Friday, 29 December 2017

The Daily Constitutional Editor's Diary 2017 April & May: Pink Floyd, Belgian Beer, Rain, @orbitalcomics & Dinosaur Pedicures






April always sees a visit from my friend Olivier from Bruges. He brings a group of students and I lead them on either a Ghosts or a Jack the Ripper tour. And at the end of the night he gives me a generous amount of Belgian beer which is too strong for me to drink.

From this year's hoarde I can recommend "The Politician (I Promise You…)". Best ever name for a beer? Great taste, too –  I detected grapefruit & sausages, cut grass and herbs. Wowser. Highly recommended.
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Out and about on the Capital Ring earlier in the month for a visit to the recently-painted sphinx in Crystal Palace Park (my fave of all London parks)…


… we said "hi" to the newly restored Iguanadon, too. LOVING the pedicure…



Meanwhile down on Denmark Street at the Alley Cat Bar this old newspaper front page pasted to the wall of the outside stairs down to the grand old basement bar struck both a note of defiance and doom…




The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Books Day and off we go to Orbital in Great Newport Street to collect our goodies. We met Deadpool…





This year Orbital Comics won an Eisner Award – that's the Oscar, the Knighthood, the canonisation (!) of the comic book world. Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of girls and boys. I love my Wednesday visit there to pick up my order. They call all their customers by their first names. It makes me feel like Norm out of Cheers. Lovely.


The guys at Orbital weren't the only ones dressing up. In May I took my first turn of 2017 dressing up as one of The Beatles (playing covers at a birthday party). Which Beatle was I supposed to be? Well, judging by the pic it was Deirdre…

 


(More Beatle shenanigans in the upcoming post for September 2017 post.)


May also took me back to the V&A (see also my January entry) for the record-busting Pink Floyd exhibition…





We also had a lil' bit o' the wet stuff one Wednesday night on my Rock'n'Roll Pub Walk…






Here's a little film of our rainy night in Denmark Street…








A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



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