Much Ado About Nothing (Part I)
Trip Start Dec 27, 2011
15Trip End Jan 11, 2012
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Next to speak was Stewart Updike, a very nice older gentleman with the most impressive eyebrows ever known to a man. He gave a historical talk about Canterbury and the significance of Thomas Moore and Thomas Becket. Thomas Becket lived in the 12th Century under Henry II, and was murdered on this day in 1170 in the Canterbury Cathedral
Wrapping up the morning lineup was Lisa Shoneberger, the daughter of Professor Shoneberger. She was very nervous and it was very distracting to have her father laugh at all of her attempts at humor. Her talk had merit, as it was over the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum. The Elgin Marbles were chiseled out of the Parthenon in Athens and brought back to England by Lord Elgin, who eventually sold them to the British Museum. It is a huge controversy because Greece wants them back to complete the collection.
Lunch at Ales and Pies (in the building on Fleet Street known for Sweeney Todd) was just mediocre. I had fish and chips, which were good but extremely overpriced.
After lunch, John Tingle, a visiting professor from Nottingham (yes, like in Robin Hood) Trent University, gave a little speech on the British legal system
After his talk, he showed us his bag (it's blue because he is a junior barrister) which housed his gown, collar, and wig. We all were obligated to try it on.
For dinner, we took the tube stop to Leicester Square. Dean Faught showed us around Leicester Square quickly (i.e. he showed us the Half Price Ticket booth) and we walked to Fuller's, a namesake pub
We had dinner at Maxwell's, a restaurant that served American fare (and one at which Tingle used to work). Katie and I split the nachos (which came with secret queso) and the quesadillas. It was also happy hour which meant half price drinks.
After dinner, we were going to try to get into the Zoo Bar, a ridiculous looking party bar. Joe Faught was with us and he is not 18, which caused a problem when the Zoo Bar was checking IDs. We tried to go next door to Kink (spelled with a backwards K), but it was crowded and the upstairs bar was closed (although we all tried to get into it and practically followed Chris into the men's room). The bouncer at the Zoo Bar tried giving Joe a number of chances to tell him his birthday, but, being 15, he wasn't able to, so we decided to head home before there was an altercation.