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Yesterday turned out a very good day. First, not having to get up at… - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
Yesterday turned out a very good day. First, not having to get up at outlandish times... the few lessons I had to do were all stimulating and productive. A good part of the afternoon was spent with @charliecakes at the Wellcome Collection for the Death: A Self-Portrait exhibition, which was good. And the pies at the Peyton and Byrne café there were exceedingly good. Then go for one more lesson and finally attend the gig by Drilling Spree, Die Kur and Maxdmyz at the Intrepid Fox, which, again, I enjoyed a lot in spite of my slight reservations about the place as a concert venue.

And finally, finished reading The System of the World by Neal Stephenson. At 3:15 am. The story is fascinating, the detail about life in London in the times of Newton and Hooke are too -but so very long. Three one-thousand page books. This book will need, not a review exactly but a little bit of thinking aloud in writing about, some time later on. And now I'm a little freer to finish reading the other four books I'm reading at the moment.

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zenithed From: zenithed Date: January 25th, 2013 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where do they do gigs at the Fox then, upstairs?

Would recommend going up the Monument after you've finished reading the Baroque cycle, gives a good sense of perspective of where the Tower is in relation to the old city of London.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: January 26th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Upstairs, yes. It can be a rather sweaty affair, even with temps under 0º outside. Got knocked down to to the floor by the front man of the last band when he decided to express his affection by initiating a mosh leaping into the crowd (that'd be me) when I wasn't quite expecting it, so we all tumbled down to the floor, with camera &cc. Luckily no damage done. You can gather I'm not a fan of the mosh pit experience.

Re Monument, I was thinking something on those lines. Wren is one of the characters in the book, isn't he, since he's a contemporary of Hooke and Newton, etc. Will follow your advice as, although I have been to the Monument, I wouldn't have had the idea of checking that out. Now, having read the book....(quoting Lennon there..)

And the ending of the book -isn't that curious? It is very well done technically, although the final scene may be a little twee (and perhaps difficult to explain given the history between Jack and Leroy Sun King) -you go 'he's going to do it, he's going to make this end so horribly' and hating Eliza after her conversation with Dr Waterhouse, etc and then....
kruku From: kruku Date: January 25th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see a lot of death through February at Wellcome Collection :)
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: January 26th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Black Death, as the Goths are going en masse to see the exhibition.....
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