09 August 2012

                             Image by Darrell Fair

Welcome to the new London Semester Blog 2012.   I will be posting a blog  every week while we are in London.  If you subscribe to the blog you will be notified every time I post something.   I spent three weeks in July getting ready for the semester.  I left London the day before the Olympics began.  I felt it was better to get out of Dodge while the getting out was good.  It was maddness! I arrive back there Aug. 28th.   A lot happened while I was there.  Sadly, our British Literature professor, Patricia Owen, passed away just before I returned.  She was a phenomemal teacher and will be sadly missed.  I was also layed up with a bad back for a week and a half.  Luckily,  I was able to book our trips to Bath, Cambridge, Canterbury, and Bleheim Palace. 

 I also bought theatre tickets for the Theatre in London class and Page to Stage Class.  Some of the shows we will be seeing and reporting back on are: Chariots of Fire, Les Miserables, War Horse, Philadelphia Here I Come (at the Donmar), Caryl Churchill's new play, Love and Information at the Royal Court Theatre, The Last of the Haussmanns with Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter) at the National Theatre, One Man, Two Guvnors and Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic  Also at the Globe Theatre we are seeing Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Richard III with Mark Rylance, one of my favorite actors.  I tried to get tickets to the production of Twelfth Night with Rylance playing Olivia and Stephen Fry playing Malvolio but they were sold out the day tickets went on sale.  Luckily, I have seen that production when Mark Rylance did it years ago when he ran the Globe Theatre.  

While walking around London, I found all these phone booths decorated by different artists.  I included them below.  Enjoy!   Stay tuned for more blogs beginning in September.

A typical London phone booth

                                              This is upside down...hahhah sorry!

                                                  THAT'S ALL FOLKS!!!!!