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[Jan. 25th, 2010|04:23 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Cor, I was all cultural this weekend. Well, a bit cultural anyway - I went with S to see Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre, and v good it was too.

Crikey look down there
Just two rows in front of us
Chris Langham was there!


You see how restrained I was there, even though "Celebrity paedophile" has seven characters? Anyway, yes, the play is funny, the performances were great and the music is excellent too. I severely recommend you go to see it, particularly is you were looking for some theatre to see in the next three weeks.

We also went to the Horniman Museum yesterday as we had a bit of time to kill before the play. It had never occurred to me before, but "Always happy to visit the Horniman Museum" would probably be a pretty good qualification to be a girlfriend of mine, because it's great. A big walrus! Lots of skellingtons! Jellyfish! Seahorses! Seeing one of the partners from my work in the cafeI don't think that one always happens. I like that even when the fabric has been modernised, the displays have remained so resolutely unmodern, refusing to pander to all the button pressing hordes who tend to populate museums these days. The displays seem as though they've never really altered since its Victorian opening, and given the immense emphasis on evolution in the Natural History room, I really hope that's the case - it must have been very controversial if so though.

Between that and the theatre we walked along a bit of the Thames shore between London Bridge and the South Bank as the tide was out. Aren't there a lot of bits of bone there? Where are they from? Are they just ancient, from when the Thames was an open sewer and people just used to chuck dead dogs and dead people in there, and the bits of bone are still getting washed around?
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2010-01-25 04:27 pm (UTC)
That sounds brilliant!
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2010-01-25 04:27 pm (UTC)
(syllables)
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2010-01-25 05:01 pm (UTC)
Silly bulls.
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2010-01-28 11:36 am (UTC)
I mean, It has seven syllables, not seven characters.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2010-01-28 11:43 am (UTC)
I know. My answer was a reference to Blackadder, wherein Prince George, on being informed of the word "syllables" asks "Silly bulls?"


Prince:
Ah, hurrah! Welcome, lads! Oh, this is the stuff, eh? Christmas sherry and charades with honest manly fellows. I mean, for Heaven's sake, what can I do with a girl that I can't do with you, eh?

Edmund:
I cannot conceive, Sir...

Prince:
Yes, well, there's that, I suppose. Now; who's first up for the game? I'd ask old Horatio here, but he's out of it, I'm afraid; so it's, er [points at Baldrick], what, it's the little monkey fellow first, then, is it?

Edmund:
It is indeed, Sir.

Prince:
Ah, excellent! Oh, I love charades... [goes over to sit in a chair]

Edmund:
OK, off you go, Baldrick.

[Baldrick steps in front of them, then opens his arms like a book.]

Edmund:
It's a book...

Baldrick:
Well done, Mr B! I didn't think you'd get it >that< quickly.

Prince:
Well, I must say, Bladder, that was damn clever!

Edmund:
Yes, another great Christmas tradition: explaining the rules eight times to the Thicky Twins. The round hasn't in fact started yet. It's got to be a specific book. For instance, if it was The Bible, I would go like that [holding up two fingers] to indicate that there are two syllables in it...

Prince:
Two what?

Edmund:
Two syllables.

Prince:
Two silly bulls? I don't think so, Blackadder -- not in The Bible. I can remember a fatted calf, but, as I recall, that was quite a sensible animal. Oh, ah! It's it, um, er, Noah's Ark, with the, er, two pigs, two ants, and two silly bulls? Is that it?

Edmund:
Two syllables.

Prince:
What?

Edmund:
Look, we're getting confused; let's start again, shall we?

Prince:
No, let's not, Blackadder. I think the whole game's getting a bit sylla, to be honest. How about a nice Christmas story instead?


I should get a Prince George userpic probably.
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2010-01-28 11:52 am (UTC)
Right, but your post says . . . oh never mind :)
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[User Picture]From: spoonrefuter
2010-01-25 04:31 pm (UTC)
Tom Stoppard kicks bottom.
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[User Picture]From: catsgomiaow
2010-01-25 04:41 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to visit the Horniman museum, and simultaneously always thought that the phrase 'visiting the Horniman museum' sounds a bit RUDE.
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2010-01-25 04:47 pm (UTC)
HORNIMAN!

it is great though
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[User Picture]From: webofevil
2010-01-25 04:43 pm (UTC)
Weren't there a load of butchers around the tributary by the Millennium bridge? (What was/is that river, anyway? It's not the Fleet.)
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2010-01-25 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure where you mean, but I didn't see anything like that. It could have been where we were on the shore rather than the path though.

The Fleet's under Fleet Street, isn't it? It's underground, anyway.
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[User Picture]From: webofevil
2010-01-25 05:07 pm (UTC)
It's the Walbrook, it turns out, although the Fleet comes out into the Thames not far westwards. And yes, they're both underground.

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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2010-01-25 05:14 pm (UTC)
From that wiki page: It was probably used for fresh drinking water and also for carrying sewage down to the Thames.

Hmm.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2010-01-25 05:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, you were on the north side were you? We were on the south. Well, it was probably a meeting of the Worshipful Company of Butchers then, I'd have thought.
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2010-01-25 05:08 pm (UTC)
fleet st crosses the fleet (almost), in that the old route was down farringdon road. and into the thames at blackfriars.
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[User Picture]From: perfectlyvague
2010-01-25 07:04 pm (UTC)
The Fleet comes out under Blackfriar's Bridge there's a weird dead end out of Exit er - 7? - must check - of the station where you can see it at very low tide. There are a lot of water related street names up in Farringdon where you can kind of trace it.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2010-01-25 04:54 pm (UTC)
I have never been to that museum. Isn't it somewhere *difficult*?

I shouted swearwords at Leeds players and fans this weekend which is pretty cultured too.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2010-01-25 04:58 pm (UTC)
Not if you're in Croydon, which I was on Saturday night. A bit awkward to get to from our side though, a train from somewhere like London Bridge. It's a good museum though.
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2010-01-25 05:05 pm (UTC)
forest hill, so tootly train out of london bridge and walk up a hill (no obvious forests)
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2010-01-25 05:12 pm (UTC)
She doesn't do south London though.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2010-01-25 05:19 pm (UTC)
do where?
Actually, it's more trains than the wastelands of the south as I am afeared of trains. But am ok if there is someone there too.
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[User Picture]From: burkesworks
2010-01-25 05:24 pm (UTC)
I shouted swearwords at Leeds players and fans this weekend which is pretty cultured too.

That's not cultured; that's a natural reflex reaction to that lot east of Pudsey.

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[User Picture]From: pink_weasel
2010-01-25 05:14 pm (UTC)
There's a man who regularly fishes for eels using KFC as bait on Bankside. I think they're probably chicken bones. Or perhaps dead pidgeons. Unless they're huge, in which case it's from last week's London Human Sacrifice Festival.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2010-01-25 05:19 pm (UTC)
There was one that I'm pretty sure was the jawbone of an ass. Which is mentioned in Hamlet so I imagine the Globe put it there.
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[User Picture]From: pink_weasel
2010-01-26 02:19 pm (UTC)
Hmm, there's probably some scope for a joke here about the secret ingredient of KFC being ass.
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[User Picture]From: xandratheblue
2010-01-25 06:15 pm (UTC)
Okay, I need to visit this museun is it has a giant stuff Walrus in it - it's also got a Mythical Animals exhibition coming up! YAY!
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[User Picture]From: perfectlyvague
2010-01-25 07:05 pm (UTC)
I have tickets to see EGBDF in two weeks. I have been looking forward to this since I missed it last year.
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[User Picture]From: tonight_we_fly
2010-01-25 09:14 pm (UTC)
One of my team at work used to work at the Horniman Museum. Well, you know, just so as you know...
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