We've managed to accommodate our three guests quite easily. Benedict is happy to have their company, a distraction from the usual father-directed activities.
Dinner with Karin, Michael, and Ruth.
Meeting sheep and imitating meerkats at the London Zoo on Friday. I stayed home that afternoon. Word is that the zoo is pretty good. In Regent's Park, I believe.
Harrods is a hilarious place. Really. Quite funny. The prices of some of the accessories will make you laugh. This is the place to visit when you are depressed because one's mood will instantly lift at discovering that people exist in the world foolish enough to pay, for example, outrageous sums for diamond encrusted ipods. The model Lamborghini in the picture above is the size of a ordinary model car and its price is really modest compared to some the cost of other items. Still within the budget of most working families, isn't it?
Harrods's fame is the ability to acquire anything in the world for its customers. One of our SU tour bus guides told a story, which he claimed is true, of some newly minted Eastern European billionaire seeking a gift for some important member of the English aristocracy and asking a clerk whether Harrods sold elephants. Without batting an eye the clerk--undoubtedly dressed in black--asked back, 'African or Asian?' Harrods sold him an elephant as requested.
Some of us were content to have our picture taken with a bearish Beefeater in the Toy Department.
Below are a couple of photos from different angles of a memorial to Princess Diana and the man who died with her in that fiery crash in Paris 13 years ago. The companion was Dodi Al Fayed, whose father, Mohammed Al Fayed, until recently owned Harrods, selling the store for 1.5 billion pounds this past May. The father believed their deaths the result of a conspiracy, which may be why he has never been given a UK passport despite living in England for decades. In the upper right hand corner of the top photo you can see a pile of flowers with notes and a man signing a memorial book. The Cult of Diana remains alive.
It took longer to get to the south side of the river than we expected. Benedict, Erika, and I were headed for the Globe for the second part of Henry IV. We just had enough time to slip into the Tate Modern Museum for some hot tea in the restaurant before taking a stand among the groundlings.