Archive for the ‘London’ Category

Sunday 21st October – 007 @ Graham Norton

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Went round to the Turners to deliver George’s 18th birthday card. I remember when we took him at about 3 years old to his first gay bar in the Yumbo centre.

 Then off to meet MartinZ, Michael and Stephen and Justin at All Bar One  before queuing in the rain to get in to a special 007 recording of the Graham Norton Show. Guests were Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench and Javier Bardem (the baddie). Band was Of men and monsters – interestng Icelandic band. Good show; Michael’s pic of him coming out of the sea was shown – will it make it to the big screen?

I am a camera

Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Went to see “I am a camera” last night at the Southwark Playhouse. It’s the play based on Christopher Isherwood’s “Goodbye to Berlin” and the inspiration for “Cabaret”. The theatre is in a railway arch near London Bridge and the trains passing overhead made it feel like we were in Nollendorfplatz. It’s a good job they left the songs out or it would have been very long…..

Sunday 2nd September – usual Sunday stuff

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

After breakfast, checked out and headed back in the rain to Croydon. Then off to the usual session at the Hoist and then met Dean and Rémi for a, as usual, very pleasant meal at Sangri

Friday 31st August – Soho

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

A rare weekend in the UK started in Comptons where we met up with Martin Z. Dean and Rémi. Remi was staying with us so he and Dean could go to Brighton Pride and then onto Berlin. Eddie B also turned up. Discussed ironing. Martin had originally suggested we went to Wahaka but the wait for a table was estimated at 90 minutes so we moved on. Stumbled across a great little restaurant Cantina Laredo; very nice Mexican food. Then onto Halfway to Heaven.

London (17th August)

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Friday night: after using my work’s charity day clearing up some of the gardens at Tower Hamlets Cemetery, I dashed to the office and showered and changed before meeting Colin at Pizza Express in Golden Square. After a decent meal we wandered up Carnaby Street  to the Palladium to see the Wizard of OZ. Even though our tickets were half price the theatre was still not full. It is also annoying that children are allowed in to watch these sort of shows! The most interesting people in the audience, however, were the three grannies who turned up later and proceeded to talk very loudly (despite being told off by other members of the audience). They were clearly drunk and one left her seat during the first half, never to return, and a second disappeared during the interval.


An early(-ish) start on Saturday morning as we met Heike (Klaus-Dieter’s sister-in-law) and her friend, Brigitte to show them round some of London. Walked along the river to the Houses of Parliament, up Whitehall, past Downing St and the horses to Trafalgar Square where we caught one of the old-fashioned Routemasters to St Pauls. We were the only passengers on the top deck and the conductor didn’t come and check our tickets so we got a free ride. Walked round the cathedral (I’d forgotten how imposing it actually looks) and cross the Millenium Bridge and from just outside the Globe theatre we caught a boat (having paid with Oyster) along the river to Greenwich North where we disembarked and wandered into the O2 for lunch in the Slug and Lettuce which the German ladies paid for. Then our first flight with Emirates  – on the cable car over the Thames. Using Oyster again made it really easy as they have Underground-tpe entrance gates – touch in and enter. Not much of a queue and they only put 6 passengers in each pod, even though they could probably take 8 people. Very comfortable ride with great views over East London. After that we deserved an ice-cream but I am not sure I was happy paying £2.50 for a “99” with flake. Took the DLR back to Tower Hill where we said goodbye to our guests who took a bus to Regent Street to go shopping. We returned home for a well-deserved rest. Sunday was a typical London Sunday – shopping, cleaning, the Hoist and a meal out (this time our first trip to Buffalo  – not bad food although I had already drunk too much by then. The fajitas were a bit too hot for my taste.



London Pride (7th July)

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

About a week before London Pride the old money problems reared their head again and the parade was no longer allowed to have lorries and the Soho parties were cancelled. Not much to look forward to then? Au contraire, the rain held off (except for one five-minute long downpour) and the march was great fun. A bit more music would have been welcomed but it was just like the old days except it didn’t end up in a festival in a park. Pics here

Marilyn’s Party (30th June)

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Marilyn’s birthday is actually earlier in the year but, following Her Majesty’s lead, decided to hold her 50th celebrations in what would hopefully be the summer, so on a wind-swept Saturday afternoon we made our way to a park in north London where, despite the wind’s best efforts we enjoyed a picnic.

Tower Of London

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

How much? Although a full-price adult ticket seems expensive you’d be silly to pay that much. If you travel there by rail (including a annual season ticket) you can get 2 for the price of 1 tickets and there are other offers online too if you search. As it was a Saturday morning we decided to get there as it opened and looking at the queues as we left it was a good plan.

 To be honest even if we had paid the full price it would have been worth it.It’s much bigger than it looks on the outside and there is plenty to see including, of course, the crown jewels and other exhibitions. The only disappointing part is the exhibition about wild animals that have lived in the Tower over the years, including the polar bear who was tied by a long rope so he could swim in the Thames. The whole thing looks like it was designed and built by school children in the 1950s and hasn’t been changed since.

 A good trip out