did you know that shakespeare’s globe on london’s south bank isn’t actually the ‘real’ globe, shakespeare’s globe? also it doesn’t stand on the original site either? and did you know that it was founded by sam wanamaker, the father of zoë wanamaker? no neither did we, but over the easter holidays we found this all out and more!
we trotted along to 20 fenchurch street or more affectionately called “the walkie-talkie” because it basically looks like one. it is currently the 5th tallest building in the city of london and in 2015 it was awarded carbuncle cup for being the worst new building in the UK in the previous 12 months. a bit harsh you may think, but in fairness it’s not pretty.
many many moons ago as far back as 1997, back in the olden days as ronnie might say, a book was released that literally changed the world, harry potter and the and the philosopher’s stone. at the time i was travelling into london from sunny essex and reading was a must to get through the chore of the daily commute. essentially it was a children’s book, but it attracted a wide adult readership too, and soon harry potter was a world-wide literature phenomenon.
now i’m sure i don’t have to tell you about the story but just incase you haven’t heard harry is a wizard. the books tell the journey of harry and his friends hermione granger and ron weasley, through their years as students at the hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry.
you may or may not remember that a while back i posted about this years crazy team honk tube challenge. well whilst checking the final timings for our planned route we discovered that on monday 14th, there were planned works at some stations which meant the challenge was not achievable. this may have put a dampener on the full challenge but we were determined to complete a full challenge and not fail before we had even started, so we worked quick sharp on planning a plan b.
last weekend already seems such a long time ago. i miss last weekend already. you see i had kindly been invited by holiday cottages.co.uk to stay for a weekend in one of their converted barns in bradworthy in north devon. the added bonus was that 13 other bloggers had also been invited so much fun was indeed to be had.