Thursday, 7 March 2013

Casual tourism...

...Otherwise known as Life on the Monopoly Board.

Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery by night
So much about London drives me absolutely insane and a large part of that is the gall to be so completely insanity inducing one minute, and just so insanely in-your-face impressive the next.

Take today.

Work, work, work, boring, boring, boring and then I read about (and consequently booked) tickets to the opera.

But not any opera - an immersive, contemporary re-imagining of Puccini's La Rondine, a collaboration between GO Opera and the musician and producer Kwes (who, yes, I'd never heard of but that can only mean he's cool) held in a former factory in Shoreditch, sponsored by Peroni (free drink on arrival) all for the bargain price of £11. ELEVEN POUNDS.

Mark Wallinger, White Horse, 2013
And then, after work, I headed off to the ICA for a board meeting (I'm on a board of trustees for an educational charity if I forgot to mention that earlier?), hopping off the tube at Trafalgar Square, crossing under Admiralty Arch, before running into Mark Wallinger's White Horse on the Mall (a life size version of the huge one he plans to eventually install in Ebbsfleet, Kent.)

Mark Wallinger's proposal for the Ebbsfleet Landmark.
As yet unrealised....
Image courtesy: The Guardian
And then I walked along Piccadilly, past the Ritz, on my way to Green Park tube to go home.

Just another day in London.

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