Friday, August 5, 2011
Dave and I went to the British Museum today. I love the fact that it's free, just like the Smithsonian, and the array of objects is incredible. I saw the Rosetta Stone, a moai statue from Easter Island, an assortment of Roman, Viking, Frankish and other objects and coins from antiquity, and the artifacts from the ship burial at Sutton Hoo. The Rosetta Stone was especially neat to see -- much larger and blacker than I expected it to be.
Dave then shuttled home and I walked back, winding across the northern side of Hyde Park. I stopped in some charity shops, picked up a used Bill Bryson book for £3, and then picked up some live herbs for our kitchen windowsill. A couple of hours later I got to our doorstep. There is nothing, nothing, nothing better than getting out and walking around on a beautiful sunny day.
I noted on the New York Times website that the U.S. may be sliding into a recession again. This is one day after an article about the continually growing market for luxury goods, from Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and the like. Hmmmm...could it be that the rich are getting richer while the middle classes struggle? Attention global leaders: Your economic policies are ruinous, exacerbating the growing gulf between haves and have-nots! Down that path there be monsters!
(Photo: Rooftops at dusk, Notting Hill.)