Beautiful

Dateline: London, Day 4

Geoff was moving slower (much) than Terry and Ken after the martinis at Dukes – and the red wine with the pizza when we got home. Ken and Terry thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the paintings of dead people, by dead people, in the National Portrait Gallery. They both thought it gave them insight into the fashions and hair styles of the last few hundred years. Alas, there are no photos since, once again, there are no photos allowed. But then, I guess that’s fair since they don’t charge admission. Geoff could only find an uncomfortable wooden bench to sit on…

And so we moved on.

Crossing the Thames via the Golden Jubilee Footbridge, the young lovers paused for a photo with The London Eye in the background

Crossing the Thames via the Golden Jubilee Footbridge, the young lovers pause for a photo with The London Eye in the background

We had lunch on the banks of the Thames. Nice little restaurant – Las Iguanas. Good food, great service and we got to rub shoulders with an awful lot of Kingston University grads, since it was their convocation and the building is right on the river, next to the restaurant. Surprised to see many smokers among the grads.

Congratulations to a few of the hundreds of grads. Nic to see that most of them were having their pictures taken by proud family members - and very few selfies!

Congratulations to a few of the hundreds of grads. Nice to see that most of them were having their pictures taken by proud family members – and very few selfies!

We continued on our stroll and finally got to the Tate Modern Gallery. Geoff found  a semi-comfortable padded couch and attempted to get an hour of sleep. He was unsuccessful. Terry and Ken, however, viewed a number of works of art which they then described as dark, depressing and artistically unintelligible. They FAR preferred the paintings of dead people by dead people, which, apparently were much more lively and alive.

We soldiered on (No Martin, we did not stop at the 400 year old Anchor Pub), marching through Borough Market, where you can get anything from

Whole Roast Hog

Whole Roast Hog

to

Colourful, flavourful macaroons

Colourful, flavourful macaroons

Ever heard of The Shard? It is the tallest building in the European Union. Now, it certainly isn’t Taipei 101, the Shanghai World Financial Centre or the new Shanghai Tower, but at 68 stories it does provide a fairly good view of London. Plus, unlike the latter two, there isn’t smog blocking the view 95% of the time.

Look up - way up.

Look up – way up.

The Shard from a distance

The Shard from a distance

A good aerial look at the Tower of London

A good aerial look at the Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Part way through our visit, these three helicopters appeared and circled over the city for a good 10 – 15 minutes. It must have been quite unusual, since all the staff were lined up at the windows as well.

I don't think they were doing traffic reports.

I don’t think they were doing traffic reports.

I miss my train set…

Heading east out of London Bridge Station

Heading east out of London Bridge Station

I love this shot. How often can you see the tracks coming together from above?

I love this shot. How often can you see the tracks coming together from above?

We were knackered (English term meaning tired – we are in London, you know) by then and took the tube back home to get ready for our big night out.

We had tickets to see “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical… a jukebox musical…that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others.” (Wikipedia article). To put it simply it was Beautiful.

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It did get off to a shaky start, however.

We were just 2 minutes and "Carole" was just into her first song and all of a sudden she ran off the stage and the curtain came down with an announcement there was a technical difficulty.

We were just 2 minutes and “Carole” was just into her first song when suddenly she ran off the stage and the curtain came down with an announcement there was a technical difficulty.

She came back after about 5 minutes and we were on the way. It was absolutely fantastic. I would certainly go again. If you get a chance, go. You certainly won’t be disappointed.

The Shoe Blog

Half an hour prior to seeing this woman, Terry and I had an interesting conversation about how people, men and women, should dress. There were/are many contradictory opinions:

  1. Wear whatever you want
  2. Be age appropriate
  3. Men shouldn’t wear singlets/”wife-beaters”
  4. Women of an age shouldn’t wear sleeveless tops
  5. It’s your body, your life – live it your way and don’t care what others say/think

And then, as we were having lunch, this 50-something woman came by. You decide.

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4 thoughts on “Beautiful

  1. Riitta Ivison

    I just love reading your blog and all your exciting adventures!
    So well written with a sly bit of humour.
    Love the photos.
    Can’t wait for your next post.

    Reply
  2. Dave

    Well, on the fifty-something, how’s that old line go? “Good from far, but far from good,” I think.

    Reply

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