On a recent trip to England, the electronic tablet was a godsend.
My tablet is tiny, about the size of a book, and you can fit it in your purse. I was glad I had it. It was cheering to write e-mail at the end of the day. You make your tea, get into bed, and write about your trip.
“I just got here. All went well. Hope you had a great day and I’ll write tomorrow!”
That was about as much as I could write, since I was tapping it out with one finger.
I am a great believer in maps, but my husband e-mailed additional directions the first time I went to St. James Park. It is very nice to combine the diagram with the “left-and-right” directions if you get lost.
To get there by walking, from Fortnum & Mason:
1. Head south on Duke Street
2. Turn right on King Street, walk only a short distance on King and then
3. Turn left onto Angel court, then
4. Turn right onto Pall Mall, walk only a short distance on Pall Mall and then
5. Turn left onto Marlborough Road and that should take you right to the park. You are close to Buckingham Palace when you get to this park.
Duke Street. King Street. But I could not find Angel Court. I was convinced it didn’t exist.
But then I found this blog, Ornamental Passions.
Angel Court is a rather dismal alley off King Street, enlivened by a remarkable series of reliefs by E. Bainbridge Copnall. They commemorate the St James’s Theatre that stood on the site until it was scandalously demolished in 1957 despite a vociferous campaign led by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, who managed it.
Under the arch where smokers from the Golden Lion huddle, the heads of Olivier and Leigh are flanked by themselves in their legendary production of Antony and Cleopatra. Cleo lies on a divan brandishing the asp and Antony broods in his tent, reaching for his sword. The pyramids fill the background.
I must go to Angel Court next time.
Meanwhile, my ancient tablet is broken! I wrote a few blog posts on it, and must have worn it out with typing. Oh, well, I’ll pick up a cheap one next trip…