It's been a long time coming but finally I have a cool blog that I can call my own. Most people reading will already know who I am. Discussions of hip hop and life will usually take place here when I have things to talk about.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Picture Time

So here are a few pictures of my time in London so far. (From top left) 1. Me in front of the London Eye, which is a huge Ferris Wheel 2. On the Westminister Bridge with the Clock Tower in the Background 3. Clock Tower and the Eye taken from Westminister Abbey 4. Me at Piccadily Circus.

Today Kyle and I went to St. Paul's Cathedral for a special panel discussion that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Australian PM Kevin Rudd were a part of. It was real interesting particularly when the public were able to ask questions of the two PM's. I entered a question into the discussion (about free enterprise and how corporations are gonna be able to sustain in the economic crisis) but it was never asked. A similar question was asked though so that is prolly why mine wasn't. Kyle entered a question for the two PM's to engage in a freestyle rap battle about global geo-political economic policy. Strangely enough that wasn't asked either. Kyle did manage to get a picture of the two PM's from afar and when It is uploaded off his camera, i'll post it. Obama is in town tonight. Not sure where Harper is just yet. It all goes down over the next few days. Now this was cool not only because we saw two of our world leaders in action, but because we actually got into St. Paul's for free. Booya! Then I ate a Yorkie which is apparently really sexist (long story, ask Charlene Ulanday about that).

Tomorrow is England vs. Ukraine and now Kyle is going to work on his essay because he needs his England time tomorrow. One thing Kyle is that I will NOT, NEVER, EVER, WILL WEAR FACE PAINT. UNDERSTAND KYLE. Grrrrrrrrr.

Anyways, cheers from the other side of the planet. I will dial y'alls soon. Paul

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P.S You can clearly see the heightened security wherever you go. When I was at the British Museum a few days ago there was no security (other than the in house security). Yesterday we walk by and outside there are at least 20 police officers hanging around the front. Went to the Parliment Buildings and walked down and got a good look at Battersea Power station (took a picture). Battersea is prolly famous because it is such a monolithic structure and is also the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals album. So if you google that then you'll see what I saw (minus the pig). I also saw the SIS building, which is the headquarters of MI6 (yes James Bond's headquarters). I was actually surprised when I realized that is IS the actual real - life headquarters of MI6 and the British Intelligence Agency. (Pics coming soon). Anyways, much love to all. Paul

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hello everyone, Greetings from London. I don't know if you have been keeping up on the news at this end of the world but the G20 summit in London kicked off today. I know that many of our worlds leaders including Harper and Obama are supposed to be here at some point. For just the nature of the conference because it is the world leader I would encourage you to pray over this conference as our world leaders try to deal with this economic crisis among other things. Also and more important I would encourage you to pray for the peace of London during this time. A lot of protesters have descended on London and are planning several demonstrations during the next week. While most of these are intended to be peaceful displays, there are a few radicals in the would work that have planned to cause disruption to the city's affairs. Not to mention that the last time a G8 summit was held here terrorists blew up parts of the London underground and a bus (both explosions took place just a couple of blocks away from where I am. It's funny because It's like being in the eye of a hurricane before the hurricane passes. Anyways, pray for good decisions by our leaders, and safety and protection. Pray for the police and army troops to keep order by peaceful means as well. Thanks a bunch. Paul

P.S. Went to the British Music Experience on Thursday which is essentially the history of British Popular music postwar 45- to present. Very good, it's a lot like the Experience Music Project in Seattle. If you haven been to either, and like your rock and pop music then go. They have a display where you can actually record your self playing along with a bunch of instruments and then you go to this site and can download it. Still no pictures. Sorry, internet is sparse at best right now. Much love to you guys in the Van and those people around the world reading. Paul

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In London

So i'm here in London and really enjoying things so far. Arrived in London around 3pm on Saturday afternoon and the first day hung out with Kyle exploring Kings Cross station which is the station in the Harry Potter films that they go through to find the secret platform. Then we walked over to Piccadilly Circus and then onto Big Ben. That was night one. Day two I hit up the British Museum and saw the Rosetta stone (I got pictures) among other cool things there. I also went to church and Tim Hughes spoke. Yesterday I went to Trafalgar square which was great...the Canadian embassy is right there and so is the national portrait gallery which I went through. The cool thing about the museums here is that they are all free by donation. Anyways, I gotta go. I will update soon, hopefully I can post up some pictures next time. Peace Paul