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Indian Rain

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.


Jersey Birthday

On July 3, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I went into Central London at 12:30 pm.  Ivan picked up theatre tickets at the box office while I had an interview on the phone for a magazine. Our wedding is going to be featured in a UK women’s magazine called Chat. Oh yes…we are going to be famous!!

We met up with Ivan’s mum at Princi for lunch.  Ivan and I had pasta salad, aubergine and roasted pumpkin.  We also shared a brownie for dessert.  Lil Dave got a banana pasta salad.

We all went to see the musical Jersey Boys.  It’s the story about Franki Valli and The Four Seasons.  The story was great featuring many of their hits like Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Dawn, Rag Doll and our favorite Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.  The cast had amazing voices.  I don’t know how Ryan Malloy hits those high notes so well.

Ivan and I said bye to Denise.  She was off on a ghost tour while we went to dinner.  We only had to walk two doors down to Tapasia from the theatre.

This Japanese restaurant is offering the 50% deal still before 6 pm and now they’re doing 2 for 1 cocktails from 5-7 pm.  Ivan got a tasty mango chili cocktail while I got the Pink Pokemon which has lychee and raspberries. 


We enjoyed the tofu salad, seafood okonomiyaki and sardines. It was all really yummy and very cheap with the discount!

We got the train to Sloane Square.  I thought of the Morrissey song “Hair Dresser on Fire” with the lyrics Hair Dress on Fire, All Around Sloane Square. 

We had tickets to see a play called ‘Birthday’ at the Royal Court Theatre. Ivan and I got an espresso as we were feeling like we needed a ‘pick me up’ and headed inside the theatre.  Birthday is about a man who is having a baby. 


The play has some funny moments when the man starts moaning like a woman and the midwife has to give him a suppository.  But, there’s a lot of waiting since the NHS (National Health Service) wants the birth to happen when the time is right and gives emergencies top priority.  The play was alright. Not the best…not the worse we have seen either.

Birthday Photo Credit


Japanese Hair

Ivan and I chilled at the house on July 1, 2012 before heading to lunch.   We went to check out The Grapes which is owned by Ian McKellen, otherwise known to me and you as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.  The pub looked alright.  There was a little statue of Gandalf in the back of the pub.  Ivan asked for the menu and the bartender said it was only roast beef and pork for Sunday Roast.  That’s not good for vegetarians or pescetarians like us…but obviously its good enough for Gandalf.

So, we walked over to The Narrow pub which is owned by Gordon Ramsey.  (oh yes its all celebrity restaurants around here).


Ivan and I ordered salt and pepper calamari, salmon pot and herring roe on toast.  Lil Dave got banana pot and banana lasagna.  Ivan and I also shared a banana bread beer which actually tasted a bit like banana. 


Lil Dave really wanted one for himself, but Jen wouldn’t allow it.  Shhh, this is Ivan – When Jen went to the loo, I let Lil Dave have a few sips of the beer.  The food was tasty.

We went back to the apartment and I used the internet – uploading pictures to Facebook and working on the blog. 

Ivan, Lil Dave and I got the train into Central London around 4:40 pm.  We met up with Ivan’s mum, dad and his brother Neal at Whole Foods.  There’s a bigger Whole Foods now in Piccadilly.  Denise (Ivan’s mum) looked around the store before the store closed.  I’m not sure why they close at 6 pm on Sunday. 

We walked to Tapasia to check out the menu.  Ivan’s mum is vegetarian (and on top of that she is a fussy eater also), so we weren’t sure if she’d be able to eat there.  It turned out to be alright, so we got a table upstairs.  We ordered lots of Japanese tapas: edamame, beef skewers, aubergine, seafood okonmiyaki, scallops, tofu salad, Chilean sea bass, vegetable tempura, sweet and sour mushrooms, sardines and crispy summer salad.  Ivan, Neal and I shared a bottle of rose.  The food was so very tasty again.  It was great to see Ivan’s parents again and catch up. 

We walked to Piccadilly Theatre to see the musical Hair


This musical was going to go touring around United Kingdom, but the production company went bankrupt.  Tonight, the cast would be doing a performance to raise money for the charity Help for Heroes.  We got a goodie bag, but somebody had stolen one of our bags before we sat down.  The bags contained a Hair program, donation envelope for Help for Heroes, poppy flower seeds, a pen and a Help for Heroes bracelet.

Two celebrity hosts talked about Help for Heroes.  A war veteran with two artificial legs came on.  He told us how his legs blew off.  He joked that his bollocks (balls) weren’t blown off.  It was a really sad and touching story.

The musical Hair was amazing.  It’s about hippies in New York during the 1960’s who are against the Vietnam War.  Amy Diamond who plays Sheila can really sing.  There was a celebrity appearance by Hugo Harold Harrison who was played Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  He played a funny Margaret Mead.  At the end of the first act, the whole cast takes off their clothes and are naked for 2 minutes.

We met up with Denise and Neal at the interval.  Denise liked it.  She saw the musical in the 60’s in London.  She said it was good, but it was different from seeing it back in the 1960’s then now. She remarked that it was the first musical like that.  I said yah, it would have been controversial.  It was the first time anybody took off their clothes in a theatre production. 

There are so many good songs in Hair.  I bet this is a fun musical to be a part of.  The cast came into the audience, climbing on the theatre seats and passing out flowers to the audience.  We’ve seen this once before in London and I’m glad we got to see it again.  Now, the lovely songs are stuck in my head – time to listen to the soundtrack.  Long, beautiful haaiiir…

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