Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

The Swine flu was a very big story in London last week. A Scottish couple, honeymooning in Cancun Mexico, were the first known cases in Britain. They had the unfortunate luck of sharing the nine hour flight home near five guys who were coughing and shaking with the chills. The couple was recovering in quarantine but not before passing it on to members of their family, a six-a-side football team (soccer) and the best man.

Just beyond my doodle stands Big Ben and beside that, Westminster Abbey. Donna and I enjoyed visiting both the Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral on this day. The Abbey is of coarse older with it's flying buttresses reminiscent of Notre Dame Cathedral. The Abbey is where all the great and good of England are buried or memorialized.. Along side Kings and Queens lie Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Sir Laurence Olivier. Many deserving are buried elsewhere but have memorials at the Abbey, include William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, John Keats, T.S. Eliot, Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, and Winston Churchill, who was offered burial here but declined.

Sir Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral completed in 1708 is a marvel in engineering, The dome is 173 ft high. We climbed the 259 stepped spiral staircase to the whispering gallery within the dome. The view from here is stunning, but many climb just to try out the acoustics that gives the gallery it's name. Words spoken to the side can be heard clearly on the other side of the dome... yes, it works. I think this is where Verizon got the inspiration for the "Do you hear me now?" campaign.

  1. May 6, 2009 -

    That's a good theory, Larry! I like that! Great sketch. My heart goes out to them. Love this sketch.

  2. Pat D
    May 6, 2009 -

    Larry, Dickens...Tennyson.....Keats...Wordsworth....my cups of tea. Pat

  3. May 6, 2009 -

    There are so may people buried at Westminster that they're categorized by profession, but you'll be happy to know Pat that "Poets Corner" is by far the most popular. Not to sell St. Paul's Cathedral short, One of my favorite painters, Lawrence Alma-Tadema is buried there along with the great architect Christopher Wren.