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Paul Roth’s People of SPX 2014: Interview with G. E. Gallas

Related Posts: Plans for SPX 2014 and Experience of SPX 2014.

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As promised, here is the interview Paul Roth did of me at this year’s SPX (Small Press Expo). Click the link below. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/xQSj4L_8INw

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Experience of SPX 2014

Related Posts: Experience of SPX 2013 and Plans for SPX 2014.

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I had a wonderful time at SPX 2014, my second time attending and exhibiting at this event (which happens to take place in the very same room of my high school prom — surreal!). I was able to reconnect with a few artists I met last year, discover some really amazing artists I haven’t encountered before, and finally meet a few artists I’ve come to know online in person.

Many thanks to Paul Roth, who interviewed me for his YouTube channel!

Also, many thanks to The Library of Congress (www.loc.gov) for adding The Poet and the Flea zine to the Small Press Expo Collection at The Library of Congress! For more information, please visit spxpo.com/about/loc.

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The first time I was exposed to Charles Burns’s work was through Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut, which I used to watch over and over again on a VHS recording as a kid. Years later, I revisited The Hard Nut and consequently really got into Burns’s Black Hole. I was ecstatic to hear the Burns would be at SPX! To my absolute surprise, I was first in line. Not only did I get his autograph and chat with him, but he seemed excited to receive a copy of The Poet and the Flea preview zine. :)

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I’ve been following Noah Van Sciver for a few years now and really admire his unique style and use of historical characters and events. I actually picked up A City of Whisky & Fire and The Death of Elijah Lovejoy at Forbidden Planet during my last trip to New York, but brought them with me to get his autograph. I also picked up a copy of his new zine Slow Graffiti which has some interesting, more contemporary stories. It was wonderful meeting Noah and I hope to see him again next year!

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I was so excited to finally me Ryan Thompson in person!!! I’ve admired his work (Comics I Admire: “Frolic”) for a few years now and was excited to receive his zine Esper’s Toxin. He and his girlfriend were really sweet and I can’t wait for him to reboot Frolic! :D

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After meeting Santi at DC Zinefest in August, I wanted to get my hands on a copy of the full collection of Lunatic Tales, inspired by old-fashioned cartoons. Through Twitter, I asked Santi to bring one to SPX for me and was ready to pay the full $10 for it, but he gave it to be for free! (I insisted he take a few of my art prints, so I didn’t feel guilty.) I can’t wait to have a moment to sit down and really enjoy this awesome series.

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I met Anuj Shrestha at last year’s SPX, immediately fell in love with his series Genus, and bought volumes 1 through 3. So I just had to get my hands on volume 4 this year. The story reminds me a bit of The Matrix for some reason, but with a floral twist. I was very excited that he remembered me and we had a fun and hilarious chat!

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R. Bensen seemed so incredibly excited to pick up a copy of The Poet and the Flea zine, I just had to return the favor. And I’m so glad I did! His work has many biblical themes, but with a wonderful splash of whimsy and mischief. I particularly like The Garden of Earthy Delight, which the artist said was his most accomplished work. Another artist I hope to see next year!

  • The Garden of Earthly Delight and My Biblical Daydreams #1 by R. Bensen; Spitting Out the Demons by David Hanks and R. Bensen: mybiblicaldaydreams.tumblr.com.

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I was very surprised to see Josceline Fenton at SPX — she traveled all the way from the UK just for this two-day expo! I’ve been following her whimsical webcomic Hemlock for some time now. I was actually a bit nervous to talk to her, but she was so incredibly friendly. She even gave me a free art print (above), which I hope to frame. :D

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I just happened to stumble across this little gem that features adorable Jane Austen-esque spiders in empire-waist dresses who accidentally eat their suitors. So charming and clever! I wish there was a whole series!

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This is a funny little comic I was given by one of its artists (I’m not sure if it was Alex or Raynato). He was a nice guy and the zine has a cute, little concept that reminds me a bit of Courage the Cowardly Dog and Nodame Cantabile for reasons I can’t quite explain.

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These are the zines of my SPX table neighbors Carlos and Bryan! I had a lot of fun chatting with them throughout the expo and I can’t wait to sit down and take a closer look at their work. I’m especially amused by the way in which Bryan draws Carlos — it looks just like him!!

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Experience of SPX 2013

Related Posts: Plans for SPX 2013 and Long time no see, D.C.

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SPX was a surreal experience — so many exhibitors and attendees, it was sensory overload for everyone!

Unfortunately, I didn’t sell as much as I had hoped. But I did pass out a couple hundred postcards, so that was an accomplishment!

The best part — I met so many amazing artists and hope to keep in touch with them. Maybe I’ll see them again at SPX 2014?

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Very special thanks to my friend Tina Lee! We’ve been friends since high school and have kept in touch over the years even though I’ve moved away from Maryland. Tina let me crash at her place, share a table with her and her college friends, drove me around, and even cooked dinner for me. So many thanks to Tina! :D

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Dreamcatcher minicomic by Tina Lee.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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Desmond Seymour and Jade F. Lee.

Here is my high school friend Jade F. Lee and her collaborator Desmond Seymour. I had a good time venting about racism/anti-semitsim/sexism/political correctness with them over dinner. Also, I thought it was cute that Jade’s mom stopped by my table and bought a button. :)

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Weapon Girls: Waltz by Jade F. Lee
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3:16 by Desmond Seymour and Jade F. Lee
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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My neighbors Henry Eudy, Kelly Williams, and Christian Sager

These guys were the best! I had a lot of fun chatting with them, and I think they were kind of surprised that I had similar tastes in film, etc. as them. :) We ended up trading zines/comics at the end, which was wonderful. Hope to see them at SPX 2014!

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Works by Henry Eudy.

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Works by Christian Sager and Kelly Williams.

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Works by Christian Sager and Kelly Williams.

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Nepali-American illustrator Anuj Shrestha.

I kept passing Anuj’s table and just couldn’t resist buying all three volumes of Genus. I think his flower-headed characters are so cool and really admire the two-page spreads in each volume. I think he was a bit surprised by my enthusiasm, ha ha ha.

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Genus Vol. 1-3 by Anuj Shrestha.

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While exploring the floor, I spotted a man carrying two copies of Little Fish, published by Zest Books (where I interned/for whom I am doing some freelance illustrations). I felt a little silly not knowing that Ramsey Beyer was attending SPX, but now that I knew I wanted to introduce myself. Ramsey was really sweet and even bought a copy of The Ink Drinker! Liz Prince, who I believe Zest Books would like to publish, was also there — so I was excited to meet her too.

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Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer (Zest Books).
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Self-Portrait by Liz Prince.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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To my surprise, James recognized me from Tumblr. I had a wonderful chat with him. :D He gave me some free mini-comis and even bought one of my zines — so many thanks to James!

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Minicomics by James Point Du Jour.

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Paul bought The Ink Drinker and liked it so much that he asked me to contribute to his anthology. Yay, I am so excited for that!!!

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Zine by Paul Starr.

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Rio and I connected via Twitter, and he stopped by my table to trade. So awesome! Very happy to have his zines in my library.

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Works by Rio Aubry Taylor.

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Inside the Works of Rio Aubry Taylor.

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I am very impressed by Aodhan Cumming’s After Uruk (based on the Epic of Gilgamesh) and can’t wait for future chapters. :)

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Works by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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The film-noir aesthetic of G’Night Old Man immediately caught my eye and I had a nice chat with Jared Cullum too.

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Works by Jared Cullum.

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Cannes/London 2013: Compilation

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Here is a compilation of all the posts regarding my Cannes/London 2013 trip. Please enjoy!

  1. Pre-Travel Planning
  2. Bon Voyage, See You in June!
  3. Saturday May 11th
  4. Sunday, May 12th
  5. Monday, May 13th
  6. Tuesday, May 14th
  7. Wednesday, May 15th
  8. Thursday, May 16th
  9. Friday, May 17th
  10. Saturday, May 18th
  11. Sunday, May 19th
  12. Monday, May 20th
  13. Tuesday, May 21st
  14. Wednesday, May 22nd
  15. Thursday, May 23rd
  16. Friday, May 24th
  17. Saturday, May 25th
  18. Sunday, May 26th
  19. Monday, May 27th
  20. Tuesday, May 28th
  21. Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain
  22. Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain, William Blake Rooms
  23. Wednesday, May 29th
  24. Wednesday, May 29th @ National Portrait Gallery
  25. Thursday, May 30th

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Cannes/London 2013: Thursday, May 30th

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Eros in Piccadilly Circus.

Today — Elena, Laura and I explored the William Blake historic sites. We met at Piccadilly Circus and walked over to Saint James’s Church, where Blake was baptized. The baptismal font is still there, with very intricate carvings of Adam and Eve. It’s amazing to think that Blake was once a baby who could fit in that font!

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St. James’s Church.

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A Blake quote welcoming visitors of St. James’s.

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Another side of St. James’s.

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The baptismal font.

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Closeup of the baptismal font.

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Inside St. James’s.

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A different angle inside St. James’s.

Then, we took a double-decker bus through the city all the way across the Thames to Battersea to visit Saint Mary’s Church were Blake and Catherine were married. We almost got lost since there were a number of similar churchs in the area, but we managed to find the right one. The ladies in the church were a bit confused at first by our presence. But when I told them that we are Blake enthusiasts, they immediately understood.

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Inside the double-decker bus!

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St. Mary’s Church Battersea

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View across the Thames.

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Inside St. Mary’s.

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Inside St. Mary’s: stained-glass window commemorating Blake.

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Detail of stained glass.

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Another detail of stained glass.

After that, we went to visit Blake’s grave at Bunhill Fields. It was a very old but charming cemetary, and it was fascinating watching them in the process of restoring some of the old crypts and tombstones. I left a simple offering at Blake’s gravestone — an apple — and also explored the green where Blake’s physical body is supposed to have been buried (I believe The Friends of William Blake are trying to raise money and/or petition for a special monument at Blake’s actual burial site).

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Bunhill Fields is quite serene.

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A memorial obelisk to Daniel Defoe.

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Blake and Catherine’s grave marker.

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A simple offering.

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Blake’s actual remains are somewhere around here, I think.

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Didn’t get a chance to go in… Next time!

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John Bunyan‘s tomb.

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Another angle of Bunyan’s tomb.

Then, we went to visit Westminster Abbey. Here, I unfortunately got separated from Elena and Laura, and we couldn’t find each other again. :( But I’m glad I went, even though it was a bit overwhelming to take in. I especially enjoyed the Poets’ Corner where I saw commemorations to Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll and Blake among others.

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Big Ben/Elizabeth Tower.

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Approaching Westminster Abbey.

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Westminster Abbey!

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I spy the London Eye!

The absolute highlight of my day — and possibly even my trip — was the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings. I didn’t get to see all that much of the museum proper, but inside this department I was allowed to handle and examine an original print of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. When I say “prints,” I mean a copy made by Blake himself on his own printing press!! I was able to see many of my favorite poems — “The Tyger,” “The Fly,” “The Sick Rose,” etc. The prints are indescribably complex and beautiful, and surprisingly tiny. It was amazing rereading these poems as they were originally meant to be read! After that, I enjoyed afternoon tea at the museum for a surprisingly reasonable price. And I ate every last sandwich, cake, and scone. :D

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Inside The British Museum.

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Afternoon tea is about to commence.

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Now I feel that my trip is complete.

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I ate every last crumb!

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Scones and clotted cream.

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That was fun!

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See ya’ later, British Museum!

Tomorrow, back to San Francisco!

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Above is the last entry of the journal I wrote during my Cannes/London trip.

Overall, this trip was an amazing experience and I’m glad I was able to do almost everything I planned to.

I met so many amazing people along the way and was inspired by everything I encountered.

I hope you all enjoyed reading these posts!

Best,

G. E.

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Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th @ National Portrait Gallery

Related Post: Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th.

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Here are some of my favorite pieces I saw at the National Portrait Gallery in London during my visit!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images!!

(Click on images to enlarge.)

1. Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

2. Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

3. Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

Anne of Denmark by John de Critz the Elder

5. William Shakespeare by John Taylor

William Shakespeare by John Taylor

6. Queen Henrietta Maria

Queen Henrietta Maria

7. King George IV, when Prince Regent by Sir Thomas Lawrence

King George IV, when Prince Regent by Sir Thomas Lawrence

8. William Blake by Thomas Phillips

William Blake by Thomas Phillips

9. Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips

Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips

NPG 938; Sir Richard Owen by Henry William Pickersgill

Sir Richard Owen by Henry William Pickersgill

11. Lady Colin Campbell by Giovanni Boldini

Lady Colin Campbell by Giovanni Boldini

12. William Holman Hunt by Sir William Blake Richmond

William Holman Hunt by Sir William Blake Richmond

(c) DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Aubrey Beardsley by Jacques-Emile Blanche

NPG 1028; Robert Louis Stevenson by Sir William Blake Richmond

Robert Louis Stevenson by Sir William Blake Richmond

15. Louise Jopling by Sir John Everett Millais

Louise Jopling by Sir John Everett Millais

NPG 1325; Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan by Sir John Everett Millais

NPG 1078; William Morris by George Frederic Watts

William Morris by George Frederic Watts

NPG 1172; Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

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Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th

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Underground.

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Approaching Trafalgar Square.

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Trafalgar Square.

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View from Trafalgar Square.

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Elmgreen and Dragset’s bronze sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse.

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Statue of George IV.

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Statue of Shakespeare under renovation at Leicester Square.

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A favorite quote.

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I couldn’t resist The Cumberbatch.

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Along Leicester Square.

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Entrance to the National Portrait Gallery.

I began my day exploring Trafalgar Square and the surrounding area while waiting for the museums to open. I went from statue to statue, taking photos and reading inscriptions. Around the block, I found myself at Leicester Square where a statue of Shakespeare is under renovation.

I spent about an hour or so running around the National Portrait Gallery, which was a lot of fun since very few people were there so it felt as if I had the whole museum to myself. During this time, I discovered many interesting paintings and that sometimes the portrait is just as much about the subject as it is about the artist behind the scenes. I was particularly delighted that the portraits of William Blake, Lord Byron, and Lord & Mary Shelley were all in the same room. Also, I was excited to see Sir William Blake Richmond’s portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir John Everett Millais’s portrait of Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Relate Post: Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th @ National Portrait Gallery.

After that, I had an early lunch at The Chandos pub Opera Room — a cozy restaurant with fire places and stained glass windows — and ate the most incredible fish and chips I’ve ever had. Like the Portrait Gallery, I had this place too all to myself.

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The Chandos pub.

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Entrance to the Opera Room.

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Inside the Opera Room.

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Stained glass windows in the Opera Room.

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Nothing like a fireplace on a rainy day.

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Teatime!!

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Fish and Chips to die for!

After lunch, I tried to take the Harrods bus tour, but it was sold out — which was fine by me. Instead, I bought some chocolates and candies at Harrods for later and had tea time at Café Liberty, inside the Liberty of London department store.

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Harrods is quite over the top.

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Difficult to resist all the candy and chocolates.

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The famous Egyptian room.

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Liberty of London.

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Inside Liberty.

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Can’t get enough of this architecture.

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Can I film a movie in here?

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Inside Café Liberty.

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Teatime, again!!

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Aromatic Darjeeling.

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I have a weakness for lemon tart.

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See you later, Liberty.

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Green tea chocolate, marzipan, and Turkish delight from Harrods.

Around 7 p.m., I was reunited after three years with my great friend Elena and company for a Jack the Ripper walking tour. It was so wonderful to see Elena again and we all had a great time on the tour. The tour guide was very good, like an actor performing each character in every murder and theory. At the end, to rest our feet a bit before going home, we hung out at The Ten Bells pub — know as the Jack the Ripper Pub since the victim “…Annie Chapman may have drunk at the pub shortly before she was murdered.”

All in all, a busy but exciting day!

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An old city wall.

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A church where one of the Ripper’s victims was seen.

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The Gherkin.

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Along the Ripper’s path.

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Tracking the Ripper’s footsteps.

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My camera is making everything blurry.

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Very ominous.

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Not far from where the Ripper’s last victim was murdered.

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Christ Church, Spitalfields.

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Outside the Ten Bells pub.

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Our tour guide!

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Inside the Ten Bells.

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Another foreboding photo of the Ten Bells.

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Spitalfields Market at night.

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