|...crowd at the bottom of Trafalgar waiting to get into the square ...|
one group walks west, one group walks east
The area was closed in by a wall and there were two doors through which the concert goers could enter: one on the right side of the National Gallery and the other on the left side of the National Gallery.
The first line snaked down Charing Cross Road and around the perimenter of Trafalgar Circle and then wended its way back up to the west door.
The West door entrance line-up went the opposite way, down to the circle and then back up Charing Cross Road to St. Martins-in-the-Fields Church.
There must have been enough concerts in the square for the crowd control police to figure out how to pack the biggest number of people into queues that would work.
|telephone booth painted as BIG BEN|
can be seen at Trafalgar Circle
created by Mandii Pope
People sang to the music, swayed to the music, some danced on the streets to the music.
|... the Jersey Boys dance at Trafalgar...|
That was followed by the clip from Ragtime going on at Regent’s Park, done with actors in black t-shirts
The Mama Mia people were there with their “Dancing Queen” costumes on.
The Jersey Boys were resplendent in their red jackets.
The Wicked people were not costumed but held the crowd spellbound, on and on the performances went -- 7 hours one day and 6 hours the next.
|... the Jersey Boys sing at Trafalgar...|
At the bottom of the square is another of those telephone booths, this one painted to look like Big Ben. I did go to take a closer look at it.
|... flags across from Trafalgar at Canada House ...|
I am hooked on that event and was amazed at how few people were there – the smallest crowd I have ever seen – maybe less than 15 people.
|Mattaeo's Assumption of the Virgin|
What a fabulous hook through which to view a Lorenzo painting (1407), Reuben’s ‘Autumn Landscape’, a work of John Constables and then a Mattaeo, ‘The Assumption of the Virgin’.
There was a woman in the tour with a wheel chair. I didn’t pay much attention to her until we were leaving the second painting.
I was one of the last to leave to move onto the next spot and noticed that her wheelchair hadn’t moved.
I went over to see if she was asleep ... or dead. Luckily, it was the former and I woke her and told her that the tour was moving on and she should come with us.
I hope someone will do that for me as well, someday, whether I am in a wheelchair or not. I finished off my time in the National Gallery by seeing a new exhibit: Titian’s Flight into Egypt which usually hangs in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, but which has been borrowed by the National for an exhibit that gathers together all/some of Titian’s other work leading up to that famous painting.
That took longer than I thought, and I was getting tired of being on my feet for so long, but I knew ... coming up 8 hours of sitting at Gatz, so I soldiered on past my giving up point, knowing that I would soon be sitting in a theatre and having time to revive myself.
The Titian’s "Flight" exhibit was actually interesting – they showed his early portraiture, then his early landscape work, and then showed how he put the two together in the ‘Flight into Egypt’.
My brother-in-law, Ralph Sabey, told me the truth when he said that retirement is the best of all jobs.
Yes, the best of all jobs, rewarding and exhausting at the same time.