I Just Shook David Suchet’s Hand!London Study London , Fall 2010
So, before I get into all the exciting things I’ve been doing, I have to say that I met David Suchet and got his autograph and shook his hand twice! As a big fan of his work as Poirot (thanks Mum), I was overcome with fanboy glee when I saw him tonight in All My Sons. I’m pretty ambivalent about the play itself, but at least I got to meet David Suchet. Have I said that enough?
Now, a play that I unequivocally enjoyed was Clybourne Park (which I saw Thursday). It deals with race in the US, but not in a heavy-handed, preachy kind of way. It was hilarious and disturbing and quite entertaining. Brilliantly written.
Here are all the fun things I’ve done that I’ve run out of space to write about. If you want to read more, ask in the comments:
Buckingham Palace—I belive the word is ‘sumptuous’. I couldn’t eat any of the pastries because it was Yom Kippur, so I might return.
East End Markets—We had a field trip down to Brick Lane, the Columbia Road Flower Market, and the Old Spitalfields Market. There was a curry festival, vintage clothing, and flowers. Two for a fiver.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra—My roommate and I got one pound tickets to see them. Some of the music I wasn’t so keen on; some was really neat. Definitely worth the pound.
Regent Street Festival—One day every year Regent Street hosts this festival (this theme was fashion). It was mostly shops offering discounts, but there were some carnival rides and food stalls.
Vintage Magazine Shop—Lots of retro posters and whatnot. Pretty neat to look around. In Soho.
Chinatown—Wandered through in the rain. I got some cheap food from this (literally) hole-in-the-wall takeaway place.
Forbidden Planet—It’s a pop culture store! It is full of comics and action figures and film posters and holy smokes there is no end. I almost spent all my money in one go.
I now have memberships to Senate House Library which is enormous (multiple floors) and appeared as the interior of the courthouse in Batman Begins. It’s going to be a great resource for writing papers. I also got a card at the Chelsea Library which is small, but it’s got a great fiction section, so I’ll head there if I ever have free time.
This Saturday, I went on a field trip to Charleston Farmhouse where members of the Bloomsbury Group took up residence at various points. We also checked out Monk’s House (home to Virginia Woolf). It was alright, I guess, but I might’ve got more out of it if I were really into, y’know, the Bloomsbury Group.
Feel free to ask me any questions on any subject—study abroad-related or otherwise. I will (seriously, no joke) answer everything to the best of my ability.
Tune in next week for these exciting adventures: Off to Dublin in the Green, Feeding Frenzy, Sling that Slang, and much, much more!
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