And a good evening to you from across the Pond after another GREAT Sunday in the Mother Country. It's only 7:07 PM here, but MAN have we packed it in today.
When we left you, Team Taylor headed down to Leicester Square. There we grabbed a quick lunch (meaning a chicken kebab and 2 slices of VERY undercooked pizza - you could actually see and taste the uncooked dough below the toppings - quality...) before hitting the first to-do of the day and something we've been excited about for awhile- "Inception."
If you haven't seen it but LOVE special effects,then I would DEFINITELY say go. It was very well done (Christopher Nolan is the MAN - he wrote, produced, and directed it), complete with a great cast, a solid story, and PLENTY of action. I was very, VERY impressed. Plus, at 2.5 hours, it makes the FIFTEEN QUID a seat seem reasonable.
After that, we strolled down through Piccadilly Circus and Park Lane before making our way into Hyde Park. Once there, we crossed off activity #2 - the Triathlon World Championships. Talk about AMAZING!
We showed up around 4:20, just after the swim had finished and the athletes had cleared the Transition Zone for the bikes. There were probably 40 athletes, and I don't think I have to tell you that these cats were FIT. The only competition left was the elite men's division, and these cats swam a mile, biked 24 miles, and ran 6.2 miles IN ONE HOUR AND FORTY-THREE MINUTES. How is that humanly possible? It was SO AWESOME to watch, and the course was well designed for spectators, as we got to see 6 passes on the bike and 3 on the run. A Spaniard won it (because, well, Spain is winning EVERYTHING right now), but a British kid shocked the field by coming in second (he's just 21!!!). And on top of it all, my hot muffin was sporting her new H & M tube top. You can't hide sexy...
After that, we walked home via Speaker's Corner, which was ROCKIN' today. Seriously - it was as crowded as I've ever seen it, and there were some doozies. Our personal favorite was a British guy (white), standing in a crowd of Palestinians telling them that they were all terrorists and needed to "play by the rules and obey laws" if they ever wanted peace in the Middle East. As you can imagine, there was quite a bit of shouting after that.
Most of the others were religious debates, and all I could thought as I stood there was how God had to be a) laughing or b) shaking his head in frustration, wondering how on earth we could possibly have taken a concept so simple and arrived with the confusion we have today. All the same, it was making for some GREAT people watching.
We caught the Tube home, and my Iron Chef wife is currently preparing some Morroccan spiced lamb burgers, which we plan to consume with English Cheese, carrots, and hummous. Hey - it's an AFD! And honestly, after watching those triathletes, I feel like an absolute SLOB, so beer just does NOT sound appealing right now. But talk to me tomorrow...
Okay, I see perfect pumpkin setting the table, so it's time for me to call it a day. That's all the news that's fit to print. Chat tomorrow!
Sam and Jenny