On Saturday, my half-brother David and his girlfriend Beccy came over to stay the weekend. This was good, as I hadn't seen David for absolutely yonks and I've never met Beccy, but did have the unfortunate side-effect that I had to miss the ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha committee meeting that was scheduled for the same day (sorry guys...)
David, Beccy, Mum and I all went into town for different reasons - I wanted to get my copy of the Serenity RPG Game Master's Screen
from the shop in Rivergate, David and Beccy wanted to explore the city (it didn't take them very long but I'm pretty sure all they did was wander around the cathedral for a while before heading to a coffee shop) and Mum wanted to meet up with a friend of hers (George wanted mum to buy him paint from the dreaded Games Workshop, which she very kindly agreed to do).
Eventually, after we'd all done what we wanted to do, we met up with mum in a coffee shop with her friend and after that we drifted home. It was quite a fun morning/afternoon activity. I told David about my obsession with The Mighty Boosh
and as Beccy had watched bits of it she suggested we sit down and watch a couple of episodes in the afternoon, to which David and I agreed. We watched some, and David seemed to quite enjoy it (he has a similar sense of humour to mine).
That evening we went out for dinner, to the pub (I can't remember what it's called but it's on the way from Stamford to Peterborough). I had a very nice set of barbecued pork ribs with a couple of pints of some very nice beer, followed up by a very nice pudding (I have a feeling it was something like dark chocolate torte but I can't quite remember!). It was great fun.
The next day we went to Burghley Sculpture Park, which led to several extremely amusing videos of David on my phone and some amusing videos and pictures of the sculptures too. It was great fun and I enjoyed myself a great deal. Unfortunately, too soon after that, it was time for David and Beccy to vamoose, and so they left us to our own devices. It was nice to see him again though!
Monday and Tuesday were almost entirely uneventful. There was nothing much that happened and there's nothing much to say about them.
Wednesday was the day that Jess xxjccjccxx
arrived again, and also the day of a driving lesson (we did emergency stops and it was fun). Jess and I went to a gig at the Met Lounge in the evening, which featured Pure (the band for which Tom manicguitarist
plays bass guitar). We were lucky that they were on first, as although they are an excellent band the other bands playing really, really aren't. We saw Jason jimmyalbon
and Benedict there and after the Pure part of the gig, we left with them to go to Pizza House, to eat garlic bread, drink beer and be merry. This proved to be a successful and wise move, as we really enjoyed ourselves before Dad picked Jess and me up.
Thursday was the day of the trip to London! Jess, Mum, George and I piled onto a train heading to London (WAGN are now FirstCapitalConnect, which is a really stupid name) and we arrived at London King's Cross station at 1005 before catching the tube to Camden Town - so we probably got to Camden by around 1030. What we unfortunately didn't realise is that with the exception of the food stalls and a fair few of the regular stalls, about half of the stalls don't actually bother to open until midday, meaning that some of the stuff we could have looked at was shut. Having said that, Jess and I found plenty of stalls to keep us occupied for an hour and a half, including my purchase of a very nice necklace (it's a cross carved out of stone on a black stringy type thing, and I like it a lot). Jess and I bought tacos, Moroccan food, donuts and Chinese food before we all got onto the tube to go to the Hammersmith (via King's Cross).
This is the part of the story which I quite like, since it involves Deeply Cool Stuff happening. We went to the Lyric Hammersmith theatre to see the matinee performance of The Wolves In The Walls
, which is based upon the children's novel written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean. Neil's been involved in the production since it was first suggested and so it has had a lot of input by him over the course of its preparation. I thought it was alright. It is aimed at small children - "Anybody over the age of seven who's not a scaredy-cat" - and although it tries to have something in there for everyone it is better for small children than big children like me, I think. Some parts were extremely cleverly done and I did laugh out loud a couple of times but the story was extremely simple (to be expected, I suppose) which I felt detracted from the production, but doubtless made it better to those small children I mentioned earlier.
After the performance Neil was in a seperate part of the theatre doing a Q&A which started around ten minutes after the end of the "musical pandemonium" (as the production is billed). It was very cool to see him, as Jess and I were on the front row having gone straight there, and it was interesting to see his responses to the questions (he is very suspicious of allegory in books, as he feels that good writing should have more than one meaning and not be tied to just one theme, for example). This was really cool and things, but afterwards he sat at a small table in the foyer-cum-cafe-cum-shop outside the theatre and started signing books, at which point I managed to get his autograph, a picture taken with him and asked him a question (I asked him what he thought of the current comic adaptation of his book, Neverwhere
. He said that it wasn't how he would have done it, but he wasn't doing it, so that was OK). This was undoubtedly the best part of the whole day.
After we'd been to the Lyric, we took the tube back to King's Cross then got the train back to Peterborough, where we ordered in pizza to fill the niggling little holes in our stomachs.
Friday was Good Friday, as you should all know by looking at your calendars! Mum, Dad, Jess and I went into Stamford to have a look at the market there - we went to a coffee shop and ordered hot chocolate. After that, we went to Tesco, where I bought Mario Kart DS
(it's very good) and persuaded my parents to buy Ben & Jerry's icecream before we then went home and ate lunch. Jess had to go early that afternoon, which was a shame as I enjoy being with her, her being my girlfriend and all. After she'd gone home, my aunts and grandparents (on Dad's side) arrived to stay over Easter and I had to go to work.
Then, today, on Easter Saturday, members of my extended family and I went into town. We all went in for different reasons, and only I went to purchase The Sandman: Season Of Mists
, which is bloody brilliant. I also have a copy of Howard The Duck
and a comic book collector's box waiting for me next time I go in to town. After coming back from town we ate lunch. At 1915 sharp I went to the sitting room to watch the latest episode of Doctor Who
, the first in the second of the new series. I was actually slightly disappointed, the whole thing was slightly anti-climatic IMHO and I felt that the whole Cassandra/there's something sinister happening! could have been cleverly set up amid suspense and scarifying rather than just "hi! It's me again!" The Doctor would have worked out it wasn't Rose the moment she kissed him rather than until she wasn't caring about the people in the testing facility, also, and the voice he would not have put down to high jinks. He should've noticed something before hitting intensive care, especially since she suddenly seemed to have a grand knowledge of computers in the year 5000023. These are minor gripes, but since The Christmas Invasion
was so good, I was expecting the next episode to be just as good. I am really, really looking forward to the Torchwood spinoff, since I love the episodes set in a military-Earth context, for some reason. After Doctor Who
, we then went to a Chinese restaurant for tea which was also very nice.
I hope you're all enjoying your Easter Holidays, and I might post one more holiday post before the end of the holidays, maybe.