So right now i’m in Canterbury, mainly to help with my dissertation, but i made time for a bit of a wander around the sites.
I got up at about 7ish and went to ride on a train for about 3 hours. Then i finally got here and managed to get lost on my way to the B&B, but eventually, after a good hour or so wandering in the boiling heat, heavily laden with bags and in far too many layers, i found it. The first thing i did was use the free shampoo/conditioner and shower gel, then i stole some free tea and milk, and then some free wifi.
After a change of clothes i wandered up to the university and found the part of the library with all the Grotowski stuffs. I mainly looked at his production called The Constant Prince today, which happens to be the subject of my third chapter. I watched the video and Rhyszard Cieslak is a truly amazing actor. He was completely immersed into the role, i can definitely see why they toured it for so long. Even though it’s all in Polish, you didn’t need to understand the words to understand the anguish. I took lots of pictures and notes, then got thrown out at closing time. Will be going back for the day tomorrow 🙂
I decided at this point it was time to get food as my tummy had been rumbling for quite a while so i headed into town to get a chinese! Somehow it took me about 2 hours to actually get round to buying any food as i got a little bit distracted by culture…I found some pretty gardens and a nice river. Eventually i found the Canthedral, how i lost it in the first place i’ll never know, it’s not exactly small. I even found a nice little castle. But soon the hunger got the better of me so i went and got some chicken and sweetcorn soup (i wanted crab but they didnt have it:( ), chicken chow mein (wanted rice and something but have no monies 😦 ) and some pancakes (which were pretty much spring rolls, yum!) and then wandered back to the b&b to sneak them into my room and munch whilst resting my weary feet, watching TV and dossing on the internet.
It was at this point i realised my TV was set to B&W, i still haven’t figured out how to set it onto colour. It’s flat screen and quite new and shiny so i’m guessing it can handle colours…
Anyways, it’s back to the north tomorrow (after another day in the library), but for now have some pretty pictures! 🙂
Stay happy! 🙂
Ok, so i didn’t update the day after as i said i would. I fail as usual. But at least this time i have an excuse!
This weekend i went to London for a photoshoot. It was fuuunnn and i’ve just got to look at the images! They look amazing! I can’t wait to get the CD of them so i can show people. I even did a few underwear shots, something I never thought i’d have the confidence to do, but i’ve kind of got into the ‘fuck it’ mindset in this last year. Not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing…career wise i’d say good, otherwise i reckon it could back fire on me. But we shall see.
Whilst in London i decided to go visit a guy called Ashley. We spent the day just generally wondering around. We saw some street performers on the south bank which was pretty cool, especially the breakdancers! We went to Trafalgar square and there was a random concert celebrating Holland, was random but good. Then we wandered to convent garden and to green park and then to Hamleys. It was random but fun 🙂
After hamleys it was time to tube it to the rollerdisco! It was ridiculously fun, and i only fell over 3 times… My legs we’re killing me by the end, definitely some good exercise though! There were a few people there who seemed like they went every week. They were insanely good, i wish i could dance on skates like that. Instead i took to either skating, or dancing whilst sat down.
The disco didn’t finish until about 2am and the tubes we’re closed so i ended up having to stay the night in London. The next day Ashley’s friend visited and we pretty much spent the day just watching films and doing nothing. Then we all forgot it was sunday and again i missed the last train and had to stay another night. As i hadn’t factored staying over into the equation, i didn’t really have anything with me. Needless to say, i was feeling pretty skanky today. But at least i’d borrowed a towel and had a shower, so i was kind of clean.
Now i really should pack, ready to go to canterbury tomorrow so i can sit in a library for 2 days watching videos of Grotowski’s work and reading through texts and reviews. Exciting i know. I might give myself a little bit of time to wander around and look at pretty things.