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April 2020

[March 8] Just your average 600 year old house. Built in 1420, i t's rented out for weddings.
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[March 8] First stop on our day-trip to Hastings was the site of the Battle of Hastings, which isn't in Hastings. It's a village called... ...wait for it... ...Battle. What you see here is gatehouse of Battle Abbey, in Battle, East Sussex, on the site of the Battle of Hastings.
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[March 8] With not much more than an hour's sleep I passed out in the car. I don't even remember falling asleep, but I snored myself awake on a C-road somewhere in the ridiculously bucolic countryside of East Sussex.
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[March 7-8] And to finish off my Saturday, a night at Slimelight. This, like swimming at Hampstead Heath and the British Baroque show at Tate Britain, was on my absolute must do list. I'd over-packed because of this one night. I couldn't decide what I was going to wear in advance of flying out so I'd brought far too many options. Getting ready was therefore the usual comedy of trying everything with everything else before finding the combination that suited my mood. I powdered my face, shaded my eyes and headed out. Changing trains at the Euston underground station a woman stops me to ask, "Are you alright?" At first I thought she had mistaken my make-up for an actual pallor and sunken eyes. But then she and her boyfriend started asking questions like, was I in a play? "No. I'm just going to a goth club," I explained. We got chatting for a bit and the crux of it was they really liked my look and the two of them each took pictures of eachother with me. Remember, *I'm* the tourist. They both had London accents. I got to Slimes around 11:40, which would be pretty late for clubbing here, there there, where the club is open until 7:00 am, I was early and it was still pretty quiet. Only the dance floor and one of the bars were open (there are 5 different rooms on three levels with 2 stages.) The room with the open dancefloor had the fog machine working overtime and the lighting was close to nonexistent. Vancouver is really unusual in that dives like the Astoria have relatively fancy lights and even at warehouse parties visuals are always set up. A drink was in order before dancing. The very attractive bartender had some very nice things to say in an interesting accent I couldn't place about my outfit and remarked that it was interesting that two people had worn a Victorian look that evening. After having my first drink and dancing for a bit, I went back for another drink from the pretty bartender.. There was no line and she was that took the conversation past, "I'd like a double gin and tonic, please"; "That'll be 5"; "Thank you." Among other things she asked where I was from. [IG has a limit on post-size. I'll finish this on FB]
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Sometimes I draw stuff.
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[March 7] Enjoying the architecture at Tate Britain before I leave. I went there for the British Baroque exhibit, but discovered they also had a Aubrey Beardsley show that had just gone up. I couldn't miss that, so I decided that I would come back on Monday. At the moment I had to get back to my nieces' place for some dinner and to change to go to Slimelight. Sunday was already spoken for, we were all going for a drive down to Hastings to see the ruins of the Norman castle. My original thought had been to see Highclere Castle because, 1.) it's where Downton Abbey is filmed, 2.) it has gardens designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, and 3.) it is the home of the Earl of Carnarvon. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon backed Howard Carter, discoverer of Tutankhamun's tomb - but it wasn't open for visiting.
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[March 7] Outside Tate Britain I was wondering about this damage to the stone. Was this just the result of being close to the river and moisture freezing in small cracks, or is this damage from bombing during WWII?
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[March 7] Wait. What city is this again? :-p
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