Yesterday I went to London because there was an exhibition of photos of Sophie Aldred (Ace in Doctor Who) recently discovered and she was signing them yesterday. Since I didn't have anything else on this weekend I wandered down to London. I was half-wondering if there would be long queues, but as it turned out there was never more than about three people in the queue and the only reason it was so long was because she was chatting to everyone. I managed to speak to her and only vaguely sound like a bit of an idiot. But we did agree that we both wanted to be Ace when we grew up.
After that I decided to go to Buckingham Palace as I'd only seen it once and I didn't have a camera at the time. Trafalgar Square was a really short walk away. It was packed with people and also had a giant blue cock in it. When I walked round it I found the plague that said it was a sculpture. In the Square and by St James's Park there were a couple of people and board giving directions and helping tourists etc. It said it was a London Mayor thing and seemed like a good idea to me. I went with my usual method of finding my way from Trafalgar Square of walking round it until I found the right exit.
The Mall turns out to be long. Really long. I didn't look at my watch but it must have taken 15 minutes to walk down it. And then at the end was Buckingham Palace. Which I found quite underwhelming. But the statue was good for sitting on for a rest.
After that I went in search of the Walkie Talkie building. This is a stupidly shaped building to begin with, but it's even worse because it's concave on one side, covered with nice reflective glass windows and so works like putting a magnifying glass in the sun. Hence it has been melting things (like cars). Apparently it is actually possible to fry an egg in the sun beneath it. I found that building a bit underwhelming too, but then it was raining at the time.
On the whole it was a nice day out. It was nice not to go for the whole day and not to be meeting anyone for anything specific so I could just mooch about and do whatever I liked. Mostly I managed to make my legs ache. It's annoying because in the grand scheme of things I didn't walk that far - when I go on holiday I walk further than that for three days in a row. But I haven't been on holiday for five years, so I think my legs have got out of practise. The most walking I do these days is up the road to the shops and back again, which only takes an hour or two.
Mirrored from my blog.