Pygmalion and a haunting


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October 3rd 2015
Published: October 1st 2017
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Sort of cold, overcast, and incredibly windy

Slept until 11:20am, which was very, very nice, after getting to bed around 3am. Went to have breakfast at a local diner – breakfast was over, so we had the most breakfasty-sounding sandwiches. Then went for a stroll around town. It was very crowded and very windy.

At 2pm, saw Pymalion. It was excellent – acting was great, sets were great. They did a modern version, but it felt not-forced and, as always, shows that the themes are eternal (or at least cross a few centuries). Covent Garden set included rain and a real London taxi. Henry Higgins' flat included large computer screens with a program that visualized the vocalizations of the actors. There were multi-media set breaks, including a BBC story about "find your social class" (Paul and I did this later … we are “elites” … or would be if we lived in the UK) and another about punk rock. The mother was a fashion designer, and her “at home” was at her place of work, filled with a dozen extras running the fashion show. Henry Higgins is a jerk.

We returned to the b&b to work briefly before heading out to dinner at the Oban House. We shared several dishes, which were all quite good. Pleasant atmosphere as well.

At 8pm, we took the local ghost tour, which was entertaining. He apologized in advance to Americans with the pro-British bent of his stories. Most of the ghost stories not that interesting – a presence is felt, a figure is seen – but some were entertaining, like the pub haunted by a British solider who was killed by Americans in a rum barrel … and then his ghost got all butt-hurt when the British flag on the front door was sent off for cleaning. (I noted that there was an American flag above the door, which didn't seem to bother him.) In any case, we found the tour amusing, and it did remind us how much the war of 1812 plays into the history of NOTL.

After the tour, we went to the Prince of Wales for a drinky – Jameson and Baileys on the rocks, perfect for tonight. Then, we tried to walk past the “most haunted” house in NOTL, which is at the corner of Centre and Massagua. We didn't see it in the dark, then I read more about it online and it seems that, while it has been abandoned for decades, people who worked on restoration in it have never heard of or experienced its being haunted.

Then we went to bed.


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