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Wei Tien Sng – Week 7

Wei Tien Sng

23 February 2016

“I am on my way, I can go the distance.” – Hercules

It’s amazing; I can’t believe I’ve already been in London for 7 whole weeks! Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

This week I was super fortunate to join Cathal on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, which was very kindly organised by Dan, one of the staff members at CPS and a friend of his who works with an MP. He also very generously acted as our tour guide. Though it was only a short visit, I loved every second of it, and Dan was a very knowledgeable guide, even when confronted with strange questions. Parliament was not in session when we were there, but we had a peek inside both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and learnt about some of the funny rituals and quirks of each house. There are also plenty of humorous tales about various MPs getting angry during Parliament and picking up the ceremonial mace. Which is apparently very heavy, so it was really all he could do to pick it up and sort of slam it back down.

We also visited the Queen’s robing room, where she is robed before opening Parliament, and walked past her private elevator. I really liked all the portraits of past and present monarchs that were hanging in one of the larger chambers, I thought they were really well done and excellent representations of their subjects. No photos are allowed inside the Houses of Parliament, so unfortunately I don’t have any to post!

I was a little ill this weekend, I think it was a weird, mild, but drawn-out case of food poisoning, which is why this entry is a little late. Saturday was moving day though, and Sharni’s flight back to Perth. Moving day went off without a hitch, which was great, and luckily on Sunday I was well enough to visit the London Dungeon and the London Zoo with Cathal, but the evening was spent in my room being not very well. I am looking forward to my last week at CapX, it’s been a blast so far and I’m sure my internship will end on a high note!

Birds at London Zoo

Primrose Hill

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

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