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- Arrive Heathrow at 5:05 p.m.
- Take the Heathrow Express, and then taxi to hotel.
- I think I may get to my hotel around 8 p.m. Hotel is near Russell Square. Check into hotel and get situated.
- Ask the concierge for a dinner recommendation near the hotel. Or…
- Simon of shipscooksstuff.wordpress.com has kindly offered to “show [me] some of Soho’s pubs and give [me] some background on [his] home city.” So sweet! Hopefully, we’ll meet up either Monday or Thursday.
Tuesday: Special Event Day!
- Before 10 a.m., explore Russell Square and surrounding neighborhood.
- 10 a.m.: David Bowie is at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Afterwards, explore the V&A. Ask information desk about the “…four of Blake’s ‘fresco’ paintings on display permanently” as well as Arts & Crafts/William Morris and other must-sees.
- Lunch: The Queen’s Arms and/or the V&A Cafe.
- After V&A, Tate Britain: The new Blake room will open on May 6th. Ask information desk about the Pre-Raphaelites. Perhaps take a 45-minutes free collection highlights tour at 11, 12, or 3.
- Leave some time to relax and possibly nap in the late afternoon.
- 7:30 p.m.: G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society! at 17 South Molton Street.
Wednesday: Touring Around!
- If exhausted from Tuesday, sleep in a little bit.
- 10 a.m.: National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, or return to a museum from the previous day.
- Lunch: Eat somewhere near/in museums.
- 1 p.m.: Harrods Vintage Bus Tour of London with Champagne Tea at Harrods — Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Albert Hall, a cruise on the River Thames, and tea/scones at Harrods (until 6 p.m.).
- 7/7:30 p.m.: Jack the Ripper Tour (option #1, option #2, or option #3).
Thursday: Blake’s London!
- My friend Elena may come up from Barcelona for the day to see me!
- 10 a.m.: British Museum — Department of Prints and Drawings, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, etc.
- Lunch: Tea and Tattle (41 Great Russell Street) or London Review Cake Shop (14 Bury Place).
- Blake historical sites: (a) St. James’s Church, (b) Royal Academy New Somerset House, (c) St. Mary’s Battersea, and (d) Bunhill Fields.
- Either National Portrait Gallery (open to 9 p.m.) or pubs with Simon.
- Depart: Back to San Francisco!
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This list was originally intended for web series ideas, but has gotten off track a bit. So it’s more of just a brainstorming list intended for various mediums.
(This is just a rough list of ideas for my personal use. In no particular order!)
- My short story entitled “Inside the Display Case,” about a Siberian pit viper named Peter.
- Crime/mystery/thriller genre: perhaps a modern version of “Bluebeard” or “How the Devil Married Three Sisters“…?
- Supernatural/Vampire/Werewolf: not my favorite topic in the universe, but I would like a chance to completely reinvent it.
- Perhaps a quirky series with a cynical heroine like Daria or Ghost World…?
- “The Chronic Argonauts” (1888), Tono-Bungay (1909), etc. by H. G. Wells.
- “The Modern Prometheus,” more widely known as Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
- The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe and/or The Poe Toaster.
- San Francisco history [Found SF].
- Cliff House and the Sutro Baths.
- Oscar Wilde in San Francisco.
- A story about a bored widow…?
- Tchaikovsky’s Voice: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Julius Block, and Thomas Edison.
- “Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me.” — “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.
- Exquisite corpse and other parlour games [Victorian Parlour Games]: Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai (百物語怪談会), Wink Murder (Vampire), Snap-dragon, etc.
- Kaidan (怪談) [Hyakumonogatari]: Yotsuya Kaidan, Botan Dōrō, etc.
- The Japanese Village in Knightsbridge, London.
- The Devil’s Trill Sonata by Giuseppe Tartini.
- “Victorian Funeral Customs and Superstitions”
- The ancient Greek goddess Melinoe.
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
- The Plague Doctor and his costume.
- 「…夢が現実の領域（りょういき）にまで溢れ出し、夢の氾濫（はんらん）が起ってしまったのだと。」” ‘…[My dream-world has] spilled over into reality. They’re a flood that’s sweeping me away.’ ” Quote from “Spring Snow” by Yukio Mishima.
- The Demon, an opera by Russian composer Anton Rubinstein.
- The works of Mikhail Lermontov, including Demon and “Death of the Poet.”
- “The Earl of Oxford, making of his low obeisance to Queen Elizabeth happened to let a Fart, at which he was so abashed and ashamed that he went to travel, seven years. On his return the Queen welcomed him home and said, ‘My Lord, I had forgot the Fart'” –Aubrey’s Brief Lives.
- “A Visit to the Haunted Chamber,” painting by William Frederick Yeames.
To be continued…
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