Dear all, this post is in lieu of the usual Saturday Weekly Round-up. I had all the intentions of posting it on its usual slot and had reserved Friday evening for the compiling and scheduling. And then the concert I went to last night went horribly over-time due to a very unfortunate (and scary) incident during the performance. Just as the Allegretto of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 7 “Leningrad” neared its crescendo, a trumpet player collapsed and the concert had to be interrupted while the conductor called for doctors in the audience to step forward. It was really frightening, I have to say, a young musician fell over in a seizure, or simply blacked out, but it seemed like an eternity until we saw him get back up on his feet and walk out with medical assistance… High drama:
So instead I have decided to do a quick post with Thorin’s latest adventures in London. He (and I) had a great time – and an involuntarily prolonged stay due to cancelled flights on Sunday when thick fog made all air traffic impossible. But before that we had a brilliant time, doing lots of sights.
On day 1 our first port of call was a bit of culture in the National Gallery. Thorin proved to be quite the connoisseur and insisted on a picture in front of a large-scale painting by his favourite impressionist painter…
You can take the warrior out of the war, but you can’t take the war out of the warrior. Thorin had expressed the wish to see the Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall. Good ole Churchill seemed a man after his own taste. Selfie with a celebrity!!!!!!
Thorin was a bit miffed that the trooping of the colours wasn’t being put on for him when we passed this big square. After all he is a reigning King, too:
Nonetheless, this little part of St James’ Park just opposite made him quite homesick. Looks straight out of Middle-earth, doesn’t it?
Next day, fresh after a night’s rest we went on to the Tower of London. Thorin was in his element. He likes castles.
And an armoury full of armours and weapons. I can tell you, he fitted right in.
However, he was not amused by this fella, guarding the armoury. Mind you, Thorin barely huffed – he’s dealt with bigger dragons.
For tea Thorin allowed us to take him to another cultural institution – the Tate Gallery. It sports the best members’ lounge with a prime view of London. Good tea, too.
On our final day Thorin indulged the resident Dr Who fan and went along to the BBC to have a look at the tardis.
With a bit of time to spare, we walked through Carnaby Street and then came across this little gem. Thorin wasn’t quite sure why I insisted on taking a picture of him in front of the Cats poster, but he played along because I had promised him a visit to the site of his triumph after that.
Yeah, he looks a bit put out, doesn’t he? Well, the last stop really cheered him up. Never mind that my memories of this street corner are mainly of frustration and cold feet…
Yep, I’ll never forget that corner of Leicester Square where we did NOT see RA at the BOTFA premiere *LOL*…
Anyhow, the whole trip was great fun, and with Pop!Thorin at my side, I am always sufficiently distRActed. I hope you are, too.
And thus concludes London with Pop!Thorin 2015. Hope you enjoyed the little trip, sightseeing inclusive. Thorin is getting ready for the next trip. I’ll bring my camera and document it.
Have a lovely weekend, all – and sorry for the lack of Round-up today.