This is the empty space which used to be the Earls Court Exhibition Centre. The site has been cleared but the development has halted, apparently due to planning challenges and commercial uncertainty. So no longer the big shows nor the music performances. I remember hearing here in 1980 Roger Waters’ lyrics for The Wall: “What shall we use to fill the empty spaces”; maybe Pink Floyd could play here again to fill the empty site?
Ride to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe
It’s an exaggeration but the short ride out to Cap Croisette from Marseille then Pointe Rouge and along the little road past the Calanques at the foot of the Massif de Marseilleveyre feels like you’re riding to the end of the world, leaving Marseille far behind although actually it’s just across the bay. Not a fast ride but it’s pretty in a grungy Marseille sort of way. The restaurant in Les Goudes, at the end of the road, is good too: feels like you’re in a bit of a time warp, but the food and service were fine for us.
No more blue sky, Stormy October has arrived.
Cross border walk along the historic coastal path between Menton and Ventimiglia, part of the Roman Via Julia Augusta.
We picked up a couple of bottles of this Grignolino di Piemonte DOC in Bardoneccia in Piemonte. It’s a light red wine from an estate to the south of Turin at Cisterna d’Asti. Uncorked, the aroma is light and fruity. Pouring in to the glass, the wine is strikingly light in colour, almost orange or even the colour of pomegranate juice.
Backpacking to the summit of Square Top Mountain, Wyoming, 3564 m. (11,695 ft.) - wading the Green River. July 1991.
Colourful, exuberant and loud: I’ve been at the afternoon performance of one of the most popular of all of this year’s Prom concerts, there are two performances of the same programme; not many programmes get a second airing. The broad audience for musical theatre queued in their droves, this a clearly a bargain for the many tourists who come to London for the musicals. and I am told that the queue for day tickets was already long at 9am. A predominantly girlie audience amongst the promenaders down at the front of the arena. And the concert performance was great fun with lots of exuberant energy. Orchestra and singers with amplification, which is required for the style of musical theatre but does reduce the subtlety of the sound.