Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Crazy Man Michael

Its when I remember that my dad used to sing me to sleep with this that I realise I had an odd, but wonderful childhood...

Fairport Convention - Crazy Man Michael

Within the fire and out upon the sea
Crazy Man Michael was walking
He met with a raven with eyes black as coals
And shortly they were a-talking

"Your future, your future, I would tell to you
Your future, you often have asked me
Your true love will die by your own right hand
And Crazy Man Michael will cursed be"

Michael he ranted and Michael he raved
And beat at the four winds with his fists-oh
He laughed and he cried, he shouted and he swore
For his mad mind had trapped him with a kiss-oh

"You speak with an evil, you speak with a hate
You speak for the devil that haunts me
For is she not the fairest in all the broad land?
Your sorceror's words are to taunt me"

He took out his dagger of fire and of steel
And struck down the raven through the heart-oh
The bird fluttered long and the sky it did spin
And the cold earth did wonder and start-oh

"Oh, where is the raven that I struck down dead
That here'd lie on the ground-oh?
I see but my true love with a wound so red"
Her lover's heart it did pound-oh

Crazy Man Michael, he wanders and walks
And talks to the night and the day-oh
But his eyes they are sane and his speech it is clear
And he longs to be far away-oh

Michael he whistles the simplest of tunes
And asks the wild woods their pardon
For his true love is flown into every flower grown
And he must be keeper of the garden


Monday, 12 November 2007


Internet not bloody working, this is from my phone.


Ffind out about this, for james


This is where I want to live. This city is home. Its perfect. Beautiful but intelligent.

Thursday, 8 November 2007


I finally put my lovely dragonfly fairy lights up. Having moved into my house 2 months ago! It makes my room feel a lot more like 'home' which is really important to me right now.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

The olympic village!

Old street

On The giant map of London in the building centre!


Email David Bennett about Mayfield! (get photos from Holly)

Concrete Lecture

I am currently in a lecture about innovative uses of concrete. One guy used 1500 long, but otherwise brick dimensioned slabs of concrete. These were used to create interior, non structural walls in this really bizarre space. Cool stuffs. And the guy introducing the speakers is David Bennett who worked with ASF on the Mayfield playground project! Might go and say hi after.


Hmm it seems i can only post from my phone if i attach a picture. Can't work out any other way of doing it. This photo's quite cool tho, and i am blogging from bed! So I think that if i have an interesting thought that I want to post, I shall simply have to record exactly where I was when I had it. Yeah, I like that. Should get up and in to work now really. Pants. :(

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

First (Proper) Post

ZOMG I'm quite impressed that this works. I might even start an actual blog... hmm. There's a thought. Basically I just set this up so that i could get the below cute photo off my phone and onto the internet. And somehow it set a blog up for me! Surreal.

My life isnt exactly interesting, but it might be cool to look back on it when i'm all old. Plus if i see interesting things when out and about it appears I can post them straight here from my phone. or even if I have a thought I want to record. This could actually be extremely useful.

OK then, I'll introduce myself. My full name is Amy-Alys and I am a Part 1 Architect working for Murphy Phillips architects in London. I live in a house in Harringay, N London with some girls I met through work. I'm happy here but my real home is Cambridge, where I spent the three years of my Architecture degree. I go back nearly every weekend at the moment because my other half, James, is still a student there, studying Rowing with History :p: I'll probably move back there next year. and then there's the narrowboat, but thats for another post!

(Incidentally, Scarlet Ibis is my online pseudonym. Its my username on the forum TSR (The Student Room) of which I have been a member since April 2004. Its one of the biggest forums on the web and is an online community of which I am actually quite proud to be part. I have met some of my closest friends and my boyfriend through it and its part of my life.)


I saw this little guy sitting on someone's lap on the tube on the way home. What a cutie!