I did it ! I've passed my "Life in the UK Test." Can't tell you what a relief it is to have it out of the way and to be able to stop this incessant studying. I hated memorisation of statistics the most. It drove me me to a coffee and muffin addiction. I'm sure my little face will be be sorely missed at Costa, now that I'm graduated and have my "pass" document.
I had three statistical questions on the test. One was this: In 1971, what was the population growth of England ? I knew the answer - it's 7.7% But how does knowing this, teach me anything about England or acclimate me into my new life here ? Will the fact that 65% of all children in the UK, live with both parents, ever factor into a daily conversation ? I would have rather learned more about location of regions, cities, climate and geography of smaller islands that lie on the outer perimeters of UK. And although it touched on government - I wanted more details on how parliament actually functions. The fact that England has an "unwritten constitution" is a very bizarre concept to me - why even mention it if it doesn't exist ? By the time it was over, I looked a bit like I did in this photo below. Like I really did need to be medicated.
The test was administered by two men, one very tall - like 6 foot 2 inches, whilst the other chap was 5 foot 4 inches, eyeball level to me. Both were wearing checked, short sleeve shirts, tucked in and belted up to their nipple line - just like Pee Wee Herman. And both wore glasses, like the type engineers wore in the 1950's. I think they were engineers. Identical haircuts - flattop, jarhead style. I could tell they loved their job. While explaining how to take the test on the computer, they would attempt to make jokey comments - which were not funny. After the test, the shorter man called me into the room to inform me, I had passed. I was so surprised I blurted out "I could kiss you!" He took a step back, a look of horror on his face. Next on my list: the UK driving exam. I see it's back to Costa for me.
Now on to other things...
Fashionistas Rejoice ! This month sees the release of "Coco Avant Chanel" a film about the life of Coco Chanel. It documents the rags to impeccably clad life of this fashion icon. The film stars Audrey Tatou as Coco. Ms. Tatou happens to be the new face promoting the Chanel line - replacing Nicole Kidman. I love her look - mens' trousers, tie and waistcoat. The cinematography looks stunning. Can't wait!
Thanks for reading Prairie !