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Remembrance Day and High Tea


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Last night six of us tagged along with Prof. Armitage to a performance called "Eloquent Protest" for Remembrance Day. It was a series of performances (scenes, readings, music) that incorporated an anti-war theme. They read from Catch-22 and a play that we are seeing for class on Wednesday called "Not About Heroes". There were a few protest songs and anti-war poetry and an odd sort of children's story about war. The end was the best part. A former politician and his musician friend took turns reading poems and playing folk songs. After all of this we got tea and scones in the crypt of St. Martin in the Fields across Trafalgar Square.

This aroused our long-standing interest in getting high tea. So today, after I spent the afternoon on my own personal walking tour of the city and daydreaming in St. James' Park, we all met up for high tea. We went to the Bramah Tea Museum. It wasn't very fancy, which meant it cost half the price of Harrod's, which was a good thing. We had tea, crumpets, scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as apple pie. We ate all this at 3:30, which means it won't really be dinner time here until 9 tonight. That's one more thing to cross of my list of the hundred things I have to do before I fly home in less than a month.

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Freud Museum


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Paula and I went to the Freud Museum this weekend. We stopped by Abbey road on our way so that she could take photos of Beatles stuff that I was completely uninterested in, save for the fact that Michael's dog is named after the album named after this road. The museum is at the London house that Freud and his daughter Anna fled to during WWII. The inside was very cluttered with sculptures that he collected and put on his desk as a buffer between him and his patients. We got to see the couch he used for psychoanalytic sessions as well, although we weren't allowed to pose for photos on it. They had excerpts from his books scattered around the house with props from the dreams he was interpreting. There was an odd can of baked beans in one room that I could not understand the purpose of, since I didn't see any writings about beans. They also had some portraits people drew of him, and photos of his house in Vienna (which had been just as cluttered as this one). There was one modern exhibit in Anna's room, which consisted of an artist's table full of mutilated dolls, red paint, hand saws, etc, which had something to do with children's repressed sexuality. I didn't get it, though; it just creeped me out.

Freud's Couch

Freud's Couch

Freud Library

Freud Library

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Moon for the Misbegotten

I'm in love with Kevin Spacey!


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We went to yet another play for our 'Shakespeare' turned 'Drama due to the lack of Shakespeare productions in London at the moment' class today. But this was no ordinary play. This is the play that I have been waiting to see all semester for one reason and one reason only... and that reason is Kevin Spacey. Yes, I got to see Kevin Spacey in a play at an intimate theatre with fabulous seats! Now, for the first few minutes of the play, I was waiting for Kevin Spacey to come out. Then I got really into the fabulous set and acting. Then Kevin Spacey came out and I got distracted by the fact that Kevin Spacey was on stage. But after all of this, I really enjoyed the play. As I said, all of the actors and the set were fabulous. It is probably the best production we have seen for class this semester, and all because of Kevin Spacey (okay, it wasn't all him... I just like typing Kevin Spacey). So, if you're planning on being in London anytime soon, go see A Moon for the Misbegotten and revel in the glory of Kevin Spacey. Sigh....

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Rugby


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So Adam, Ryan, Maureen, and I spent Saturday afternoon in Professor Armitage's flat watching a rugby game. First of all, his flat is huge. He lives there by himself, too, but no matter what we said we could not convince him to switch with us! Watching the game with him was amusing; it was like being in class the way he explained the point system and all to us. I don't think any of us had seen a match before. Adam ventured to call it a "man-pile in short shorts". England got run over by the New Zealand All Blacks. The latter team did this Maori war dance before the start of the match. It was very intimidating... no wonder they won. Basically I learned that rugby makes American football players look like wusses.

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Remember, remember the fifth of November...


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Okay, I know it's the fourth, but all of the parties were today because no one wants to celebrate the historic capture of a terrorist on a Sunday.

Last night we went to the ULU student union down the street. They have a bar there and we got to play pool, which was great fun as most of us had been itching to play for a while. The best part of the night, though, was when we imitated Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks skit on the way home. It's a good thing we didn't run into any gangs of keep left signs...

In addition to being Guy Fawkes day tomorrow is also a big day for climate talks in Nairobi, which would explain why a large group of protesters marched past our flat this afternoon. We followed them all the way to Trafalgar Square, which is where the Stop Climate Chaos event was taking place. The whole square was packed with people. Lots of people had anti-Bush signs and one guy from the WWF was dressed up in a panda suit. The host of the event was some weird comedian who kept on booing the helicopter covering the event for polluting the air. There were some interesting people talking, including a woman from Kenya whose village hasn't gotten any rain in the past three years. We also heard KT Tunstall perform her Black Horse and Cherry Tree as well as a cover of some Jackson 5 song.

Climate Change Protest

Climate Change Protest

Protest at Trafalgar Square

Protest at Trafalgar Square

Protest Posters

Protest Posters

This evening we went to Alexandra Palace to watch the fireworks for Guy Fawkes night. When we got off the tube there was an enormous line for the bus, which we had to wait in. It was unpredictable whether or not a bus was going to stop. Finally we got to the front of the line after all too long a wait. The next bus stopped at the other end of the bench, but by the time we walked up to it it left. Then it stopped again at the end of the block, so we all ran down there thinking this time it would open its doors, which it did not. When it took off again we decided to walk, which only took about 25 minutes. The event was, in Adam's words, "like the state fair inside of a palace". There were food vendors and even rides inside this huge room. We got free Pimm's and warm apple juice, which was cidery and yummy. Then we went outside to watch the fireworks, which were, well, fireworks. It was free fun so everyone was happy. On our way home we stopped at Sergio's restaurant, Iguazu, and tried some traditional Brazilian drink made with sugar cane and rum which was limey and yummy. Ike also got poker chips today so I got to beat him and Adam with real chips and not the spare change he keeps in a ziploc bag.

Happy Guy Fawkes Day everyone!

The Pimm's Man

The Pimm's Man

Guy Fawkes Fireworks

Guy Fawkes Fireworks

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