That’s Where Increased Life Expectancy Was Born

Or with the Oxford group… depends on who you ask!

Due to power failure, I had to walk along Praed St from Edgware Road to Paddington Station and, along the way, this little gem of a place can be seen.

Sir Alexandre Fleming is the person mostly known for the discovery of penicillin,  but the debate that comes with it can be long…. very very long, so I will let you look it up at your own leisure.

Trafalgar Square, London – With Canada on the Background

Canada, you say? Just the embassy… (Well, legally it IS Canadian soil!)

I love walking around London. Every time I have the opportunity, I hop on the train and just walk around aimlessly. I love spending time at the National Gallery. When I have spent enough time in there, I just sit on the steps at Trafalgar Square and watch people walk by, how chaotic everyday life is. Every time I go over, I am able to see the city in a different way.

Trafalgar Square has been a place of many demonstrations in recent history. Across the square from the Canadian Embassy is the South African Embassy. During the 90s, it was the location of very harsh demonstrations against the apartheid regime in the former colony (That’s just a quick example!)

When Ireland was part of the British Empire, a Statue of Nelson was erected right in the middle of O’Connell Street in the centre of Dublin. Needless to say, the IRA blew it up in the 60s. Ah well, glad all these things are in the past… but sad that new demonstrations are arising.

Paris or London?

Hi all! I am really sorry for my absence… trying to get my PhD done and the free time I have… well… I want to stay away from a computer!

Well, I like to compare things… sometimes unfairly and the question always needs to be answered. What’s the best? What’s the worst? What’s the most beautiful and I come up with answers that, I think, never reflect the truth, but satisfy me! One of these questions is: Paris or London? I have a biased opinion as I live in close to London and love the city with all my heart. On the other hand, even if I find Paris an amazing city, I have more bad experiences than good, which tarnished my image of the city.

Do you guys have an opinion? What makes a place better than the other? Is there a fair way to judge this???

I’m lonely in London London is lovely so!

One of my favourite places in the world, London just has everything a person may (or may not) want! Even though I live ridiculously close to it, I must say it has been a while since I’ve been there and, to be really honest, I really miss it!

It is probably the only place in the world that never ceases to amaze me. I’ve been there (as a tourist) well over 100 times and, every single time, I see the same places with completely different eyes, from a different angle that makes it completely different. Maybe none of you will understand me or have a place in the world that you can go many times and still be amazed everytime, well, London is my place!

During the Brazilian Military dictatorship, a very famous brazilian musician called Caetano Veloso was exiled in London, where he composed the following song, that really speaks to me!

Maybe I should do a video with me singing the song…

And it finally happened!!!

For many years, I managed to get tickets for the for some of the world’s best gigs.. U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Simon and Garfunkel’s Reunion, David Bowie, Dylan, McCartney, Harrison, The Police… but I never managed to get tickets to the most wanted of them all… the Rolling Stones. I’ve been chasing that pot o’gold since 1997 Bridges to Babylon tour. Yes, I was a very young Rolling Stones fan. Tickets have never been the most affordable and there were not adults who were willing to take me. What could I do? Ever since then, I’ve been trying to get a hold of a ticket. Sao Paulo, Rio, Dublin, London, Madrid… even Bangkok! Never managed to get a hold of a ticket! In 2006, if I recalled correctly, they played a free concert at Copacabana Beach, where 1.5 million people attended… and I wasn’t there, because I had a fluid mechanics exam. A few times, I queued for several hours, just to find out later that the ticketmaster shop in Ireland opened their doors late. Before opening to the general public, employees were printing tickets for their friends for a profit. When they opened to the public, only the first 5 people in the queue managed to buy them. I was about the tenth in line. I thought that my destiny was to never see them live, after all, 50 and counting, they might be pushing the limit!

The search for the treasure is over! Just 5 minutes ago, I managed to buy 2 tickets for their concert! I am so happy! Rolling Stones, live at Hyde Park, here I come! (With a Bruce Springsteen bonus the week before!)