The Streets of London

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No, it's not London Bridge - it's Tower Bridge.

We have now come to England, the motherland, home of our ancestors and incubator of our language.

We have explored London, checking out the must-see sights such as Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buck Pally and Deptford. Okay, so Deptford usually wouldn’t make its way to the Lonely Planet "ten places to see in London", but it was where Jill lived for a while, so we went to visit for its nostalgic value.

We even saw Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, as well as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former PM John Major. It was a ceremony to unveil a new statue opposite the Houses of Parliament and we happened to be passing by. We took some paparazzi pics and marveled at the classically British pomp and ceremony that surrounded the occasion.

Jill and Suz at Southbank.
It was funny though – even though it was very formal and la-di-da in the sense that there were red soldiers playing fanfares and Camilla wearing a hat and lots of poker-faced guards standing straight holding a rifle over one shoulder, it was also strikingly low-key in terms of the security. Gordon Brown just walked across the street and Prince Charles and Camilla were not far from the crowds at all. Obviously there would have been security there (the secret service or equivalent tend to give themselves away with the sunglasses and trenchcoats) but it was at a much smaller scale than the security we’d seen in the US.

We went to see the Lion King on the West End, which was a surprise birthday present for Brent from his parents. It was an amazing show – so much imagination and creativity! We also went to a worshipcentral conference at Holy Trinity Brompton, which many of you may have heard of as it is where the Alpha course originated.

Gordon Brown (circled) at the unveiling of a statue opposite the Houses of Parliament.
It was amazing to be in a church that had so much history and heritage attached to it. To think of all the people that had worshipped there over the years and all the lives that had been changed through its ministry. It was interesting as well to see how they merged the old-school elements of the church’s worship such as the big pipe organ and hymns etc with the contemporary elements like the modern worship band with young upstart worship leaders like Tim Hughes! ; )

We visited Soul Survivor church in Watford on Sunday, which was a good opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces.

We have had a great time catching up with friends/family too. We are staying with friends from Soul Survivor – Keith and Juliet – who we met at the Sydney conference, and they’ve been wonderful hosts. We’ve also caught up with Jill’s sister Sally, friends Suzanne and Rich, and have had dinner Ken, Jeannie and Liz from Soul Survivor also.

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No, its not London Bridge - its …
No, it's not London Bridge - it's…
Jill and Suz at Southbank.
Jill and Suz at Southbank.
Gordon Brown (circled) at the unve…
Gordon Brown (circled) at the unv…
Charles and Camilla after the cere…
Charles and Camilla after the cer…
The band after the statue ceremony.
The band after the statue ceremony.
Buck Pally.
Buck Pally.
Standing guard at the Tower of Lon…
Standing guard at the Tower of Lo…
St Pauls Cathedral at dusk.
St Pauls Cathedral at dusk.
With our friend Rich in Watford.
With our friend Rich in Watford.
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photo by: ulysses