Friday, December 30, 2005
The Museum of London has been one of our family's favorite places since 1972. At that time it was located in Kensington Palace somewhere around the spot that much later came to be the home of Princess Di. Our son David and daughter Amy used to love the old London Fire diorama and would stand through several repetitions of its little lights and sound effects. Though it is pretty low tech by today's standards, it was moved to the new location and as of a few years ago was still working its magic on today's youngsters.
There are a number of reasons why this museum should be on your list of London Must Sees--the main ones being that it is well arranged, full of fascinating exhibits from the pre-historic to the contemporary, and has one of the best gift shops and bookstores in the city. OHH DID I MENTION THAT ADMISSION IS FREE! That's an advantage that is not easy to come by in London. The first part of Walk 9 ("Doing Battle Around the Barbican") in my London Theatre Walks ends at the Museum of London because the museum contains several exhibits concentrating on the history of the theatre.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
We all piled out of bed early this morning and headed over to Cedar Rapids for another dose of Christmas. Lots of presents, more good eats, lots of Scrabble, and other games. We'll post a few pics when we get home tomorrow. S'all there is right now.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Merry Christmas to all of the one or two people who might read this blog once in a while.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The cake was a beauty, as the pics show, and we all had a whale of a time playing UNO.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Lots of people get all warm and gooey inside when the thought of wedding anniversaries comes up. Like sugar plums those images of roses by the dozens, lacy lingerie, and diamond pendants declaring everlasting romance flit across the mind. Then the reality of the cold and slippery outside enters the quotient. Enter a real anniversary present. It ain't sexy, it won't wilt in a week, and of course it's in the cost range of a diamond. Happy Anniversary Jim and Jan--46 years on Dec. 19th.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Christmas Carol Monmouth style will roll into the record books with two performances today at 2 and 7:30. The show has gotten better each night. With over 60 in the cast they barely fit on the stage during the curtain call.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Goodbye! The old Routemaster hop-on hop-off red busses are moving rapidly toward their final runs. I know that they take two people to crew, are dangerous, and impossible for the handicapped, but they'll still be missed. Luckily they will apparently still run on some selected Heritage routes. Search them out.
The No. 9, pictured to the left was boarded almost daily by our family when we lived near Kensington High Street in the 1970's.
You could get almost anywhere worth going from Hammersmith to the Tower.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Finished a book by Martha Grimes titled Rainbow's End. Had not run into her work before. She is another American (like Elizabeth George) who writes detective novels with British settings and characters. The local color is lovely as we range from the Tate Gallery to the V&A as well as the Dirty Duck and shadowy banks of the Avon in Stratford. The main gumshoe is Chief Superintendent Richard Jury and he marches stoically through the book surrounded by a gallery of excentrics who provide both humor and assistance in the search for a possible killer of three seemingly unconnected women. The search takes Jury to America where we get a loving picture of Santa Fe and the surrounding area. I thought the side tracks got a bit too long on occasion, but I will sample at least one more of her efforts before giving up.
Shakespeare is in the news again. Seems as though the old boy never really goes out of fashion or at least the attempt to figure out the old boy's life doesn't go out of fashion. You can take a peak at the reviews of both volumes at the link. Press here
Monday, December 05, 2005
Almost seventy college students, faculty, and townspeople are featured in this warm retelling of the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s encounter with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Performances begin this Thursday evening at 7:30 PM and continue on Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:30. For best seats and to get information about which cast is performing at which times call the Buchanan Center at 309-734-3033.
There will also be two performances for Monmouth elementary school children. Take a gander at some of the action at the rehearsal in the pics below.