anything can happen if you let it
Last Thursday I went to see Mary Poppins with Kiri, finally!! It was great, I'm so glad I got to see it before I left London. The opening was a little slow - I was actually worried there for a while that the show wasn't going to be very good. But it picked up quickly with some great chorus scenes and I started to love it. They did a lot more things differently to the movie than I had thought they did. It's based on the books as well as the movie so there are some different adventures shown (like a super sub-plot about a statue named Nelius that comes to life), and some of the key favorite songs show up in different situations. Instead of a horse race, "Supercalifragelisticexpealidoucious" comes up when they go to a market to buy letters and words from a fantastically loud and colorful woman. My favorite person in the show was Gavin Lee, who was playing Bert. The character was hilarious, as well as charming. Oh ohmygod the "Step In Time" scene was almost as magical as the movie's always is!! I love it. There are some very sickly sweet moments in the performance, but hey - what else would you expect? I thought they were great, especially the song "Anything Can Happen" which is a new one written for this production.
Apparently the manager didn't think he was working reception today.. pfft. If someone had told me I would have been more than happy to be paid £35 for waking up and sitting in the box all day. Oh well, he wasn't angry that he showed up and had to open - if he was he would have had no right to be angry with me considering he spoke to the assistant manager about it last week, and her name was on the roster to work this morning, not mine.
Well awesome! Next Sunday I want to go and see Pretty Persuasion at the Prince Charles Cinema (that cheap one in Leicester Square). It's showing at 6:30pm!! 4 pounds.. perfect. :D
We went to Wimbledon!!!!!!!!!!!
After going to bed at 1am, Cheryl and I got up just after 4am on Tuesday morning and headed off to the tournament, getting there at 6. We waited in line for about 4 hours before getting in with Court 2 seats (for £25). We wandered around for a while until the matches started and we started off watching Wayne Arthurs play on Court 17. It was a cool atmosphere - a really small area of seating but a lot of Australians there to support Wayne. There was one French guy sitting amongst us who was there to support the opposition (Fabrizio (?) Santoro) and kept clapping and yelling "ALLEZ FAB!!" and then looking at all of us with shifty embarrased looks. Haha.
Early in the 2nd set we went off to Court 2, with the plan to watch the end of the Hingis match, but it was already finished and as we were walking to our seating entrance Mark Philippoussis was being led through the crowd and in the player's entrance. So we got to our seats just as they started warming up. It was an awesome match to see!!!! The first set was a little bit stressful - it was pretty close but Mathieu ended up winning. But then the next 3 sets were great because they were still all quite close (especially the 4th, which ended the match in a long and close tie-breaker) but Mark was victorious. We had amazing seats, in the second row along the side of the court and Mark's seat was just a bit to the right of us. Apparently we got on the Australian tv coverage twice during the match, which I won't be able to see til I get back to Australia, but that's pretty cool! I didn't see any of the Philippoussis camp there - there was no special player's box and I couldn't spot his dad or fiance anywhere in the crowd (I saw a girl who came in late in the match and sat on the other side of the court, who looked and acted a little bit like her but it wasn't). My dad said they didn't cut to any shots of them during the match, which they usually do, so I doubt they were sitting there watching.
After Marks' match finished we went for a walk to see the rest of the grounds, get the traditional strawberries & cream, and take photos. It was really cool to be there after seeing it so often of tv. Everything is smaller, like, the courts look so big on tv but not so much in real life when you're there. It was a crazy long day but I'm SO glad we went! Definitely a great experience to have had, especially being able to see Mark win a match at the tournament since, unfortunately, he lost in the next round so is out for this year. :(
spring is in the air
Oooh it's SO nice out today!! I went out wearing only my new stripey top - which is short-sleeved - (and jeans of course.. I just realised that sounded strange) and I wasn't cold. We walked through the park for a bit and saw squirrels and daffodils and kids playing, then went to High Street and bought a few things. People didn't know what to wear though because a lot of people were still wearing huge overcoats, and then others were wearing a range of stuff down to short sleeves and shorts/skirts.
My iPod wants me to listen to Robbie which is really annoying. This song isn't too bad but if I wasn't typing I think I'd skip it. The song it chose on my way home today wasn't bad either ("Supreme") but usually I'm just not in the mood to listen to his stuff and the random feature chooses it like every 3rd song. Silly music machine.