I Went to London to Perform & I Discovered Something Incredible!

Photoblog: England a couple weeks ago. Producer John Hyde  showed me around a bit of London to help calm my nerves before my gig at Royal Albert Hall.  John, by the way, is the colorful musician who produced the sparkling children’s songs for my  Gingerbread CD.

I thought I would be welcomed to stay in a royal mansion, but I didn't qualify.

 I wore pink because I was hoping people would mistake me for Baby Spice. But nope.

However, one young mum did ask, “Aren’t you Baby Spice’s great-grandma?”

I coughed on her.

I wanted to ride a double decker bus. Badly.

I’ve wanted this since I watched the Spice Girls movie with little Kandice-Now-Lola, years ago.

She watched that crazy movie over and over. She still watches it, in fact.

Here I am on the upper deck of the double decker.

It might seem as if no one wanted to sit by me, but actually the bus driver was just

trying to keep me safe from paparazzi. I think.

Christine Marie

From the top of the bus I saw these old-fashioned telephone booths!

I had to jump off the bus so I could  hug one  of these classic old red guys.

I didn’t know they even had these contraptions any more.  So much cooler than Redbox!

Since I'm a mobile company person, this was like a precious vintage photo opp for me.

 I couldn’t wait to show this pic to my old “phone phreaker” friend – John Draper.

I can just picture myself back in those days.

The phone booth era. Gone. Sad. All good things comes to an end too soon in the America.

Maybe the Brits can’t get rid of  telephone booths completely until their country is crime free.

After all, where would Superman change?

Christine Marie

John Hyde and I grabbed a quick snack to enable me to do more London.

 I couldn’t understand the menus AT ALL even though they were in English.

It fried my brain just trying to eat.  (Notice my Union Jack sunglasses. Yup.)

Christine Marie

Wow. It felt like home away from home!

Wait.  I thought what happened in Vegas stays in Vegas.  So why is this in London?

“Something is definitely fishy,” I thought. Then I got hungry for fish.

So I had lunch with my friend Peter and a few other lovely people.  Look what we ate.

Peter ate fish and chips, and I ate Flounder from The Little Mermaid.  Poor little guy.

Here I am the only one standing up at Picadilly Circus waiting for the elephants and clowns to show up.

 I had no idea that Picadilly Circus wasn’t actually  a circus. Did you know that?

This was the first time I had ever been to England.  I even had a spiritual experience I think.

The Albert Memorial opened in 1872. It is quite a special place.

For decades now I thought my lifetime of angelic deeds and good works

went unnoticed and unrewarded by God.  Apparently I was wrong.

Christine Marie

Me holding the Albert Memorial in my hand.

 I was unexpectedly blessed with superpowers from on high

and suddenly I was able to lift the entire Albert Memorial with one hand!

Unfortunately, “Monument Lifting” is not a very practical superpower to have.

Come to think of it, I feel sort of jipped actually.  God confuses me.

christine marie

Shopping in London

Now back to more substantial issues. Like fashion.

Notice the Union Jack leggings I bought for Ms. Lola Blanc. By the way, a few days later

when I called Lola on my cell phone & told her what I got her, everyone in the London airport

could hear her squealing with delight.  (Luckily, admin just thought it was intercom feedback.)

This is me about to enter an amazing British pub.

This is me about to enter an amazing British pub.

Here I am announcing my presence to the British citizens in case anyone wanted autographs.

As you can see, the only person that cared to take action was the security guy on the left.

Christine Marie

I had a diet Coke with John Hyde's daughter Ellie.

Ellie sang the smash hit song – “I Love Yellow”  for the Gingerbread children’s music CD.

In case you haven’t heard it yet, or if you just want to brush up on your colors,

I’ve provided a link for you right here:  “I Love Yellow.

LISTEN NOW.  You’ll love it.

Christine Marie

I had to gawk at the Royal Albert Hall. I didn't realize how big it actually was.

  I had my speaker phone on in the corner, trying to explain to Tolga how big the hall was.

“It’s sooo big,” I told him.  “How big is it?”  he asked, desperate for details.

“It’s really, really big!  It’s this big!” I exclaimed, trying to show him with my arms.

But he couldn’t see what I was doing since he was just a voice on the phone.

So I quickly corrected myself. “”Wait, no! It’s even bigger than how far my arms go!”

At that point Tolga understood precisely how enormous it was.

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And finally…

Christine Marie

At long last, here I am performing at the Royal Albert Hall.

I accomplished my lifelong dream of singing and dancing at the Royal Albert Hall.

No one was watching, but so what?

I poured my heart & soul into my performance anyway – just in case Prince Harry drove by.

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And by the way, my performance was breathtakingly spectacular. I was flawless.

When I was done, I even surprised myself with a standing ovation.

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I couldn’t believe it!!  My first standing ovation. Wow.

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So then I felt compelled to do an encore.

For my one fan which was me.

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I love my fan.

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Final Thought

I loved England – what little I could see of it during my one day off. I was hypnotized by the architecture, the history, the food names, the ancient pubs, the fashions, Harrod’s, the Victorian wallpaper with roses on it, the romance and oldness of everything.

If aesthetics were all that mattered, I think I would be delighted to live there – just to bask in the wonder of the environment.  I guess that makes me an Anglophile.

And besides, I have a devoted fan there. Me.
I’m also an anthophile, a bibliophile and  a  heliophile. And I have arctophilia and photophilia.

Tolga, on the other hand, has nyctophilia, xerophilia (think Las Vegas), and technophilia.

Discover Your Personal Phile!

So what about you?  What kind of PHILE are YOU?

I am actually interested to know.  Comment on THIS page here!






5 Responses to “I Went to London to Perform & I Discovered Something Incredible!”
  1. I just got through reading your experiences while in England–what a great place to visit! It looked like you had a blast! Phile, philia . . . hmmm . . . I love too many things to choose just one. No paraphilias, but there is a studly male who I enjoy sleeping with every night, and he does make my heart skip a beat, and since I want to have him stuffed someday when he dies (cremation isn’t good enough! Nor is a buried casket), and I know it is a bit over the edge, I will share my Dustyphilia. A love for my cat, Dusty.

  2. Wow Christine!!! What a wonderful and beautiful adventure in London. It looks like you satisfied many of your life’s dreams, and you did it in style and grace I might add — but I am here to tell you — from personal experience — even living in London for three months still isn’t long enough to see the whole city. Nevertheless, in the short time that you did have, it looks like you made a heck of a good use of your stay with those Bloody Brits who OBVIOUSLY drive on the WRONG side of the road LOL…

    NEXT TIME i suggest visits to the Imperial War Museum (my favorite museum world wide), ChurchHill’s Bunker, and of course the Tate Museum of Modern Art (and just to be safe I’ll suggest //going// for a ride on the London Eye and checking out the London Bridge tour).

    I haven’t had a chance to check with Portia, my better half, but I’m sure she’ll provide her own input. I’m not sure whether she’s been to London yet, but I have a good feeling we’ll be spin’n by our old country-land again in the near future. Thanks for sharing the beautiful post.

    Your friend(s),

    Vamp ‘n Portia

    P.s. I love your dictionary — it made figuring out those difficult descriptive words easy for me, LOL. I might be the dumbest lawyer alive lol. Well done!!! 11.11^2011 == @:)

  3. P.p.s. — I think I possess aspects of each of those PhileZ and Philiaz — especially techno/audophilia…. but hey — that just the hacker/artist/musician in us struggling to get out LOL. I bet you know what we mean. #:)

  4. Grace and style? That’s too kind! Try bumbling silliness. That works! XOXOX

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