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Daily Distraction: What To Watch On The Box Tonight

The Wire with the very handsome Idris Alba

So tonight we were going to go to the cinema, however instead  I’ve decided to invite everyone round to mine for a TV catch-up.

There are so many episodes I’ve been dying to watch yet due to a hectic schedule, I quite simply haven’t had the time. I’ve asked each friend to bring a treat along – I’m supplying ice cream so hopefully the others will come armed with popcorn, chocolate and nachos!

We’re going to start off with Hung on HBO UK. My parents bought me the box set of the first series last Christmas and ever since I’ve been dying to know what happens in the next. I recently invested in HBO GO, which allows me to watch missed episodes of my favourite programmes so getting my hands on the right episodes should be a doddle.

Next, I’m going to introduce the gang to the newsroom. Created by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote Moneyball and The Social Network (two of my favourite films), I had a feeling this would be good – and it didn’t disappoint! The entire show focuses on the main character and network anchor, played by Jeff Daniels and his executive producer Emily Mortimer.

Dev Patel, Olivia Munn and Thomas Sadoski also feature in this series, which makes for a great cast. It combines both their working and social lives and the many obstacles involved in successfully airing a show.

Finally, I’ll think we’ll put the wire on (Idris Alba is dreamy!). I’ve been promising one of my friends he can watch it for ages, he’s taken a liking to my rather ample, HD flat screen television and wants to see what difference it makes to this fantastic series. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed TV shows airing at present and although a cop show, it’s unlike any I’ve seen before.

It’s set in West Baltimore and explores a variety of different plots and ideas. Many of the storylines revolve around drug lords and gangs so it’s definitely one for the guys. Fortunately I like it too and the fifth and final season is the only one we haven’t all seen so there will be no arguments about which episode to watch!

Happy New Year Everyone From The London Perspective

Happy New Year Everyone! Wow, it really is hard to believe that this blog is already a year old. It’s funny looking back at my resolutions for 2011, trying to blog everyday (which didn’t really happen), doing more exercise ha! However, I am glad that it did start this blog because the  last year was such a blast! I’ve met some amazing and interesting people, attended some fantastic events and tasted some very nice food indeed! I hope that 2012 will be a year full of many wonderful moments for you and your families and I want to thank all the lovely people who have helped contribute to making this blog worthwhile. So 2012? Well, I hope to continue to provide inspiration to get people out and about enjoying the wonderful city that is London. So stay tuned for updates.

Lanky Girl

He had no teeth… Internet Dating Story

I’ve been encouraged by my friends to share this internet dating story. For comedy value I am willing to tell my readers about my date with “mr no teeth”. It all started after I mentioned to a work colleague that I had been single for a number of months. He suggested that I sign up to OK Cupid a free dating site that lots of “young and creative people are using”.  So I thought well I have nothing to lose, why not? The first few days I got lots of  messages from the good, the bad and downright fugly. Actually most were fugly. I was about to delete my profile when I received an interesting message from a guy without a picture. That should have rung alarm bells in my head.

However his first message was very witty, he said he was 35, owned his own business and said he didn’t have a picture on his profile because of the sensitive nature of his work. After a few messages he emailed me a pic. It was small, grainy and I could just make out what he looked like (about average looking) even though the picture wasn’t amazing I thought “well he seems nice I will give him a chance”.

What followed after that was a week of back and forth email ping-pong. We arranged finally to meet  for a cocktail after work one evening. Now, I must admit two things that should have made alarm bells ring in my head. Firstly when he jokingly said he was rubbish in bed and secondly when he wouldn’t send me another picture due to not being “techy minded”. How naive I was! LOL.

So came the date, I was all made up and ready knock him dead. We arranged to meet at Liverpool Street. As I came up the stairs I saw him waiting. Ah the disappointment! He was at least 10 years older than he said and not attractive. We greeted each other and I tried to hide my horror when he opened his mouth to say hi. I noticed to my horror that he had no teeth! I was speechless… Now some people would have walked away at this point but I guess I am just too nice. We proceeded to head to Be at one for some cocktails. Thank God we hadn’t agreed on dinner. For an hour a half he witted on about work and I had on repeat “why doesn’t this dude have any teeth?!! Run! I couldn’t bring myself to ask even though I was dying to know. I think to be honest I was just peeved by the fact he lied about his age too 35…my foot! Anyway, eventually unable to take anymore I feigned tiredness and retreated home.  To be fair he was a really nice person and I kind of felt bad for him. However as my friend pointed out if you are as successful as he claimed to be you can afford to get cosmetic dentistry! If I’ve learned anything from this experience it is always ask for pictures and free dating sites attract some weird people!

P.S The only highlight of this date was the amazing ice cream cocktails we had a Be at one.

My friends are all getting married and I am…

Scared of getting old. Now I don’t mean being a granny I mean doing all that life changing stuff like getting married and having kids. Before I turned 26 I would have said I was too young to start thinking about such things but recently I feel like I am being bombarded. Take facebook for example, I constantly find that I am reading statuses from friends or people from school announcing engagements and pregnancies. One of best friends got married last year and my cousin who is my age is getting married at the end of the month. Both who I am very happy for. I guess I find it strange because when I was younger I always imagined I wouldn’t have to worry about settling down until I was in my early 30s. The media nowadays is constantly telling us that women should not delay pregnancy till later in their thirties as our fertility starts decreasing from 28. That is only two years away! In the evening standard today:

“BBC presenter Lauren Laverne has criticised the growing number of women who wait to start a family.The BBC 6 Music DJ, 32, said women who delay having a family in their twenties risk missing out on a “sense of completion”.

Lauren got married at 26 and had her first child at 27. Sorry Lauren what works for you doesn’t suit us all. Some women never meet a man to marry until they are in their late thirties so what are you saying women should focus on meeting a man to have kids first before anything else? Coming from a Nigerian background doesn’t help, in Nigeria girls tend to marry as soon as they finish university. So I have relatives saying “Oh you want to get married soon before you become an old maid”. Sorry relatives I am not going to marry just to make you happy. I am going to live my life the way I want to and for me that means experiencing all the opportunities that my mother never had. I live my life by one mantra; taking it one day at a time and as they say in Nigeria  “God’s time is the right time”.

 

Lanky Girl

Today Lanky girl is obsessed with…


Louis Vuitton shoes…. Many of you fashionistas or shopaholics would have seen Louis Vuitton’s Autumn/Winter collection inspired by Mad Men. Ever since I saw clips of models sauntering down the catwalk in gorgeous prom style dresses and block heeled kitten pumps, I’ve been hunting on the high street to achieve the same look. I managed to find a cute 1950s style dress on ebay but alas I couldn’t find similar shoes…..until Now! On the way home popping into M&S I spotted these! At last! my look is complete.

Louis Vuitton dress and bow pumps


My inspired look
M and S Shoes
In Black too:
Now all I have to do is find somewhere to wear my fabulous new look…any offers?

Lanky Girl

Slightly grumpy start to the New Year ….

This morning I woke up full of hope for the year ahead and even though it was the first day of work after the long holiday I tried to be positive. Isn’t it funny how a small thing like your train being delayed can really mess your mood up for the rest of the day. I was determined that this year I would be on time for work so I left 10 minutes earlier giving myself time to go and buy my travel card. I didn’t even let the fact that my travel card had gone up by 10 pounds bother me. Got to the station at 8.12 only to hear ” We are sorry the 8.12 to Liverpool street has been delayed by 8 minutes. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused”. Okay some mental arithmetic from myself and I calculated I could still get to Liverpool Street by 8.40 which gave me enough time for my 10 minute bus ride to work from Finsbury Square. ”  Two minutes later…. “We are sorry the 8.12 is delayed by 18 minutes”. ” We are sorry the 8.15 is delayed by 24 minutes”. “We are sorry the 8.18 will not run today”. “F***! the Platform was getting busier and I knew from experience that by the time the train would arrive I would have problems getting on. So cutting my losses I ran to go and catch the bus to the nearest Central line station. Getting there at 8.30 I calculated I would probably get to work 10 minutes late. On the bus I could feel my hackles going up. “Pay 150 quid a month for what! shoddy service, cramped conditions, bloody tory government, rip off BRITAIN!”. Got on the Central line…started to relax a bit. Announcent: “We are being held at a red light we should get going in a few minutes”. “WHAT!” not again….I started to simmer inside, even the sight of a rather good looking guy opposite couldn’t wipe the scowl off my face and the journey seem to take forever as the train continually stopped at red lights and then stopped to sort out a passenger alarm at St Pauls, getting more and more ridiculously full. By the time I got to Liverpool Street I had mentally decided I hated London and the next chance I would get I would emigrate to Switzerland where the transport system is fantastic. I ended up getting to work at 9.20am, stroppy faced and it took me till lunch to settle down. So thank you National Express East Anglia for ruining my working start to 2011!  Well a colleague sent me a video that made me realise as bad as London transport is it could be a hell of a lot worse. Watch below for yourselves.

 

 

Is it too late to ask Santa for a VW Beetle?

Yes I know… I want a VW Beetle but I can’t drive! (the fact I can’t afford one is also a point) but whilst taking a break from revision I spotted the prettiest little one on ebay. Lanky girl is a sucker for daisies, when I finally do get a car I am going to cover it in them. I think its great a car can be an expression of your personality 🙂

And check out the other ways people have used decals to make their car gorgeous I especially like the wheels, that is flower power indeed!

Holiday blues

I’ve got an exam to revise for so this will be a short post today. Many of us will be returning to work tomorrow after a long Christmas break…boohooo so here are a couple of videos to cheer you up. Enjoy!

This one I particularly love, everybody knows people like these two…

Lanky Girl

My Daily Obsession!

Dutch Bike

Those that know me, know I have a slight obsessive nature about things I want. Usually what happens is I see something online, obsess about buying it until I actually do or until I get distracted by the something else. For the last week I have had my eye on what I think is complete bargain. A modern dutch bike for £169!
Check out made.com for more details.

 

Happy New Year! and Welcome to my new blog

Welcome to my new blog! The London Perspective is my personal take on life as a twenty-something in London. I will also be relaunching the lankybutnotmanky blog as a weekly calendar of things to do in London. Hopefully there will be something for everyone.

So what can you expect from reading my “perspective” well just my honest truth! I am also participating in dailypost to encourage myself not to fall of the blogging wagon!

A wise old man I met recently told me that 26 is an age of great change in a women’s life. I SURE hope so! I feel like I am constantly waiting for my life to begin, but I have come to realise that I will only get out what I put in. It is time to make things happen for myself.

Reflections on 2010

  1. Craiglist is not the place to meet men. Although I met some interesting people via this route, most of them fell into one  these categories;  commitment-phobic, sexual deviant, stalker types, think I’m hot but I’m not, secretly married and seeking a fling. (So time to stick to REAL LIFE!)
  2. Spend more time on myself ( hats are not there to cover bad hair sins all the time).
  3. Believe in myself more and stop selling myself short. (conversations starting with “Gosh I can be so lazy… shy…blah blah BORED!)
  4. Money Management – (do I really need another pair of shoes?)
  5. Healthy eating: If you eat ready meals for lunch every day and do no exercise you will eventually get fat. NUFF Said!

Goals for 2011

  1. New year = new job. I have done the same job for four years now and frankly I need a  challenge (and more money) I am hoping that once I finish my course in June I will have something lined up. Part of that means making more effort networking and zoning in on what exactly I want to do.
  2. Leave online dating in 2010. As much as I think online dating is a good way to meet people, It is not the only WAY! So this year I am taking down the match.com profile and every month I will try a new way to meet men. All will be documented here!
  3. We all know that 2011 is going to be a tough year financially so it is time to get my finances in order and pay off that overdraft. Goodbye big spender! Hello Miss Frugality 🙂
  4. Get out more! London is the best city in the world I sincerely believe that and in order to have a perspective I need to be out there seeing it all…
  5. Exercise. I can’t promise to stick to this one but if I can back into walking everywhere that might be a good start.

So there you are my five goals for 2011. I am excited already, hopefully I can stick it out.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Lanky Girl