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The Thinking Tape Box

On August 22, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I grabbed lunch at Pret a Manger.  Ivan and I each had a crayfish and mango sandwich while Lil Dave got a banana and chicken sandwich.  Ivan checked out a few stores to find shoes and finally found some at Cotswold. 

We walked toward the show in a wooden box. 

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On top of the wooden box was a man who was carving wood with a power saw (not sure if this is the correct name.. but I’m sure you get what I mean!).  It was a wood flyer for their show nothing is really difficult.  I got one shaped as a rectangle.

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I really wanted a cool one that was shaped like a purse or one that had an arrow on it, but I missed those.  There was lots of wood left over.  If I lived in Edinburgh, I would have grabbed more odd shaped wood to use for making mailart. 

It was time for the show nothing is really difficult.  It was literally in the wooden box and they were piling people inside.  The show features 3 Dutch guys doing farce comedy.  It was weird and funny… but it was WAY too short at 35 minutes.  Ivan thought it wasn’t worth it since it was 10 Euros per person for such a short show.  The guys were trying to climb the wall… we got to see inside a side of the wall where two of the guys were using the toilet and doing some silly bathroom humor.  One guy climbed down from the roof of the box.  Ivan thought they could have done A LOT of funny things like coming out of the doors more often and doing weird things with coming from the roof.  Lil Dave thought they should have throwing a banana on the floor and falling to make the audience go mad.  There was a guy who was sat near me that LOVED the show.  He couldn’t stop laughing.  I thought he should get out more.. because it wasn’t THAT hilarious.

Ivan wanted something to eat… he was trying to find a place for soup.  But, we actually ended up at a pop up restaurant… not sure of the name, but it did have Thai in it.  The décor of the restaurant was really sparse with a green psychiatrist’s type chair and green cinder blocks that held up a big steel bar that acted as a table.  It was an industrial minimalistic style.  In the back there was a bar where you could chill out on couches and have a drink.

Ivan and I shared wok fried veggies which were pretty tasty.  I’m usually not a big fan of vegetables unless they’re cooked in a great sauce or really seasoned well.  Lil Dave got a banana pad thai.

We stopped off at Boots.  I bought a few products to do my hair better like a round brush.  We’ve been to Edinburgh before.  As you walk around Edinburgh during the festival you definitely see the cool sights of the city.

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I know I’m immature.. but I still giggle every time I read Cockburn street.  I can’t say it in a serious manner.. it’s just funny.  Wonder what they got it from.. I can only imagine!! Actually I don’t think I do want to imagine that!

It was a rainy day.  The weather is so wacky in Edinburgh.  Ivan read that you can experience so many different kinds of weather all in one day.  It’s so true.. it could be really hot at one point and then later in the day it’s raining cats and dogs.  I think Edinburgh is a very cool city, but I would never live here with this weird weather.

It was time for another Fringe show.  This time we were seeing The Thinking Drinkers Guide to Alcohol (try saying that 4 times really fast!!! And if you can-then try saying it five times really fast, and then email me and say ‘oh yeah I see what you mean!’). 

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We were going to get alcohol during the show.. we were given a plastic cup when we walked into the showroom.

The show as very informative which spanned 2,000 years of alcohol.  We got to have a Shpherd Neame’s Bishops Finger Kentish strong ale beer and 5 shots (Jagermeister, Angostura 1919 Rum, Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, Pernod Absinthe and Belevedere Pink Grapefruit vodka) during the show.  Any show that gives you free alcohol is cool in my books.  It was really, really funny as well. 

I’m glad that they gave us a paper at the end with their information, Edinburgh drinking destinations recommendations and a list of the spirits we tried and where to buy them. 

If you ever get a chance to see The Thinking Drinkers Guide to Alcohol and you like drinking and learning stuff (which after awhile you have no idea what they’re talking about – they could be talking about something really messed up like child prostitution.. but it wouldn’t bother you too much since you’re already buzzed!)… go see them!!! It’s fun!

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We were walking along and I spotted a rainbow.  How come nobody finds the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Ok, I’ve never been near the end of a rainbow.. so I haven’t tried looking.  But, you NEVER hear stories of people finding the gold.  I guess it’s only leprechauns who are lucky enough.  Hmmm, maybe I should be dressing up as a leprechaun when it’s rainy and there’s a chance I’ll see a rainbow.

Lil Dave went to meet his Uncle MacDave for dinner.  He wanted Lil Dave to try some local Scottish monkey dishes which I’m sure involves lots of bananas.

Ivan and I went to dinner at David Bann again.  Ivan and I got the mushroom ravioli again – but the sauce wasn’t as good and tasted a bit different.  Maybe it was a different chef or a sleepy, forgetful chef?!  I’m not sure.  We enjoyed all the food: Thai carrot and coriander soup, goats cheese salad (best salad in Edinburgh according to me, and, I’m sure, anyone else who knows how a good salad should taste) and olive polenta. 

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We enjoyed our meal with the lovely Argentinian wine again.  For dessert, we got the hot peach and raspberry tart.  What another delicious meal at David Bann!

It was time for our next Fringe show which was Carl Donnelly: Different Gravy.  Carl Donnelly is an English comedian who I’ve never actually seen.  Ivan thinks he’s funny, so most likely I will think he’s funny.. we definitely have the same sense of humor.

Carl was very funny – he was reading from his unpublished autobiography.  It was a good show – it just seems like he’s chatting with you at the pub.

Our next show of the night, which is our last Fringe show, was The Boy with Tape on His Face.  We’ve seen a few times at The Comedy Store for a 10 minute spot and he’s really funny.  He doesn’t talk and he makes funny facial expressions.  Unfortunately, we got a seat at the side in the front row, but we were couldn’t see straight on.  You really need to be super close so you can see his facial expressions.  Some of the stuff worked, while some of things like a guy trying to hit a golf ball into a hole that was attached to a pole in the air went on too long, or some just weren’t funny.  He got two strangers to kiss, as he usually does.  A guy presses a red button.  During the show a lady announces T Minus 20 minutes… the time of when something will happen since the red button was pressed.  At the end, the guy who pressed the red button goes on stage and he’s blindfolded.  Everybody is given red balloons to blow up.  99 Red Balloons starts playing and the guy gets the blindfold taken off and everybody throws their red balloons towards him.  It was interesting.  Everybody then started stepping on the balloons which was a bit loud and a little unsettling.  Ivan popped a few, I tried but I had my black dress shoes on which didn’t really let me pop any.  The show was alright… he’s better in a 10 minute gig just like Frisky and Mannish.

They were giving out white balloons with the words Red Balloon on it at the end of the boy’s show.

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Sardines and Fireworks

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to Tapasia on June 30, 2012 for lunch.  It’s a new Japanese tapas restaurant that’s offering 50% all food for the month of June to bring the customers in.  Lil Dave got two portions of the banana okonomiyaki. 

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Ivan and I shared the salmon tartare, seafood okonomiyaki, aubergine with yoghurt hummus, sardine salad, fish of the day with shrimp and octopus and chilled tofu salad.  The food was very very VERY tasty.  We will definitely be going back there again as they are running a 50% off promotion right now (for dinner only in July) as it’s a new restaurant. The kind of deal where if there was no promotion it would be expensive food, but with the promotion its very cheap!

I noticed the giraffe BT Artbox we noticed the other day.  It’s so cute!

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We had some time to spare – so Ivan thought we should get a drink at a pub.  Ivan and I shared a fruity cider.

We saw T for Telephone artbox in Covent Garden. 

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We want to do a walking tour and take pictures of some of the cool artboxes.  Hopefully, we can do that next week!

Next, we went to see the farce Noises Off.  Ivan said this was the FARCE of farces!  It stars Robert Glenister from the tv show Hustle.  It’s basically a farce about a farce.  We see the cast rehearse the play Nothing on.  It’s so very farcical because there’s so much drama within the cast in normal life.  Everything really goes crazy when the cast has a big fight during one of the shows.  The cast move around so much with opening of doors and doing different things like moving around a plate full of sardines which is one of the play’s catch phrases. 

We went back to the apartment for a nap.  Ivan and I are still jetlagged so we slept an hour and a half.

We met up with Neal and his friend Dee at the Limehouse station.

Ivan, Neal, Dee and I went to the Pleasure Gardens Festival.  The festival had a few different tents where different music was being performed.  I noticed a silly Hokey Pokey tent.  Everybody was starving so we went on a search for dinner.  Ivan and I each had a Mexican veggie burger.  Ivan was still hungry after the burger, so he got an aloo tikka wrap.  I got churros with chocolate. 

We met up with our friend Andy near the entrance.  It was nice to see Andy since we haven’t seen him online.  I would love to chat about mailart and projects with him.  He’s always so busy with mailart exhibitions and projects.  I gave him a mailart project that I finished and had to pass along to a friend so they can contribute their layer.  He brought mini Andy which is a mini toy version of himself.  He’s going to travel with us on our honeymoon – Lil Dave is so excited to have a friend along on our trip.

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Ivan tried to buy drinks at the bar, but there was a massive queue (line) of people waiting to be served. 

We went to go see Silo D by The World Famous.  It’s was a 20 minute pyrotechnics tribute to the Silvertown Explosion.  The show was done on the Silo D building that’s located on water.  There was some talking about the explosion with some small fireworks. 

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We also saw workers of the munitions factory working.  There was a Catherine wheel that took ages to go off (which was one of a few technical difficulties).  Images were projected on the building by The World Famous, the same company who did the special effects on Buckingham Palace for Madness’ performance at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert.  It was artsy and a nice tribute to the explosion that killed 73 people and injured 400 people in 1917.  There was lots of fireworks which was nice since I won’t be seeing any 4th of July fireworks here in London.  Neal wasn’t impressed abut it – but he seems to moan about most things. 

Neal and Dee said good-bye.  Andy said he was going soon as well.  We said good-bye and headed to the dome to hear dubstep.  We had to actually exchange our tickets for wristbands.  It took a few minutes and then we entered the dome which kind of looks like half of a golf ball.  The dubstep show hadn’t started yet, in fact they were still setting up for it!  We waited a few minutes before deciding that we should just leave.  If they weren’t set up, all the shows would be moved back an hour. 

We took the train back to the Limehouse station.

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Lovely London

I woke up at 7 am on June 28, 2012 and Ivan was already up.  We were up way too early since we were jetlagged.  I still felt a bit weird.  I worked on the blog.  Ivan did some laundry. 

We left the apartment at 11 am and went to London Bridge Station to meet up with Ivan’s brother Neal at 12 pm.

It was a hot, sunny day which is strange since lately we heard it has been rainy and gloomy.  It was lovely, but a bit humid out.

Neal was on his lunch break.  We walked to Borough Market (a great farmer’s market) and walked around to find food.  Ivan and I shared a vegetable panini and a veggie burger.  We sat nearby and chatted.  Neal saw a stand selling goats cheese ice cream and everybody was wanted to try it.  Ivan and I shared a lemon and basil goats cheese ice cream which was light and tasted good.  Lil Dave got a banana goats cheese ice cream which he said wasn’t banana-y enough.

We had planned to see Noises Off, but they werent offering discounts..luckily Ivan knew of another play nearby – so we went to go see the play What the Butler Saw

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It was good thing that the theatre is air-conditioned, but it was still a bit stuffy.

I am familiar with Omid Djalil (from the movie The Infidel) who plays the funny Dr. Rance. 

The play is about the psychologist Dr. Prentice.  He tries to hit on the girl who’s interviewing to be his secretary.  He tells her that she must be examined and she must remove her clothing.  Dr. Prentice’s wife comes in and she has run into her own problems by sleeping with a pageboy from the hotel she was staying at.  Dr. Rance is a corrupt official who starts questioning Dr. Prentice’s office and everything gets out of control. 

It’s really funny.  I love farces since one misunderstanding seems to lead to another and there’s always tons of hiding or characters dressing as the opposite sex. 

Ivan, Lil Dave and I were really tired.  We walked to Leicester Square and took a short nap.  There’s a clock that plays every hour and plays ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ on the bells.  It’s a really long song and kind of loud.  It woke me up. 

It was time to get some dinner.  We walked to Satsuma.  Ivan got a tofu vegetable udon while I got the tofu vegetable yaki soba.  Lil Dave got a banana ramen. 

Later, we walked to Princi which is a great Italian cafe.  The restaurant has expanded to include restaurant seating which is great because the café seating is first come, first served and is always busy. 

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Ivan and I shared a tasty raspberry and walnut linzer.  We each had an espresso to keep us going.  Lil Dave decided to get a banana pie. 

We walked to Soho Theatre.  Ivan picked up tickets and was given a piece of paper to fill out.  He had to write a celebrity, place and an entertainment occupation.  The doors to the theatre wasn’t open yet – so we went to the bar to get drinks.  Ivan and I each got a tasty Swedish strawberry-lime cider. 

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We got seats in the second row for Chat Show Roulette.  They’re testing a game show before they bring it to television.  The chat show host was Justin Edwards.  He would be bringing out David Schneider, Adam Riches, Katy Brand and Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice in Wonderland).  The guests don’t know who they’ll be playing until when they’re sat in front of the host.  The host pulls out suggestions (names, places, everyday objects and celebrities) made from the audience members to add to the story.  It was really funny.  Matt Lucas was definitely the best by playing a crime novelist who set all his detectives solving crime in Afghanistan.

I love London since there are always so many different events like this happening everyday.

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