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Shortest day [Dec. 21st, 2014|01:12 pm]
shewhomust
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It is the winter solstice and we are in London, to celebrate it with the singing of carols.

We arrived on Thursday, in time for the Islington Folk Club Christmas party, which is a jolly affair, with music and sandwiches and fun amd games. The game in question is Pass the Parcel, and there are forfeits, one of which ended up with the whole company singing Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll to the tune of Adeste Fideles.

On Friday durham_rambler and I went to the William Morris exhibition at the Portrait Gallery, which was not quite what I had expected, but made more sense (I had wondered why it was at the NPG, because I had not realised how many portraits it included). Interesting, but I could have done with more depth. Afterwards we walked down to the river and along the South Bank, but that's a picture post in its own right. But one picture from Trafalgar Square:



London has come over all ecumenical, and in addition to the Norwegian Christmas tree, there is a giant menorah and a blue cockerel. Feel free to devise your own rituals involving these three items and as many pigeons as you please.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-12-22 11:33 am (UTC)
The cult of the cockerel? I defer to you, reident in the land of the coq gallois - perhaps it's something Mithraic?

There was one painting by Morris, and a self-portrait sketch. Plus a couple of portraits of him (the G.F. Watts painting and a sweet little photograph). Otherwise, portraits of associated people. Yes, I found it a little unfocused.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-12-24 10:28 am (UTC)
i hope your cockerel has come home to roost in time for tonight's réveillon...
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-12-22 11:38 am (UTC)
*waves*
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[User Picture]From: gillpolack
2014-12-25 11:18 am (UTC)
So there is the blue cockerel, a menorah, a Christmas tree and, right nearby, several entrances to Narnia.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-12-26 09:41 am (UTC)
Entrances to Narnia? There must be some Dawn Treader seascapes in the National Gallery, I suppose...
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[User Picture]From: gillpolack
2014-12-26 10:13 am (UTC)
I was thinking of the lamp post.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-12-26 10:53 am (UTC)
D'oh!
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[User Picture]From: gillpolack
2014-12-26 11:13 am (UTC)
I love doing this to you - you see this kind of post all the time and so it becomes invisible.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-12-27 09:02 am (UTC)
LJ has decided that my photos are videos, which I have chosen not to display, so I wasn't actually looking at the picture. Plus I was looking at the comments, not the post itself. But I had deliberately composed the picture to include the lamp, as a sort of counter-balance.

The lamp post that does always remind me of the Lantern Waste is the one at the end of the path down to Prebends Bridge - ah, I see that I am not the only one.
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[User Picture]From: gillpolack
2014-12-30 03:13 am (UTC)
Yes, that one too!
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