The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0391  Saturday, 12 July 2008

From:       Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Saturday, July 12, 2008
Subject: SPECIAL REQUEST: London Suggestions
Comment:    SHK 19.0390 SPECIAL REQUEST: London Suggestions

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Thank you to all who replied to my request.

I have managed to book a room in a hotel not far from the New Globe; I shall 
still probably arrange transportation since walking longer than a block or two 
is difficult for me.

I have received many excellent suggestions about transportation options for 
which I am extremely grateful. Over the next couple of days, I will finalize my 
plans for getting around London and from London to Stratford and from Stratford 
back to Heathrow.

I am astonished though about my purchasing tickets, or rather not purchasing 
tickets. I have NOT been able to get a ticket for the 2:00 pm matinee for Merry 
Wives, even though yesterday there appeared to be many tickets available.

I have purchased a ticket for the 7:30 evening performance of Lear, but again I 
was extremely disappointed that there had appeared to be so many better seats 
available yesterday. Perhaps I was not reading the web site ticket maps as 
accurately as I should have.

I guess I will spend the day at the Tate Modern, one of my favorite places in 
London. Rebecca and I had a terrific time two years ago at the "Kandinsky: The 
Path to Abstraction" exhibition. During my undergraduate days, I hung out with a 
lot of artists and other non-conformists -- radical, unconventional bohemians, 
aging beats and youthful hippy types -- those who populated the fringes of 
society and who explored the avant garde, the innovative and the experimental. 
By trying to escape from the mental and artistic confines of my pathetically 
suburban, middle-class upbringing, I came to love what goes by the name of 
"modern art" and those who make it and those who enjoy its innovative and humor 
view of life. Thus, I will not be terrible disappointed about not seeing Merry 
Wives; instead I shall lose myself for four or five hours in the Tate Modern.

Once again, thanks to all who helped me put my 2008 day in London together.


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