Thank god for the sun shining today. I thought I had lived here long enough that the weather no longer affected my mood, but what a difference a bit of sun makes to the public morale. Strangers smiling, opening doors for each other, commenting on the drunkeness of a pair of teenagers stumbling across Mare Street. It was utterly, utterly heartwarming.
Anyway, I’ve finished Wolf Hall and have to sit on my hands until the sequel comes out – my god, talk about leaving us on a cliffhanger! Will the Queen produce an heir? Will Cromwell win Jane Seymour? What the hell is going to go down at Wolf Hall…. well, you sort of know how it all turns out but at the same time the story she has created is so immediate, so vivid, it’s like… I don’t know. It’s as good as The Wire.
I went to see Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill at the Tower of London a few weeks ago, and if you’re reading Wolf Hall, a visit to the Tower is a way into the novel, although for me the history is brought to life far more convincingly by reading the book rather than visiting the places. Being there at night, without the crowds of tourists, may be a different story though.
I want to write more about the book when I have time. At the moment, though, I just have two words: Read it!
Anyway, this weekend we have The East London Design Show at Shoreditch Town Hall. On tonight until 8 and finishing on Sunday. I’m going for a sniff on Sunday, and will hopefully find some Christmas presents.
I highly recommend Sophie Calle at Whitechapel, too, and a swim at the London Fields Lido – it’s warm and steamy once you get going and it really does wake you up on a wintry day.
Any other recommendations? Have a good weekend!