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Second Graduate Fair, Lovely London
Spring - luna_ann
Another day, another graduate fair. This one was organised by the Careers Group, which is the careers service for the University of London, and it was held in Islington (nearest tube: Angel). Any Neil Gaiman fans will understand the happiness that gave me.

I got up very early and put my hair back in a plait again, but it was already falling out by the time I arrived at the train station, so I took it out and finger combed my hair. Might as well have it loose and nice than tied back and messy. I smeared on concealer (whenever I threaten to get a course of antibiotics, my skin starts behaving) and put some mascara around my eyes. What I really need is some kohl. I have liquid eyeliner, but I'm not steady enough with it yet to trust myself in a rush. I bought some food from the station café this time, having learned my lesson with buying food on the train. I settled down to read the last few chapters of Waterlog by Roger Deakin. My parents bought this for my birthday back in September and I've been savouring it for months now, I love the writing so much. I recommend it to anyone who likes swimming, exploring, the environment and British history.

Unfortunately, there was a pack of teenage girls behind me who were giggling like hyenas. It was far too early in the morning for that kind of silliness. I was distracted near the end of the journey by a certain man wandering up the aisle. It was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Now, this will mean nothing to most of you, but imagine a semi-famous chef of your particular country, one who is worshipped by your mum. That is HFW. I stared at him walking past, not quite able to believe my eyes. Then I started grinning out of the window in sheer disbelief. Of course, the hyenas spoilt it by cooing about him to each other. I wanted to smack them over the head so they'd shut up. He went past one more time, so I couldn't be mistaken, it was him. I should have known from seeing him that the day was going to be a good one.

When I reached the Islington Business Design Centre, there was already a queue of course, but it was so much more organised than the previous one. Once eleven o'clock struck, we were let in quickly, simply giving our e-mails to people at the reception and moving forward. No silly freebies. The building is beautiful, well-lit and airy (the frame's Victorian, so of course it's lovely), like a shopping arcade for businesses. I could have just wandered around looking at things, but I thought I'd check out my stalls first, since you get a whole hour before public entry if you're Fast Track. I went to Angela Mortimer, found out about the International branch and then headed to the Civil Service stall; I also picked up a leaflet about interpreting. They want French and Spanish speakers in Berkshire and Middlesex. Very strange. Apparently, the Diplomacy stream is very competitive, so I need to be prepared for that.

Then I went to another interview seminar, which was quite informative, bought some roast vegetable soup for £2.60 (not bad for London) and took it outside to eat, since I was fed up of sitting and listening to people talk about what I should do with my career. After that, I wandered down to King's Cross St Pancras, stopping off in a Body Shop branch on the way, because there was a 50% sale on. I found a wonderful turquoise beach bag for £5 (MORE than 50% off that!) and bought it on my card, then used it to store what had been in my old bag, plus the old bag itself. I went to Great Malborough Street, found Grant & Cutler (which is the best foreign languages bookshop in London) and bought a French book I studied in my final year for my undergraduate degree and liked so much. La vie devant soi by Romain Gary, if you're interested, and what's sad is that it was £4.90, cheaper than a children's paperback in English, let alone an adult one! After that, I wandered down Charing Cross Road, browsing bookshops at my leisure, which was wonderful. There were so many books I wanted to buy (Borders presented me with the choice of yet another wonderful Madeleine L'Engle book) that I didn't buy any of them in the end.

After that, I went to Leicester Square, where all the film premiers happen. There was one happening that evening, actually, for Over the Hedge. I was more interested in the Ben & Jerry ice cream store. There's nothing better than sitting in Leicester Square, eating ice cream at your leisure. Paddington was my next destination, to meet godricgal. We went to a wonderful café (a proper one, not the ridiculous British version that shuts at six), ate a little something and talked a lot. Then she went back to work (poor gel) and I went back to Waterloo (the long way round, I should have just stuck with the Bakerloo line until I got to Baker Street, then switched to the Jubilee line, never mind). I was just in time to catch the 20.20 train to Salisbury, and thus ended my long but enjoyable day in London. I only wish all my trips were like that.

And I have an announcement to make: today, I got my exam results. Not only did I pass, I got a Merit. :D This has made my day.

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Congratulations on your merit!! YAY!!

Sounds like you had a wonderful day :)

And *squee* for Chef Sighting! Your mum must have been ecstatic told her.


Heh, she thought I was lying when we spoke on the phone. I could almost feel the envy. *lol*

Hey, I meant to reply to your txt earlier, but congrats on the Merit. Very well done.

Why didn't you just take the BL all the way to Waterloo? It only takes about 25 minutes from Paddo.

I'm glad you had a good day and the fair was a successful and informative affair.

That cafe rocks, eh? It a little piece of Local London. I've been going there for 4 years now and still the same staff and they're lovely.

PS. no underscore in my username.

Because I thought it would be quicker on the Circle for some reason, because I'm too clever for my own good, because I'm always looking for the short cut... take your pick.

Ah right. Knew I'd done something wrong.

Congratulations! And that sounds so cool!

And I'm envying a country with actual public transit, unlike here, where you have to have a car to go anywhere. (There's a shopping center right next to our apartment complex and people look at HtB and me funny when we walk to it.) :)

I don't know about the whole country, but London manages it. *lol* And I love your icon. Emily is teh best.

Laura - you're making me homesick! Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, eh - I hear he's very tall? The Business Design Centre! It *is* a lovely building. I went there for - yes, you guessed it - a wine fair a few months ago. Pentonville and Charing Cross Roads ... ok, enough twittering.

I nearly bought another Madeline l'Engle yesterday, they're *everywhere* here, beautiful second-hand copies. I just finished A Wind in the Door. Can you tell me which one I need to read next - I don't want to get them out of order and I keep picking ones up where Meg is married to Calvin - er, did I miss something?

And congratualtions on your merit and I'm so glad the Job Fair was encouraging. *throws confetti*

Well, I'm on the short side of average anyway, so I can't say anything. I would say he was above average height, definitely. ^^

A Wind in the Door was the book that I found! Friend link! It's the second book in the series about the Murry family. Her website lists the eight books as the Time Quartet and 'other books'.

The Time Quartet
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters

Other Murry Books
An Acceptable Time
The Arm of the Starfish
Dragons in the Waters
A House Like A Lotus

Information taken from Madeleine's official site

And thanks for your congratulations. :)


*feeling the Neverwhere love*

*gives celebratory cheer*

Congratulations! Felicitations! You deserve it!

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