Hello Possums!

Trip Start May 23, 2008
Trip End Jun 20, 2008

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hello Possums!

I've just gotten back (a few hours ago) from the taping of the Graham Norton Show in London. Dame Edna was the main guest...she was great and the show was hysterical! Also appearing was a guy who teaches survival in the forest and Alanis Morissette. Alanis was very excited by Dame Edna and proved to be a great guest. Graham was great too. After the warm-up guy, he came out to greet us and chatted with us for a bit until they were ready to go. It's really great in England how they don't have commercials during their television shows, so the interviews went on and on without a break, and it seemed much more natural. The fact that the "real" person behind Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) is a judge on a reality show with Graham Norton made them really comfortable together, and they made for a funny team. Barry Humphries did the voice of the head shark ("Bruce") in Finding Nemo. The episode is really worth watching. I think it'll be on BBC America next Saturday night (June 7). It'll be interesting to see what they cut out. It'll be on the BBC in the UK this Thursday night at 9:45 pm.

Other than the fact that there were no real breaks in the television show taping, it was pretty much the same as any American television show taping. It wasn't as cold inside as I thought it would be; it was actually pretty pleasant. They had to start and stop a few things because the teleprompter wasn't working at one point (Graham took the script and memorized it that way) and because there was some buzzing during Alanis' performance. But overall, it went very well. No free snacks or free items, but I haven't laughed that much in a really long time. Our "priority" seats were 2-3 rows from the back of the studio, in the middle section. Apparently lots of people had priority seating. But we had a good view, especially compared to the people who were sitting on one side or another.

This morning we got a lift into London by my friend's son, who works in London, and then we took the tube to meet up with my friend who I haven't seen in 5 years (!) and visit a photo exhibition of some of Linda McCartney's photographs. On the way there, almost to our destination, the tube stopped and we were stuck in there for about 30 or 45 minutes! They said it was "signal failure", whatever that means, and they had to manually unlock the train tracks so that the tube train could even move. When we finally got to the stop (which was the one we wanted), there were policemen and underground staff everywhere, giving away bottles of water for anyone who needed them. They shut down the station after that. Hope nothing serious happened.

We were a bit late to meet my (now OUR) friend, but she was very kind and understood. (Yes, she's on this email chain. ;-)) The photos at the exhibition were lovely, but way too expensive for my budget! Even the book of photos was way out of my budget! One of the other cool things of the exhibition was that it was at 5 Savile Row, which is right next to 3 Savile Row, where the Beatles played their last rooftop concert in 1969. Then we followed my friend to an adorable little pub called The Three Greyhounds. I had vegetarian sausage and mash, and was really excited because I've never seen a vegetarian version on ANY menu before! It was really good. I also had a nice Pimm's to go with it. (Pimm's is an alcoholic drink - YES, I had alcohol - with fruit in it. It's a summer drink.) We sat in there for hours talking, and finally it was time to go to the Graham Norton Show!

Tomorrow we're off to the ever-excited Costco, Tesco (a grocery store), Lakeside Shopping Center, and possibly the cinema to go see "Sex and the City". I should go, as it's 1:45 am and everyone is asleep! I think it just started raining as well.

Oh, I was advised by my ever-intelligent Ph.D.-getting friend Carmen that the children's rhyme is actually Pease Porridge, not Pease Pottage. ;-)

Here's the rhyme:
Pease porridge hot
Peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot 9 days old.

(And according to the internet, Pease Porridge is a version of split pea soup.)


P.S. "Possums" is what Dame Edna calls everyone.
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