UNITED KINGDOM: SOGGY LONDON

Posted by on Oct 12, 2019 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The rain has had no problem keeping up with me these last three weeks. After an exceedingly wet and dismal Bournemouth, Guernsey, and Jersey, I arrive in a soggy London congested with extinction rebellion activists who actually delayed my friend on our night out at the theatre. Of course, Extinction Rebellion made their activities known so that people could plan accordingly.

For one who has braved all manner of travel obstacles, I find myself losing patience, having one thing on my mind, and that is getting together with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in California. Even though I’ll be visiting Washington D.C. and Chicago on the way back, they will take a back seat to my return to San Diego.

I can’t say I am particularly motivated on this visit but there are a few viable things on the list. Theatre, check! Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Tate Modern should round things out nicely.

Extinction Rebellion

WE’RE SORRY – EXTINCTION REBELLION SUBMITTED AN APOLOGY FOR CURTAILING PEOPLES’ PLANS.

 

LONDON’S THEATRE DISTRICT

THE MOUSETRAP – It’s the longest-running play (67 years) in the world.

SILVER MOUSE – Presented to St. Martins Theatre by The Mousetrap to mark the first 25 years together.

LUMAS

 

 

TATE MODERN

Kara WALKER – Fons Americanus

Kara Walker’s recent Hyundai Commission is a 45-foot-high fountain, exploring the historical tether between Africa, America, and Europe with inspiration from the Victoria Memorial in London. Water has its own significance in the work, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates, and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fons Americanus is an allegory of the Black Atlantic.

 

Felicia LEIRNER – Composition – 1962

Ellsworth KELLY – Gironde – 1951

Wassily KANDINSKY – Swinging – 1925

Yinka SHONIBARE

Roy LICHTENSTEIN

 

Haegue YANG – Structure with Three Towers – 2015

Ed RUSCHA – Our Flag – 2017

This is clearly a commentary on the state of the union under Donald Trump.

Naoya HATAKEYAMA

GLOOMY LONDON LANDSCAPE

 

Robert INDIANA – LOVE Red Violet – 1966

PICADILLY CIRCUS

REGENT STREET

Six police cars streamed past in a cacophony that would seemingly never end due to a number of them stuck in traffic. It was so bad I had to seek refuge in a store. I am pretty much fed up with crowded, noisy big cities for a while.

CARNABY STREET

HAPPY SOCKS – Est. 2008 Sweden

BLACK MATTE MINI

HISTORICAL REMNANT – This corner will be integrated into new construction.

2 Comments

  1. Doug
    October 12, 2019

    Hope some sun arrives!

  2. The Travel Zealot
    October 14, 2019

    No luck on the sun, Doug.
    I am currently one month behind on my blog which is truly unprecedented. Rarely, have I reached 4-5 days without playing catch-up. I was derailed by the horror of Beatleweek in Liverpool and subsequently disillusioned by the weather which would normally allow me plenty of time to work on the blog.

    Boring, sunny, San Diego is really beginning to look good right about now. If I could click my malfunctioning Finnish shoe heels together and find myself back in California, I would do so.

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