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Today I finished a book. It was about a young man whose parents died around the time he was born. He was raised by his aunt and uncle. Two young men and a young woman have exciting adventures. There was an instructor named Snape who taught teenagers; one of the young men outwits him. It was set in England. It's a story about growing up.

In almost all other respects, The Foundling is an entirely different book than Harry Potter.

Also today -
  • Elephants talked to me on the telephone.

  • I saw mermaids and a unicorn.

  • I felt very tiny in close proximity to a blue whale replica. This and the preceding two events were all at the Natural History Museum.

  • I ate a lovely lunch with taldragon, gandalfgreyhame, and cynicaloptimist.

  • I bought an ice cream scoop, which will save any more spoons from sustaining ice cream damage.

  • I was lured (rather easily) into my first trip to a Hotel Chocolat outlet. I particularly admired their ingenuity in marking a chocolate tasting for children set.


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Mar. 14th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
but are you going to remember to write down what we ate before you forget or they change the menu? :)

(great seeing you again!)
Mar. 14th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Now that you've reminded me, I've downloaded the menu. I'll write it up soon. Really.

(It was good to see you too!)
Mar. 14th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
I talked to elephants on the telephone

It seems unlikely that il cigno really talked with gli elefanti whom, as far as I know, you haven't seen or heard from in something like 25 years, but otherwise your statement is cryptic (as surely it is supposed to be; but elephants?)
Mar. 14th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Awww. No, I haven't heard from them since then.

There were two banks of telephones in the big mammals hall. Three telephones were for Asian Elephants and three were for African elephants. Technically, the elephants were talking to me, not I to them. If you pick up one of the phones, you can hear a recording of the relevant elephant sounds. So I really did pick up a telephone and listen to elephant communication.

Hmm. Perhaps I should correct that to be more accurate in the post.
Mar. 15th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
Is this a good time to make a joke about trunk calls, or am I being very old-fashioned?
Mar. 14th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Well, only just having caught up with the last 2 weeks posts, we went to the NHM and the tower of London whilst there. In fact we went to the tower on the 27th Feb. I really wish that we'd had your phone number, as we should have met up.

Josie was too tired to listen to elephants, the dinosaurs were too much of a draw, but the T-Rex was way too scary! The blue whale always seems bigger than I remember, Josie wasn't too awed until we walked around it and all she could say was "my legs hurt".

But it was nice to be in London, and it's so quick to get to from here, I don't know why we don't do it more often.
Mar. 14th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: London
Oh dear. I emailed both of you before your trip but never heard back! Have you changed email addresses in the last year or so?

My number is here, in case it comes in handy some other time. We really need to make it up to York somewhen soon.

Strangely enough, I've yet to see the dinosaurs at the NHM, although I've heard about the T-Rex.
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
Elephants never call me on the phone. *sniff* I feel so left out.
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Can you give the author of The Foundling please? Amazon seems to have more than one.
Mar. 15th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
It's yet another Georgette Heyer.
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