Thursday, 24 November 2022

Nephew Catch Up

Chinatown 

 I’m exhausted, and on the train about the depart Euston 
My train home, as my inward train was cancelled, so after dropping Leo off at St Pancras I’ve grabbed the next train north .
The rail system is a bit shambolic .

I met Leo yesterday at the station .we checked in the hotel and I was touched just how excited he was at the prospect of having a room all to himself. 
The things we take for granted eh? 

We then walked up to Shaftesbury Avenue , where I remembered  the forbidden planet megastore was located and let Leo submerse himself in everything geek for a good hour.
We then ambled up to long acre and walked into Dishoom past the queues that were already snaking along the pavem
Dishoom staff could not have been kinder. I had already texted  that it was Leo’s and they made a fuss of him, and even proudly  presented him with a birthday pud with candle on it.
Which was sweet.
The food, as usual, was divine


He spent a great deal of time texting on his phone ( which I didn’t mind at all) but we talked too about the merits of Black Panther 2 compared to the Black Panther 1 and other films he has seen this year.

From Dishoom we walked around Chinatown , then down to the Southbank where we had a drink at the BFI 
I was knackered when we walked down the Strand to see Six

After a shaky start Six won me over.

Think of a superior Spice Girl tribute band ( plus one) who can really sing and act 
Give them tons of sass, seven or eight uvula wrenching songs and some costumes to die for and you have a joyful pop exploration into the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII

Standout was Dionne Ward Anderson who was playing Anne of Cleves, 
She couldn’t have injected more life into her role if she had inserted a stick of dynamite up her drawers
Amazing


We got a tube back to the hotel
were I soaked my feet under some cool shower water.
After a nice breakfast…We are now both on the way home .

Our next meeting Is London Comic Con 2023
 


50 comments:

  1. Anne Brew11:22 am

    You do thoughtful things for other people - it sounds like it was a very worthwhile trip.

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  2. What to say but just nice.

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  3. Oh that sounds brilliant, he'll remember this birthday for a long time to come. Good food, good accommodation and a good Uncle thrown in for good measure. How will you top this next year?

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful diversion

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    1. A nice change david…..for both of us

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  5. See, I told you you were cool! Leo obviously thinks so, too. Sore feet is a small price to pay for creating wonderful memories for you both. xx

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  6. You best get in training John because your mate Leo is going to wear you out xx

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    1. I think I wore him out to be honest , he was flagging before me

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  7. Sounds like an excellent day.

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  8. Anonymous1:46 pm

    Luv luv luv Leo t shirt. Delphine

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    1. That jumper has got many likes today I will tell Leo that , he’d be chuffed

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  9. Sounds like a memorable day for both of you. I knew Dishoom would be a nice place.

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    1. It’s lovely. I have been going years ….it was the first restaurant I ever went of my own

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  10. Glad you both enjoyed yourselves!

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  11. Barbara Anne2:35 pm

    What a wonderful day! Methinks in addtion to making good memories, you're teaching Leo how to plan joy in his life.

    Hugs!

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    1. I hope so babs , I never had an uncle that I did things growing up with…I always wanted one

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  12. I'm glad you both had a good time.

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  13. Henry VIII, not Edward (of course). We all make such easy slips.

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  14. Awesome! How fun! And Leo's Keith Haring tshirt is so nice.

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    1. A woman in the theatre made a great fuss of it as she passed him

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  15. I love Leo’s sweater, sweatshirt, pullover, jumper.... Whatever you call it, I love it. You are a great uncle!

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  16. The thing I liked best about "Six" is that it's an exciting, interesting show and it's SHORT! I love Leo's Keith Haring shirt! Glad you two had a good (if tiring) time.

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    1. Yes Steve, it doesn’t out live itself …mind you I doubt they could have sung with that intensity for a second half

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  17. How did you get past the queue at Dishoom? We just discovered Dishoom last month when we were in England and went to the one in Knightsbridge, then near Liberty, and the one in Manchester. Gorgeous rooms, and even more gorgeous food. But the lines! What's the secret?

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    1. You can book now Vivian , I booked ages ago

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  18. Damselfly4:39 pm

    Sounds like an absolute wonderful time was had by you & Leo, and treasured memories made. 😊 You're a good 'un, John.

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    1. I loved the fact that his mum told me that he was so confident when he got home

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  19. You will always be someone very important to him.

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    1. I hope I’ve managed to forge out a few memories

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  20. How lovely. He will remember this super day for a long time.
    It's great that you have stayed a presence in his life. My much loved 'aunt' disappeared out of my life when my uncle and her separated. I was so upset and to make matters worse we weren't allowed to mention her name.

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    1. Some of me was bloody minded where Leo was concerned. I thought I bloody wouldn’t go quietly into the night where he was concerned

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  21. I could never part from my favorite niece...we are a part of each other and she is only two.

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  22. How wonderful that you have maintained this friendship with your nephew and that you continue it. He looks happy.

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  23. Sounds like a good time was had by both of you! -miss living in LDN and being able to eat at great spots like Dishoom.

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  24. Have you thought of sending a card to Ms Anderson to say how much you enjoyed her work? My mother used to occasionally receive letters of praise and she was always thrilled. It's the little things......

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    1. I tried to Twitter a compliment but unfortunately she’s not on the medium so I twittered the theatre.
      It’s the medium I use to compliment an actor

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