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the tank

I was trying to describe to someone 'the tank' that my rowing club uses to teach us newbies how to row without dumping us in the Thames, or to use at night, when no one's allowed out on the river. (It's a fairly busy shipping lane.) Here's a little diagram of the tank at Poplar. Apparently the building used to be Poplar train station, but now there's the flashy Docklands Light Rail station, so the rowers get to use the building.

I went to two interesting talks at the ICA a couple days ago, one by Nick Abadzis, about his book, Laika, the story of the Russian space dog. The other talk was called Aya and Africa, illustrated by Clément Oubrerie, about a series of comics set in the Ivory Coast. The writer, Marguerite Abouet, was scheduled to speak as well, but she stayed home with their son who was ill. The talks were part of Comica, expertly organised by the lovely Paul Gravett.

Oh, and this video made me laugh, a quick-thinking 4-year-old calling 911 for help with her math homework. And just because we all have nothing better to do than watch YouTube, here's a fab video of a battle between buffalo, lions and a crodile at Kruger Park.



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Nov. 6th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
Cute sketch! Which one is you?

Aya is so cool! The art is even better in close-up. Should have it finished and ready to lend you in the very near future!
Nov. 6th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm only halfway through Laika, but then we can swap if you like.
Nov. 7th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
I saw Nick Abadzis talk at SPX -- and I want to read his book. He went to Russia to research it. I admire such dedication.
Nov. 7th, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was fun seeing some of the photos from his trip. I recognised some of the places. Moscow is such a cool city, I can see why he'd want to research it.
Nov. 7th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
How long did you live there?
And when will you publish your memoirs? (In comics or illustrated book form, please.)
Nov. 7th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
I was there for two years, one as a student and one as a copy editor at a newspaper. I definitely want to do something fully set in Russian at some point. Right now there are a few pages in my mole comic (the one I showed you) that are set in Russia, in back flashes. It started as a mini, like the Berlin comic, but I'm already on page 55 or something, so I think it will be more of a short novel.
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Hooray (for it being a short novel)!
Nov. 7th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Novella-ish
65 pages now! :-D
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Cool pic! I wasn't thinking about lesson in this wat :D
COol :D and less Wetty :D
Nov. 9th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
MUCH less wetty! But I'm looking forward to the real wet, too! :-D
Nov. 9th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah! Go for the Wild :D
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