Friday, July 29, 2005

The View from Waterloo Bridge

As I was heading up to Covent Garden last night, I realised that one of the best views of London from the river can be had from the north side of Waterloo Bridge. To the east you can see St. Pauls, the Nat-West tower, the Gherkin, Canary Wharf and the OXO Tower. To the west you can see the South Bank Centre, the London Eye, Westminster and Charing Cross. It's lovely on a summer's evening.

The view east from Waterloo Bridge, north side.
The view east, with the Embankment to the left.

The view west from Waterloo Bridge, north side.
The view west.

(Sorry about the rather poor photographs though, I'm afraid my phone isn't really up to this kind of panoramic photography...)

Thursday, July 21, 2005

YDFN An Evita Moment

YDFN Evita Moment

Never one to miss an opportunity to hog the limelight, Paul T has an Evita moment from the balcony of Cadogan Hall after his duet with Russell E. Photographed during the Tech Rehearsal for You'll Do For Now.

YDFN Sound and Vision Check

YDFN Sound and vision check

The main projection screen is tested while one of the soloists does their sound check.

Watching and waiting

Watching and waiting

Members of the Chorus watching for the latest news while waiting for our call to soundcheck. Still not sure yet that we are all okay.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Poker Night II


After a hard day on Thursday, last night we let off some steam; Friday was the night for our monthly poker game. I had managed to get a table of six together and everyone showed up to play - albeit with a few latecomers, but it gave me time to play some practice hands with Gaetan, who hadn't played before.

We had a really good game, with plenty of repartee across the table. After last time, when I won fairly convincingly, I made an effort to be a bit more adventurous in my betting this time. That said, I think there was also more concentration around the table too, so it was a fairly well balanced game through most of the evening. Unfortunately though, after the wine was done, someone brought out the whisky...

As Bruce finally went all in and lost, it was down to me and Gaetan to play it out and I had a convincing lead in the chips... but then I can only think the alcohol really kicked in and I started betting on worthless hands; I started betting BIG on worthless hands. Within three hands the tables were turned and Gaetan had the bulk of the chips - admittedly from only very slightly less bad hands than I was playing - and he offered to split the pot.

So that's how the evening finished at around 1am. Gaetan and I took home £30 each and I resolved not to drink whisky while gambling again. Brett and I left the aftermath (pictured) to worry about in the morning. I'm already planning the next poker night!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Pride 2005

Pride 2005 (01)
This photo shamelessly lifted from:

Here's me (on the left above) leading the Chorus on the Pride Parade on Saturday.

Pride 2005 (02)
And this one slipped out of