Paul's 30th

Paul had Friday off work because it was his birthday and I planned some activities for the day.

First off, we went to Westminster Abbey and spent an hour or so wandering around looking at all the graves and memorials to many famous people including monarchs like Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, scientists like Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin (it was 200 years and one day since he’d been born), and writers and poets like Charles Dickens, the Brontes, Jane Austen, William Blake, TS Eliot, WH Auden, John Milton and Lewis Carroll and politicians and other interesting people like Millicent Fawcett. It was pretty cool.

After that we went to Bloomsbury and had lunch while filling in time waiting for a job interview I had near there (I didn’t get it!).

After my job interview we went to the Bank of England Museum which was pretty cool. I picked up a bar of gold which wasn’t that big but weighed 13kg and was worth more than £200,000. Now I understand ‘worth your weight in gold’ a bit more!

Friday night we had dinner at a local Indian restaurant, the Clay Oven with some friends from Paul’s work, and a couple of Australian friends (Lucy R – who ran 10km in a fun run the following day – and Scottie who is in town for a few weeks).

I bought Paul some books for his birthday: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, The Simplicity Survival Handbook and Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got. There is still one more book to arrive. The books are from a list called Do It Yourself MBA. Oh, I also got him The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-shooting Tips and Advice on First-year Maintenance.


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