It's been "scribble scribble scribble" * at my desk, and I haven't really got out anywhere very much. Still, I'll tell you what I HAVE done..
First, since I haven't had a response from Legoland Windsor's customer service, (read my moan about it here) I have tweeted about it @jennywoolf, here. I only have a few hundred followers since I don't use Twitter much, but if you use Twitter, then please feel free to retweet or link to FB. I think a few people have. I am told this often generates a response.
If they do respond, I hope they don't just offer me a free trip to "make it up to me." In my work, I've visited (free and paying),so many theme parks in so many places, and talked to those who run them. The good ones - I think Legoland likes to consider itself in that category - organise themselves to accomodate large crowds of guests instead of blaming them for the place being too busy! And they check the attractions often to make sure they're not too decrepit or disappointing And honestly, they should be doing it.
It is funny - I wasn't planning to complain, but since I have, I am now quite interested to see what happens.
Back at home, my favourite rose has been enjoying the lousy wet weather - plants have a different take on the rain from us!
I went into the West End for some meetings, and on to the South Bank where I dropped in at an exhibition about the "Beano" comic, called "Beanotown"
It didn't have many kids in it - it needed kids in the play areas. A lot of it was about the history of the comic, which was one of my favourites as a kid.
Good old Biffo. I used to be so pleased to see his face every week and it makes me feel rather cosy to be wished a "Happy Easter, Readers!" after all this time.
Saw the John Lennon Educational Foundation bus parked in a quiet backwater. I like the doodled logo of John. I'd never heard of this bus but it's dedicated to offering young people
"tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. With the assistance of three onboard engineers, students learn how to write, perform, record and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video - all in one day"
I was one of the youngest, which suggests that they were missing their market on this occasion, but I bet it's livelier at the weekends and it's a great idea.
I used an old handbag I haven't carried in a while, and in it I found a sweet from the lovely Southwold Pier which cracked me up just as much as it did the first time I saw it. It's cut from a stick of rock - can you see what it says on it?
Edible Nuclear Waste. That is one CRAZY PIER, but strangely, its website doesn't give much idea of what it is like. It's arty and original, and my favourite bit is Tim Hunkin's Under the Pier Show, a display of nutty and utterly unique machines. But the pier's also a good place to hang out, eat icecream or fish and chips, and just enjoy being at the seaside. Definitely one of my favourite piers.
Oh I am also dealing with the aftermath of the fact that I couldn't go to France last week, as planned. I would have gone to a wonderful place called Blanc Take a look at Blanc and check out its website. (and the picture at the top of this post is also of Blanc, in fact, you might be able to tell where it is taken from if you look carefully at the larger scale photo). It is an extremely old medieval village in the South of France, with amazing walks all around. I did go last year so maybe another time I will make it again..
"This refers to: "Another damn thick book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! eh, Mr. Gibbon?" - the remark made by the boneheaded Duke of Gloucester when presented with the first edition of the enormous "Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Edward Gibbon.