Fomenting A Rebellion

“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” ::Abigail Adams

Mind the Gap July 24, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — ldgafford @ 7:28 pm

I love London. In fact, I love Great Britain and Europe full stop. The culture, the diversity, the color … all these things are what make London (and Europe) special.

This is not my first visit to London yet I am still in wonder of the red double decker buses, buildings centuries older than the United States, and the oh-so-English accents all around me. I love being a 20 minute bus ride away from excellent theatre and fun pubs, only 5 minutes walk from a beautiful park (Hyde Park, that is), and next door to the BBC Proms.

The majority of my time here has been spent in unseasonable sunshine and warmth, something I was secretly hoping to escape. I love grey London and its sea of colorful umbrellas and galoshes … I was finally granted that today (although the sun was determined to shine after about 3pm).

However, my life and the lives of Londoners alike has been disrupted by the terrorist attacks of two weeks ago and last week. The first attacks took place on the day I left the States, leaving many of my fellow students and professors fearful of travelling to Greece and GB. My obvious sorrow over the events was not accompanied by that same fear; if anything I felt just as safe or safer than before because of the heightened security I knew I would face. I cannot say I had the same comfort or reaction to the events of last week.

The lobby of Beit Hall (where I am living) has the news on constantly – 75% of it being about the terrorist attacks and events concerning the terrorist attacks. With images of four suspected Muslim men and explosions racing through my brain, I now approach mass transit with a tiny bit of trepidation.

On the way home from the theatre two nights ago, I stood next to an Arab man with a rucksack in his lap reading the Qu’ran. I’d be lying if I said that my heart didn’t beat a little faster, that my brain raced with different panic scenerios. I was relieved to finally step off the Tube.

Out of my own prejudice and fear I have widened the gap between myself and those who differ from me. Mind the gap, indeed.


My Life: The Soundtrack July 16, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — ldgafford @ 3:51 pm

I realize that this is my second music-themed post in a row, but I’m saving all my energy for posts about my time in Greece and Great Britain. Feel free to make any suggestions for changes/improvements to my soundtrack.

Your Life: The Soundtrack

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Opening credits Such Great Heights – Postal Service
Waking up Clocks – Coldplay
Average day A Praise Chorus – Jimmy Eat World
First date On A High – Duncan Sheik
Falling in love The Luckiest – Ben Folds Five
Love scene Bedshaped – Keane
Fight scene Vitamin R – Chevelle
Breaking up Hate Every Beautiful Day – Sugarcult
Getting back together Wonderwall – Oasis
Secret love Can’t Fight This Feeling – REO Speedwagon
Life’s okay Sing – Travis
Mental breakdown Bringing Me Down – Monte Montgomery
Driving Perfection Through Silence – Finch
Learning a lesson Black River – Amos Lee
Deep thought Every Ship Must Sail Away – Blue Merle
Flashback Faithfully – Journey
Partying Here We Go – Grits
Happy dance Shake Ya Tailfeathers – Nelly ft. Murphy Lee and P. Diddy
Regreting The Shadowlands – Ryan Adams
Long night alone Benioff – Ethan Durelle
Death scene I Grieve – Peter Gabriel
Closing credits Drops of Jupiter – Train

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