airplane timelines/UK days part five } beirut > london > kuwait

on my way

coming

I decided to consolidate and ended up with a messy title, but it’s the only way I can do this right now and move on to other things. I’ve decided to sandwich the last of my UK days in between two Airplane Timeline entries. It makes more sense this way. Bon appetit!

Oh and I’ve decided that the perfect anthem for this trip is this:


november 14 } a trip to the courtauld gallery to see the egon schiele 'radical nude' exhibition with nouri flayhan

november 14 } a trip to the courtauld gallery to see the egon schiele ‘radical nude’ exhibition with nouri flayhan

an accidental shot captures my interest. my favorite is the earphones. it looks like i'm wearing a lanyard with a leaf on its end

an accidental shot captures my interest. my favorite is the earphones. it looks like i’m wearing a lanyard with a leaf on its end

november 15 } it's back to somerset house for a morning of ice skating. tareq and i took the girls for lessons and i soon found out that we'd be taking lessons too. i was in group 1 (out of 3)

november 15 } it’s back to somerset house for a morning of ice skating. tareq and i took the girls for lessons and i soon found out that we’d be taking lessons too. i was in group 1 (out of 3, 3 being the most advanced)

everything looks pretty and innocuous. until you see the ice

everything looks pretty and innocuous. until you see the ice

a sea of slip

a sea of slips

michelle

michelle…

and michelle

…and michelle

me and christina. i was so nervous. i'd have rather been about to ride a mach 3 roller coaster

me and christina. i was so nervous. i’d rather have been about to ride a mach 3 roller coaster

beautiful surroundings for a diabolical pastime

beautiful surroundings for a diabolical pastime

skates on, check. mushroom head hair, check. terrified expression no matter how calm and collected i'm trying to appear, check.

skates on, check. mushroom hair, check. terrified expression when you think you’re smiling, check.

after a relief-filled non-eventful morning with t and the girls at the skating rink, i met up with sarah at the contemporary crafts & design fair in chelsea

after a relief-filled non-eventful morning with t and the girls at the skating rink, i met up with sarah at the contemporary crafts & design fair in chelsea

This fair, organized by Sarah and my new friend Piyush Suri, was like a candy store of finely hand-crafted products. My favorites were Karen Henrikson’s hats and Goldborough‘s minimalist Christmas themed cushions and accessories. Also worth a mention is Elizabeth Renton’s elegant ceramics, perfect for that rustic, country look.

the colorful ceiling of the chelsea old town hall

the colorful ceiling of chelsea’s old town hall

sarah in her new hat by elizabeth renton's ceramic display. it was the pomegranates that attracted our attention to this thoughtfully put-together booth

sarah in her new hat photographed by elizabeth renton’s ceramic display. it was the pomegranates that attracted our attention to this thoughtfully put-together booth

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we stole piyush away for a delicious lunch. we all ordered the same chicken salad at the chelsea farmer's market cafe

we stole piyush away for a delicious lunch. we all ordered the same chicken salad at the chelsea farmer’s market cafe

eve takes a liking to piyush...

eve takes a liking to piyush…

so he puts her in his pocket

so he puts her in his pocket

hats become her. sarah looks so elegant

hats become her. sarah looks so elegant

later on in the day i spy on my brother working on one of his pieces for his next exhibition. just watching him hurts my neck

later on in the day i spy on my brother working on one of his pieces for his next exhibition. just watching him do this hurts my neck

and a little later michelle and i practice the jumps we learned earlier on the ice. we were both in group 1

and a little later michelle and i practice the jumps we learned earlier on the ice. we were both in group 1

that night, party time. here i am with a spanish woman called maria. george took me to this house-warming party which turned into the 'dutch' party which then turned into the 'musical chairs' party. we left soon after

that night, party time. here i am with a spanish woman called maria. george took me to this house-warming party which turned into the ‘dutch’ party which then turned into the ‘musical chairs’ party. we left soon after

sometimes you forget you're wearing the pink glasses with bunny ears. on a saturday night all's game in southeast london

sometimes you forget you’re wearing the pink glasses with bunny ears. on a saturday night all’s game in southeast london

later on at the crucifix lane club with that night's friends. i remember sherief and emma's names, that's about it. but who cares, really

later on at the crucifix lane club with that night’s friends. i remember sherief and emma’s names, that’s about it. but who cares, really

psychedelic george, psychedelic me

psychedelic george, psychedelic me

i love georgie porgie. a big, fat thank you for this glimpse of london night[and day] life

i love georgie porgie. a big, fat thank you for this glimpse of london night[and day] life

november 17 } i met tareq and christina at the natural museum's skating rink. it's not something you want to do after a night out clubbing, so instead i...

november 16 } i met tareq and christina at the natural museum’s skating rink. it’s not something you want to do after a night out clubbing, so instead i…

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not the best of ideas. and it went pretty fast

not the best of ideas. and it went pretty fast

a brontosaurus. i love this museum and i love the building itself

a brontosaurus. i love this museum and i love the building itself

i love this ceiling and these windows and these arches

i love this ceiling and these windows and these arches

i love this gorilla 'koba not a human, koba ape'

i love this gorilla ‘koba not human, koba ape’

and i love these steps

and i love these steps

big bird

big bird

a little later i decided it was time to pop my pret a manger cherry with this swedish meatball sandwich

a little later i decided it was time to pop my pret a manger cherry with this swedish meatball sandwich

a little later it was the churchill war rooms for me. i decided to come here in homage to my 16-year-old son yousef. i took a gazillion photos i plan to share for him, and hope that one day he'll discover this little gem on his own

november 17 } this afternoon it was the churchill war rooms for me. i decided to come here in homage to my 16-year-old son yousef who is a big WWII fan. i took a gazillion photos i plan to share with him, and hope that one day he’ll discover this little gem on his own

did i have lunch twice this day? seems so. ludmilla always cooks me wonderful meals. i felt so spoiled

ludmilla always cooks me wonderful meals. i feel so spoiled

roxy wants some brocolli

roxy wants some brocolli

That night I met Thomas and we hit it off immediately. I’ve made quite a few friends this trip and this one was particularly special.

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november 18 } a coffee with ludmilla, the domestic goddess

november 18 } a coffee with ludmilla, the domestic goddess

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after it's a bath for roxy. she doesn't need a leg-up, she already has one

after it’s a bath for roxy. she doesn’t need a leg-up, she already has one

foxy roxy

foxy roxy

i am so glad that i got to see anna. i feel like i've known her for ages. she interviewed me for canvas magazine once via skype and we really hit it off. after that i met her once, briefly, in june and this lunch at spuntino in soho. i feel like our friendship is just starting to blossom. lunch was cut short because i was leaving that night to kuwait. also, my i was having a shit-hair day in case you haven't noticed. i don't think i've ever seen my hair this bad. ick

i am so glad that i got to see anna. i feel like i’ve known her for ages. she interviewed me for canvas magazine once via skype and we really hit it off. after that i met her once, briefly, in june and this lunch at spuntino in soho. i feel like our friendship is just starting to blossom. lunch was cut short because i was leaving that night to kuwait. also, i was having a shit-hair day in case you haven’t noticed. i don’t think i’ve ever seen my hair this bad. ick

anna and a hot dog

anna and a hot dog

of course she's sad. benedict you have broken anna's heart

of course she’s sad. benedict you have broken anna’s heart

one last thing before i traveled: a trip to the cinema to watch 'the book of life' with tareq, nelli and the girls. here, michelle and a 'small' box of pop corn

one last thing before i left to the airport: a trip to the cinema to watch ‘the book of life’ with tareq, nelli and the girls. here, michelle and a ‘small’ box of pop corn

leaving

going

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