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in a lunch pail town in a one horse way you can live like a king and queen

Hello! You are all getting part II of TRIP TO ENGLAND before Part I, because my Brighton photos are on the camera I forgot to bring a cord for. There is, however, evidence of High Seas, and I will have it up eventually.

So as not to bury the lede--I'll be signing at Forbidden Planet on Friday at 6 pm for an hour! Come visit! (Special boyfriend guest star is likely to be in attendance too.)

But for now, wandering around London, with and without scott_lynch. We've been signing books every possible place, and Scott has been doing a bunch of interviews. He and Pat Rothfuss had a completely amazing signing at Forbidden Planet last night--over three hundred people showed up--and then there was pub time afterwards.

Today was mostly a day off to recuperate. Here's the last rose of summer, in Hyde Park, from a rainy eight-mile walk we took today:

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Except really not summer at all anymore.

We also went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which lives up to its reputation as England's attic--but a delightful attic, and spend a very few minutes in the Museum of Natural History petting rocks. (I am an inveterate and shameless rock-petter.)

Here's the establishing shot for the misty, rainy movie of our lives in London:

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And here's a pretty half-timbered pub that I mean to have a pint in before we go:

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Here's the RIDE/DON'T RIDE signal, for the horseborne:

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Sushi clock at Tokyo Diner, where we had dinner last night:

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And here's a swan actually doing the swan-boat thing with its wings.

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Show-off.

And here's what I had for lunch yesterday in Chinatown:

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(Roasted duck ramen. YUM.)

Tonight, we went to see Thor: the Dark World. Man, the UK has too damned many commercials before movies. HALF AN HOUR, I shit you not. The movie, however, was good cheesy well-paced fun, once they sensibly gave up on pretending it was supposed to make sense and explaining everything.

Stay through ALL the credits. I'm already writing fanfic for the very VERY last scene in my heart.

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Heh - I was at a book-launch in the upstairs room at the Wheatsheaf a couple of weeks ago! For olde pubbes, see also the Lamb in Lamb's Conduit Street. (I don't think I did pubs among my 100 London Things last year, which was rather an omission.)
We plan to check out the Pillars of Hercules and the Lamb and Flag. We did have dinner last night at The Jack Horner, which is just round the corner from our hotel, and it was delicious. (Pies and Ale! A sign that will always draw me inside.)
Ohmigod that ramen looks delicious. WANT.
I'm glad you're enjoying London, even in the rain. Yes, we have a lot of commercials in the cinema - I hadn't realised this wasn't the case in the US! Although it does vary depending on the cinema - I went to see Thor 2 (yes, great fun, and there may have been some discrete drooling) in our local cinema in Bicester (just outside Oxford)last night, and there weren't that many commercials, so it may be you get more in the capital.

I want to say 'you must go and see this and this and this ...' but actually just walking around London you get to see many, many unheralded buildings that are older than most American towns ...
I want to say 'you must go and see this and this and this ...' but actually

...and anyway, we're here on business and very scheduled.

As I said downstream: "Usually in the US we get commercials up until the scheduled start time, then maybe a fancy expensive ad or two (like the Sony hi-def ones that are worth watching for their own sake), and then ten-twenty minutes of previews. I actually rather enjoy the previews...

But only have reserved seating in the US in the IMAX theatres, so you have to get there early-ish to get decent seats if the movie's at all popular."
Half an hour is standard here in Australia, too - generally the knock on effect is that people don't stress about getting to their seats on time. (It cracks me up that the companies that put them together don't call them "ads", they're a "pre show program".) I did once catch a session with I think no ads at all, but that was in the overpriced "fancy" screening room of a giant multiplex where they charge you like twice as much for plushy seats and perhaps a slightly larger screen. And it may just have been a glitch that time anyway, since I've never bothered to pay that much since.
Usually in the US we get commercials up until the scheduled start time, then maybe a fancy expensive ad or two (like the Sony hi-def ones that are worth watching for their own sake), and then ten-twenty minutes of previews. I actually rather enjoy the previews...

But only have reserved seating in the US in the IMAX theatres, so you have to get there early-ish to get decent seats if the movie's at all popular.
An English Rose, no less. And a very photogenic one, to boot. I do hope it had a lovely scent, to match.

Stay through ALL the credits. I'm already writing fanfic for the very VERY last scene in my heart.

On the shallowest level I can' help but go "Awwwww...", yet I generally find myself fretting feeling sorry for the poor thing. :|

Also: White Swans are funny-looking and just Wrong. Proper Swans are Black. *nods*[/WestAustralian]

(spoilers)

Bruce Banner hears about it and adopts it as a pet. It goes to live in Avengers Tower and enjoys great success as a pigeon control measure.

See? All better now.
Every Supergroup base should have one. ^_^
Oh, and the roses smelled AMAZING.
Excellent! I Have Opinions™ about scentless Roses.

The Swan, of course, is still Wrong. ;)
Oh, London. Oh, England. It's been 3 years since my trip there and everyday I miss it! LOVED the V&A - we stayed within walking distance of it with was lovely.
Commercials before UK movies: the ticket-selling staff are generally happy to tell you in advance how long the commercials will be in case you want to skip them in the future.
Swans can be impressive - they can also be nastier than hell. Watching them chase the Canadian geese to the other end of the pond was one of the more amusing parts of the time I spent working in Merrimack (NH).

(The Brighton reference is giving me a Pinball Wizard earworm. Just thought I'd share.)
Oh Yes The Commercials...we saw Ender's Game in London and couldn't believe the theater was completely empty at "movie start" time--of course they all understood the system and arrived during the half-hour of ads.