More blatant boyfriend LJ stealing but so many photos and event to catch up with (also must occupy with free times to bali plotting)...and he writes so much better than me...i will do the visual bit :)
On Sunday we finished off our Halloween weekend with a small dollop of culture, courtesy of the ‘London Month of the Dead’ series of events. This was held at the Dissenters Chapel at Kensal Green, where having been greeted by writer, gentleman and part-time monster-hunter Kit Cox at the gin table we then heard Mark ‘Strange Attractor’ Pilkington talk about life after death (always a pleasure to hear his random researches into the peculiar) and then Dr. Christopher Belshaw talking about Immortality from a philosophical ‘what if’ approach. His conclusion was that we could just about cope with immortality so long as we had lousy memories. ‘Great!’, I thought, ‘Finally my skillset is of use’… then I instantly forgot all about it!
After the talks, it was time for music. Specifically we were treated to a string quartet playing Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ followed by candle-lit (until they were all blown out) procession across the graveyard to the main chapel where we were treated to Mahler’s ‘Kindertotenlieder’ which I really enjoyed because although the earlier Schubert was technically amazing I do find chamber music a little tune-less for my plebeian taste. http://londonmonthofthedead.com/arsmoriendi.html
Good to see you both on Sunday - was the catacomb tour any good? Been thinking of going back for it, given we managed to cock up the timing on Sunday. Glad we didn't get locked in the cemetery in the end, mind.
it was just the little one underneath the chapel we had the talk so not as good as the main one under the anglican chapel (but closed atm). quite an empty one not really a tour , but then i had done them on open day