Ball point pen on the London Telegraph

Donna and I held our annual after-tax-season-pallooza in London and Paris. We arrived in London at 9:00 am Sunday, April 26th. Feeling a bit jet lagged, we thought we would keep the first day light. Sit in a pub, absorb some local atmosphere and make an early night of it. On the advice of my friend Stephen we headed out on the underground to Embankment Station to hang at Tattershall Castle - a floating pub just opposite the London Eye, we could have a few pints with a great view of London. When we exited the tube we found that the London Marathon was in progress and we were near the finish line. Even though we could see our intended destination we couldn't cross the street. We walked along the Embankment towards Westminster Abby and closer to the finish line. We snapped a few pictures of what was a beautiful day and spectacle, but the crowds got so heavy we ducked back down into the tube and headed towards a more peaceful part of town.

The Olympic Champion, Sammy Wanjiru from Kenya, won the race in 2 hrs. 5 min. 10 sec. Most of the news coverage however was about Great Britain's own Mara Yamauchi who finished second among women with a time of 2 hrs. 23 min. 12 sec.

Stay tuned for more doodles on the foreign newsprint.

  1. May 4, 2009 -

    Oh, goodie! Larry, that sounds like a great trip! Have you ever seen Rick Tulka's work? He was featured on Sunday Morning, and is an American expat who works for Mad Magazine, but he sits at Le Select cafe every single day and sketches patrons there--he's put out a book on Le Select that I have, and he's a great guy. His work is somewhat reminiscent of Hirschfeld's. I'm always interested in his Paris sketches, and now I can see your Brit and Parisian sketches. Fabulous! More, more! (or should I say "encore, encore!")

  2. May 4, 2009 -

    <a href="http://www.ricktulka.com/en/select1.html" rel="nofollow">Tulka</a> is a genius Sue. Thanks, but I'm just a guy with a pen and a morning newspaper. stay tuned all week for more doodles from my vacation.

  3. Pat D
    May 4, 2009 -

    Hi Larry, Welcome home!

  4. May 4, 2009 -

    Welcome back Larry, I look forward to hearing all about it over a pint. I'm sure by now you are addicted to real ale and I have the perfect place in mind.

  5. May 5, 2009 -

    Thanks Pat and Stephen. A London Pride, slightly chilled, with a plate of sausage and mash, sounds good Steve.