Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cancer Charity Walk through London - UPDATE

About 800 or so hardy souls left the Guildhall (picture is from last years walk) and started to weave their way through London at exactly 10pm, Friday night. Regrettably, the route took us past a few bars where certain individuals (male druken idiots) thought it funny to burst the special green balloons with cigarettes. Others verbally abused some of the women, including an attractive American blonde lady I was walking with; this is just the thing Jennifer Jones describes in her wonderful blog - "How to tell if a guy is a Jerk"

After Smithfield and Clerkenwell, the route went along Gray's Inn Road and then Euston Road. The first drinks stop was at the Wellcome foundation building. This magnificent edifice, with many others, was open to the public this weekend. Three miles later, we reached Porchester Hall, then onto the Royal Geographical Society which is located in Kensington Gore. More drunken souls were seen outside the Natural History Museum. They had been at a ball for the London Fashion Week. You should have seen the state of some of them.

Of course, one meets up with loads of people. I'd like to thank the charming solicitor from St. Albans, Malcolm and Kim from Bishop's Stortford, the two girls from Doncaster and others far too numerous to mention. All of them added to the fun and and ambience of the night's walk.

Sandwiches were taken in Sloane Avenue - then a mad dash through SW1 to the London Eye. 33 minutes going round on that before crossing the Thames and getting wet in the fountains at Somerset House. A walk through the City of London, of which I am a Freeman, then followed before crossing London Bridge.

Awaiting on the other side is City Hall, the home of the Greater London Assembly and the political mayor of the Greater London area. A quick drink and a biscuit or two were gulped down before going across Tower Bridge and back to the Guildhall at about 4.15am. After an egg roll and a cup of hot coffee, the crowd dispersed. I popped down to Bank Underground station. It had just opened and I took the very first train back home - a "first" for me. Somewhat amusingly, the "score" at 5.40 am on the northern-bound platform of the Northern Line read:

Human Beings 1 Rats 2

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Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Well done, JJ! It sounds as if you met some real chsracters along the way.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Thanks WL.