Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Royal Festival Hall

Sunday morning looked a bit chilly,
but it became actually very nice warm & sunny day.
Walked a lot
- from Holborn to Marble Arc, through Soho to King’s Cross and all the way to Islington.
View at Holborn
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Had a break at Prêt-a-Manger at Leicester Square
- apricot smoothie, tea and Parma ham whole grain baguette

Another tea break was taken at Leonidas on New Bond Street
This time with 2 delicious pralines

Lots of people – old and young –
walking on the streets wearing a blue shirt, scarves, flags…
Found out they were all Everton supporters.
Funny nation these British.
This afternoon ManU-Everton at Wembley’s.
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Late lunch at an old famous Chinese restaurant in Islington called Youngs.
Very good crispy vegetable spring rolls
and as main course fried rice with shrimps,
which was ok.
Nice, quiet service
Ratings: 3/5
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Youngs Cuisine
Cantonese & Peking Cuisine
154-155 Upper Street,
London N1
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Went to Royal Festival Hall to listen to Mark’s concert.
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Philharmonia Orchestra played the following:
Beethoven
Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 (5mins)
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat, Op.73, Emperor (38mins)
- Lars Vogt – piano
Brahms
Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98 (39mins)
- very nice piece of music!

Conductor Philippe Jordan
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During the interval bought some mint chocolate ice cream
- excellent idea to sell refreshing ice cream in a concert

Very enjoyable evening! And the seats were excellent!
The whole Southbank Centre area is very nice.
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Had take-away falafel for supper

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