In between the Rockabilly Riot and the other shows I went to, I managed to fit in a few other bits and pieces while I was in London. Here are a few notes and impressions from around and about...
The British Library had two new exhibitions. 'Out Of This World' analysed the rise of science fiction in literature.
There was also a small exhibition based on the Worlds of Mervyn Peake. I enjoyed both.
Obligatory photo of Big Ben.
Cruising down the Thames towards Greenwich.
I wanted to see the Cutty Sark but it's undergoing extensive work. I was there just in time to take a quick snap while the work access doors were open.
Around lunch time (or should that be launch time in Greenwich...?) I went for a stroll and found that the local cinema - the Picture House - was showing 'Bobby Fischer Against the World' so I popped in to see it.
It's an impressive cinema. Friendly staff, very comfortable seats and a couple of apologies from the manager when the film was slightly delayed.
The film (a documentary - you really couldn't make up Fischer's story) was excellent and well worth seeing, whether one has a considerable amount of chess knowledge or not. There was a significant amount of footage I'd never seen before. Highly recommended.
Then it was on to the Royal Observatory.
There was just time for a look around the visitor centre before heading back along on the Thames.
Another day saw a trip around Buckingham Palace (just the outside) and various parks.
I didn't expect to see pelicans.
The Guards Museum is close to the park.
I always like to pay a visit to Trafalgar Square to see what is going on. It never fails to entertain and amuse. There's usually a spot of live music going on...
Last but not least, there was a remarkable lady in red who ran through a whole range of acts. These included escapology and whipping balloons into submission.
The finale featured a daring attempt to balance on the top rung of an unsupported ladder.
Unfortunately, gravity will have its say and everything ended in disaster with a tumble to the ground.
A short time later, I glanced back again and the lady was not only on top of the ladder but she was also juggling clubs. A veritable triumph over adversity!
That's all from London this time. I am, however, already thinking about a return trip...