friday, baby!

i always have a camera or my iphone in my handbag or in my pocket when i am outside. even on my way to work or even when i go to the cafe. 
i found these photos on my phone and since the weather is a bit ‘shittie’ here at the moment (overcast and windy) – and with the ‘shittie’ weather the londoners tend to be a bit grumpy.  i thought i will add these on the blog to cheer us all up & remind us that it is FRIDAY, baby!!
11.04.07 Hospital building
a part of the roof from the university college hospital
11.04.07 Lewis buildingan old corner building
11.04.07 london buildingsthe corner of euston road station.
our plans for this weekend are:  movie on friday; the circus on saturday evening & lunch with friends on sunday.
have a great weekend!

movie tuesday

i will always think of tuesday’s as MOVIE DAY.  we were always a big group of friends to go down to Sterkinekor and use our membership (platinum) cards and only pay half price for a movie and on your birthday you got to go for free and with free popcorn en cooldrink.  it was so much fun!  (this was when i still lived in SA – Pretoria).

now here in london, i still have a membership card (cineworld) but this card you have to pay a monthly membership fee and can go and watch as many movies as you possible can during that month.  we normally go over the weekend.

this weekend we went to see Source code with Jake Gyllenhaal.  this is an action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

This is not just good science fiction, it’s also a good movie. This has been a solid season for movies with sci-fi-like concepts that did not rely heavily on special effects. “Limitless” may not have been as bright as its main character, but it was a fun ride throughout, and even if I wanted to complain about the Hollywood ending, I have to admit that sometimes it’s nice to see the good guys win. I’m not going to tell you who wins in “Source Code,” but needless to say, if you’ve seen the previews and the commercials, you’ve only started to unravel the layers of this movie.

In the end, “Source Code” is a movie I can highly recommend. It’s good sci-fi that isn’t bogged down by effects. It’s a good drama that isn’t held back by poorly-written characters who don’t have the intelligence or foresight of the audience cringing at their every move. It’s fun entertainment, with a fast-moving plot and a steady feed of interesting details and twists. Best of all, by the end the movie has become something entirely different, and perhaps even better than it was when it started.

then for upcoming movies for april that i want to see:

Red Riding Hood – same director as Twilightred_riding_hood

Beastly Beastly-movie

Fast FiveFast-Five-movie-poster

RioRio

scream 4:  curius to see what ELSE they could do with this moviescream-4b

Thor:  one of the MANY comic book character movies this yearthor-2011-movie

and the funny Your highness your-highness-poster1

what movies would you like to see this april?

weekend

we decided to get on the bus & walk around central london since the weather was so hot & sunny. 

we walked past the london aquarium:

past the VERY long queue of people for the london eye:

then past waterloo bridge: 

then the REALLY busy covent garden:

where wayne got to stand next to a HUGE monster truck:

we ate freshly made sandwiches in covent garden & admired at all the little shops: 

on the way home we walked pasted the famous Savoy Hotel. so pretty:

bit of trivia about this hotel:

Back in 1246, a stretch of land between the Strand and the Thames was presented by Henry III to Peter, Count of Savoy, uncle and consort to the King’s wife. Peter built his Savoy Palace on the river, and the name has been associated with the place ever since.

Over 600 years later, Richard D’Oyly Carte chose the location for a new theatre to stage the famous operettas written by his friends Gilbert and Sullivan. He decided to call his new building the Savoy Theatre, and the productions were known henceforth as the Savoy Operas. Gilbert and Sullivan were huge on both sides of the Atlantic, and D’Oyly Carte spent a lot of time producing their shows in America. This meant he could stay in some of the newest and best hotels, which impressed him so much with their amazing new technologies that he decided to build his own hotel back in London.  The new Savoy on the river took five years to build and opened on August 6, 1889. It caused a sensation.

This, the first true luxury hotel in London, was also the first to be lit by electricity. It had the first electric lifts, known as ‘ascending rooms’. Guest rooms were connected by speaking tube to the valet, maid and floor waiter – and to other parts of the hotel. The Savoy later became the first hotel to provide most of its rooms with private bathrooms en suite. The ‘Savoy bathroom’ became famous for its cascading shower and quick filling bath.

D’Oyly Carte tempted the well-known hotel manager César Ritz to join his new wonder hotel. Ritz was delighted by the perfectly-appointed facilities and great potential at The Savoy. He brought in Auguste Escoffier, leading ‘celebrity chef ’ of his day, to run the kitchens. In the early years, Savoy guests included Sarah Bernhardt and Dame Nellie Melba, for whom Escoffier famously created Melba Toast when she was on a diet and Pêches Melba when she was not.

the savoy theatre: 

we LOVE wondering around london & make it look like we are still tourists (even if we’ve been here for over 8 years).  hope you all had a GREAT weekend!

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