Whoever you see, see Billy Elliot
My third visit home in 6 weeks and probably the reason why it was harder to get back on the plane this time than it has been for a long while. A more relaxing week without the need to go into work. Plenty of coffee and beer as I caught up with some people I hadn't seen for a while. It's always difficult choosing people to see when I go back. I always want to see my family but mates I tend to have to group together or put off until the next time. I have learnt to only tell people I plan to see that I am back in town as time is always precious and they sometimes get a bit narked that I don't find time to see them. A nice problem but as other people in the same situation will tell you, a difficult one.
The first weekend I spent down in Eastbourne with my son at my parent's house. We swapped presents and ate turkey but the weather was awful, therefore not allowing my son the opportunity to find buried treasure on the beach with his new metal detector!
The rest of the week I scurried between Oxford (seeing the Kassam Stadium
from close quarters
whilst their game against Darlington was being played Saturday) and London. I spent one enjoyable afternoon in the company of family friends back home in Catford, now complete with it's own Chicago Pizza restaurant I noticed.
Then that evening I saw Billy Elliot
at the Victoria Palace Theatre, without any doubt the best show I have seen for a long while. On Friday I killed a spare morning by going to the Science Museum
. Before I left London I vowed to re-visit all the major museums and saw precisely none, so I am trying to see them retrospectively.
The Science Musuem was much more modern than I remember, with an IMAX
cinema, the space
, the history of flight and the making of the modern industrial world
exhibitions my personal favourites. And it's free entry too.