Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday 24 May - Pirates of Penzance

This squirrel found a sandwich in the litter bin in the Dingle.  In getting it out a piece dropped on the floor and a robin swooped down on it. Honour amongst thieves.
It rained a little this morning so we had a late start.  Lunch was at the carvery of the Coach and Horses pub on Swan Hill (about three minutes walk from the apartment).  The food was very good and they had Salopian Shropshire Gold and Stonehouse (Oswestry) Station Bitter on draft.  The room had some interesting wooden beams and the atmosphere was pleasant.  We were asked for our choice of main course (beef, pork, turkey, chicken or fish) and were called up to the carvery when the meat was ready.  We then took vegetables ourselves.  There were individual Yorkshire Puddings and cauliflower cheese as well as other vegetables and roast and boiled potatoes. There were several family groups who were having a good time this holiday Sunday.

We went to a performance of The Pirates of Penzance at the Theatre Severn this evening - it took us about ten minutes to walk across the Welsh bridge.  It was a video recording of a live performance by the English National Opera Chorus and the English National Opera Orchestra in the London Coliseum.  The whole performance was excellent.  The large orchestra played well and the singing was first rate.  It was, of course, played for laughs and was very entertaining,  One advantage of the video performances is that one gets a better view, through close ups, than those at the live performance.

To be a pirate king
Apprentice to a pirate (pilot)
I am the very model of a modern major general
A policeman's lot is not a happy one
A most ingenious paradox

At the interval we fortified ourselves with choc ices on a stick and enjoyed the view across the River Severn.  The sun was at a low angle and lit up St. Chads and the Market Clock Tower,

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