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Rachel J. Roche



Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

What a cool few days it has been! The opening ceremony to the Olympics, which Adam and I watched online, was utterly bonkers, but it didn’t stop us watching the whole thing right up until nearly 1am! (How many countries are there in the world? It was like a geography lesson when they were introducing everyone! In fact, I’m going to Google that in a minute).There were certainly some really memorable moments. For me, the Queen jumping out of a plane (as I believe I had previously predicted – albeit, perhaps sarcastically – on my twitter feed) and of course the British institution that is none other than David Beckham – looking very ‘swarve’* indeed in his James Bond-esq suit, pushing that speed boat to the limit! I wonder how fast he was actually going as it looked pretty quick to me. Very good Becks,.. tres bien. I had a quick look at the New York Times website to see what the consensus of opinion was over there. It seems they liked it, but they don’t appear to have received it with the nostalgia and imagination of us Brits, but then why would they I suppose! We like a bit of ‘harking back to the old days’. I think the only negative comments I’ve read in the press over here relate to the interpretation of the modern – oh, and the supposed political undertones but I’m not so sure about that.

Good luck to Team GB! Adam is really eager to get some tickets but the days are going by so fast, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t make it. We watched the swimming and beach volleyball yesterday from the comfort of home, which was awesome.

This week I’ve got a list of things to do as long as my arm! My car needs to be made good so that I can sell it, I need to find a handyman to do a few things around the house before we leave and I’ve got to seriously start thinking about packing the house up. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of packing but we are leaving most of the furniture so that’ll make it a lot easier than last time. How exciting! A couple of junior doctors will be moving in so I’d like to make the place look tip top before they arrive.

On Friday, my law school friend Becky and I will be going to Paris to sort out my accommodation for September and I also need to get kitted out with a French SIM card whilst I’m there. I keep forgetting about that so maybe now I’ve written it down I will be more likely to remember!

I can’t wait to tell you all about the weekend. It’ll be all very real when I’m standing outside the Pantheon.

My next French lesson is on Wednesday and I’m not doing too badly at working my way through the homework or committing to memory the grammar rules that we have looked at so far. The real test will be of my confidence when I get to Paris on Friday afternoon. I can be so under-confident with my French language that it’s laughable! I will need to snap out of it ASAP otherwise Becky will be in stiches!

*Apparently ‘swarve’ isn’t in the real dictionary – but according to the urban dictionary (!) it means ‘one who is stylish’ – which is what I thought it meant and I can’t believe it’s not in the real dictionary! I might have to check that again.


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Reply Rachel J Roche
7:11 PM on July 30, 2012 
Ah ha. I have been corrected! The word I was after was 'suave' (thanks Craig!) And, quelle surprise, it's in the real dictionary! Ie. my app which I've just downloaded. Maybe I should work on my English spelling as well as my French! Also, for those of you who have asked me, I will be writing some entires in French as well as in English from September. Thanks for reading.