it’s gonna cost me £40 to get those rolls of film developed. also, why is black and white processing more expensive than colour? from what I’ve read, b&w is a lot easier to develop than colour, and the chemicals are easily acquired. hrrrrng I want a darkroom.
So as you may or may not already know, some people got married today. But not just any people, oh no.
I had no idea how popular the royal family are outside England. That is, until I came across a guy from Holland who had [as he kept telling everyone who would listen] travelled two hours[!!!!] on the coach to be there, dressed in some rather odd regal-esque attire. He boasted about how he’d performed for the Queen [he was a classically trained singer, apparently], and how he’d written numerous letters to the royal family, and received replies, too [“would you like to see them?” “e-err…”].
Thankfully his rants [and pleas to cut to the front because apparently he is “royalty in Holland”] were cut short by the arrival of a procession of some people who were dressed in things that clanked, riding upon pretty horses. This was the only digital photo I took; Diana has been a busy bee today and took 4 rolls of pictures! It’s also the only colour picture I took, having mistakenly bought black and white 120 film. Never mind! Live and learn.
I was going to go to the lomo store / snappy snaps and get them developed, but the fact that I hadn’t eaten since 8am [and the fact that it was a bank holiday, DERP] was a little more pressing at the time. So I went to the restaurant that my dad manages and had THE BEST LUNCH EVER:
[Sorry, vegetarians. Also, mint tea ftw! And fresh mango juice mmmmmmm]
Our part of the crowd wasn’t so enthusiastic, I thought. Probably because we were nowhere near the palace at this time [well, we were only across the road, but when there are one million people in your way, that’s kind of far]. So the officer in charge of us decided to co-ordinate a Mexican wave… bit hard to do when the standard reply to “do you know what a Mexican Wave is?” was a load of blank stares.
I started off at Buckingham Gate, with a rather clear view of… stuff, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to see. A load of fancy stuff, I supposed, and I was right. Then a barrier was moved further up the road, so the crowds gravitated closer and closer to the palace. People on this side were getting a bit restless - I saw a woman who had sustained a bad head injury, probably due to being trampled. Whilst we were all penned in, several residents of the houses around us came out onto their balconies. One woman in particular had quite a loud, unique laugh which was mocked in our part of the crowd. Good times.
A little girl lost her mother in our part of the crowd. A policeman lifted her onto a bollard to see if she could find her mother. She was so chill, just randomly pulling faces at the crowd instead of being upset. Good times.
One thing I learned today: people just don’t listen when told not to move. When crowds get a little rough, people say “this event was so badly organised! We need more police on the streets!” No, people - you need to listen to what the folks in charge are TELLING you. They say don’t move yet? Then *don’t move yet*. Really, it’s that simple. When the barriers to the mall were finally opened after about an hour of being squeezed in like a tin of sardines, people pushed and shoved their way to try to get to the front. Me? I did none of that, and got right to the front gates of Buckingham Palace just in time for the balcony appearance.
Others, having also got to the front, weren’t quite feeling the love; a woman [probably accidentally, in all the excitement] knocked a man’s camera off the shot he was taking, which caused the man to promptly explode. I think he actually hit her, but I’m not sure. He then proceeded to elbow me quite a lot as he strived to get a good shot at the gates. He apologised, though. After accusing me of pushing him. Hmm. Though I will admit I did slightly knock someone in the face while putting my camera through the gates. xD
Even though I was at the front, I couldn’t see anything D: There was a huge pillar in the way. Ah well. I had 4 attempts at taking a picture, which are probably going to come out blurry and turn out to only be pictures of the guards. So yes, balcony appearance, kiss kiss, etc etc, then we were told there were no more balcony appearances and that we should all GO HOME. Well, not like that, but y’know.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass (via wilwheaton)
Seriously! WTFis up with that??? They love getting pissed off at you for something, and then get pissed off when you ask for simillar respect….and the only reason you feel the way you do in the first place that makes you want them to do what they want you to do is because of them IN THE FIRST…
ahahaha that first paragraph is possibly one of the most confusing I’ve ever read… and I’ve attempted Ulysses.
but seriously, chiiillll. things are okay. jes? jes. :3