• London roundup

    20 August 2010

    It's been a busy old week in London! I did another edit of the first book of what will hopefully be my next series after the Mr Crepsley books. Sorry -- I still can't say anything about it. If all goes well, and it falls into place, and ends up getting the official go-ahead, then I imagine I'll be able to reveal some details at some point next year -- but for the moment it has to be a closely-kept secret. But rest assured that I'm slaving away on it, not taking things easy!!

    On Tuesday Bas and I went to see Into The Woods at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. That's my favourite theatre that I've ever been to. It's a magical, enchanting place, and I've seen some great shows there too. This one was definitely a winner as well, with an amazing set and cast. Unfortunately it started to rain heavily shortly after the beginning of the second half, so the performance had to be cancelled, but we had a wonderful time regardless. We're hoping to go for the second half tonight, if the weather holds up...

    On Wednesday we got to go to an exclusive mini-gig by The Magic Numbers at the Levi's Store on Regent Street. I heard about it through their Twitter page, applied for tickets, and got them! They didn't play a huge number of songs, but it was in a tiny room, with less than 100 people in attendance -- it was easily the most intimate gig I've ever been to, like having them play in your own living room at home!! We loved it!!

    On Thursday, after I'd finished work on the book, we went to visit some of my relatives, then went to see a play at The National called Welcome To Thebes, which mixed up old Greek legends with modern African politics. I thought it was going to be a long, hard slog, but it was a real treat of a play, interesting and intriguing in equal measures. Well worth catching if you can.

    Today Bas's Mum and her two nephews came up to our flat. We went on the Duck Tour, which was lots of fun -- for those who don't know, it's a land and water vehicle, so you do some of the tour through the streets of the city, some on the river! After that we took them to see Toy Story 3 at the IMAX. It was a lovely little film, funny but warm, a worthy conclusion to the series. Hard to believe it's been 15 years since the first one! I vividly remember going to see it at the cinema and being blown away by the groundbreaking technology -- I'd seen nothing like it at the time. The fact that it was a great film as well was a bonus! I'll miss them if they never make another, but better to quit when you're ahead, especially with something as magical as this series was.

    Right -- I'm going to do a weather dance to make the clouds part, so that we can go catch the second half of Into The Woods! Then, in the morning, we're off to visit Bas's aunt Mary, who lives in an enclosed order in a convent in Norfolk. I always enjoy our visits there -- it's like stepping into a completely separate universe!!!

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