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The Day After

March 6th, 2015 at 09:11 pm

I've been home most of the day with a pen in hand, writing comments on papers. One class down, about one and a half to go. Some won't need extensive comments, but some will. I wish the shoemaker's elves would come and finish them up.

So why the day after? Yesterday was spectacular, at least in my geek universe. I got up early and queued for day tickets at the National Theatre to see Ralph Fiennes in a Shaw play. We got tickets for 15 GBP, so I was thrilled. I camped out in a sunny spot on the Southbank and corrected more papers, then a hike over the river through Embankment Gardens to the tube back. After lunch and more grading, I went for a special tour of Parliament with three other faculty. A Labour MP took us to his office (small--but the view!) then all through Parliament itself--including the underground chapel, the river terrace etc. What a treat. He spent hours and hours with us.

Then I walked down to the Embankment again and to the theatre. I had a quick sandwich and cup of coffee and settled in for a long but fabulous play. Rather than hopping right on the tube home, I walked with a colleague across the river to Trafalgar Square to see the new sculpture, then through Leicester Square and finally back to Tottenham Court Road for the tube home. I was exhilarated and so happy--What a beautiful day. Of course today, I am exhausted. Nothing like grading papers to put you to sleep. All of that joy for 20 GBP--15 for the ticket, and 5 for dinner.

6 Responses to “The Day After”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, sounds like a dream day! Which Shaw play was it?

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Man and Superman. Fiennes was great as was the guy who played the devil/brigand.

  3. PauletteGoddard Says:

    That lazy Labour MP. Why isn't he campaigning? Now's no time to rest on a slim lead over the Tories, he should be sucking up to the Lib Dems or coaching Miliband on how to look like a leader, unless the Labour MP was Miliband in which case, good on you! I am KIDDING. I hope you said hi to my main man Charlie when you went through Leicester Square.

  4. bluesfemme Says:

    Fabulous! And so quintessentially English :-) If the devil is Tim McMullan we've enjoyed him in Foyle's War. MEC - ta, 'cause you always make me add something to our list for next time in London.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds marvelous!

  6. My English Castle Says:

    It was Tim McMullan as the devil, but fortunately or not for me, not Ed Miliband taking us through Parliament. Ed doesn't inspire much confidence, does he? And yesterday, Paulette, they were even talking about a LaboUr/Conservative coalition. Gees--what a hodge-podge now. I know I must be settling in because I'm talking back to TV presenters now.

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