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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Dad went back to Italy on Sunday. I miss him!
He's really fun to be with, and good company. He's 72 and I was struggling to keep up with him, on a couple of days I sent him out on his own so I could recover :)
I felt very tired all last week. I blamed it on all the walking around London I'd done with dad, but then my period started and all was explained.
It's amazing that after all the doctors, hospital visits, tests and whatnot, I've now had three regular periods in a row. I can't remember the last time that happened, possibly 4 or 5 years ago.
Anyway, back to dad :)
I had lots of tickets for BBC shows while he was here.
The day after he arrived we went to the Maida Vale studios to see BBC Singers: Rhythms of the World. The BBC Choir sang with the Ifield Community College Choir and Drummers. They sang traditional songs from all over the world, it was very good.
Then we went to see another BBC Singers performance (Light Fantastic: a little light music) at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge. That was also brilliant as they sang a lot of funny songs that had people giggling, and the church was really beautiful.
Then we had tickets for both nights of BBC4 Songwriters' Circle at Porchester Hall (lovely venue). The first night they had Leon Russell, Nick Lowe and Paul Brady, it was excellent!
The second night they had Donovan, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Roger Cook. Donovan was good, but the other two I could have done without - luckily that's when the young bouncer chatted me up so it wasn't an entirely wasted evening :D
We also went to Friday Night Is Music Night: A Musical Shrektacular at the Hackney Empire. I had only been to the Empire once before and loved it. It was dad's first time there and he also loved both the music and the theatre. It was the BBC Orchestra and the cast of Shrek, the musical, playing tunes from Shrek and other Dreamworks productions.
Now dad has seen both the Royal Albert Hall and the Hackney Empire, and he loves them both, like I do :)
I had booked tickets to see the Band of the Royal Air Force playing at Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank, so a Saturday afternoon was spent there, followed by an evening at the Barbican to see Ludovico Einaudi's Taranta! - the only show we paid for!
We saw a few other concerts and events at the City of London Festival (where the other day we bought £1 worth of raffle tickets and won a prize :D) and the Festival of Britain celebrations on Southbank, spent a day in Oxford where dad had never been before (we had lunch at the Eagle and Child, where Tolkien, CS Lewis and the Inklings used to meet, and visited the Pitt Rivers museum that we really loved), walked a lot (including on the river bank and the canal between Maida Vale and Kings Cross), visited cousin and baby in Kent, and when it rained or was too cold to go anywhere just spent some time at home, relaxing. Dad showed me how to change the brake pads on my bike (I'd worn them down to the metal and hadn't even realised, oooops!), and we cooked and ate - it's been the first time I've cooked for my dad, usually he's Master Chef and doesn't allow interference in the kitchen :D
Mr Gent joined us at the Barbican and the following weekend, and spent a few nights at mine. Dad was happy he had someone else to cook for :)
So, now I'll focus on thinking about all the nice things we can do when he gets back to London, and try not to miss him so much!