Entries in London (3)


Going to London

Me and mummy went to London to see the geological museum to look at the moon rocks and volcanic activity. We went on the train to Waterloo station and got off there. Mummy took me to see Big Ben ( I thought the very top of Big Ben was pure gold!!!). We walked for a couple of miles and came to Buckingham Palace where they were changing the Guards. We followed The ColdStream Guards up consitution hill and came to the bronze statue of the Wold War One 'Gunner' who is a central character of the book 'StoneHeart'. I was astonished to see him because Mummy took me on any old day and we saw the Guards, the Gunner and also moonrocks.


Eating alone.

So it's wet, it's raining and I'm in London, I'm hungry and I'm ...alone. Now over the past few days I've been stuck in town on business and I really, really don't know what to do about food. Or more specifically what to do about eating alone. Ever since I was way younger that I am now I've hated being in restaurants alone and so I try, if I can to avoid it at all costs. Tonight, however, I really was hungry, I had already tied the alternatives over the previous nights, sandwhich (yuk), Big Mac (OK but honestly speaking at the upper end of yuk) and some Pizza which was great but doesn't count because it was bouht for me by Microsoft at an evening event (also I wasn't alone, as I was surrounded by fellow compuer architects ...). Anyways here I was damp, hungry and uncertain. So this dude pops out of an Indian and says 'frush cooks doshs' "erm sorry?" 'frush cooks doshs' "Nope don't now what you're saying" - which to him sounds like 'Nooo dooo naw woooot yaaaah saaaaayingz' and there we stand..."Erm got a table for ...one?" (I am, in part, responsible for multi-million pound projects...but ordering tables - nope that's not me). Of course he has, I go in.
What a fabulous time, it's dry, warm, the food is excellent and I get chatting to these two teachers (inevitably) who are sitting alongside me. Eating alone, all in all not so bad after all.


London Walking

It's only 2.5 miles...that's like down the drive and back twice. Now I remember saying this and suggesting in my quiet and (ahem) unassuming way that 'Londoners don't walk', and also estimating that 2.5 miles would take like 20 minutes....really? I walked it this morning from Vistoria to my training course in Soho, 2.5 miles seemed like a heck of a way I can tell you, plus Londoners DO walk, a lot of them and everywhere...Londoners don't walk - try the other one.