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The Sea of Stars

Water-stained pages, pebbles and traces of stardust


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I woke up late today for the coach, but I needn't have bothered, as it didn't arrive until five minutes after 07:10. The journey was fine, but they need to do something about their reservation system, as there weren't enough seats when we got to Swindon and some people couldn't get on (the coach seated 49 people), so we had to miss out Reading completely. At least this meant we arrived at Victoria twenty minutes early. I had to queue for ten minutes just to get my travelcard! I seemed to be around a lot of Spanish and French people today, not sure why. Oh wait, I'm in the capital now, that's why. :)

jo_blogs kindly gave me some toast, as I hadn't eaten anything except an apple and had some water. Then we went to have lunch at Strada, she showed me the official entrance to the Ministry of Magic and I went to the Sherlock Holmes Museum to find something for my mum's birthday (my sister and I are buying her a new mobile phone, but I want to get her something just from me). Then I met her at Tate Britain and we saw the Turner Exhibition. It's the first time I've been there (this is the original Tate Gallery, as opposed to the Tate Modern) and it reminded me oddly of El Prado in Madrid in its look and situation. The exhibition was amazing: a lot of the pictures were only sketches or preliminary drawings, but with only a few brush strokes, Turner can create an immediate sense of dawn or dusk and the rolling mass of the sea. His paintings of Venice are particularly amazing because of the way he captures the way the light moves on the water and over the buildlings, how the buildings seem to melt into the water, as if the whole city is one big mirage. The big celebration for this exhibition is that the Tate Britain managed to acquire The Blue Rigi, one of Turner's most famous and most important Italian watercolours, for public viewing. The use of blue in this painting is, naturally, very impressive.

Then we decided to go and have a look at the Curzon cinema in Soho, which required walking down Tottenham Court Road to Shaftesbury Avenue. We passed by the Palace Theatre, which is currently hosting Spamalot, the Monty Python musical. I pointed it out to her and said I'd like to see that. She said that she'd been thinking about it, too, and after some humming and hawing, I decided we should go and see if there were any tickets available. It turned out there were, right in the centre about six rows back from the stage (the floor is sloped, so no problems with viewing). So I bought them, because I'm on holiday and I haven't seen a musical in years and I deserve a treat, damn it. We went and had supper at a nice little restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue, then came back for the musical. Now, jo_blogs must have some kind of Harry Potter magic because not long after we'd sat down, she leaned over and said, "That man in front of us really looks like Alan Rickman from the back?"

"You think that's Alan Rickman?"

"No... just looks like him."

But apparently she was more suspicious than she let on, because she kept looking at him throughout the first act. And then, at the interval, he gets up and turns around and jo_blogs goes into shock. I don't see him, because I'm not looking, so we spent the entire interval waiting for him to come back, with jo_blogs worrying that he might not come back, even though I told her it would be so rude of him to walk out half-way through. It's very hard to look for somebody without showing that you're looking for them, but I just about managed to catch a glimpse of his face and IT WAS ALAN RICKMAN! We were now both in shock, sitting there and trying to rein in our excited fangirl instincts. Fortunately, we were aided in this by someone who came up at that very moment and asked him for an autograph. The man is trying to enjoy a night out at the theatre, why do you have to go and do that?! It's not like she was obnoxious about it or anything but it still embarrassed us both.

Spamalot was very good, especially all the mocking of musical conventions (and the scene at the end with the Lady of the Lake's name was priceless). The scenes with the Black Knight and the Killer Rabbit were, naturally, the best ones. And Peter Davison was King Arthur. Seriously, can you get any better? Doctor Who and Professor Snape in the same room. How lucky were we?! And at the end, there was a massive explosion, with gold, silver, yellow and white confetti showering down on those of us in the stalls. And I mean massive. We almost drowned in the stuff, it was so thick!

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Seriously, can you get any better? Doctor Who and Professor Snape in the same room. How lucky were we?!

You two are so incredibly lucky! Even luckier that the room didn't explode with all that awesomeness. Sounds like you're having a great time so far. :D

Yeah, it's a good thing the room remained stable! *lol* Our luck was very high that night. And I'm having a fantastic time, thanks.

My god! What is it with the world right now? Everyone I know has been having celebrity encounters. I met a girl last night at a friend's party who kissed Billy Idol and met Alice Cooper in the shop she works at. Now there's Doctor Who and *gasp* Alan Rickman?

That is made of so much cool. It's beyond me to describe. I bet you guys had to fight really hard to suppress the urge to squee. ^_^

Alice Cooper is impressive! Though it must be strange to see him without the make up. *ponders* And yes, we were fighting ourselves not to squee but we just about managed it. ;)

Go you! You sound like you're having a wonderful time. Spamalot sounds like a hoot - Monty Python are in a class all by themselves, they're fantastic. I remember watching 'ministry of silly walks' when we were working with biomechanics and gait analysis. :) Try to analyze that way of walking and then writing a report in dry, scientific terms... Impossible, but fun.

Good for you to be able to behave and let Alan Rickman enjoy an evening out in peace, too bad not everybody has the sense to do the same.

Spamalot is fabulous, I recommend it to anyone who loves Monty Python or good pastiches, because it really does mock the musical tradition mercilessly. How on Earth did you manage to analyse that walk?? I would be cracking up every five seconds.

And I'm glad that somebody agrees with me that it would have been awful to ask for his autograph.

Oh, what fun. I'd love to see that play. And Alan Rickman was there, too! *boggles* I'm glad you and Jo had a fun day.

*hugs* Thanks! It was a great end to a fantastic day!

Oh jealous! It sounds like you had a fabulous weekend!

Yeah, I wish you could have been there. Never mind, I can see you in March. :)

As I said to you earlier, if you think that's me 'going into shock', you've a lot to learn. I think 'a bit bemused' at the bizarre chain of coincidence that led me to being at a WEST END MUSICAL (not my usual hang-out because musicals bring The Designer out in hives) with someone I wouldn't know if it weren't for Harry Potter, on the same night as Alan Rickman, and then sitting TWO SEATS behind him is closer to the mark. I'm rather impressed I recognised him immediately just from his big hairdo and very square shoulders - I think what I actually said was 'Look, it's Alan Rickman!" half-jokingly - but I couldn't see his face, so I wasn't going to out on a limb in case I was wrong!

I really did think you'd seen him too when he got up for the interval - I mean, he was RIGHT THERE.

It was pretty cool realising Peter Davison was in it - he is *my* Doctor really ... I was a bit too young to properly appreciate Tom Baker - I spent most of his episodes hiding behind the sofa in case the Daleks appeared.

The Turner exhibition was great - as was the cool Tate bookshop - but the best part of the day was talking canon and fanfic, and showing you my new discovery of the MoM official entrance on Guilford Street. I really hope they use that one for the film of book 7.

How great that you saw Alan Rickman! I've been lucky enough to have spoken to him. ( See my live journal). I was wondering, was his partner Rima with him? It was her birthday just a few days ago. She's a petite lady with dark auburn hair, if you don't know what she looks like.

Oy, you British people. How can you sit behind Alan Rickman and *not* ask him for autograph?! Srsly.

Spamalot is da bomb. I'm glad you guys are having such a good time, wish I were there!

Bear in mind I did NOT approve the above characterisation of my thoughts and feelings before posting. These fiction writers - honestly. :-P

*I* was not embarrassed for the grl asking for the autograph - why would I be? Good for her. He didn't seem to mind anyway, and it didn't cause a line to form in the aisle, which I was a bit worried about because it might have been embarrassing for him - he's there to watch the other actors after all, not be noticed himself.

I did want to go up to him during the interval, but I am just pathetically gutless and socially awkward - such is my curse.Also, I lost sight of him as I had mine set on the bar.

Spamalot! One has to love how they bring the Killer Bunny Rabbit to life. And, of course, the Lady of the Lake.

Nicely done, running into Alan Rickman. :D

Gee, thanks. I wish I could take credit for his appearance, but it was totally random and unplanned, and all the better for it. The Killer Rabbit was absolutely fantastic, but I was most impressed by the Black Knight scene. I don't know how they managed it but it was amazing.

Dude, you got to meet Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. I'M the one who should be dead of jealousy!

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