Monday 28 June

The first excitement of the day was to try to book free tickets to see an exhibition about Noel Coward at The Guildhall, London. Amazingly enough they were quite hard to come by, and yet I had thought it may not be the top of anyone’s list of things to see and do: for me it is a peg to hang a lunch engagement on, if that is not too hideous a metaphor. But what really bugs me is the list of do’s and don’ts. I am sick of being told what I can and cannot do. And is Mr Javid really honestly going to abandon all this on 19 July?

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I am sure I will enjoy the visit, I am very excited at the thought of going to any exhibition in London but it is sad that these places are constrained to issue these types of admonitions.

While I am on a rant, can anyone explain why the National Portrait Gallery, one of my favourite galleries, is closed till Spring 2023? What with that and repairs on the M4 taking till 2025…….are we unable to work at speed any more? The Chinese seem to build roads and rail networks in Africa with remarkable rapidity.

Monday is exercise day, Pilates and aquafit. Really it would be better to be more spaced out through the week, but I am so delighted to attend any face to face class, that if there are two in one day, so be it.

I like The Great Gate of Kiev as a piano version. I am surprised that this pianist can see the notes as she tosses her head forwards.

3 thoughts on “Monday 28 June

  1. Massive demonstration in London on Saturday tells the story of how you are not alone in your frustrations. Largely unreported of course 🤬I think people have had enough.

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  2. The demonstrations were many thousands…no-one really knows..as the infantile BBC now routinely say a few hundred, and call them climate protestors along with brexit objectors..(pretty much anything to tease those who genuinely attended). But those thousands who went, represent many more millions at home who have had enough of the rules and petty controls.
    It’s nice to visit a gallery but if the experience is set about by such intimidation as you recite…as with the 85 signs on the outdoor swimming pool I counted recently, one is left with not exhileration but sadness that our society and culture is now controlled by such people as can write all that awful stuff.

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