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happy birthday, little person!

Yesterday Stuart and I had a good excuse to visit Fortnum & Mason's new ice cream parlour. On the way, we stopped to look at all the red lanterns strung across Gerrard Street in Chinatown.

On request of the Little Person, we popped into one of the sweet shops and gawped at the lovely packaging, and then took photos of two cute kids outside in matching dresses in front of the smelly durian fruits.

Ice cream! The combo of one 'Choc Tot' ice cream sundae, an shared adult 'Dusty Road' sundae, tea for two and a Coke worked out to over thirty quid, so we won't be going back, but it was a lovely one-off treat:

We ran a few laps around the National Portrait Gallery, the stated intention of LP being 'to get totally lost', then got told off big-time for running the wrong way down this marvellously long escalator, undoubtedly built just for that purpose.

We also visited Britain's largest bookshop, where LP was allowed to buy one book. Not easy, there must be nearly a million book there! I was curious to see what she'd choose, and after some hard thinking, she eventually made a very resolute decision to get Happy Birthday, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark, with an enclosed audio CD of the book read by Joanna Lumley. She read it aloud to me on the bus ride home, so lots of people got to hear Blue Kangaroo's story.

Then Little Person had a terrible tummy-ache, probably from too much ice cream and being overtired.



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Sep. 21st, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
Bagsy I'm next for an ice-cream and choose-a-book outing :-)
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
Absolutely! :-D
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Are those... Japanese candy with Tove Jansson Characters ?
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
Yes! Viviane has another box at home with Moomins on the front. I've seen them sold several places, they must've struck some deal with the publishers. So cute!
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Do they come in interesting flavours?
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I don't know, I've never bought any! Let me know if you find out! :-D
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, you know that Moomins are big in Japan. There's a big tourist industry ferrying Japanese to Finland to visit the home of the Moomins. When I was there in the late 90s they were still showing the TV series there, and I missed on getting SO much Moomin swag.
Sep. 21st, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
I can so see why they like the Moomins! It's catching on in Britain, are they big yet in the US? I bought a US edition of 'The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My' the first time I was in Alaska (in Homer). But don't know how much they've caught on.
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
True that Fortnum's is too pricey for every day (or even every year), but it's so nice that it's there, waiting for special occasions.
I wonder if your little person would like hanging out with my little people? They'll all be at school at Dulwich, soon...something to think about, perhaps.
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Oo, that sounds like a great plan!
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
London has a ChinaTown? Now I know what to visit while I'm there for the next UK Thing! :D
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
It's not huge, but well worth visiting!
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