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London update the fourth

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London update the fourth

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So I'm sitting in the guest room writing this. After putting together furniture the night prior to last night, a bunch of Dexter was watched. Then bed.

Up, and so to the shower, breaking of fast, and then off to London Pride. This felt a heck of a lot less crowded than the SF Pride celebrations. lyricagent is smarter than me and managed to remember to bring a camera- I'll be borrowing some of the shots that were taken. Among highlights:
-the sheer politeness of various people in saying things like 'oh, you're turned about, aren't you?' and pointing me in the right direction
-discovering I'm a hell of a lot more willing to say 'I may be mistaken about where we're going: where's the ay to zed?' and only getting a block or two out of the way.
-the cheerful willingness of others to tell me where the pink-red-and-white Union Jacks were for sale
-being able to pass that info on to someone who wanted to buy the flag I'd bought for myself
-trudging around in circles upon circles through Trafalgar, Piccadilly, Charing Cross, and so on- probably 6 hours on my feet, all told
-lyricagent spotting Trevor Horn (Art of Noise, produced Yes' album 90125, the Angel Heart soundtrack, as well as Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys' album Fundamental, among a hell of a lot of other things) on his way out of a Pizza Express
-coming home completely exhausted with two bottles of white wine we didn't even touch
-seeing Boy George performing live at a small stage about 20-30 feet away, duetting with a fabulous tranny on a sort of country song titled 'Spoiling It For the Others'. info here, as well as a listen-here link: I suspect that this would be a terrific theme song for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Today, after all that trudging around, is going to be quiet. Booked my travel for Edinburgh: I'll be there for a bit more than 24 hours, hanging out with bogboblin and his mum. This should be entertaining- and so should getting into King's Cross @ 23:30 and making my way into the South on my own.

Probably finishing off season 1 of Dexter in a bit, and maybe visiting the Croydon Forbidden Planet to pick up a copy of Final Watch, as not a single shop in the city I live in has this beast on the shelves (I called everywhere I thought might, before leaving, as I was HOPING to read it on the plane to London). Some gameplan for forthcoming week will happen, too, as the Royal Academy of Arts has a J. W. Waterhouse exhibition on and that's something I want to take in- so's the Mary Rose salvaged stuff that's in Croydon.
  • It is awesome to read about your good times. I feel vicariously good-timed. :)
    • Excellent! I honestly had worried that other folks would be going '...yaaa-aawn, why am I reading this'. ;)
  • Have you ever been to Edinburgh before? It's amazing.
    • I've not- I'm only doing one day there, because I don't know my hostess (her son's a friend of mine who spent 2 weeks in my town w/ me squiring him about in early '08, and he and she are paying the favor back). If I have fun with that day, I will likely plan on visiting again. ;)
      • Well, since you're staying one day you won't have time to do this, but I strongly recommend going to the Starbucks on Prince's Street, as soon as it opens, and watching the fog burn off the castle. The view is amazing.

        I liked Edinburgh a lot. The hostel I stayed in was a bit creepy but the city was gorgeous and the people were very friendly there.
        • I'm not sure where in Edinburgh I am staying, in relation to Prince's Street: the Waverley train terminal's the one nearest where I'll be, I'm told.

          But I will be there in the morning, and I've been getting up stupid-o-clock lately, what with the time differential- so i may well do that. I wonder if they do city mugs for Edinburgh, as I have this nasty habit of collecting them from various cities I visit.
          Thank you for the tip!
  • Plus, for Trevor Horn, remember he was the guy most people remember from The Buggles.
  • oooooooooooooo love boy george
  • I'm so sad I'm going to miss you on this trip! I was in London at the beginning of June, sadly.

    You weren't actually too far from the big London Forbidden Planet yesterday. Up around Tottenham Court Road. Love that place. Spent way too much money there, but picked up a bunch of things that I probably could have gotten elsewhere cheaper, but it's not as much fun. :)
    • Forbidden Planet is at 179 Shaftesbury, anymore (they moved somewhere between '91 and '05, I found in '05). So I've been in already once this trip!

      I'm sorry I'll miss you too- we may have to hammer out the how-and-where of running into each other next trip! What with family in the great smoke, I may be in Britain more often over the next few years.

      Edited at 2009-07-05 07:01 pm (UTC)
  • 'Spoiling It For the Others'.
    The tag line the Sister's used during their 25th Anniversary was "25 years to life, ruining if for everyone"
    • Yeah- it seemed a good echo of 'I hope you know, you're ruining it for everyone'. ;)
  • I'm glad you're having such a fun time!

    I am a fan. (see icon)
    • One other thing: Trevor Horn was also a member of Yes for a single album (Drama), along with his former Buggles partner Geoff Downes. (note Yes icon 8^) )
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