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hospital hairstyling and opera

We had high drama early this morning when I my next-door neighbour fell violently ill while her husband was off on a business trip. We grabbed the kids and had an exciting ambulance ride into St Thomas's (just across the river from the Houses of Parliament). Then we spent the rest of the day in the emergency room, where I had my hair plaited in every possible style on the planet. We also discovered that the dialogue in the Charlie and Lola books makes for fabulous opera (we sang very quietly); Covent Garden should take note.
Here is a picture that her daughter and I made together:

And another one she drew of Charlie and Lola and Sizzles the dog:

Amazingly, blessedly, and a bit weirdly, the 3-month-old baby didn't cry once in eight hours, she just sat there grinning and blowing bubbles at us all day. My neighbour pretty much recovered by the evening and now I can hear through both of our doors that the baby is making up for lost time.


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Dec. 13th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
You're one neighbourly neighbour.
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I guess so, but it was one of those moments when there weren't really any options! Just really, really glad the baby didn't spend the whole time shrieking and pooping.
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
What's you opinion on Charlie and Lola?
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Before or after today? :-)

I think Lauren Child's work is great, and she's been a real pioneer in lots of ways in British picture books. I wrote my master's thesis on her 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?'. I think Charlie and Lola have a wonderful lively look to them and I own the first few books and a couple Clarice Bean books. But I haven't even seen the animated series yet, I really must get on the case with that.

Edited at 2008-12-13 07:32 pm (UTC)
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Whoah I hope everyone is ok. Plus that picture she drew is better than the real thing!
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yup, I think everyone's okay. I like her picture, too, looks very quirky!
Dec. 14th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
If she ever makes a comic let me know I'd buy one
Dec. 13th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
You're the best neighbour. Not only for driving her to the hospital, but for keeping her company there, helping with the kids, drawing a picture for the little girl to color... That's really great of you.

Hope everyone is all right now.
Dec. 14th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
the key word is awesome
That's an awesome picture (the collaboration)! Even waiting around in a hospital, your work has grace and polish. ANd what a great neighbor you are too.
Dec. 15th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
next time i have a health emergency, i know who to call. hope you don't mind coming all the way across to north london.
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