Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Goodbye Tufnell Park.


I'm moving! After five years of living in Tufnell Park I am leaving the area. The six month contract was up on my flat and the Gentleman Caller* and I have decided to move in together. (Yay!) He lives in Blackheath in a house his father owns but doesn't live in at the moment. So, we'll live there for a few months and then get our own place. Probably back in North London.

I've never lived in South London before so it's a bit of an adventure. Blackheath is nice but quite snooty and quite family orientated. And I've already made enemies there by tweeting about how the heath doesn't seem to get used much. But it'll be nice to live in a house (with stairs!) for a while and I'll be using the big empty heath for sure.

So, it's a week of packing, cleaning and low-level stressing for me! Have some fun for me out there. And goodbye Tufnell Park! Tell me all the places I need to explore in South London, please!

*I can't use this hideous monicker anymore. His name is Tom.
Photo by beest

Friday, 12 August 2011

What's going on?

The week before the riots was a really happy time for me. I'd been making plans, hanging out in sunny parks, celebrating birthdays on the Southbank, drinking too much cider and admiring London in the sunshine. I feel very, very lucky that I get to enjoy the brighter side of living in London. Boarded up shop windows and convoys of armoured police vans have been a chilling sight and stark reminder that there are two sides to living in this city. Let's hope a way can be found to resolve the situation as peacefully as possible.












Thursday, 11 August 2011

Eucerin.

I've had my eye on Eucerin for a while. Their skincare products always seem to be at the forefront of dermatological innovation, get great reviews and and are pleasingly matter-of-fact in terms of packaging, in a reassuringly pharmaceutical kind of way. Their emphasis seems to be on good, solid skincare that gets results.

I am now of the age* where any weapon in the fight against wrinkles is welcome** so I was keen to try out their Hyaluron-Filler line. Hyaluronic acid is the latest wonderkid on the skincare block. It is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and – as it is able to bind with moisture which in turn makes it grow in volume – it plumps and moisturises the skin.

I have to say, after using the products for a couple of weeks I am very, very impressed.

The standout product for me is the Hyaluron-Filler Night. It's hugely comforting to pat on something thickly soothing at night and good choice of product is essential. This little beauty delivers on all fronts. It is a thick, unctuous formulation with a lovely barely-there scent. The cream is soothing to apply, sinks in well and – the absolute kicker – leaves you with smooth, moisturised, lovely-looking skin in the morning.

The day cream feels like a very similar formulation but with the inclusion of SPF15. Again, it sinks in well with the bonus of not irritating the eyes. (I sometimes find SPF formulations are a real killer on my eyes.)

As well as the night and day creams I have been using the Hyaluron-Filler Serum, which offers a concentrated hit of the good stuff and enhances the effect of the creams. It comes in 6 small individual tubes, which each last a week. There is also an Eye Treatment, which is great under makeup (it also has an SPF) and which again really does seem to have made an improvement to my skin.

All in all, I can't recommend the whole line of skincare enough. Whilst I couldn't claim for sure that it has improved lines on my face, my skin is definitely looking healthier and more luminous than it did when I started.

*   I'm going to remain vague on this point.
** I know I shouldn't care, but I do.

All products are available from Boots. Hyaluron-Filler Night and Hyaluron-Filler Day - £25.52 Hyaluron-Filler Eye Treatment - £21.96 Hyaluron-Filler Concentrate - £30.63

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Dungeness.

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A while back I tweeted that I'd been to a place I loved so much that I wasn't even going to blog about it. Well, obviously it's actually impossible for me to keep my trap shut for long. And you all probably a) know all about it already or b) wouldn't want to go there anyway.
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Dungeness is on the Kent coast and is a slightly desolate headland which is overlooked by a nuclear power station. (You can see the power station peeking in the distance in the picture above.) The whole area has been protected from development due to its ecological importance. It's basically a huge expanse of shingle.
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This means the landscape is all decaying shacks, abandoned rail tracks and boats, sea kelp (which almost looks like a tropical plant) and hardy wildflowers. It reminded me of a desert landscape; hostile, where only the hardiest and funniest looking plants survive.
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We were lucky enough to go on a blazing hot day. The beach was deserted.
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There is a funny mix of old broken down properties...
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...and stunning modernist homes. You can rent a beautiful luxury house there and hole away in the eerie landscape and listen to the sea and the whirr of the power station.
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You could get some serious thinking done, there. Derek Jarman moved out here towards the end of his life. This was his house; it has a John Donne poem embossed in wood on the side.
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He built a strange garden, full of wood, wire and metal. It's a private property but you can visit the garden.
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The place really does have a weird vibe.
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I felt right at home. Get out of town and rent the modernist home pictured above, here.