It’s been another trying few weeks for Britain. The startling and crazy politics aside, I mean really, the DUP? But two cities close to my heart were once again cruelly attacked by cowards. What else can you call them? It’s bad enough if you target fellow man but to target children? No, you are a coward.
We were in London when the attacks happened in Manchester. Once again I was taken and impressed with the spirit of the people coming together, despite what an orange useless so called leader likes to spout on stuff he doesn’t understand. He doesn’t get what the people of Britain are made of. We’re very good at getting back up again, pulling up the boot straps, and coming together with humour, strength, and acts of kindness.
So while this terrible problem needs to be solved, preferably sooner rather than later, these cowards need to know they aren’t ever going to win.
When we were in London we walked miles and miles visiting places I used to go when I lived there and discovering new sights. I took my husband to Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park. I used to go years ago. I love how people can just have a soap box to talk about whatever they want as long as it doesn’t incite hate or violence.
It was only just starting when we arrived, just one guy talking about his Christian beliefs. He did have a sense of humour about it. There was a lively debate between him and a gentleman who was Muslim. I couldn’t hear too much what he was saying but all of a sudden the man holding court said “but you don’t want 4 wives, you’d have 4 mother in laws!” Given that most obviously don’t have 4 wives, I do wonder what point was being brought up.
While this was going on a man came up to us asking if he could talk to us. Nice enough but it wasn’t too long before we realised he was a bit out there. He had some wild ideas about saving the earth and that we shouldn’t pollute, as he was rolling cigarettes. He also talked about how the policeman was rude trying to arrest him for riding his bicycle on the M5. He moved on to how we should all love each other which is when I got a bit naughty and suggested he talk to the guy above as he was talking about love as well.
And so he did! Much to the delight of the crowd. Which begs the question why some choose to just chant and sing to get their message across.
I don’t think their message is getting out, or maybe it is. Who knows?
It was a gorgeous day and as we were walking through the park, for a laugh, I called to a squirrel. Wouldn’t you know, it came running! I think people need to stop feeding the animals!
We also had a bit of fun with celebrity sightings on this trip. When we arrived in the UK, James Blunt walked by me with his guitar, not a bad start. As we were walking through Leicester Sq we came upon the theatre for “Don Juan in Soho” starring David Tennant. We quickly got tickets. It was hilarious and not for children!
Because we queued politely, we missed out on getting an autograph. I might have to rethink that! But while we were sitting in the theatre I suddenly realised Tom Hollander was 10 feet away. I stayed perfectly calm. Well most of me, my left arm was hitting my husband frantically so he could look over. It wasn’t long before I was tapping him again because 4 feet away Steven Moffat was sitting there! Needless to say it was a fun night.
Luck would have it, two of my cousins arrived in London just before we left and my younger cousin had never been to London before. It was a great treat giving her a bit of a walking tour at night, introducing her to some of the famous sites. How wonderful to see London through fresh eyes.
We did swing by the Lego store, where I am envious of those who have the job of building this:
We walked through the War Rooms of Churchill and through the area filled with monuments and symbols of strength and perseverance.
As I said, the cowards will never overcome the spirit and the strength of the people.
Wonderful, inspiring post!
Thank you. I wish they weren’t needed.
Loved reading about your experience. I am a big fan of British entertainment and have a subscription to Acorn TV and BBCA. Tennant is a fine actor.
Sounds like you had some fun despite the overwhelming sadness for what has happened to people who did not deserve it. We felt that sadness here also.
We did enjoy ourselves but it was definitely tempered by this horrid acts.
Great post. I really miss London.
Thanks. London never gets old for me, it’s just a wonderful place to be.
I recently Skype with my daughter who used to live there, and I told her that I’ll hear about a restaurant in London and get excited, but then remember she’s not in London anymore, and she told me she actually does the same thing! Oh I miss those pubs.
You two need a trip, stat!
What a fun write up, Virginia! I bet you just had a blast! Wish I had you as a tour guide!
I did have fun with that. 😊