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The Fool shows a child or youth, while the Magician depicts an all powerful adept. Just as the Fool showed us the price of eternal innocence, so this Magician gives us the fearsomeness of taking on responsibility. If the Major Arcana represents the Fool’s journey, the Magician is the first thing the Fool encounters.

It’s the last night of the honeymoon.

Monty Python Musical at Palace Theatre

It ended on a high note, watching the Monty Python musical at West End.

In spite of the lousy weather, bad (British) food and a third-world standard subway, I can’t get enough of London. There’s so much to see and do. I love London for her culture, the British accent, and good looking people. Certainly I would love to base myself in London as an expatriate if I could but London isn’t a place for those who couldn’t afford it.

English Bar Food @ Shakespeare’s Head in Carnaby

Speaking about food, I gave traditional English bar/pub food a chance. Even at the better ones, it’s easy to get tired of it very quickly. Unlike in Spain, for three nights in a row, we opted for Asian food at the Chinatown in Leicester (pronounced as Lack-ster, not Lay-chest-er) Square.

梁山好漢 – 忠義堂

One of the best food we had, was at this place called “梁山好漢”. It’s a Taiwanese restaurant, but it serves rather authentic Chinese cuisine (including mainland-style dishes). Yes, it’s got 水滸伝-themed decor.

Dinner @ 梁山好漢

Even by our picky Singaporean taste-buds, it’s rather good. We went back for a second time.

One thing I do miss about home is our food culture. It’s so taken for granted.

The day before, we visited two museums: The British Museum and the Cartoon Museum, and also a trip to Stonehenge and Bath.

Stonehenge

I thought the monoliths were supposed to be bigger.

Ancient Roman Bath

The greenish, steaming pool looks like +2 Rad per second.

The British Museum is SOP tourist activity. It’s an awesome vault containing the treasures that the British Empire looted when it was a global superpower. Very impressive and educational. I’ll take weeks to fully appreciate the wealth of knowledge.

The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum is just a stone throw away from the British Museum. Though it’s a humble establishment, there’s still stuff to see if you’re a fan of comics.

British cartoon icons: Gnasher, Andy Capp and Florie

There’s even a comics shop near the museum, just around the corner. In fact, it’s on the side of the street facing the British Museum.

Gosh Comics

It’s a rather good comics shop.

But of course, it’s hard to rival the institution – Forbidden Planet.

Forbidden Planet

This establishment should be able to satisfy your fanboy needs. (And for Eurotakus, you can get pretty good stuff here too – but I wouldn’t go Europe to look for manga/anime). There’s a pretty good selection of Doctor Who stuff.

You go to Europe to look for stuff like this:

Fallout 3: Brotherhood of Steel Power Armour Standee

The Fallout 3 standee isn’t a cardboard cut-out. It’s a 3D (life-sized?) model standing at the games section of Zavvi – a music/video/books retail chain much like Virgin and HMV.

Now my concern for tomorrow is the baggage. I hope our luggage isn’t excessively overweight.

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