Penultimate Day in LONDON Full of Tours

2 08 2009

en route

“Tours, Tours, Tours”
Posted by Favorite Daughter (penguindust)

Sorry for the late update, folks, but we have been on tours literally all day.

Forgot to mention yesterday that we saw the Tower of London before the show! It was very exciting, because the whole Bloody Tower portion is dedicated to a discussion of who murdered or “disappeared” the two young princes. They presented some evidence, at which point we, the public of hundreds of years later, could vote on the matter!

As my brother was performing his (I’m sure) tip-top Richard III yesterday, we thought the conclusion was obvious: My brother did it. We explained this emphatically to people in line, and, judging by the vote counter, he was winning by a landslide.

After our two tours today, we may well be qualified to write Master’s Theses on the Tower of London, as both our tours – the NewEurope Old London City Tour and the New Europe Grim Reaper Tour – covered the Tower in some detail. We strolled along the Thames and got to see the reproduction Globe Theatre from a distance, strolled down Fleet Street, and traced the path of Jack the Ripper. We even saw the actual Ten Bells Pub where he stalked his victims, which is still a fully operational pub, complete with crusty English gentlemen smoking and drinking ale and doing whatever else it is they do in pubs.

Tomorrow we’re going to Westminster Abbey – for free! It costs about £15 to get in normally, UNLESS you sneakily attend their Evensong service, which they begrudgingly still hold open to the public. Ironically, Charlie Darwin is buried there. Hopefully we’ll get to sneak a peek.


Home Run: Homeschooling in the New Yorker

2 08 2009

Cock of the snook for this story to Stephanie at Learning Through Living. Home Run for the arts!

Mary, like her three siblings—Lucy, fifteen, John, ten, and Jane, eight, all of whom were in the production—has been homeschooled her entire life. “We were part of a parent-run playgroup, and at some point everyone started testing to get into the right school, and I thought it was insane,” their mother, Erynn Albert, said. (As it turns out, all four Albert offspring have got into the most insanely competitive gifted-and-talented program of them all, the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus; the two middle ones will appear in “Tosca” this fall.)

Young Son is King Richard III This Weekend in “A Knock-Out”

2 08 2009

Summer of Shakespeare poster evan ross as richard III 2009

We saw it last night and it’s a fresh, fun, abridged and interestingly site-specific (which means the audience moves around the campus with the actors from scene to scene) interpretation of Shakespeare. . .final performance tonight, hope we don’t get rain!

You may have seen the story and photos in the Democrat the other day.

The SAIL high school principal told me last night that this first annual Summer of Shakespeare Camp was a knock-out success and as far as she’s concerned, it will be hosted at SAIL as long as the FSU professor directing it, Cynie Cory, wishes to offer it.

Good call imo. 🙂

Are Pew and Gallup Polls Evangelical?

2 08 2009

JJ never considered anything like this about the Gallup and Pew polls as religiously biased, and intentionally, in their influence on public opinion — how about you guys?