Once upon a time…

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I’ve been packing up every last object in my possession in advance of moving house.

These three small random objects, bought relatively recently, are the last things standing in my room.

  • A little metal dog, from Snooper’s Paradise in Brighton.
  • A little green dragon, from Camden markets.
  • A little white llama, from Ashdown Forest Llama Park.

They seem such an odd set of companions, and seem to demand that I use them as inspiration to write a children’s book, using them as characters.

If I didn’t have better things to do, I would write a short story.

‘Once upon a time, there was a dog, a dragon and a llama…’

(Anyone inspired?  If so send me your stories and I’ll publish on here.)

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Richmond Park

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My current favourite place.  I’ve been in the past but recently have learned my way there better, and have ended up there on two hot days.  Wonderful cafe with outdoor terrace with nice views.  Definitely see the deer, both whilst driving round and on foot – very tame.  (I guess they’ve got no choice but to get used to us – everywhere you see a clump of deer, they’re surrounded by twice as many people.)

On the downside, the car park at Pembroke Lodge is horrendous – jam packed with people waiting for spaces, endless queuing to get out.  (Needs to be twice as big.)  I guess the answer is not to go on hot weekend days.  Both times I eventually got a space, though, so could enjoy the facilities (cafe, toilets, shop, ice cream counter, view, gardens, deer etc).

Deer 2

Beautiful Stunning Gorgeous

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This is a work of art I did some time ago based on the ‘Rush Hour Crush’ entries in the London Metro, in which men so often refer to women they have seen and want to contact as ‘beautiful’, ‘stunning’ or ‘gorgeous’.

What hope the plain or ugly?

I have resumed collecting cuttings recently and could fill a few more sheets like this with similar comments.

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42nd Street

42 Street

I went to another show in London yesterday afternoon and really enjoyed it – 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

I’ve been to a lot of the London shows in the last few years, but this one I would recommend as the best and most spectacular.  If someone from overseas or out of town asks you which show to go and see, well I’d say this one, it won’t disappoint.

I like going to these things without looking them up too much in advance, or looking at the promotional photos, so I can enjoy being surprised, and I’m so glad I did that this time.

I don’t want to say too much about the scenes and staging I really enjoyed, so it doesn’t ruin someone else’s surprise, but some things really ‘wowed’ me and put a smile on my face.  Absolutely fantastic dancing, big cast, beautiful costumes and nice staging ideas.

Also, I wondered how many songs I might recognise and it came to five, more than I’d expected.  Fantastic live ‘big band’ style orchestra, wonderful sound.

Went a bit mad at the end and bought the programme, the mug, the CD and the fridge magnet!

 

Reflections on a view

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I’m looking to move house and am having great difficult deciding where to go.

One of many factors is what the immediate area is like, and might there be a better view from the windows, or at least a view nearby you could go and look at repeatedly. For example, should I go to a seaside town so that I can sit and look at a view of the sea?

The above photo shows a view from my hotel balcony, on a little trip I went on last year.  (I’ll leave you to guess where it is.)

This view taught me something about views!  Namely, they may be nice and impressive and interesting the first time, or the first few times.  But after you’ve been looking at the same view for a week, it just becomes boring, like a looking at a picture – doesn’t it?

So if I buy a house by the sea, for the view – won’t I quickly get bored with it?  I don’t know the answer.