Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Work and Pleasure.

On Monday we had a spring cleaning and maintenance day on ‘Chance’.


While Doug was working hard inside the boat James was working “for Cunard” down in the engine room - changing the engine and gearbox oil and doing a general service before we take on the series of tideway cruises with the St Pancras Cruising Club.


Today (Tuesday), with the weather still remaining superb we decided to enjoy more of the city.  Shakespeare still continues to look over the crowds in Leicester Square as he has done for a hundred or so years ……..


…… and he never tires to remind us of one of life’s fundamental adages. 


We had lunch in one of our favourite pubs – The Chandos, just off Trafalgar Square, and then took a walk down to Covent Garden and immersed ourselves in the atmosphere there.  Doug had an hour in the sunshine while James ……..


……..popped into the nearby St Paul’s Church (the actors’ church) to listen to a concert given by the Merchant Taylor’s Girls School, Liverpool.  They delivered a marvellous selection of music from Brahms to Lloyd Webber.


After the concert James took a few moments to look at some of the many memorial plaques to some of our best known and loved actors.  Richard Beckinsale was a huge loss – a great talent for such a short time ……..


………. while Margaret Rutherford gave us so much for such a long time.


St Paul’s, Covent Garden, built by Inigo Jones in 1633 is a fabulous bit of architecture and contains many memorials to past actors – it’s well worth a visit.


The sun and the Easter holidays brought the crowds out in force today.  This is Leicester Square this afternoon as we walk back to the tube station at Piccadilly.

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