Posted on 09 August 2006

Yesterday was a whirlwind. Early morning, Gill and I went to Starbucks for coffee and internet, and then on to a fitness club (our hotel has priviledges) for a swim and steam bath, and then (puff puff)on to hairdressers’ for an English cut (hate mine), and finally into Camden market passage for an Indian vegetarian lunch. We hardly had time to catch our breath before we were underground, catching tube to Leicester Square for half price tickets to Dancing on the Street and then on to do battle with the crowds on Oxford Street, while eying what’s new and great for fall – oops forgot I am not in the fashion industry anymore.

For the first time, I find myself liking London. Usually I sigh and say it’s just too crowded, too busy, too fast, too dangerous but this time, I am enthralled. Could be because so much revolves around theatre, art, books, and cafes.

Dancing in the Street gave us a taste of the Motown era and its stars – Diana Ross, Little Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, to name a few. Gill, who should be too young, knew practically every song (is she her father’s daughter?)and, at one point, both of us were dancing in front of our seats (along with half the audience.)The lead – oops can’t remember his name – had a great voice and his ad libbing helped hold the musical together (no story line – only a string of songs.) At the end, he ask all, if they enjoyed the performance, to tell 750 friends to buy tickets because “I don’t want to go back to the States until that man is out of the White House.” He received a standing ovation.

Afterwards, though I could hardly keep my eyes open, Gill dragged me to a China town for a quick bite and then down into the underground and back to the hotel where I collapsed…

And so we begin our last full day…

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