Hello all! Well, D and I went up 'West' to help celebrate the Tintin Shop's Silver Anniversary - it has been in Floral Street, Covent Garden for 25 years!
It has been a bumper time for all things Tintin - In January, there was a celebration for 80 years of Herge and Tintin (and Snowy - naturally) (Thanks Jax for the info - I have a tendency to exaggerate things...) - there are plans to build a new Museum and it is confirmed that there are plans to make a Tintin movie! Steven Spileberg better use a Fox Terrier for Snowy or else I will fly to LA and wee on his Begonias. (I am very much for the peaceful protest). Well, here is a picture of me on the train going up to the Big City...
I am a bit backwards at going forwards ... I rarely face the direction of the train - this gives me a chance to check out all the passengers and their bags. Well, we got into Charing Cross...
We walked to Covent Garden - I enjoy this as there are many food related stores along the way - sadly we stopped at none of them!
We got to the Tintin store and everybody was really nice and welcoming - Jane the Manager was super kind and made a fuss. Here we are together - I am the one on the right - the white one on the left was very quiet and just sat there!
Michael Farr was there - he has written several books on Tintin and Herge - and is the leading British Tintinologist (someone who knows all about Tintin). D bought one entitled 'Tintin & Co' - it is all about the history and inspiration of the Tintin characters - and chapter 2 is devoted to Snowy! I think it should of been chapter 1 - but that was about Tintin - so I guess, as he is in the title...Michael kindly signed my book - and D and I took a picture with him - I got all Luvvie on him and gave him a kiss.
D has promised to read the section about Snowy to me - apparently Herge never owned a Fox Terrier (his loss) - but the landlord of the cafe/bar where all the journalists used to meet - had a Fox Terrier - This was part of his inspiration. But I won't tell you anymore as I think you should get one of his books. They have a Quiz and D wants to fill it out and maybe win a prize - but as none of the prizes are edible - I won't be helping her on that one.
We then went for a stroll in Covent Garden - they have a covered market and lots of Food Stalls - which we did not stop at. But we were going down the stairs and this lovely smell came my way - so I had to take a quick look.
The man was selling Paella (pronounced HHMMMMMMMMMMMMM!) - once again we did not stop here. D wanted to sit and listen to the man singing Opera - he was very good and sang several Arias - including Nessun Dorma - from Puccini's Turandot - one of D's favourite Operas.
At the end several people from the crowd joined in and sang with him - and D was almost crying - but she cries at the drop of a hat. Sometimes she cries at commercials about cheese.... Talking of crying, did I mention we didn't buy the Paella? But on the way back to the train we saw a shop that was selling life sized chocolate Westies (West Highland Terriers). This is the only dog I would consider biting...
Well, we got back to the station and came home - C had my dinner waiting for me - I am snuggled up and ready to watch TV and go to bed. We have some Tintin videos - and I may watch them. I have finally eaten (C prepared Roast lamb - one of my many favourites!)- so I am a much happier girl. Will write more soon - Toodles and licks to all,