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London Book Bench Hunting Part 3: The Bloomsbury Trail [20140914|20:22]
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Nephew being a lion atop the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe bench, the back of which is adorned with a magnificent painting of Aslan.

Yesterday, we took the train down to London for the day to meet the bloke's brother, his partner and our nephew. The bloke's brother has worked in Bloomsbury for over a decade and when he heard that I wanted to follow the book bench trail, he volunteered to take us on the best path. We gratefully accepted.

Leaning away from Mrs. Dalloway.

Taking a closer look at Mrs. Dalloway.

Nephew has cracked the Case of the Missing Humuhumu.

Yep, definitely solved.

Nephew and Humuhumu seem to be affected by the solemnity of 1984.

1984 from the side.

Uncle and Nephew are not doing a very good job of impressing Humuhumu with the Importance of Being Earnest.

Nephew and Humuhumu still not being very earnest.

Back of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Nephew and Humuhumu on the Jeeves and Wooster bench.

Looking meaningfully over the back of the bench at the food stalls in Brunswick Square, from which delicious smells emanated. A not so subtle hint that it was lunchtime.

The art on the Pride and Prejudice bench was...disappointing. So the bloke and I attempted Mr Darcy and Lizzie Bennett. I think he did a bit better, though the whole effect is spoilt overall by Starbucks cups.

Front of the Peter Pan bench. Humuhumu was napping in her pushchair, so Nephew took over as the star of the show.

Back of the Peter Pan bench.

Nephew clambering on the front of the James Bond bench.

Nephew imitating skull-face on the back of the James Bond bench. (The Agatha Christie bench was supposed to be in the same gardens as this one, but it was removed a day early.)

Nephew and Humuhumu going on a lion hunt (front of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe bench).

This weekend was the last hurrah of the Books about Town, so sadly we had to leave the last trail (the City trail) unexplored. We also missed out on Around the World in 80 Days and The Day of the Triffids. But I'm pleased we tried.

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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2014-09-15 04:05 (UTC)
Were there any that she especially liked or wouldn't go on at all?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-09-16 21:42 (UTC)
She didn't spurn any in this group, no. She liked the Narnia bench very much, although some of that may have been for the joy of following Nephew around as he did his lion imitations!
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2014-09-15 07:19 (UTC)
I think bloke could certainly carry off the costume for Mr Darcy, he has the 'haughty' off perfectly. I can't picture you in Lizzie's bonnet though :)

p.s. can you just package up and send me the Narnia bench please, K Thanks ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-09-16 21:44 (UTC)
The bloke makes an excellent Mr Darcy. I would make a poor Lizzie, sadly.

The Narnia bench was the perfect one to end on. I'll be interested to know how much it goes for at auction.
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2014-09-15 11:48 (UTC)
I've really enjoyed your bench explorations, and am sorry they're going away now. I ran across perhaps half a dozen cumulatively over the summer, without ever intentionally looking for them. Really nicely done.
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2014-09-15 11:49 (UTC)
Oooh, the auction catalogue is lovely. http://www.booksabouttown.org.uk/?action=ViewPage&Id=9
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-09-16 21:48 (UTC)
Did you see any of the City trail ones? I was sad to have missed the "That's not my..." bench, as Humuhumu loved those books.

Have just discovered that there was also one in King's Cross (the "Neverwhere" bench) and am peeved that we didn't have time to walk the family into the station, where we would have seen it, before we had to rush over to Euston!
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