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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!

     

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London – Reunion 2014

It will take several posts to cover all the all the aspects of our action-packed stay in London this year. It was Christine’s first in-depth visit to London and it gave me the greatest of pleasure to tour-guide her around the haunts I know and enjoy so much.  Her natural exuberance hoovered up every new experience and it was a joy to introduce her to the family–When not catching up with the family, we filled every moment with play-going, gallery visits and pub-crawling. We walked for miles; far more than I had done for years! Ethel’s ghost followed me everywhere, though.

This post, then, will concern itself only with the reunion of the Thompson and Hobbs family members which has become an essential feature of my annual visit to London. As usual, I owe all the planning and faultless operation to my niece Gillian and cannot thank her enough for taking on the task.

This year, Gillian arranged for the reunion lunch to be held in the National  Art Gallery restaurant. From its third-floor windows we could see across Trafalgar Square  to Westminster and the London Eye beyond, as we ate! After lunch, on the advice of Kelly, we all repaired to the Albanach Bar across the square for a quiet after-dinner conversation. Kelly treated me to a vintage whiskey-which I savoured long and lovingly. When the time came to break up the party, Ryan led the diehards off to an Indian restaurant in Brick Lane. Christine joined this group and I went back to the hotel to sleep.

Thank-you everyone for the good wishes, birthday cards and drinks! Click on the pictures for detail:

Gillian provided this family tree so that we could see how we were relted

Gillian provided this family tree so that we could see how we were related.

Dramatis Personae

Alan

Alan

 

Denise

Denise

 

Terry

Terry

 

Ian

Ian

 

Pam

Pam

 

Jo

Jo

 

Jo and Tony

Jo and Tony

 

Holly

Holly

 

Ryan

Ryan

 

Collin

Collin

 

Wendy

Wendy

 

Ken

Ken

 

Holly again

Holly again

 

Christine

Christine

 

Penny and Dennis

Penny and Dennis

 

Ryan and Holly absorbed

Ryan and Holly absorbed

 

Kelly led us to the Albanach Bar

Kelly led us to the Albanach Bar

 

Christine and me

Christine and me

 

Jo and Gillian

Jo and Gillian

 

Penny and Tony

Penny and Tony

 

Ken and Dennis

Ken and Dennis

 

Collin, Christine and me

Collin, Christine and me

 

Wendy

Wendy

 

Keith and Kelly

Keith and Kelly

 

Terry and Keith with illuminated deer

Terry and Keith with illuminated deer

 

Kelly and Holly

Kelly and Holly

 

Linda and Terry

Linda and Terry

 

Holly and Collin

Holly and Collin

 

Kelly, me and Gillian

Kelly, me and Gillian

 

Tony, me and Jo

Tony, me and Jo

 

Me and Keith

Me and Keith

 

Terry, me and Linda

Terry, me and Linda

 

That is all for this post. I will follow up with posts covering the sightseeing part of our trip—Stay tuned!

 

 

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