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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Hard work and Helen back.

I'm sorry that there are no photographs today as I have spent the day cleaning and finishing the little jobs off before Helen arrived back. I  must say that the boat does look very nice and homely once everything is put away and cleaned up. I had time to make some pastry and have everything ready for a beef and onion pie too.

Helen's train from Doncaster to Birmingham was cancelled! I think that it was through lack of staff. It meant that she head to go to Sheffield and get a Cross Country Train from there to Birmingham. I seem to remember that that route was £20 more expensive than via Doncaster. She was 40  minutes later but no harm done.

We decided to have the pie for Sunday lunch so that we could go out earlier. To coincide with the opening of the new Central Birmingham Library there is the Four Squares Weekender Festival. Things are going on in Oozells Square, Centenary Square, Chambelain Square and Victoria Square. When we went out there was nothing much on so we decided to find a pub for a drink. In the end we settled for the Briar Rose on Bennet Street. It is a Weatherspoons and I had a couple of pints of Adnams. I think we would go out more if the prices were the same as this in every pub.

On the way back we stopped off in Victoria Square to seer the end of the Wired Aerial Theatre production. It is really clever as they have a rigid screen suspended from a crane. The performers are then able to traverse the vertical screen from top to bottom. Their height on the screen is adjusted by guys who clamber up and down the scaffolding at the side of the screen. Each performer is 'wired' (roped up to) a guide person on the side. The guide clambers up and down choreographed to the images played on the screen. Further to the movement up and down the performers over the film on the screen are able to twist and turn in their harnesses to. The clever bit is that the film projected can mean that they look as if they are standing up or laying down and with the combination of all three levels of movement they can achieve wonderful ballet type movements. This is coupled with the quality of the film and makes a very good entertainment. The story was 'As the World Tipped', which is a an ecological message about losing control and watching the World slide to disaster. It was very good and I had never seen this type of thing before.

I think we are going to go to the new Library to let Helen look around before setting off in the morning. Once again I apologise for the lack of photographs today. Hopefully I will make it up to you all tomorrow.

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