We're going to Liverpool!

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

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Tomorrow we're going to Liverpool! So of course we're up late not packing and sitting on the internet. ;-) To be honest, I'm waiting for my laundry to dry before I can pack.

I went into London today to meet up with a friend, and we headed to a city outside of London called Chiswick (pronounced "Chis-ick") to go to The City Barge pub, where they filmed part of the Beatles' movie "Help!" They only used the exterior in the film, as the interior was VERY different inside from the film. It is right on the Thames, west of London, almost to Kew Gardens. The tide was out so we could see lots of geese sitting in the mud. The pub was really cute inside; very traditional and English with lots of wood paneling. I had a brie & cranberry baguette and a shandy (half Stella Artois and half "lemonade" - aka Sprite...yes, more alcohol...) which was very good. My friend had a HUGE plate of fish & chips with mushy peas. The pub was in a very residential area and it was a nice escape from the city.

After a few hours relaxing, we headed back into London and went to the Marks & Spencer at Oxford Circus, as my friend had to buy some stuff. I was surprised that M & S (or "Marks & Sparks" as some people call it) isn't as expensive as I thought! They were having a sale and some of the trousers were 12 or 17 ($24 or $34!)! I don't have room in my suitcase, so I didn't buy any. Then we went into the "food hall" downstairs, which is a huge supermarket. They've got a whole wall dedicated to ready-made sandwiches and salads, in addition to frozen food, refrigerated food, fruit & veg, candy, etc. Marks & Spencer is trying to cut down on the use of plastic bags, so they charge you 5p (10 cents) for a shopping bag, or 10p (20 cents) for a more sturdy bag. I believe Tesco did that too when I went the other day.

After Marks & Spencer, we went outside. A word to the wise - NEVER go out to Oxford Street at 6 pm. It's insanity. I wish I could have taken a photo but it was raining and we were really packed in like sardines. It took us about 5 minutes just to shuffle into the underground station!

The episode of The Graham Norton Show that we went to aired tonight. We sat around and watched it...it was still very good, but they cut a large portion out! All of the guests and Graham really had a very good time...you can see Graham and Dame Edna really laughing at each other.

Anyway, as I said earlier, WE'RE GOING TO LIVERPOOL! So you probably won't hear from me until next week. Hopefully my laundry will dry soon and I'll be able to pack! I suppose I can sleep on the train. ;-)

As a reminder, if you want to listen to the concert on Sunday evening, here are the details:

The Liverpool Sound Concert
Sun 1 Jun, 17:00 - 00:00 420 mins

That's 17:00 England time, so that's 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Pacific time or 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Eastern time. Since Paul is headlining, his set won't be until the end, I think, although he might do some things beforehand. He said in an interview that we're "in for some surprises." I don't think the concert is due to start until 19:00 England time, so you might be waiting a few hours if you tune in at the very beginning. ;-)

Have a great weekend!

P.S. A few of you (you know who you are) will be amused to know that we've got "Gossip Girl" on in the background...just because it came on after "The Graham Norton Show." Of course it's gone now because I've been typing this for way too long. Now I've switched it to some strange call-in show where you have to guess British Female Solo Singers and you can win money. So far of 10, the only people who have been revealed are Cilla Black and Joss Stone. It's pretty funny, just a woman talking to the camera with a phone number flashing on the screen, with occasional people calling in. Kind of looks like the Home Shopping Network with the time counting down. Only in England...right?
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