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Russell Howard

Russell Howard is one of my favourite comedians (after Mr Boyle of course) and the decision to purchase tickets for one of his gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, was the correct one :D

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We started the day off in Giraffe at Westfields then continued on our journey towards Hyde Park.
I definitely prefer Hyde to St James's as the Tyburn tree once stood close by! There is just a plaque on the pavement now but it was quite surreal to think we were standing where tonnes of traitors were once awaiting their punishment.

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After admiring the plaque (which is on a crossing), we strolled through Hyde, bought orange ice lollies and lazed in the sunshine :)

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coat - topshop via ebay (about £14)
shoes - topshop in the sale (£10)
blouse - oasis in the sale (£12)
dress (worn as skirt) - topshop via a charity shop (£2.99)

After this, we grabbed a few drinks in The Tyburn (a pub) then made our way towards the gig and ended the night flushed with tears of laughter streaming from our eyes.
I think he almost triumphed over Mr Boyle ;)


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My second gig this year, still can't believe it!

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Earlier on in the day, we attended the British Library's Russian Revolution exhibition - Click, and it was brilliant, very detailed. And you don't even have to be a History Undergraduate like me to take it in/enjoy it :) Beginning with the peasant emancipation and ending with Lenin's death, it's a modern Historian's dream!

We were also very lucky with the weather!

My next post will be about Berkhamsted Castle.