One of the big events in London was the Moonwalk, an overnight marathon and half marathon walk for breast cancer research. Thousands of women, a pretty good showing of men too, walked through the night to raise money. The event sponsor is Playtex so walkers tackled the course in their bras albeit with lots of extra decoration to cover modesty. It was a freezing night so I do admire them as I was really cold just working on the event. I was in the baggage tent making sure that the thousands of bags dropped off were able to be retrieved and returned to tired walkers as quickly as possible – the photo shows the challenge! But it worked and the walkers were remarkably cheery as were the volunteers even after our 12 hour shift.

This week’s elephant report – they are everywhere! It’s a delight as anywhere you go in London one of the beautifully painted full sized baby elephants is there to greet you. Here’s a couple from this week’s selection.
Culture this week was courtesy of the British Museum’s Fra Angelico to Leonardo, Italian Renaissance Drawings. These amazing drawings mark major changes in art as during these times the first European used perspective in his work and the first European landscape drawing was made. The work is incredibly delicate and precise and the exhibition takes you through the influence of Leonardo and his genius. The British Museum itself is always a delight to visit and here’s the imposing exterior.

Also on the culture front, I went to the Royal Court Theatre to see Posh, a play about a group of wealthy students from Oxford University who belong to the Riot Club and through an evening of mad drunkenness plan to take back their ‘rightful place’ in this country. There are rumours of it being based on the Bullingdon Club which our new PM belonged to but who knows! Oh yes, the election outcome, this was of course the big event last week. We now have a new government and a new approach to governing with a coalition for the first time in 70 years so there has been enormous focus on politics this week.

Not much restaurant news this week (not sure what happened there!) but as a change I went to Ragdale Hall for a friend’s birthday. Ragdale Hall is an upmarket health spa in Leicestershire, 2 hours drive from London. We were steamed, sauna-ed, massages and cleansed and returned feeling much better – oh yes there was a good lunch too!
Bye for now.

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