Ivan, Lil Dave and I took the train into Central London at 1 pm on July 4, 2012. We had lunch at the healthy restaurant Leon. Ivan loved it – I wasn’t so much of a fan.
We went to see the musical Singin’ in the Rain.
The story is about 1920’s Hollywood and the silent movies are very popular. Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are the biggest movie stars. But, the talking movies are new and gaining popularity. So, the studio decides to make a talkie with dancing and singing. It’s a great story and the dancing and singing are wonderful. I would definitely recommend this musical. When the actors dance in the rain.. at the end of the musical, it seemed like they were splashing the audience on purpose too much. Ivan thought that they should just dance and sometimes the audience would get splashed. He thought it was a bit too farcical that they were splashing the crowd so much.
After the musical, we rushed to the tube to head to Liverpool Station. We walked to Spitalfields Market. We’d be making our own Gromit from Wallace and Gromit. Gotta love these cool free events! We all got some white, brown and black clay and an instruction sheet. Jim Parkyn from Aardaman Animations was there telling us what to do.
I was having a bit of trouble making the clay look like the clay in the instruction sheet.
My dog was starting to look like AT-AT Walker from Star Wars. Lil Dave was helping me, but he wasn’t really being much help. He wanted to make a banana instead. Ivan was doing pretty good though. Our friend Jo met up with us late and started making his own dog without following the directions very closely. Ivan’s Gromit turned out the best.
We started walking towards Brick Lane. This street is filled with great Indian restaurants. Its literally Indian restaurant after Indian restaurant….We went to Aladin for dinner since Ivan saw it was highly rated on Tripadvisor. For starters, we got poppadums.
Ivan and I shared balti fish curry, and a vegetable jalfrezi. Lil Dave got a banana poppadum, banana naan and chicken jalfrazie. Our waiters were all so very nice – I thought they were over the top nice which was a bit annoying. We chatted about life, traveling and our first honeymoon in Alaska. I thought the food was quite tasty, while Jo thought it was just average.
Ivan thought we should go to a pub and have a drink. Jo was feeling tired. We said that he should get a coffee to wake up. We started walking around. I saw Dirty Dicks pub and thought we should go there. Jo ran into an old schoolmate that he hasn’t seen in 15 years. This guy right away told us that he ran a hedge fund. I had no clue what that was. He kept saying it over and over. Nobody was impressed. We met Raul and his friend Aristotle. Ivan and I thought it funny that his name was Aristotle. Who names their kid Aristotle? That’s like naming your kid Zeus or Hercules. Aristotle looked Indian, but he was Venezuelan.
Ivan asked if Raul had a Facebook and he said he couldn’t have one because he owned a hedge fund. What does that matter? Jo asked what he does with the hedge fund, but he said he couldn’t say. Ivan asked what he are is it in – he said Futures. Ok, what does that mean?!
Raul was full of lies. Jo tried to get his phone number and he mumbled something. Jo ended up paying for Raul’s whiskey. He asked for his e-mail and he stormed off. He was drunk and a pathological liar. Some people have problems.
Jo reckons that Raul has been jealous of Jo since school and he felt the need to lie to make himself look better. All it did was confirm that he was a big twat.
We chatted about our upcoming Ibiza and Barcelona trip and drank cider.
Ivan, Jo and I get along really well. I really wish Jo lived in Las Vegas. We’d have so much fun there!
We walked to the bus stop. Jo had to go the other direction. When the number 8 bus came, Jo had to hurry across the street. We said good-bye and waited for our bus to come which took awhile for some reason.