Friday marked our first day of having no class meeting. So being all cheeky-like I decided to sleep in really late. Later I cheekily decided to take a very cheeky walk through Regent’s park so I could actually get some pictures of of all the cheeky nature it contained.
Then a group of us decided we were hungry and here’s where we get to the cheekiest part of the weekend by far. This is when we went to get some cheeky Nando’s. Nando’s is a restaurant that is pretty much the physical embodiment of cheekiness and the absolute pinnacle of cheeky-osity.
Saturday night we went on a tour of the sights of the Jack the Ripper murders and heard all about these gruesome murders. How cheeky was that? That was pretty cheeky.
The best part was at the end of the tour when we were standing across from a barber shop called “Jack the Clipper’s”. In the window was a dark silhouetted figure meant to represent Jack the Ripper. The tour guide pointed at it in a loud voice declared, “This right here is Jack the Ripper!”. Right as she said this however an old man happened to be passing in front of the image of Jack the Ripper and he backed up against the glass with his arms spread out and the most comically guilty look on his face.
“What the hell did I do,” He yelled.
The tour guide went with it and said, “This is him! We finally caught Jack the Ripper!”
On Sunday we took a trip to Oxford. The campus and the surrounding area is…………OLD! That also means that it is incredible to look at. I love being enveloped by stone buildings like that with all the elaborate arches, columns, and other intricate design flourishes that I don’t know the names for. It really makes me wish that I knew more about the subject of architecture, but hey that’s what the internet and friends who are archaeologists are for.
We also got the chance to climb up one of the towers for an incredible view of the city. While we waited in line to go up we saw a choir practicing inside the church. Were they cheeky? I’ll let you decide.
Here is the view from the tower.
Unfortunately I couldn’t upload it in high quality for some reason so here is a picture.
Later the girls wanted to shop for clothes so Charlie and I left them to visit a pub called The Eagle and Child where J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis used to meet and talk about the stories they were writing. It was very cool to be in the same space that these great writers once were. My only complaint was the choice of music selection there consisted primarily of overplayed pop music. Don’t get me wrong, that music’s not all bad, but it certainly didn’t fit the kind of mood that I thought would inspire works like The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.
I also bought a copy of “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson which made for some good reading on the train ride back to Regent’s University.
Are we done with the word cheeky yet? I hope so.