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Date: 14th October 2010


Mentioned that I went into London to see my friend Ro MacHardy - a friend from 'Severed Head' days in Sydney.  After lunch she suggested we go to the Queen's Gallery to see the Art and Love Exhibition.  It was an exhibition I wanted to see but loathing the journey wouldn't have made a special trip into London just for that.

So glad we went.  It's fascinating - there are some wonderful artefacts and some really 'totally over the top stuff'.  The article which knocked me out was the Ivory Throne - an amazing piece of carving - shame about the elephants who were deprived of life for their ivory.  And the pieces which I found fascinating and revolting were the articles of jewellery made in gold and sporting 'Stags' teeth'.  I don't approve of shooting animals for sport and can't think of anything worse than having some poor dead stags' teeth round my neck whether encased in gold or not. 

Other pieces of jewellery and decoration were stunning - especially the Garter jewellery beautifully displayed in a very small darkened alcove so that the full glitter really hit you.  The whole Exhibition has been beautifully put together.  We didn't have time for the Audio Guide but still found the display fascinating.

The Exhibition has been extended until December 5th and another piece of good news is that your entrance fee allows you to have your ticket stamped and you can go back 'for free' for the next year of exhibitions.    Now that is very sporting of her Majesty, don't you think!

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