Back from Holiday

This is the first of a two-part blog post. The second part will be part of my ‘Migrating to Linux’ series. This is just about the last few days of the holiday…

Anyway. on Sunday evening we went to the pub to meet up with some of Philippa’s friends. It was a really good evening actually, a good time was had by all! Then, on Monday we went into London after lunch. We went to the National Gallery for a couple of hours. I’ve been there once before but didn’t really get a chance to have a good look round… this time I did.

I was able to see the very famous Water Lilies painting by Monet, Sunflowers by Van Gogh, “Bathers at Asnieres” by Seurat, and the famous Tiger painting by Rousseau. It was quite an experience, seeing the originals of so many wonderful pieces of art… afterwards we wandered round London, through Trafalgar Square and then had tea in Hyde Park. In the evening, we went to the Albert Hall for one of the proms, they were playing the Flying Dutchman Overture by Wagner, a Beethoven piano concerto (no 3 I think), which was gorgeous, and “Also Sprache” by Richard Strauss — the intro of which was used as the theme for “2001: A Space Oddysey”. Unfortunately, the intro was the best bit of the piece, and it wasn’t repeated! Still, it was a great evening — all in all, a very cultured day!

On Tuesday, we went into Bromley where Philippa and a friend of hers were able to try on some wedding dresses… this getting married lark takes some preparation! Still. I wasn’t able to see any of the dresses, so I wandered round Bromley and then went back home. In the evening we watched “The Life Aquatic” with Bill Murray and Owen Wilson (amongst others). It was actually very good – it was by the same director as “The Royal Tenenbaums”. I haven’t seen it but Philippa has; if you liked it, then you’ll probably like the Life Aquatic.

Anyway… I think that’s just about it for now! More to come on the Linux side in a moment, other than that – goodnight!


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