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Apr. 30th, 2010 08:27 pm
mk_tortie: (holy grail king arthur)
So... I'm back. And I'll be posting most days from now on, at least for the next month or so, and then as often as I can after that. This is because at the end of May I'm doing a roadtrip across various bits of the continent, then moving to Vienna, and then I'm moving to Toronto, and I'd rather like to document all of this. You can therefore expect photos, among other things!

Here's what I've been doing since I last posted... )

I have been following my f-list even though I haven't been posting, so I have some idea what you're all up to, but come tell me your exciting news and anything I may have missed in the last 6 months!
mk_tortie: (hot fuzz bushy beard)
I found out today that John Barrowman lives in my building! How cool is that?

...That is my news for the day.
mk_tortie: (fall with grace)
Wow, that took a while. I finally have internet! Hooray! Now I'm just trying to catch up on the million and one things I have to do involving the net... I need to read about 20 articles concerning Joerg Haider tonight, and plan a whole load of stuff for the play I'm directing. But I thought it had been far too long since I last updated my LJ, so hi f-list! Long time no see! I've had a slightly stressful few weeks, and was getting kind of down about it (and annoyed that I couldn't let off steam here) but at last things seem to be settling down into some kind of rhythm which is pretty welcome. I'm just trying to fit in planning my dissertation now, writing my HP Next Gen Fest fic, and sorting out my band. I did my first gig on Wednesday which was pretty cool, so now I have some feedback from that and some things to work on, and I just need to try and get some more. Fingers crossed that things will carry on going well (and that sooner or later I'll write a new song.... ho hum).

I'm going to go back to watching Long Way Down now. Mmm Ewan MacGregor!
mk_tortie: (berlin sunset)
This is giving me a strange sense of deja-vu writing this... guess where I am guys?!? I'm in the Humboldt's PC-Pool! Yes, I am on a flying visit to Berlin to try and persuade my lecturers here to give me my marks back from Berlin, and I realised that my Humboldt login still works, so I'm browsing the net until I have to go get my flight. Sorry for the long disappearance from LJ-Land - I have no internet in my new flat right now so I won't be around much until it gets installed. The new flat is amazing though, and there will be pictures soon!

It's been really great being back in Berlin, although it's made me even more aware of how much more at home I feel here than in London right now. I went out with the tour guides last night and I feel so happy around them. They're a really friendly, open, accepting bunch of people and it makes them a really nice group to spend time with. I miss that a lot, as well as just the general atmosphere of Berlin in comparison to London. I was walking through Monbijou Park yesterday and just felt totally like I'd never left Berlin in the first place.

I have a new plan for post-degree now, because I realised I wanted to come back to Berlin. So the plan is to graduate, finish out my rental period on my flat working in London (I'm now a London tour guide, btw! I passed my test tour on Sunday, hurrah!) and then move back to Berlin for about 6 months to do the tour guiding thing, earn a load of money, and then go travelling for a couple of months. I want to go to the States, NZ and Australia, and then come back through Asia and maybe Eastern Europe. I shall see how it goes with the cash. After the travelling I want to move to France for a year and after that, who knows? But I think that's a pretty good sounding plan :D My sister is really up for moving to Berlin with me which could be pretty fun as well.

I also can't remember if I posted about this before, but I'm directing a play this year too, in April. We finally decided which one! It's going to be 'Forever Godard' by Igor Bauersima... hopefully it's going to be the best play the German soc has ever seen... fingers crossed, at least! We're going to fit music and dance and a tonne of film as well (of course, since it's named after Jean-Luc Godard) into it... I have been mentally (and sometimes really) squeeing every time I think about it, hehe. So exciting!

Anyway, I thought I'd update about my life right now. I actually have a whole essay, practically, about my thoughts on my year abroad ready to post, but it's on my laptop at home so that might have to wait til I get the net. Also, I'm buying a PC just so I can play the Sims,pretty much... I feel like such a geek!

On that note... have a good week everyone, comment and update me on exciting things going on for you all because I won't have much time to check my f-list over the next week or so, and I will be back in full force soon!!
mk_tortie: (beautiful)
Anybody who already knows Etsy will already know what a treasure trove it is. They have an application called a treasury where, if you manage to grab a slot (they're pretty hard to get!) you can show off the 16 items you like the best on the site. Well, I got one! So if you want to see some gorgeous hand made products, go here: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=23361
mk_tortie: (black books idiot with a beard)
I've come to realise recently that some people on LJ see the whole thing very differently to me. I see the point of having friends on my f-list as a group of people who I possibly have a common interest with, or just generally found nice/interesting and added, and some of them added me back, and the point of reading their entries is to find out interesting things and to occasionally contribute something to them. I don't see it as my 'duty' to comment. I don't believe my LJ friends should feel obliged to comment back. It's nice to hear from you all sometimes, but if I don't I'm not offended. Some LJ-ers expect constant contribution, or they de-friend... I don't quite get that. I don't think I've ever de-friended someone. Even if I don't read every entry someone posts, I still read some of them. I guess I'm just pretty laid-back when it comes to the old f-list.

What do you guys all think? This isn't meant to be a pointed comment at anyone on my f-list at all, this is just observation from my recent forays into adding comms!

And GIP because Black Books is amazing :)
mk_tortie: (bill bailey cult)
Anybody know Black Books at all who would fancy proof-reading a Black Books/HP one-shot? It's about 1200 words right now, but it's growing. It may stay a one-shot or it might end up as a chaptered fic, depending on where it ends itself. The HP elements are fairly small.

Two things

Feb. 21st, 2008 05:00 pm
mk_tortie: (finn brothers)
OK, enough of the mopiness, sorry about that! Tis a tad ridiculous and probably a result of letting out of stress from end of exams and boredom from everyone else still being busy with them. Let's move on.

In fact, I think that naming tomorrow 'New Start Friday' may be a good idea. No more moping, no more arguing with Trev, not more lying around in/on my bed all day and being lazy.

On a side point, if I applied to an MA at Oxford, just to see if I could get in, would that be silly? Because the reason I didn't apply to do my BA there was because I didn't want to end up doing just German, I wanted to do joint German/Music (for full explanations, see my posts from the second half of 2005). And ever since actually starting uni and ending up doing 'just German' (which I've been perfectly happy with), I've always felt kind of... well, like I wish I'd applied, because now I'll never know if I would have been successful or not. And whilst most of me is fed up with being a student, there is a part of me that would love to have both KCL and Oxford on my CV (ie, my Grandad's and my Dad's unis.) I don't know. My brain just keeps coming back to the idea, is all, and they do a masters in European Film that looks really interesting... It's just, when I don't really have an interest in becoming an academic, is there any point in spending all that money on a (fairly pointless really in terms of jobs) humanities masters? On the other hand, if I DID decide later in life that I wanted to do a PhD (which seems to also be a family thing) then I would need a masters, probably... so would it be better to do it now? And there's just something about Oxford that really makes me want to do it.

I guess I could move to France for a year and THEN do a masters.

More to the point, is this a horribly pretentious post? Heh. It kind of goes against what I wrote the other day... oh well.
mk_tortie: (bears)
So. I have had an interesting week. I think it's the kind of week that needs LJ-Cut categories to explain coherently (especially when my brain is full of fluff as it is atm... eergh) So:

In which I visit airports and display extreme stupidity )

In which I demonstrate my inability to get up in the morning )

In which I panic, to the max... )

In which I forget about panicking and squee )

Also, in the ongoing internet saga - the guy is supposedly coming tomorrow. If not then I'm finding out where AOL's headquarters are in Germany and visiting them with cocktails of the Molotov kind.*

Once I have internet I'll start posting something a bit more intelligent on here. Promise! I'Ve already got plans :)

*(Not really... but wouldn't it be fun?!)

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