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"It Will Rain Tomorrow." England Weathers The MaiTai Four.

"It Will Rain Tomorrow." England Weathers The MaiTai Four.

Old Nov 12th, 2013, 05:44 PM
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Fun report as usual maitaitom! I told you the Pimm's were delicious! Glad you thought so too.
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Old Nov 12th, 2013, 06:31 PM
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Great report...looking forward to more!
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Old Nov 12th, 2013, 08:12 PM
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This is really a fun read, as usual. And I can relate to the road crossing issues; David saved me, on more than one occasion, from being crushed by a bus. I did not have a problem 'minding the gap'.
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Old Nov 12th, 2013, 09:06 PM
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enjoying the ride . . .
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Old Nov 12th, 2013, 09:28 PM
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So exciting to see another maitaitom report - so good it got me off the Italy board for a little bit! Looking forward to the next installment!!
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Old Nov 12th, 2013, 11:25 PM
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So they serve Pimms with cucumber in London, not borage or mint?
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 01:19 AM
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Maititom,

Loving your report. Actually rather tired thinking about how much ground you guys covered on your second day. Glad you got to see Manet’s “Bar at the Folies-Bergere” and Van Gogh selfie (minus his ear) which are top drawers at the COURTAULD. Sorry you missed the BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HOUSE – they really have an excellent presentation, but the venue is soooo tiny that not that many can be accommodated at one time.

Thanks for the description of the SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL - will check it out next time. Again, an excellent and informative read.
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 01:55 AM
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Did you know that the Monument was designed to be a giant telescope?
As for St. Clement Danes "Oranges and lemons say the bells of St. Clements"
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 02:08 AM
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tom - I was so sorry to have missed the GTG with julia - but anyway I'm grateful for the virtual chance to follow your trip. i find myself shamed that I've never been to Southwark cathedral, though I worked in London for 15 years, nor eaten a three-cheese toastie with Pimms [Pimms? really?] so I'm agog to read what else you've managed to do in 2 weeks that I've not done or seen in 57 years.

keep it coming!
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 03:33 AM
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Brilliant. Now awaiting the next installments. Write on!
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 04:41 AM
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http://recipewise.co.uk/pimms-cocktail-recipe

My last trip to London I stopped off in Southwark Cathedral to thaw out after visiting Borough Market, but had no idea I should have been looking for a toastie! I love cheese, and am a big fan of Welsh rarebit, so will definitely have to try one next time.
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 05:51 AM
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Yes, Southward cathedral's an unknown gem, we stumbled upon it just by chance last summer and I was spellbound, its simply gorgeous. Need to check out the three cheese toasties though, missed that one at the Borough Market
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 07:43 AM
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Love the TR. Despite living in London for more than 10 years haven't been to Southwark Cathedral - will have to put that on the list. Have heard about the cheese toastie but not yet tried it - don't think I could eat one with Pimms, too sickly. Did the Monument myself recently, very proud of my certificate.
Looking forward to the next instalment, sounds like - despite the drawbacks, which make things soooo interesting - you had a blast.
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 09:57 AM
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Bookmarking!
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 11:03 AM
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"So they serve Pimms with cucumber in London, not borage or mint?"

There was a hint of mint. Fortunately the mint and other flavors masked most of the cucumber taste, but it was really very good. The next time we make Shepherd's Pie, I'll try to concoct this drink at home. I wonder if it goes with Sticky Toffee Pudding?

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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 12:24 PM
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I find loads of mint, real lemonade and no ice (chill the bottles) makes a good pint.
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 12:28 PM
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Hi Tom!

Enjoying your trip report, tagging along for the ride.

Pimms - it is essentially a British summertime drink. Drunk at weddings, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, and countless garden parties and barbecues. Picnics, festivals, garden fetes, or just on the terrace or lawn at home. Whenever the weather is hot and sunny, hence the mint, cucumber, borage, etc. Pimms goes well with light summer food, like salads, salmon, cold meats, strawberries and cream, Eton mess, that sort of thing.

Pimms disappears from all normal human consciousness after September, or once the leaves start to change colour, which ever happens first, and everyone forgets about it until the first hot sunny weekend, usually sometime in May.

There is a winter Pimms, designed to be drunk with hot apple juice, but it's not been that much of a success - frankly, if we Brits want a hot alcoholic drink we opt for mulled wine or a whisky toddy.

Pimms and shepherd's pie? Hmmm, not on this side of the Atlantic!
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 01:06 PM
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Yes, exactly what Julia said. Definitely not with Shepherd's Pie or Sticky Toffee Pudding - yuck!
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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 01:44 PM
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"Drunk at weddings..."

In my 20s, that was my middle name. Next installment coming up shortly. Thanks to everyone for their nice comments, and I guess I'll wait until spring for my next Pimms Cup.

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Old Nov 13th, 2013, 02:03 PM
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tom, you can leave the cucumber out of your Pimm's if you don't like it. I sometimes put strawberries and slices of orange in mine along with mint.
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