Cinderella Pantomime and night out in Lewes

Trip Start Nov 27, 2007
Trip End Feb 18, 2008

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Tonight (Friday 7th Dec) I had my Uncle Toby coming to visit for dinner - I had not seen my Dad's younger brother since I last visited England which was 9 years ago.  We had a good catch up before dinner and talked about the lives we both live.  Toby and his family are not family I have had any contact with really apart from through my Grandparents so it was really good getting to know him, and I will get to meet his now growing up daughters and wife again shortly in my journeys up into London.  My Grandparents, Toby and myself had a big dinner than Grandma prepared, which included Grandpa's contribution of wine wine and more wine.

After dinner we indulged in eating cherry liqueur chocolates and talked about the day that lay ahead tomorrow.

My Grandparents had arranged for myself and a few of my cousins to head up to London with them to watch a Cinderella pantomime that was showcasing that day at the Old Vic, a famous London Waterloo theatre.  We headed up on a train which took us to a major junction in London, and transferred onto another train that took us straight to Waterloo station (the journey took maybe 1hr15min).  The panto was being directed by Stephen Fry which meant that some of the females were actually played by males, and the entire play incorporated 21st century comedy into what could only be called a classical script.  Before going to the theatre which started at 2:30pm, we went out for a big lunch to Pizza Express (an up-market pizza joint) where we ate too much and had to share desserts :P - we then took off in a brighter patch to head back the theatre for the start of the pantomime.

My first impressions were that it would be a kids play, however after watching the panto I realised that it was well done for any aged audience.  It involved a lot of adult humour which Stephen Fry is renown for, but I think children would not be disappointed as they would only get what they understood, and everything else would be somewhat discarded in their minds (lucky for their parents!).  We caught the train back to Lewes, but this wasn't the end of the night for me and Bryony my cousin.

Me and Bryony had made plans to head to a gig in town, so we headed off to a bar to have a few beverages before going around the corner to the event.  Because it was local acts playing, everyone pretty much knew each other and it was cool meeting up with a few of Bryony's mates.  I had a few funny conversations with a couple of lads who had been to NZ recently, and they laughed a lot when I kept saying 'ay'.  Cider seems to be quite big over here, apple cider to be exact I think, although I haven't had any of the local stuff only some of the lagers.

I took it easy on the bottle to make sure the girls got home in one piece.  We headed back home by cab after the gig at around 12:30am where we sat around the table eating rice bubbles!  I soon went to bed as I was going to be heading off to London again the next day :P
The entire week had been pretty horrid for weather, so people back home can laugh at me for coming in winter, but the coming week was looking a lot brighter (cold, but clear :P), so heading back to London would be a bit better since there would be a lot more to do. 

I caught an early afternoon train after saying goodbye to the family in Hamsey which I would see in a weeks time up to London, where I got on a Tram that would take me through to Wimbledon.  The Tram service is really cool, I talked about it earlier, but it goes through the city on its own lane (sort of like a bus lane) and then onto mainline tracks where it speeds up.  The trams are quite new and they tell you where you are, if not I'd be pretty worried all the time wondering if I had missed my stop or not.  But the buses aren't so easy, I ended up getting on the right bus at Wimbledon, except it was going the wrong way.  So I ended up at the wrong place and had to catch it all the way back (was about 25 minutes each way L). 

Because of my luggage I didn't spend any time in Wimbledon, but it isn't all its cracked up to be so I may not even bother heading back, only if I'm passing by at a later date.   I made it back to Worcester Park in what was now night, but the plus side was I was able to check out all the Christmas lights on my short walk to the house.
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