I stayed in London for an extra week for my Grandpa’s cremation. It was a small family service, the highlights of which were Robbie Burns, a specially-written poem from Alix (minus its forbidden, off-colour verse) and some hilariously mistitled ‘music for reflection’ with Beethoven’s Ninth in all of its stirring Germanic glory. It was a good send-off, which Randi also joined, and so the rest of this post is a recap of the many wonderful things which flow from an impromptu week in the world’s greatest city!
But actually, I’ll begin a little way away from the world’s greatest city with an outing to Blo Norton Hall in Norfolk. This is a house clearly destined to stage elaborate Agatha Christie-themed roleplays, but we made do with gatecrashing a family reunion of the Cooper clan. (Daryl offensively congratulated me for reaching my final year as a perfect number, which I will bug him about in 2485.) Anyway, it was lovely, and someone even asked me about the ‘writing process’ for my blog (hah!) although I now realise that in response I forgot to talk about my overuse of brackets. (They are a key component!)
While we are off on tangents, you know what’s great about the UK? Food! Food served in gastropubs by servers who are totally unapologetic about not knowing any of the beers on tap and don’t claim to be “taking care of you tonight”, supermarket lunch food lining the sandwich shelves, takeaway food ordered from Big Bite on Willesden High Road where a sausage may be battered at no extra charge and laid on a bed of open-wrapped chips. This was also the trip in which Randi discovered pasanda on Brick Lane, we had a whole evening in The Bull on Upper Street with an amazing 80s soundtrack and lots of desserts, and we continued the tradition of family nights at Sanzio. Don’t listen to the naysayers, i.e. the rest of the world. If you don’t cut your sandwiches into triangles, you’re not in this league.
I also got to see two wonderful human beings who I have missed in previous trips home: Sophie, for breakfast south of the river, and Matt in the distinctly un-Matt-like surroundings of Hampstead. No less wonderful was a very wedding-themed lunch with Christa and Boomtingz, which made the days of working for Groupon in London feel oh so very long ago.
Obviously Randi and I also made time for Hampstead Heath, and we also attended an inaugural game of Room 25 with Katie (in co-operative, everybody-wins-today mode) and walked home from Camden Market along the canal, stealing blackberries and looking in at the houseboats.
ONE MORE THING. Remember two years ago, when the noble Team Adipose experienced the incredible immersive escape-room of Time Run? Well, we got the gang back together for the sequel – The Celestial Chain – featuring more amazing, fast-paced time travel and puzzle solving. The only downside was that the time travel was a little too fast-paced for us to actually solve many of the puzzles, making us feel a little dumb, but we were reassured at the end that our small team of three at least managed to put in an ‘average’ performance. Hmmf. I just wanted to try it all again straight afterwards.
[Please imagine a team photo here, as the Time Run Facebook page is neglecting to post ours. Sad!]
As usual I don’t seem to watch as many plane movies as most people, but on the flight home I did check out Ghost in the Shell, a live-action adaption of a manga series which has been recommended to me in the past. I enjoyed it, perhaps due to not having an original to compare against, and the world of the dystopian metropolis was beautifully realised.
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