Thursday night we went to the BBC studios to watch a recording of a british comedian, Marc Woolton. I got the tickets free a few weeks back off the internet, you can join their mailing list and apply for as many shows as you want. They give away more tickets than there are seats so u aren't guaranteed a seat but there were plenty left. It was a pretty cool experience, just being there and seeing all the equipment and sets etc. Seeing the producer, camera men, waiting for technical difficulties; them re-doing a song cos it didn't sound right ...even though we hadn't noticed any thing wrong...all things show business, you know the drill. We had to watch some of the acts a few times so it got a lil boring but the guy is very talented, he does heaps of different characters and they make him up so well. It was weird seeing this old lady and then after the act he'd talk normally and it's just so weird! They also showed some pre-recorded stuff on the big screen, apparently that was to get our reaction so they know what is "funny" and what's not. And in between all that they had another comedian guy whose job it was to keep everyone entertained during the show while there were "technical difficulties". He was pretty funny but he had to work hard cos the crowd wasn't too responsive. You could leave whenever you wanted and a few did. Anyway another thing we can say we've seen! I'm ready for an Oprah or Jerry Springer live show now :)
After that we drove to Bath which took longer than expected (after a few wrong turns!). Unfortunately it was 3pm when we arrived and cold & rainy. We still explored a bit though. Bath's quite pretty and famous for it's huge amount of historical places, museums, churches etc. There are these "roman baths" with natural hot water springs, but that was going to cost £20ea or something stupid so we gave that a miss...seen enough of that in Rotorua bro! At about 6ish we found a cosy pub to have a drink in, hot choccy for me, soo cold! Only cost £2.42 for a pint of beer and my hot choc, cheapest ever...we've gotta get out of London! Although then u earn less too I guess.
Sunday we were invited to Marty & Sheree's place for lunch and cocktails. They made lasagne (even homemade pasta), and other fancy canapes! It was soo yum. Marty was a good cocktail waiter and was constantly in the kitchen whipping up something new. Lotsa fresh fruit drinks and even had a try of absinthe. We were soo full, yet fitted in dessert and basically just sat around laxing/drinking the whole afternoon before running out the door at 6.30pm as we had Lee-Ann's Birthday dinner to go to! Luckily it was just up the road. We went to Mongolian BBQ...yes all u can eat! We rolled home that night.
We found a sushi place inside (surprisingly rare over here). The sushi comes wrapped in plastic and there aren't as many choices as at home... before going to sushi we got given a ticket for a a promotion and it ended up being 20% off sushi plus the guy gave us a voucher each for a cocktail (score!). After our scrumptious FREE cocktails we headed back on the tube into the city to Hyde Park to meet some of our flatmates at a 'kiwi' picnic thing. (note the pak'n save bags in the pic! ...someone's dedicated!) We had to find a grocery store first, which proved nearly impossible as we had stumbled across the posh part of town, Harrods, designer clothes etc. At the park we just laxed out in the sun, had a few drinks and nibbles while people around us were playing cricket, touch rugby and frisbee. Unfortunately no-one really itnereacted outside their 'group' that they were there with but we still had a fun arvo. At about 7ish we invited ourselves to our flatmate's friends "going away" drinks and had a fun time there before heading into a bar for a while. They had a thousand different flavours of vodka so of course i tried a couple of shots! next thing the music stopped and it was all over...they closed at 12.30am. and then the real adventure began of getting home... 3hours later!!! we had to change buses 3 times I think, and each time we had to wait at least 20mins cos they don't run very often at night. Plus there was a horrible drunk old man at one of the stops that wouldn't stop harrassing us. ICKY