Friday, May 22, 2015

London: rain provides perfect excuse for afternoon of book browsing

Photo by: The boredroom.net
Rain, heavy rain, but no bother, we hadn't come to London for the weather. In fact a nice, wet day played right into our hands. Once again we crammed into the tube for a ride to Piccadilly, where we knew there was a big Waterstones bookstore. For those of you who don't know this is just one of the marvellous book shops in London. We started out with morning coffee in the basement, worked our way up floor by floor to lunch, four hours later on the top floor. This may seem a little excessive but it is more than two years since we have been in an English language bookshop. We buy all our books from Amazon UK or Kindle. It is easy to stay current by reading recommended books or reading book reviews but nothing beats looking at a book's cover and then picking it up. The constraints of carry-on luggage prevented us from going mad but it didn't stop us from compiling a list of books to buy in the future.

After this it was time to replenish the nicks at Mark's and buy some lovely sultana cake. Once again it was time for another quick change before heading to the theatre and what can be better than a really good English farce as The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on a 1920s murder mystery. But as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident prone thesps battle against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. Before the play started the stagehands were doing battle with the scenery that kept falling down and everything went downhill from there. The play was so funny that my face ached with laughing so much. The play, the acting, the timing were brilliant.

It was another successful day even in the rain.

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