The first and most important thing about setting off for London today was fiddling with the built in Sat Nav on my phone. I use it because the speedo on my car doesn’t work so in order to not get caught speeding, I use this.
The thing is, when Esmeralda speaks, she does so by slapping me across the face with a glove and throwing it on the floor…
At 07:50 Esmeralda stated that I would arrive at my destination at 11:22…
Well I knew I had to be there at 10 am (to support Sue Black on her run) and was hoping that old Esmeralda wasn’t too accurate.
At 09:55 I turned the engine off in North Ealing and walked 5yrds into the underground station, which wasn’t very ‘underground’. It was actually a beautiful olde worldy place – and within minutes I was bouncing down the Piccadilly Line enroute to Green park.
Everything was running perfectly to time as I sat watching, or should I say cringing at a girl trying to put eye-liner on with what looked like a sharp pencil. I just keep thinking ‘any minute now!’.
Arriving at Green Park and strolling down to Buckingham Palace, the first runners were arriving back and I had got there just in time before the crowds really started to get bigger…
Walking the full length of the Mall to Admiralty Arch I waited until the most unmissable and prolific supporter of both Social Media and Bletchley Park came trotting along doing none other that tweeting away on her iPhone…
When I called her name, well it was more like a Sergeant Major bark, the 2nd pic didn’t turn out so well because I was distracted due to the sudden fear and loathing of my shout by the people around me… hence the pic is late and blurred.
I then turned around and walked the few yards to Horse Guards Parade where works had obviously been underway setting up for this years Trooping the Colour.
Horse Guards is a surreal place to me. These buildings were the original War Ministry buildings and where an empire was formed and indeed – controlled.
And over behind these trees is the rear of Number 10 and 11 Downing St.
Away and off to my place in Kensington Gardens for a sit, think and watch the locals stroll by until the unthinkable happened – the battery in my phone died… So I left the park, much wiser for have been there and headed of over the Bayswater Road into the local shopping area on Queensway to reconnoitre the things I needed. Firstly pottering around a place called Whiteley’s then into Maplins which is a bit like Radioshac, and after getting what I needed, I went on my way..
This is where things got a little vague when I tried to find a tube station, I found my way up Westbourne Grove, then turned left onto Chepstow Place and kept going. I would have taken a few pics of the area, but when you’ve seen one wedding cake type building, you’ve seen them all – though, I did see one of the most precarious places for a toilet… further up Chepstow Place just as I was getting to Pembridge Square. Dear oh dear, the thought of someone losing their curry from the night before as you’re walking past doesn’t bare thinking about! – at head height too!
A few minutes later and I had to stop someone and get directions. It’s wrong to say people in London aren’t friendly, everyone I spoke to today were more than helpful… 3 mins later and I was walking down the steps of a tube station – result!
I made a few more visits and got back to my car and started charging the phone.
On my way out I went past this place – anyone remember? Ahhh well, I popped a post card through the door and left.
This brings me to some of the things I’ve learned of late and about the future of this blog.
It would be so easy for me and anyone to rip into various events. I understand just about everything about them now too, so I wouldn’t be talking out of turn. But really, is that how I should conduct myself and this blog? A rant every time something is wrong – any child you meet can rant…
Nope, I know what I know and that’s that. I have opinions too, and these are most certainly not for sharing.
So in all things, I know where, how and I’m happy with where I stand on issues and with people.
So, today opened and closed old and new doors, I went simply to support Sue Black, because I believe it was the least I could do and the conclusion of this day in London is that it was indeed a great day.
As I said to someone earlier, I’m not sure I could actually live in London anymore, it’s pretty full on even on it’s quietest days.