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Back from London, where I had an extremely intense 24 hours of reviewing papers and external examining and for the first time in two weeks, subsequent boozing from 4.30 onwards, with result that I ended up back in hotel room at 10 ish, shaking, coughing and alnost unable to breathe. Dramatic! It was all good fun though, except the collapsing bit. Somehow the sun, the vague ever present sense of illness, and magical codeine brought by courier after emergency phone calls to Best German Lesbian Pal added a rather surreal tint to proceedings (not unhelped by dinner in Strada where clientele was hundreds of 12 year old girls , succeeded (thank the goddess) by several rizque hen parties, one I'm sure mostly drag). I think I discovered that friend A (yet another of my flock of Andy's) was now writing a column on Internet law for The Sun. Wtf?!

"Which of these women would you fancy if you were a lesbian?" demanded Best German Lesbian Pal of straight married monogamous A, pointing at a table of 6 hen-partied up actual women. "Er none of them?" said A, sweating. "Right answer!" said J, "They're all too attractive!"

I'm not entirely sure what point she was making.. (She's also fallen in love with Edward from Twilight. I ask you..)

Saturday, I cancelled the arranged lunch with Best Other Gay Non-German Collaborator in interest of Sleep and Recovery, (and also avoided the temptation of being sucked into Plokta Central, although I did rapid-fire dictate optimistic programme items down the phone - no, I hadn't been drinking [ profile] bohemiancoast but I WAS probably high on codeine!) but actually felt much better, so wandered around Holborn and Covent Garden before getting back to Shef to relieve catsitter.

It was a rather glorious day, and I felt blissfully free, free from work commitments , from illness and even (don't get this wrong) free from the usual social commitments I arrange in London with the attached duty to be alert and entertaining. I *schmooried*, ancient Jewish Glasgow word for just bobbed along, happy as bubbles. Brunch outside Chez Gerard, coffee & cake on the steps of Covent Garden watching the fun people having fun, and goodies from Lush and HMV (I did my bit for the record industry by actually BUYING CDs - new Doves, Killers, Paul Weller - I don't know why I didn't buy the DVD of Being Human too,what kind of mad meannness struck me that I decided to go hom and see if it was cheaper on Amazon? I could have it NOW!)

Oh and in middle of all this I FELL DOWN. yes just TRIPPED outside Karen Millen , to great aghastness at own stupidity and on being helped up discovered had broken leg. OK not quite but is bloody sore and AGONY if twisted in wrong direction. This makes going down steps, sitting on toilet (!), putting on jeans etc extraordinarily difficult. OH DEAR!!! Is there any thing I should do? walking is possible and actually seems to make things better not worse so am assuming nothing broken, but something (tendon??) has gone into spasm and movement is relaxing it a bit. Any more suggestions?! I might go talk to the para medics next door - they've promised to fix my computer viruses anyway..

Yes my life really is this odd. Get over it already.. I'm off now to ask Ex Housemate's advice on where to go from Hong Kong on, and then hopefully to fillum of some kind (lots happening: In the Loop, State of Play, Swedish vamp flick - any recs??)

Advice welcome from here too : the story so far. Going on werk trip to Oz then HK, in early to mid June. Would have liked to go back to Oz after, but on looking at map is really a bit crazy. Want a few days to a week after, somewhere lovely, with water, and fish and stuff, and manageable for lone English speaking woman who doesn't want to be backpacker/get hassled - seems mad to have ticket like this, and not use it for Fun.

Friend A squared (OK, Andrea) suggests Singapore as she's going there for more work after HK - but on looking, Singapore is also south of HK (wrong for sensible flights) and not that exciting. Maldives and Seychelles will both be into monsoon season and are also really in wrong place. Kerala is possible? Angkor Wat (Cambodia) and Laos both much recommended, but not sure about hassle/lone woman/relaxation factor. Now considering Chiang Mai (though this breaks unwritten rules of New Places as went to Thailand LAST year. But only Southern Thailand... and is in exact right place for breaking trip on way back.)

[ profile] peteyoung what do you think? Any recs for lovely place to stay in Chiang Mai with nice pool?? Is it nice place for lone traveller? looks it on Internet..

ps Eddie Izzard is TOURING!!! Sheffield, 25 Oct. Sheffield people/[ profile] ang_grrr, etc, wanna go?? Expect will sell out fast!

pps who wants to be on the Being Human panel at #plokta then??

ppps anyone fancy one of the new-ish "adult" festivals for this sunmer, with theatre and comedy as well as bands?? the Guardian is full of em. I fancy Big Chill , 6-9 August, Malvern (Tim Minchin! David Byrne! Dylan Moran!) a lot, and Latitude 16-19 July ,Suffolk (Where IS Suffolk??) quite a bit ( Nick Cave/Pet Shop Boys/loadsa interesting theatre/ballet!/Ben Moor!!.)

Guy/Nuala/Andrea/Chris n Doug/Cambridge folks/Maggie & Spam?? I could try camping for the first time ever!!!

Date: 2009-04-26 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2009-04-26 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ALASKA??!!! What are you smoking??

Think you'll find NW US also not really on way back from Australia via HK!!

Date: 2009-04-26 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh noes about the leg! Look after yourself!

Date: 2009-04-26 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Strange - I was about to ask you about going to a festival too. I'm up for either but latitude sounds like the best to me.

Date: 2009-04-26 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do fancy Big Chill more - any reason why Latitude?

Date: 2009-04-26 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Regarding the leg, RICE is probably your best bet - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Sit down, put your leg up and stick an ice pack on it. Optional support bandage later (the Compression bit isn't considered as important as the others, but RIE is a crap acronym). Keep the ice pack (bag of ice cubes wrapped in a tea towel - don't put it direct on the skin or you might get ice burn) on for ten minutes or so, though of course take it off if it feels wrong or painful.

And while you've got the ice out, make yourself a G&T.

Repeat at regular intervals for a good few days.

If you're OK to take it, ibuprofen is anti-inflammatory and will reduce inflammation, helping it to heal. Ignore this if you're allergic, of course.

Hope that helps a bit.

Oh, and I should be going to see Eddie Izzard in Nottingham!

Date: 2009-04-26 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What he said, and you might find a support bandage useful as well.

Date: 2009-04-26 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can certainly recommend the Garden Hotel and Resort, a few minutes from the city centre. We stayed there about six months ago. Good room, good pool, good price, and a lovely garden to chill out in.

I say go for Chiang Mai. Singapore (where I am at the moment) has very little in the way of undeveloped places. Even Sentosa Island is a tourist trap from one end to the other.

Date: 2009-04-26 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeh am concluding Singapore is not really what I want, esp after HK. OTOH A has offered me spare bed in her 5 star hotel!! What is Chiang Mai actually like? another big city or is it more manageable than that? what do you do apart from see Buddhist temples?

Date: 2009-04-26 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Singapore's attractions are man-made rather than natural. The Zoo is amazing, the Bird Park pretty good, but the city doesn't have the wow factor of Hong Kong. There is a lot to see in the outskirts of Hong Kong too, so don't leave it too quickly. I spent a week there and didn't see it all.

I doubt you'd have problems in Cambodia, but like Thailand its likely to be hot and humid in June.

I keep telling people Vietnam is marvellous, but it might be too tiring for a single traveller. You'd love the food though.

Date: 2009-04-26 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HK is going to be SOOO hot, wet and humid my main plan was to get out as fast as possible. I was there before for a week (in 97), but that was in August so again my main memories are of trainling around in dishevelled sweaty hotness.. It wasn't particularly my kind of place. I did like the New territories and my first idea was to get a hotel there near the beach - but it's SUCH a bad time for their weather..

Date: 2009-04-26 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
pps I do fancy Vietnam as well, but my impression from the backpackers I met in Thailand last time was that Vietnam and more so Laos were hard work for single female travellers - not hassle but more just lack of facilities, poverty , etc. I want a flop relax holiday for this part not an adventure (I'm afraid to say).

Date: 2009-04-26 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think all of SE Asia would be hot and humid in June. Why not go back via Dubai, where it might be hot, but it will be bone dry as you are pampered. No culture, so you won't get me there, but might be good to relax

Date: 2009-04-26 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If the leg keeps hurting, get an x-ray. Not all breaks and fractures mean limbs stop working. They often still work, but hurt like a sonofabitch.

Not sure about holiday time, as I have to take time off work for my motorbike Direct Access course, but the theory sounds good.

Also, are you aboot on Thursday?

Date: 2009-04-26 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yep! ring you later? Just gonna make dins and watch the BAFTAs..

Date: 2009-04-26 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Latitude: go down to Cambridge, then go east until you hit the sea. That will get you somewhere close. :) I know somebody who lives nearby and goes to it every year.

Date: 2009-04-26 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cor that actually sounds quite handy. i thought Suffolk was somewhere on the south coats!

Date: 2009-04-26 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Bloody foreigners! How long have you been living in this country?

Date: 2009-04-26 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ice, it's the miracle cure. After a couple of days of that, you could try ice then heat then ice. If you're lucky you know where the pain is coming from, making this whole scenario work for you. I've injured myself a couple of times, and not understood what I'd done or what was injured. I've had help in those situations from an experienced masseuse who was able to isolate the spot and treat accordingly. The nice masseuse at the Concourse in Madison was not able to help. But a couple of days later I limped over to a place in Palo Alto and that professional figured it out. Good luck. And watch where you're going!

Date: 2009-04-27 10:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd go to a festival just to see you cope with camping!
Latitude always looks fun but always been skint.

Date: 2009-04-27 01:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dalmeny
You might want to get your leg checked out by a doctor or physio, just in case, Agree with others, RICE as above.

We want you in fine, minty condition for your trip to Adelaide :)

Sadly, I know little about travel in SE Asia for women.


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