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Parade-sighting in London, and other news

After the closest thing to a good brunch I've ever had in London, at Nopi, with visiting friends known from Toronto, we walked down toward the Royal Academy to see the David Hockney show. From a distance, Piccadilly looked crowded with a protest, so we took the back streets; but when we made it down to the street, it wasn't that at all. It was a St. Patrick's Day parade.

We caught the tail end of it, and it was as wonderful as it could possibly be. Those last few floats included a shiny troupe of Bolivian(-Irish) dancers and a throng of lively Hare Krishnas, wishing us a happy St. Patrick's Day. There was even a Hare Krishna leprechaun. It was a wonderfully London moment.

In other improbable news, the UK actually has a decent song it's entering for Eurovision this year.

geesepalace headed off early this morning, while the garden was still covered in frost. A little more grading, and it'll be properly spring break for me.


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Mar. 19th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Making an inference from your first sentence, what issues have you discovered with London brunches? (Though on second thoughts, a 'London brunch' is probably a greasy spoon fry-up...)
Mar. 20th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
The stage going up - I presume for this - in Trafalgar Sq had French writing on it. Confusing.

Does one need to buy in advance for the Hockney or just get there early? (Lucian Freud - buy tickets and then go for a coffee for an hour)
Mar. 20th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
The parade was around Sunday noon, heading eastbound on Piccadilly - Trafalgar Square would have been a sensible end-point for it.

I currently have an RA membership, and could get tickets for the same time-slot at the door. Sunday early afternoon, the queue was across the courtyard, but I suspect it was the logistics of selling rather than actually lacking in space in the gallery which was the problem. It was crowded, but feasible. Weekdays, I'd just turn up. Weekends, probably worth booking just to save yourself standing around forever to buy the ticket.
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