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August 23rd, 2016
01:01 am
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Mottingham habitation

We left from London's Waterloo East station taking the Southeast Train service. We paid for it with our Tourist Oyster cards that we had ordered before we left home. All of the transportation in greater London now uses these cards which use a near field connection to deduct from a prepaid card. The Oyster can be used on Trains by tapping a sensor before you get on and again when you depart the train. They can be used on buses by touching once as you board.



When we got to Mottingham station we took the local bus to the Mottingham high street and showed up and Ross and Jim's door. It was good to see them again. After we dropped our bags we joined them on the 126 bus to the Eltham High Street and a restaurant called Delicio. It was Sunday and they were offering Beef roast with Yorkshire Pudding and roast potatoes.



They live in a typical London Row house just off the high street. It has what the call “the Lounge” on the right as you enter with a stair to the upper floor directly opposite the door. The Dining room is attached to the lounge while the Kitchen is just past the stairs. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a tiny front garden and a much larger backgarden that are filled with plants of all kinds.

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12:49 am
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XXL
One of the reasons to stay in Southwark was to visit a huge gay club called XXL. It can best be described as a monumental place. It is a huge dance club that is always interesting to visit. The cover charge is 15 pounds for non-members but we went early enough to avoid the lines.
It is classic men's space with no women in sight and the modern equivalent of a sweat lodge as men dance the night away to loud music and bright flashing lights that transports them into another world. Although, some use chemical transport as well. There are very few places that even come close to this experience. Certainly there are no clubs like this in Denver but San Francisco is devoid of them as well. I don't have any experience with New York but I doubt it. The best comparison is the dance parties at Sydney Mardi Gras where the attendance is limited to 19,000.



It is not much to look at from the outside and I didn't take photos because I didn't want to take my camera. There is a picture gallery on their website to give you some idea of the scope of the place.

The club is in the arches under the rail lines leading to Blackfriar's station. There are five spaces of about 150 foot by 40 foot making up the space. The entrance is under the railroad bridge on Southwark Blvd. The first arch you enter is ½ administrative including all the ticket booths and coat check stations. The other half is a sort of living room with a bar at one end and 16 leather sofas on wheels. There is a bar at one end and a short movie playing above the bar but later in the evening the fog from the fog machine obscured the picture.
The second arch contains a dance floor and the restroom facilities. As you can imagine, it requires a huge number of stalls and sinks for the number of people that attend. The third arch is another bar with a few sofas but most of the space is a sideline area for the fourth arch which is all dance floor. There are two dozen mirror balls and loud pulsing music with lasers. The DJ booth looks down on the crowd from the far end while on the opposite end is a raised platform
The last arch is a quieter area with sofas and benches upholstered in astroturf. It is by far the strangest stuff to sit on. There are three green trees created out of the astroturf and suggestions of trees on the walls looking much like rejects from a Dr. Seuss book.
I have to guess that the capacity is in the thousands. It is all men and no women. There are all kinds of flashing lights and laser beams. The fog machines work overtime. It is a sensory extravaganza.
I stayed until 3 am and Ron lasted until about 5 am. Fortunately the hotel was across the road. We were not as worn out as it could have been because there were places to sit and we weren't drinking liquor. We were still a little sleep deprived when we checked out of the hotel at 11 am and headed for Ross and Jim's home in Mottingtonham.

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August 22nd, 2016
07:56 am
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Dinner with the Viti-Clarkes


We caught up with Peter and David at the Union Street Cafe for dinner. The cafe is one of Gordon Ramsey's. He is a famous chef who has a series of television shows. It was close enough to walk for the healthy types but we chose to take a taxi. David and Peter had eaten there before when they visited a theater in that neighborhood.
The Restaurant was a bit pretentious with the menu printed in a handwriting script that was rather difficult to read. The place used to be a warehouse of some kind. They just installed windows and doors in front of the openings and left the roll up doors in place. We were a few minutes early so we went to the bar located in the basement to have a drink and wait.
Our hosts arrived about 15 minutes later and we enjoyed cocktails before dinner and caught up with them. Peter had recently had his 80th birthday. David has been singing with the Gay Men's Chorus. We have missed seeing them the last few times we have been to London so they made time for us. Recently they gave up their car not because they could not drive but because it was a huge expense with little benefit.



David has yet to retire but his accounting clients are dwindling. He is down to 13 or so as they each retire and close their businesses.
They are a very interesting couple to speak with because they are well traveled and well connected. They make quite an impression on people. David was wearing a brown suit with a bow tie and bowler hat. That stood in relief against the 2 gauge nose and ear rings.
Dinner was mildly Italian but could not really be categorized. It was stuff like melon wrapped in prosciutto and meats with roast potatoes. I had the pork chops while the other three had plates of beef or pork with whipped goat cheese. Ron had zucchini cooked like shoestring onions.



We shared a taxi back to our hotel and said goodbye as the went on to their home in Bayswater.

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07:35 am
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Morning at the Mad Hatter


We had a “lie in” as our British friends call it and went to breakfast in the pub around 9 am. We were ordering breakfast when Steve Britain popped around again and we had another chat before he had to collect his things and head for the train.
The pub offers a Full English Breakfast but that is very heavy for our needs so we had some simpler things like we have had for most of the trip.



For lunch I met one of my LiveJournal friends, Finger Trouble, and we talked for a couple of hours. While sitting near a window, Tim spotted a fox who darted into a building for a look then out again. Urban Foxes are not really bothered by humans anymore so they wander freely.
We also spotted a horse arriving at the bar. Well, not exactly a horse a guy in a horse costume and about 10 of his mates who showed up at the bar for what Tim decided was a “Stag do.” I'm not sure but I suspect that the horse was the bridegroom elect.

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07:20 am
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Friday's ride to London


We decided that we would not use the car on Thursday night so we didn't have to get up early and take the car back to the rental agency. We enjoyed the morning with David as John had something to do. We packed up and went to the train station about 12:15 and were on the 1 o'clock train to London. It was the converse of the one that took us to Norwich. The good weather had passed us by and it was lightly raining as we set out.



In London we took a taxi to our hotel, the Mad Hatter in Southwark. I had noticed it listed before but had not really checked it out. Our room on the top floor was elegant and we enjoyed the rest. We had arranged to meet Steve Britain for dinner but we weren't sure where. He was in town for business and staying at the Holiday Inn just down the street. We met at the pub at the hotel for Dinner. They offered meat pies and fish and chips and we decided that was great.




Wondering about the name? Well, The Mad Hatter was originally a gentlemans hat factory and shop, making hats such as the famous Bowler, Topper and Boater. The Mad Hatter, of course, was a character in Lewis Carol's "Alice in Wonderland" - which hosts reference to a myth that the glue used in the making of the hat rims contained Mercury. It is said that the Mercury dispersing particles so close to the brain would tamper with the molecules of the mind and therefore send people slightly mad. Thus creating the phrase "mad as a hatter". Now you know!

A lasting tribute to London's industrial heritage, The Mad Hatter was originally a gentlemans hat factory - where the famous Bowler, Topper and Boater hats were once produced.
http://www.madhatterhotel.co.uk/



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07:18 am
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Yellow


John is a footie fan following the Norwich Canaries who play just down the hill. The team is owned by Delia Smith who is a famous chef. The colors of the team are Yellow and Green so naturally the restaurant is called “Yellow” and is located in the stadium.
It wasn't a game day so the place was rather quiet. We sat next to an open door to the outside enjoying the cool of the day. Because John has a season ticket he gets a 10 percent discount at the restaurant.
It is quite a hill so we took a taxi there and back.

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August 20th, 2016
10:15 am
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Thursday's Surprise


David and John had a surprise for us on Thursday that they would not give any info about. We loaded in the car by 11 am and drove to North Walsham. Our surprise was Davenport's Magic Kingdom.




In 1898, 16-year-old Lewis Davenport began trading in magic tricks from his home in the East End of London. He came from a large, poor family but by 1908 had opened his first shop and was already performing at increasingly prestigious music halls and theatres across Britain.
http://davenportsmagickingdom.co.uk/the-davenport-family/


This museum was established in 2013 in a warehouse in Norfolk but they don't have a lot of room for display so about 1/10th of their collection is on display. There are all kinds of magic properties and puzzles. The Cafe area is surrounded by backdrops from bygone theaters.
We arrived early enough that the man offered us the chance to see the magic early instead of waiting until noon when we had booked. So we hurried around to the “Saint George Theater” where two magicians did a stage show with lots of tricks.



After the Theater show we entered the museum exhibit. The host did a hokey bit where we all shouted magic words then the fireplace swung away to reveal the entrance. We were told about the collecting of details used to convict witches by Reginald Scot in the 1500s that is thought to be the first book explaining magic.



The host excused himself to let us wander through the artifacts until we were invited into a recreation of Lewis Davenport's Shop. in London. In the Shop a magician named Brian did close magic with coins and balls.
We had a bit of lunch before driving home.

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10:10 am
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British Pizza


Cinderella's Carriage is apropos of nothing but I had already process the picture so here it is.


None of us wanted to go out to eat so we ordered a pizza from a little store down the street. It was delivered by a company called Deliveroo, Deliveroo gets its name, I think, from the square foil lined backpacks to they use to carry the food as the pedal or use a motor cycle to deliver.

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06:56 am
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Second Half of Circus Show


The second half of the show was quite different. The stage hands rolled up the carpeting in the ring and places a round stand about 6 feet tall and a curved staircase to reach the top. The music rose in volume and the girls paraded out into the ring. As they waved and swayed to the music, To stage hands removed a panel from the side of the ring and place a long pipe in the hole. On cue the pulled their lever and the stage descended into water and four fountains started spraying towards center stage.



The water spectacular part of the show began. An arched bridge was installed to the center stand and some performers walked over the that bridge to do their act. Over to the right above that entrance there was a trampoline. where three performers bounded and ran up the walls. There was a drummer with lighted drums splashing water everywhere.



For the big finally, ping pong balls floated in covering the water and reflecting the light. It made the pool appear to have a solid surface. The girls did water ballet lifting and bobbing. The four side fountains sprayed to their highest level and a plug in the center stand was removed to provide a central water spout.





This was everything that Cirque Du Soleil is in a one hundred year old theater including the water events from “O” and a bit of Blue Man Group thrown in for spice. It was an amazing show and lived up to the word spectacular.

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06:20 am
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Let the show begin




This was the Summer Spectacular started with two women on suspended rings. The lights changed colors and the music played as they spun around on high. Ringmaster and his fool sidekick. did some shtick then the Balancing act started center stage. The foolishness persisted as a way to distract the audience while the stage hands set up for the next act. When they were being funny the there was a troupe of girl dancers waving and shaking to fill the void.




There was two guys doing a flipping act where one stands on the feet of the other. There was three Roller Skaters on a tiny stage in the center. There was a trapeze act, a hand stand girl and a hoola hoop artist before intermission.



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