Cornwall, Bath and silly films.

On Thursday Paul and I caught a train to Cornwall where we stayed with his parents in the fishing village Polperro. Paul’s Nanna lived there for years (and was married to the harbour master).
Polperro, a fishing village in Cornwall, UK.
Polperro, a fishing village in Cornwall, UK.
On Friday morning we went to his Nanna’s funeral which was at a nice crematorium and had a beautiful view of the surrounding hills. After the service we drove up to Bath and stayed there Friday night. On Saturday we went to the Roman Baths with Paul’s parents, and to the Herschel Museum which was very cool. William Herschel made his own telescopes and discovered Uranus there in 1781. William Herschel was a musician and keen amateur astronomer. He eventually made his living as an astronmer, becoming famous for discoveries and making the best telescopes in the world. His sister Caroline was his assistant to start with and she became a keen astronomer herself and discovered many comets. I bought a biography of Caroline Herschel, called The Comet Sweeper, from the museum.
Statue of William and Caroline Herschel at the Herschel Museum in Bath, UK
Above, a statue of William and Caroline Herschel at the Herschel Museum in Bath, and below, a plaque at the museum.
Plaque at the Herschel Museum in Bath, UK
We drove back to London on Saturday afternoon, and we went to see the new Guy Ritchie film Rocknrolla last night. This morning Paul’s parents left to go up to spend some time with his Mum’s aunt in Yorkshire. They’ll be back in London in a couple of weeks. When we were in Bath, we were able to show Paul’s parents a couple of really nice bookshops. I resisted the urge to buy books at the first one we went to but I did buy The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen from the Jane Austen Centre on Friday afternoon and I bought Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea and the 8-disc audio book of David Sedaris’ latest book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames on Saturday. I am having trouble ripping the last two CDs to Itunes. I am almost finished Neal Stephenson’s Zodiac at the moment. It’s really good.
Tonight, Paul and I went to see Pineapple Express. It was funny but very silly. A week or so ago we went to see You Don’t Mess With the Zohan which is one of the stupidest films I’ve ever seen!


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