Not just early August already, but the 12th of August. How swiftly time seems to be trotting on now… it felt like July was quite a long stretch of fairly sunny days, with the comforting cushion of two more months of justified studentdom between then and the end.
Docu-partner and I are still trying to get hold of interviewees for our documentary. Currently, he’s also in France and sans internet- though really, what person wouldn’t want to spend their vacation worrying and researching about roads, traffic, shared space, accidents, and driving psychology? A sane one, possibly. It’s not been difficult to get people who are willing to be interviewed- the allure of the camera / media communication / just happy to talk about their area of expertise- but getting an exact date and time from them tends to be more complicated. Which leaves me here, spending really quite a lot of time in the department for one who doesn’t really have a lot of footage to edit yet. I generally go in quite a lot to just get myself into mental work-mode, and because I have a poor internet connection at home coughandmyroomisusuallyashamblescough. Am starting to turn up at the department later and later, but happily the security guards are not allowed to chuck anyone out until it’s after 11pm, even if I am the only person there.
Anyway, to get some general roads in London footage, I spent most of yesterday on various buses going through central London. Actually was quite good… plenty of time to spend reflecting on the times years ago when I’d never been to London, but really wanted to go to London, except my boyfriend hated London and didn’t want to go, and I didn’t see the fun in going by myself. There’s still lots to see here that I take for granted. Hoisting a video camera about the place does tend to get a person noticed, though, ranging from people asking me for advice on buying one themselves, asking loudly if I’m filming anything good, walking right into me when I stick my eye into the eyepiece to try and look busy, or taking a good hawk and loogie at whatever I happen to be filming in case a little phlegm will add some dynamic action. All captured on tape, peeps, for my reminiscing pleasure once I’ve uploaded it onto the editing Macs.
In other news, I’ve also been ill for a while, which is lousy. I’m not used to being ill. It’s some kind of cold, but with the general symptoms of two days of a stuffed-up head followed by a week of feeling physically weak and oddly mushy in the brain, like a hangover that won’t shift. (Un)fortunately, for me / others, I don’t really have anyone to complain about this to, seeing as most of us are engrossed in our projects and dissertations.
We’ve also finally heard confirmation that three of us, including fellow bloggee David, will be undertaking an internship under the Mekong River Commission in Laos!
Finally, I’ve heard on good authority that there’s going to be a massive Michael Jackson flashmob tribute in Leicester Square this Saturday at 2pm. I’ll be there with a camera to try capturing the cool madness.