Thursday, 28 January 2010


Last weekend we went to London to see the shows and have some time away. The first was Les Miserables based on the book by Victor Hugo based in the early 19th Century and with the themes of redemption, poverty and singlemindedness at heart. I thought that show was captivated and it drew me in and get me glued to the stage for the whole show. There were a couple of plotlines I did not catch such as the suicide of Javert but the generally the lyrics were clear and the music haunting. The sight of the bodies lying over the barricade was moving and the acting/ singing of the main characters, especially Jean Valjean, were sensational. The only disappointment were the seats. They were not sold as an obstructed view yet the upper tier cut the top of the vista and the legroom was tiny and I was in pain from the metal bracket jabbing into my knee for three hours.
This was my favourite song.

The second show was a good balance to the serious atmosphere of the first and was called Avenue Q - a rundown street on the outskirts of New York inhabited by the newly graduated who had yet to find their chosen career. There were also a couple of monsters. All the characters are played by people holding puppets and the synchronicity between the person and the puppet was great as seen here.

It was just a feel good time and with songs like Everyone's a Little Bit Racist and The Internet is for Porn as well as characters such as Lucy the Slut shows the level of the humour but seeing the puppets having sex was one of the funniest thing that you can see. The two Bad Idea bears who kept giving bad advice were hilarious and Trekkie Monster were also very funny.

On Sunday after a slow start we had a look at the Westfield Mall which annoying bit not open any shops till 12. I know that they can only have 6 hours but 10-4 and 11-5 is a bit more reasonable. On the train home I soundly defeated Angela's phone at Backgammon.

I do not own these songs and did not make the recordings or make any money from this blog. If you want to blame anyone try Youtube. Please don't sue me.

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