This is going to be short and sweet because I am TIRED.

The day started off with a trip to the British Library, you know, the whole reason I’m here. Everything was smooth sailing since I’d done all my prep work back in Washington.

I’m still not 100% sure what it is that I’m doing… I listened to the recording a couple times, made notations and decided that I need to reread some stuff that I left back at the dorm before going any further. I’m going to do more reading/research tomorrow on my own, visit the archives on Wednesday and then return to the library to listen to the recording some more Wednesday evening. Hopefully it’ll be enough.

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After reevaluating my game plan, more exploring occurred.

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I’m going to use this picture to illustrate to my students the culture of going to the theatre. The pre-theatre dinner and post-theatre dessert concepts.

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I’ve been eating most of my meals at these places that stock prepackaged, but not gross, food. All the food is freshly made each day and is neither soggy nor stale. It’s also interesting that high fructose corn syrup is not listed anywhere on the ingredients lists of food over here — not even in the candy bars! From looking at the food labels it seems the Brits are rather health conscious.

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Then it was time for the show! Clybourne Park. It was phenomenal. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Wanderlust afterward, but I know I loved this show. It was hilarious, poignant, well crafted, and so very relevant. I love that it pulls from A Raisin in the Sun as well.

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I think the Victoria Albert Museum and Billy Elliot are in my future for tomorrow, but for now, it’s bed time.

2 Comments on Clybourne Park

  1. No high fructose corn syrup? That means I can definitely eat in England! lol

    Yay for health conscious governments! (Did you know that APPARENTLY Cinnamon Toast Crunch is banned in England? Archie told me that and had me send him some. Apparently its too sugary to be sold there. Though I feel like there are far more sugary cereals that we could ban . . . )

    Would I enjoy reading the play? Maybe next year when you’re done with everything you could send me a couple plays to read. I enjoyed reading the last ones you sent me šŸ™‚

    ENJOY Billy Elliot. It’s a good show. Very English, very Elton John, filled with lots of amazing dancing. It’s not my favorite show, I wouldn’t necessarily go see it again and again, but it’s worth seeing, specially in the West End since that’s where it originated šŸ™‚ and if you like the movie, you’ll definitely like the musical.

    • I’ll scan the play in and send it to you… it’s a fascinating play, both in it’s structure and content. Have you read Raisin in the Sun? I’d read it first, if possible, but it’s not necessary to understand Clybourne Park.

      And Billy Elliot was fun. I’m a sucker for any sort of dance show or movie, so I really enjoyed it.

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