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Ben. Is. Big.

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At a conference around Westminster in London yesterday. I felt I needed to reconnect to some of the policy stuff and found ... well, that nothing had really changed that much. But caught up with an old school friend from New Zealand for a pint afterwards. Sitting in The Speaker, it suddenly struck me that we were both a long way from home.
9th Jul 2008, 20:10   | tags:,

Caine says:

Magnificent. And seriously big.

9th Jul 2008, 21:35

fishsausage says:

home is where you make it.
as for nz, trustme, you're not missing anything

10th Jul 2008, 06:31

taniwha says:

Fish - oh, I agree. I feel more settled in the UK than I ever did in NZ since leaving Mum and Dad's. It is a weird feeling though meeting a mate from Otahuhu College for a drink. Seems a little surrealistic.

10th Jul 2008, 07:58

PrincessJun says:

Greta shot - and meeting old schoolfriends for a drink sounds like a great way to round the day off.

10th Jul 2008, 11:03

taniwha says:

Thanks Princess. I find it really hard to get a decent one of Big Ben. I didn't get anything decent of the anti-war encapement just up the road either.

10th Jul 2008, 11:22

mark says:

I thought it was only a forty or so minute train ride home?

20th Jul 2008, 09:00

taniwha says:

Not from Westminster. But from Euston can take less if on Virgin or a bit longer if on the other carrier

20th Jul 2008, 09:40

Mark says:

If a drink with Suds (?) is surrealsitic then what would you make of dinner with dali? Assuming you could stop staring at the worm in his eye.

20th Jul 2008, 13:10

taniwha says:

I've never eaten with Dali but I visited his museum in Paris last year - too seventh form common room to be really unsettling.

Sud. himself isn't surrealistic (or his lovely family - we had dinner together on Saturday by the way and may meet in St Malo on Friday) it's just if I suddenly stop and think about the situations we find ourselves in it strikes me as more than I ever could have imagined when I was a kid. I felt the same way when you and I found ourself in Olomouc two years ago, looking at Communist art, eating garlic soup, seeing tanks on the roadside and yet it all felt ... well, kind of normal. If I stop and think about it, make the familiar unfamiliar it makes me appreciate the strange twists and turns life takes us on.

21st Jul 2008, 11:52