Tourists in London 2 – Ephemeral Sand Art, ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ in Shona and Guy’s Hospital

09 May

Another day stomping around London, riding the underground and being glad we are just visitors and don’t have to travel like this every day!

1   At low tide there are occasional beaches on the Thames! We spotted this Frenchman creating a sand sculpture which would be gone in a few hours as the tide came back in.

Sand sculpture

2   I love The Globe! The matinee this afternoon, part of Globe to Globe: 37 Plays in 37 Languages at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, was ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ in Shona! The production was amazing, so funny and so clever! Just two remarkable actors played all eleven characters including the dog. We laughed so much our faces ached! Incredibly, it’s still only a fiver to be a Groundling as it was when it opened in 1997. We met two beautiful Zimbabwean women who were enjoying hearing a play they knew well in English in their mother tongue.

Skakespeare’s Globe

Waiting in the rain for the second half

Valerie and Chipo, Zimbabwean women in the audience

3   We walked to the tube via Southwark Cathedral with Guy’s Hospital in the background. Very mixed memories from 30+ years ago when Daniel was in Guy’s  for two of his three heart operations – one at 13 days in Leeds followed by two at Guy’s, one at 6 months and one at 30 months. The beautiful thing about this is that he survived against all the odds and is the beautiful young man who just got married in Senegal.

Southwark Cathedral and Guy’s Hospital


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5 responses to “Tourists in London 2 – Ephemeral Sand Art, ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ in Shona and Guy’s Hospital

  1. Russel Ray Photos

    May 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    We have a replica of The Globe here in San Diego. The acoustics are amazing, and I’ve had the privilege of perfoming on stage.

  2. promenadeplantings

    May 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I was in London today, and it always hits me – positives and yes a few grumbles. A poignant piece about Guys

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 10, 2012 at 6:26 am

      It’s a very exciting place to be! Today we’re going to Babel, “A spectacular outdoor show created for a major London setting, BABEL is staged through a unique partnership between WildWorks and Battersea Arts Centre and will feature a cast of up to 300.” I’ll post that today or tomorrow depending what time we get home.
      Thank you for your comment about the Guy’s memory. 🙂

  3. Choc Chip Uru

    May 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    So many wonderful sites to see my friend! I have always dreamed of visiting the Globe 😀
    Glad you are having fun!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      One day you will get to The Globe. It’s really good fun being a Groundling. You can take in your hot chocolate and your Brownie if you want to, too! 🙂


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