We’ve now passed the half way point of the first term and the course continues to be enormously varied, interesting and good fun to be on. A few Saturdays back was our first London coach tour demo and after listening to a professional guide take us around the cities of London and Westminster it was a chance for us each to have a 5 minute ramble.
In my group we had the lovely Jennifer, our course director, assessing our performance and in truth we were all a little nervous. Early highlights included getting stuck in traffic behind a police horse on Whitehall for 20 minutes whilst successive colleagues made what they could of dragging out the history of war memorials, Nelson and the great Wetherspoons next to Trafalgar studios. Steve did well to talk about wetherspoons in fact as it gave him the opportunity to mention sausages and mash- sausage being the pre agreed bingo word that we were all trying to drop into our discourse.
I picked up the mic at London bridge station and didn’t impress Jennifer greatly with my early statement that the Shard was about us getting ‘one over on the french’ and their Eiffel tower. She didn’t comment on my reference to Ken Livingstone’s description of Foster’s City Hall as the ‘glass testicle‘ so I was left wondering what she thought of that.
The coach then glided over Tower Bridge and as I enthused about the great bridge I looked up stream to HMS Belfast, with it’s guns trained on Watford gap service station, and the great view of London beyond and felt a real sense of excitement about this fun and varied profession which I’m getting myself into. I then passed the mic over to Sean who enjoyed describing the curvaceous sausage shaped building at 30 St Mary’s Axe.
There’s been lots of information in each lecture and sometimes after a long Saturday my brain has felt somewhat overloaded with facts and figures that I’m unlikely to remember the following week. However we remind ourselves that there’s a long way to go before any of the important exams and so I’m just focused on enjoying myself for now whilst trying to absorb as much of the information as I can.