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Published: April 22nd 2018
Today Dee and I decided to take a break, while Larry and Danielle made their way to the London Eye, a gigantic Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the Thames between the Westminster and Hungerford Bridges, in the London Borough of Lambeth. During their outing today, they also enjoyed a short cruise on the Thames river.
The structure is 443 feet tall, with a wheel diameter of 394 feet. When it first opened to the public in 2000, it was the world's tallest Ferris wheel, although its since been surpassed by Ferris wheels in China, Singapore and Las Vegas. It remains Europe's tallest Ferris wheel, however, and draws more than 3.75 million visitors annually.
Each of the wheel's 32 oval-shaped passenger capsules hold up to 25 people, who are free to walk around inside the capsule. The wheel was designed to rotate very slowly, at about 0.6 mph, and our intrepid fellow travelers confirmed that one revolution took about 30 minutes. They thoroughly enjoyed their adventure, and several of their photos are attached.
Before recounting the following incident, a little background may be in order. For the past 2 months, we have clambered around ancient ruins, walked
innumerable cobblestone streets and alleys, climbed both wooden and stone staircases, and hiked many miles through airports, parks, museums, galleries, and castles. Through all of that, surefooted Dee has never missed a step. But today, a kitchen chair proved to be her downfall, literally.
While sitting at the kitchen table, she leaned over sideways to check a load of laundry that was in the dryer, located under one of the kitchen counters. As she did so, her weight shifted such that the chair tipped over, dumping her onto the floor. Fortunately, she suffered no cuts or broken bones, but only wounded her pride. With apologies to the author of the well-known Christmas poem, I'll try and describe the unfortunate incident, as follows: "Twas indeed a WTF Moment"
Dee and I were puttering around the flat,
When suddenly, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash,
Tore open the door, and threw up the sash.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a figure stretched out, on the cheeks of her ass.
Bangers and mash
Bangers and mash, also known as sausages and mash, is a traditional dish of the British Isles made of sausages and mashed potatoes, and may consist of one of a variety of flavoured sausages made of pork, lamb, or beef (often specifically Cumberland sausage). The dish is sometimes served with onion gravy, fried onions, or peas.
This dish, even when cooked at home, may be thought of as an example of pub grub, meaning it is relatively quick and easy to make in large quantities. More up-market varieties, with exotic sausages and mashes, are sold in gastropubs, with less sophisticated alternatives being available in regular public houses (pubs). Source: Wikipedia.
With a forlorn little twinkle, so lively and quick,
I knew in an instant, it was none other than Dee!
After she had recovered her composure, we walked to the Anchor Tap pub for lunch. We'd already eaten here once, but the food and congenial atmosphere of this pub were so enjoyable that we decided to pay another visit. This time, we climbed a steep, narrow staircase to reach the upstairs dining room.
I ordered the bangers and mash, a traditional British dish of sausages served with mashed potatoes and peas, while Dee tried a pie with chicken and leeks. My serving was so huge, I could only manage to eat one of the sausages, and part of the potatoes. But the waitress cheerfully offered to wrap-up the uneaten portion so we could take it home, where all four of us shared the remainder for dinner!
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