we then proceeded down to the bar. I headed back to Green Park to get the last tube back, while everyone else went to Maggies (an 80's themed club on the KR dedicated to Maggie Thatcher), and my house-mate and friend Ana very kindly picked me up from Heathrow when I realized that no buses go near our house at 2am. What a life saver!


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Nature's Miracle Babies.

I have always wanted to work with animals. Since I was a small child I have wanted to be a Vet, travel the world and work with Elephants and Orang-utan's (they have always been my favourite animals). Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I just wasn't good enough at the Sciences (especially Biology...which you HAVE to have to be a Vet) and so this dream sadly ended, and I realized it would never be able to become a reality.

Every so often I have a little bit of an upset and downer, and wish that I had tried just that little bit harder, but it's too late now. Becoming a Vet takes many years, and after 2 years of Uni studying Media and Communications, I really don't want to be a student forever. I still dream about working with Elephants and Orang-utan's, I often wish I had taken a gap year - worked, saved up, and then spent it on travelling to Borneo and Thailand to do some volunteer work with them. Unfortunately, for many reasons, a gap year just wasn't an option for me.

This evening a programme was on TV called 'Nature's Miracle Babies', which follows Zoo's around Britain trying to help endangered animals to breed. Today it was focusing on Gorillas and Elephants. Every time I see an Elephant or Orang-utan on TV I just want to cry! Just the thought of my dream and the fact it probably won't ever be able to become a reality. I always wanted to become a Vet and then do animal husbandry, ie; look after the baby Elephants and Orang-utan's. 'Nature's Miracle Babies' showed The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, who take in and raise orphaned Elephants.

It was so beautiful seeing what the keepers do for the infants, and although it may not be everyone's cup of tea, or idea of 'living the dream', I wanted to be one of those keepers - becoming a surrogate family member, sleeping next to them at night, getting up every 3 hours for the feeds, helping them to physically and emotionally recover from losing their mother, and being there for them and helping them for the first years of their life before they are eventually ready to move on.

So I went on to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website to see if they do any volunteer schemes/work experience/intern-ships...basically ANYTHING that could get my foot in the door to work with these animals! But no. They do not accept volunteers because of strict Kenyan laws regarding foreigners working or volunteering :'( my heart sank. I guess when I finish Uni I'm just gonna have to have a gap year and go to Borneo and Thailand and just 'visit' the animals...not exactly the same as working with them, but I guess it's better than nothing. I've even searched all the Zoo's in this country to see if they do work experience or intern-ships or anything...nothing. They only accept Vet students. *sigh*


Thursday, 8 September 2011

Cornwall Trip.

Last week my family and I went to Cornwall. I'm pretty lucky, we've travelled a lot, ever since I was just a few weeks old, we've been around the world and stayed in beautiful places. This year I went to Australia twice (via Singapore and Dubai), Egypt, and then Cornwall. You know you travel often when you are greeted on every flight with; 'Welcome back Miss Lux!' and have more than 3 different currencies in your wallet (I always have AUD, USD and GBP in there, and then this year I also had some Singapore Dollars leftover from Australia last Christmas and Egyptian Pounds). I also have 3 different mobile UK contract phone, my UK 'cheap international calls' phone, and my Australian phone. People around me always give me weird looks when the plane lands and I get them all out to turn them all on :/

Anyway, so this summer we went to Cornwall for our 'UK trip', it was a lovely week - very relaxed, and we were very lucky to have such wonderful weather, with only one day being drizzly. We stayed in a beach shack...on the beach (obviously). It was very different from our usual luxury hotels...simple, small and basic, but it was nice and cosy and it was perfect for what we needed (especially with a sandy/wet/muddy dog!). We did the usual beach trips, spent a lot of time looking for dog beaches for Dylan, went out for dinner, had pasty's almost every day, ate far too many cream teas, and visited the beautiful Minack Theatre. (Apologies for the poor quality blackberry photos...I haven't had a chance to upload the DSLR pics onto my computer yet)

Minack Theatre

Our Beach Shack

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