Knowledge of the Docks and Singing with Friends

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2014

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Monday, November 18, 2013

It's week three in London town and it's been a busy one, with lots of gym action and two visits to the world famous London Docklands museum. We also had a day in the Science museum and rounded the week off with getting smashed with old friends.

So me and Les are now officially addicted to the gym, but we do not plan on losing weight. No that would be way too easy, instead we are going to try and maintain our current weight. Which as I'm sure all you health freaks out there in interweb land know is a very tough skill to master. Basically we start our day around 11am each morning with a one mile walk to the gym, stopping off on the way to feed the local swans and ducks. Once at the gym we sweat it up big style for one hour of hard cardio burning a whopping 800 to 900 calories. Finally we walk the mile home to shower and start our day at around 2pm local time. To achieve our goal of maintaining weight we now have over a thousand calorie deficit that needs to be taken care of by the end of the day. We achieve this with repeated visits to the pub (An excellent location for calories i have found) and takeaway establishments. Like i said it's not easy maintaining weight but i think we may just have pulled it off.

Also this week we hit up the London Docklands Museum located in Canary Wharf's, West India Quay area. Like most of London's museums it has free admission, and although not high on most London tourist top 10 lists i believe this place is a must visit. Especially if you are a diamond east end geezer such as myself. We learned all about the history of the East End of London from the invasion of the Romans right through to the current developments of the modern Canary Wharf. In fact the place is so cram packed with excellent knowledge we could not cover it all in one day and had to return for a second visit. My highlight was from our first visit when me and Les jumped on a tour focusing on the Docks between the 1600 to 1800's. Very interesting stuff as I'm sure you can imagine, but what made it extra special is that me and Les were the only people on the hour long tour. We had to take turns asking our guide questions to prove we were still listening.

If two visits to a museum were not enough this week we also hit up the Science museum. Once again way too much cool stuff to complete in one visit, so we will need to go back. On this trip we covered floors 4 and 5, which mainly contained the history of medicine. Not the best exhibit for a hypochondriac such as myself. I would also like to note that the Science museum allows way too many school children in, which seriously interfered with my knowledge gathering.

Finally this week we got to meet up with some old friends (both English and American). On Friday night my cousin Katie and her husband Conrad (We started off this trip with their wedding in Nantucket way back in May), had arranged a night of Karaoke fun, by booking us our own private room in a Karaoke bar aptly named "The Karaoke Box". I believe we had a great night if the pictures are anything to go by. Special thanks to Katie and Conrad for organizing and paying for the room. Also worthy of special mention are Tom who paid for an additional 30 minutes in the box and Danny who kept the group lubricated.

Sunday I met up with my old friend Steve and his son Brian, who were visiting from San Francisco. Steve and Brian are massive football\soccer fans and have come to England to sample the worlds finest example of the beautiful game. Next week i will be taking them to the holy grail of English football, Upton Park home of the mighty West Ham United. But for today they would just have to settle for a pub crawl of Greenwich while watching a couple of games on the TV with me and my dad. Les joined us at the end of our night out. 
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