Friday, October 06, 2006

The Moon Topples London Challenge

I have only a few things that I figure are essential to do while here in London. Abbey Road, the Cezanne exhibit, the Tower of London, a Waterloo Station sunset, Camden Markets, hitting Covent Garden. Plus littler things like having a pint with fish and chips in a pub, and that sort of, well...crap.

So I thought I'd open things up a bit.

If any of you can find something interesting for me to do in London, post it here or email it to me (if you're one of the lucky, lucky few who knows me in real life) and I will do my best to add it to my itinerary. It has to be legal, and it can't cost a fortune, but otherwise I'm up for pretty much anything. I'm hoping for the kind of things my guidebook didn't cover because it's below the radar. A National Pudding Museum or a store which only carries toothpicks and spoons. That sort of thing.

So hop online and find some weird shop, museum, statue, or anything else you think might be interesting, and send it in.

And if I use one of your suggestions, I'll try to get you a souvenir from there (again, this applies only if I know you in real life). That's the best I can do as far as prizes. Well, that and mad props. And the enduring thanks of a grateful blogger. And who doesn't loves props and thanks?

As a side note: no, I did not make the freaky collage. But I did invert it and add the question mark. Ugly, ain't it?


Anonymous said...


I've been trying to come with something for this challenge, but I'm not having any luck. My limited knowledge of anything Londonish (Beatles, Monty Python, London Bridge) doesn't provide much insight. You've already done the Abbey Road thing. I looked up the hotel that inspired Fawlty Towers, but it's in Torquay which is like 3 and a half hours from you. And the exterior shots were of a country club in or around London, but it has since burned down. Holy Grail, as I recall, was filmed in Scotland. And London Bridge, apparently, has fallen down.

I know I brought this up before, but Lynn here at work actually suggested this one. In the song Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon refers to a restaurant which is supposedly still there:
"He was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook's
Going to get himself a big dish of beef chow mein"
Perhaps you could find it, and order yourself some.


The Moon Topples said...

Well, Dirk. I appreciate your efforts. Would I have to get Beef Chow Mein? They have Mad Cow Disease over here, you know.

Plus I'm not a werewolf. Would they even serve me?

Anonymous said...


Are you SURE you're not a werewolf? I have a picture that says otherwise. There doesn't seem to be a way for me to post it here, so I'll email it to you, and perhaps YOU can post it and let your readers decide.

Obviously having a big dish beef of chow mein would be the proper tribute. But if you're worried about Mad Cow Disease, perhaps you could just take a picture of the menu where it shows beef chow mein, and have yourself a couple of eggrolls instead. Unless you're afraid they might have Mad Shrimp Disease there as well.