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What's the first thing you want to see when you step into Arrivals at Heathrow? Clue: it's not a big screen announcing the partial explosions of more bombs on the tube. Yes, I arrived last Thursday at a very bad time, but nevertheless, I managed to have a lot of fun (thanks partly to the fabulous LJ ladies). Here are some of the things I did over the last week:

1. Met felinitykat! And alltheleaves! And wonderlanded (who also dined with my entire family, a scary experience in itself)! It was wonderful to meet you all, and you must all come and visit soon. And I apologise for talking so much.

2. Went down to Brighton, where, along with leedy and Mr leedy, I strolled along the beach humming 'I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside'. Then we met majea for an absolutely gorgeous dinner before M and I repaired back to her house where I met......the leopard kittens! And they are amazingly, astonishingly cute. But also bold, as they had chewed holes in the air mattress and, just when I had resigned myself to sleeping on the hard ground, the kitten who had been snuggling next to me in a cute and friendly way (Loki) suddenly got lively and started biting my arm - not in a snappy way, just in a sort of "hmmm, human flesh, how tasty" way. He was such a jolly little beast, however, that I had to forgive him. Even when he weed on the bed (luckily after I'd got up).

3. Went to see The Producers (the ostensible reason for the London jaunt, as we'd got my dad tickets for his birthday - it's his favourite film). It was very, very, very funny - all the funniest bits of the film with extra funniness on top. Springtime for Hitler itself was absolutely magnificent - by the time Hitler was singing the jaunty "Heil Me" I was laughing so much I felt faint. My arms literally hurt from clapping at the end.

4. Spent way, way too much money. Mostly on food, apparently, as I came back with relatively little apart from a pair of Liberty slippers and a few books (some Persephones I had been meaning to get for a while, like Amy Levy's Reuben Sachs; Angela Bull's biography of Noel Streatfeild; Jessica Mitford's follow-up to Hons and Rebels; Robert Graves's Goodbye to All That, which I'm reading now and which is fantastic).Ooh, and monkey skittles, of course...

5. Sat around my sister's house eating junk food (very entertaining, really).

6. Been scared shitless every time I was on the tube for more than a couple of stops. The atmosphere was really odd and charged, and the trains seemed much less crowded than usual.

7. Failed to go to the two exhibitions I really wanted to go to: Frida Kahlo and the V&A Penguin design one. Bah! I blame the whole sitting-around-eating-junk-food day. I went to the Reynolds one in the Tate, because I'd always kind of seen Reynolds as the anti-Gainsborough when I was studying 18th century art, and I thought I might have been a bit unfair. But I hadn't been. It was interesting in parts, but a bit dull, and I should have gone to the Kahlo one instead. I did go and have a good gawp at the Egyptian stuff in the British Museum, which seemed even more fascinating than it used to before my Elizabeth Peters egyptology binge. And I went to Westminster Abbey for the first time. Heavens, it's very High Church, isn't it? It might as well have been Catholic in bits, apart from the huge memorial statues all over the place. I'm pleased to report that one of the gaudiest burial monuments in the entire place belonged to the Carey family, Elizabeth I's cousins. My parents and I were exclaiming over its Tudor madness when we noticed the surname.

8. Had a lot of fun.


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Jul. 27th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
That certainly sounds like an amazing time. What's the follow-up to Hons and Rebels? That sounds like something I must get.
Jul. 27th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
It's called A Fine Old Conflict, and it's about her life as a leftie in post-war America - it looks fascinating!

BTW, I went seeking the Joanna Lloyd books that I don't already own (I have Jane Runs Away.... and Catherine Head of House) in Marchpanes but to no avail, alas. They did have one of Nancy Moss's Cliff House books, which I've been longing to read ever since I read Arthur Marshall's reviews (which make them sound incredibly deranged), but it was thirty quid which is far too much to spend on an unknown author, especially with the exchange rate.
Jul. 27th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for London! It's great you went to the Producers - I really, really wanted to go to The Far Pavilions, buut my mother felt too ancient and tired to go, bah.

Leopard kittens! Gnawing on your flesh! How cute!
Jul. 27th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a fantastic time. I agree with you on the amazingness of Goodbye to All That. There's a particular incident involving a rat that has stayed so vividly in my mind ever since reading it. I think I need to pick up the book again and give it a re-read.
Jul. 27th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
It was really lovely to meet you too. And I promise that it will happen again. Glad you arrived back safely and you had no more bomb scares to send you on your way.
Jul. 27th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I confess that I was counting the stops on the way to Heathrow yesterday, in a sort of "okay, we've got this far without being blown up" way. Which is giving in to paranoia, I suppose, but it was quite hard not to be a bit paranoid.

Anyway! Come and visit Dublin soon! You are always welcome to occupy our spare room (well, welcome by me and Patsington anyway - I can't vouch for the monstrous Ju Ju, who considers herself the rightful owner of that chamber).
Jul. 27th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
I confess I've done that quite a bit recently on tube journeys. Every time I go through Stockwell and Oval I think "ok no police, no suicide bombers, good journey so far..."

I've also taken to listening to music on the tube because I read that one person had earphones in when a bomb exploded and it saved his hearing. Si has stopped using the tube for work altogether.
Jul. 27th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
What are monkey skittles?
Jul. 27th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
These are monkey skittles! Exactly like the ones I purchased in Brighton!
Jul. 27th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Though we only got to road-test them on very bumpy ground outside the Royal Pavilion. Have you had a proper game with them yet, o sibling?
Jul. 27th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Patsington and I gave it a go in the kitchen this afternoon! Very successful.
Jul. 27th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oooooh I want Monkey Skittles! Covet covet......
Jul. 27th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Get thee to a shop in the Brighton Lanes called Domus! They have monkey skittles galore there.
Jul. 27th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
Excellent. As it happens I will be in Brighton the weekend after next. I will be sure to stock up on monkey skittles.
Jul. 27th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds fabulous - I'm glad you had such a good time. I'm looking forward to being in Brighton this weekend. I'll watch out for being chewed.
Jul. 27th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
Beware Loki! He looks like a feline angel, but once he's clamped onto your arm, he's hard to remove....

I wish I was coming back this weekend!
Jul. 27th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I think I'll keep my arms well inside my sleeping bag. When Thomas is being restless, he'll sometimes attack my feet underneath the end of the duvet. There's nothing like being woken up by that a few times to make you lie curled up when he's in the room...

I wish you were coming back, too! There'll be fun. And lovely people. And alcohol.
Aug. 1st, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
I think that majea's use of the Disappointed No must be paying off: I don't think anyone got bitten by Loki this weekend. Though there was much jumping onto the kitchen worksurface, not to mention bouncing on top of us in bed, so his reform isn't yet complete...
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