Ian (ringbark) wrote,

From London, with love

Madame Tussaud's
This was our first venture. It's still a magnificent place to visit. In the hall, the visitors are mingling with the waxworks and it's sometimes difficult to spot who is real and who is not. Yes, they are very realistic.
I engaged a variety of people in conversation while the family took the pictures. My lookalike brother is the most worrying of all, and I'm sure someone will be posting that picture soon.
"Chamber of Horrors - Live" is not worth the extra money. I'm sorry to say that the whole of the CoH disappointed me. in days gone by, you could walk past and read all about the macabre things the bad guys had gone, but that section seems to have been toned down a lot since then.
The Planetarium is now included as part of the package and runs a dumbed down introduction to the Solar System and beyond. Interesting, but nothing I didn't know.

London Dungeon
This was reasonably much fun, but it literally stinks. I found the smell in the waiting area oppressive. Viv says it's part of the atmospheric effect of the place, but I can't believe it. We are told, by models and real life actors, some of the history of London - the plague, the fire and the Whitechapel Murders. Good enough, but not top of the list.

Tower Hill
Had a look around but didn't go in. The whole of the historic London is impressive by its sheer size, to say nothing of ts sheer age. There is nothing in New Zealand that is old, by British standards, or large, by British standards. After that, we went back to the hotel.

The Mousetrap
What can you say about a play now in its 53rd year? There are no stars - just competent actors telling a murder mystery in a play. Eight very fine actors, one set, a story that surely means you won't know who did it, and I'm not telling. But a great evening of entertainment, and unlike anything the boys had ever seen before. After it finished, we went to get a bite to eat to take back to the hotel.

The Eye
It's 135 metres tall, which is 443 feet for those who don't speak metric. Climb into an enclosed capsule and take one slow lap round, taking in a view of London that defies description. You see the old and the new, the places you have read about or seen in the movies or n tv or remember vaguely from your childhood. When we left in 1990, nobody had ever thought of such a thing, yet it now looks like it's been there for ever. When that was over, it was off to the Dali exhibition at County Hall. Yes, he was seriously deranged, but a magnificent artist and sculptor for all that. Most exciting of all were the items for sale. No, I didn't buy, but the items were all (just) affordable if that's what you have set your heart on. I haven't, so I didn't buy.

To Coventry
If we had known that the train service to Coventry was stuffed, we wouldn't have booked here. But the train trip to Birmingham was fine. The city has truly changed almost beyond our recognition, especially for a place I lived for six years. Massive urban renewal: malls, pedestrian zones on a scale that is incredible, leading to a challenge to find the right bus stop. But we have arrived, the rooms are pretty good and the internet service is broadband.
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