We had another busy weekend, first up to Peterborough again – this time for John’s father’s retirement party. It was a ceilidh, a Scottish barn dance basically, and it was a lot of fun though very tiring. Considering I cannot partner dance I went in with some trepidation, but John did a good job leading when needed and having someone shouting instructions does take some of the guesswork out. Would definitely do that again.
Our other big adventure was a trip onto London to see John Finnemore be interviewed by Rufus Hound for his show My Teenage Diary. As you would imagine, the concept is he gets a celebrity to read from their diary as a teenager and uses it as the basis for a conversational interview.
Before the show we had some time to kick around so we visited the Erte exhibit at Grosvenor Gallery, which was excellent. We walked from there to the venue, window shopping and enjoying the Christmas lights up all over town.
The venue was pretty full when we got there so we shared a table in the bar area as we waited to go in and had a nice chat with a couple from Rugby. The show itself was funny and engaging and just a bit of a different way of seeing a comedy favourite, and I was glad that it was gentler than I had anticipated. I had been worried it might be a bit arch and cringey, but there was a good balance between laughing at the inevitable teenage-ness of the diary and gaining perspective on one’s past self.