We have been trying to get to the Globe every trip we have made here since it opened and we finally made it. Yesterday was a gloriously sunny day, far too hot for those standing at the Globe, a number tottered out. Maybe it was the Pimms they had before going in… We arrived at 12noon to wait for the 5pound seats which we thought went on sale every day, nah-wrong!!!! Sold out for two months hence said the luvvy  young man at the counter… We could queue for returns, which we did. After twenty minutes we got two 39 pound tickets, ouch!!!!

Anyway they were in a good spot and out of the sun. We saw a wonderful production of MacBeth, excellently done. I was sitting next to the Wardrobe Mistress, sure they are not called that. now…anyway I saw she was making notes about various bits of costume being indisarray   and asked her if she was, complimented her on the costumes of course. They were very good. Loved our afternoon out, and. walked back via St Pauls, always  surprises me how plain it is… Topped the day of with an expensive but  good dinner down the road. Came home and had our usual stunning dessert of half a Mars Bar each!!

Today, well this evening, we are off to Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House. Later.Yes, SimonBoccanegra was as good in its own Operatic way.  Has not had very good reviews but the Royal Opera House was still full. After one of the arias  there was applause but only after one. I asked the man sitting next to me if they usually applaud after arias, in NZ we don’t usually but in America they applaud madly after every aria. His reply was they usually do applaud after every aria but because of the reviews they were not …..Well, wouldn’t that kill you as a performer!!!! The staging  and costuming was stunning, think giant Grecian pillars and costumes out of a Canalleto with interiors by Raphael….. The chief criticism seemed to be the lack of cohesion between the leads, maybe, never particularly. noticed it in other operas…The leads apart from Simonwere all rather weighty but golly , they could sing…. Caught the bus  home, not getting back until about eleven thirty pm. A long opera…..

Did I mention that in the eternal foraging for food (read-hunting for supermarkets) one never lets an opportunity pass, we stopped at a Sainsbury all nighter. before boarding the bus,  laden with bags of groceries…

Fashion Note!!   One must have fluorescent sport shoes , at the very least, fluorescent laces…

The very young, anyone under forty, wear fluro t shirts, rather  like the colours of the early sixties..