Thursday, February 26, 2009

We were wearing Kitten Masks!

Oh Darling Hearts

I think the past two weeks have drained everything from me, I am still exhausted all the freaking time.
It's getting frustrating.

Here are the songs I'm l-o-v-i-n-g this week

Crying Blood - VV Brown

Jungle Drum - Emiliana Torrini

I was made for you - She & Him
(I may be borderline obsessed with Zooey Deschanel)

Je veux te voir - Yelle

Streets of Paris - The Teenagers

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Only a day late ...

From the Archives

Southwark, Late 2007


Sun in Southwark
The Blue Fin Building



Rain in Southwark
The Millennium Bridge & the Tate Modern.

p.s. The Blue Fin Building can be seen in this photo. Looking like a little addition to the Tate Modern's glass top floor, it protrudes either side of the Chimney.

p.p.s. I might have to stop this segment. It makes me sad. Wistful, wishful. If only I still lived in Southwark.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pushing the bad post down ...

Monday: Hey Tiki you're so fine

Craig bought me a new pink hei tiki to cheer me up.
Sweet man.

As if the post-show blues weren't enough ...


This is the latest straw piled on top of me.

The package includes possible moves to prevent the families of skilled migrants working in Britain and restricting skilled migrants to taking jobs only in occupations with shortages.
Smith signalled that raising the qualification levels for tier 1 – the most highly skilled migrant route – could cut the numbers from 26,000 to only 14,000 a year. The new criteria will require a master's rather than a bachelor's degree and a job offer with a minimum salary of £20,000 rather than £17,000.

Craig and I will be effected by these changes. Wholly and completely. They will make it near on impossible for us to get the visas we've been dreaming about.
I have a bachlor's degree, not a master's, and Craig would be applying as the family of a migrant. We would be ineligible.

We are ineligible. I cannot think of this as something which might not happen. I can't deal with the hope.

Perhaps we can apply now, before the changes get rolled through, and just wait ...

Either way we have to reassess what we are going to do with the next five years of our lives, where we will live, what we will fill our days with, how I will cope being in New Zealand when everyday already feels like torture, like a waste.

And personally, while I can stand objectively and say that I understand the changes that are being brought forward in light of the economic climate, I think the reason they are tightening the points-based system has a lot to do with the European Union

The points-based immigration system does not cover the movement of workers from within the European Union to Britain but official immigration figures to be published on Tuesday are expected to confirm that the number of Poles and other eastern Europeans coming to work continues to fall, especially since the decline of the pound against the Euro.

They can't touch the European migrants and so have piled it all upon the rest of us.

Britain seems to forget that Australia and New Zealand are part of their commonwealth.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Week Eight

365 in 2009!

Sunday: Poor Wrist
I fell incorrectly at rehearsal and my wrist made its displeasure known.

Monday: Stuck at Ngauranga
Stuck on the train three times as long as usual.

Tuesday: Shakespearean Reminders
Opening night! Even my list of things to remember has a Shakespearean bent.

Wednesday: Building on Lambton Quay
Wellington Architecture, a building near my office on Lambton Quay.

Thursday: Sitting outside the school
Routine. I sit outside the school for 30 minutes and run over my lines.

Friday: In the Green Room
Sitting in our Green Room as the torrential rain drove us indoors.

Saturday: Eastbourne beach
I walked onto the wharf instead of sitting outside the school as I was quite a bit early. It was beautiful. Then Ray and Theo accosted me into going into the pub so I didn't get to go over my lines at all!


Egg Head
Seriously tired AND with a teeny tiny egg on my forehead. Can you see it? it's about an inch above my right eyebrow.
Buttons & bows

Sarah-Rose, buttons & bows, button eyes & button nose ...