Sunday, February 18, 2007

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

May the year of the pig bring you plentiferous amounts of prosperity, happiness and more prosperity. I couldn't put it better than this text which I recieved today:

'May the year of the boar bloom like a flower, beautifying delicate matters with a touch of love in harmony.'

Lured by this flashy website, we headed off with LPCB and the Sherwinators, in search of festivities. So had several hundred thousand others.

Chinatown (brought to you by Cathay Pacific) was chockas, completely housefull. Apart from the decorations, however, there wasn't much going on.

Ditto Trafalgar Square. There was a stall there selling little drums and paper dragons. There were also promotional stalls run by Air New Zealand and a travel agent. Oh, and there were some dignitaries on stage giving speeches.

After a while we realised that everyone was doing the same thing as we were, walking between Chinatown, Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square, convinced that there must be something going on somewhere.

Thankfully, I spotted two dancing lions, allowing me to go home somewhat satisfied. Unfortunately, they had both attracted such a crowd (desperate for entertainment) that I couild only just make out the tops of the lions' heads.

It's amazing how little it takes to attract a crowd of several hundred thousand in London. Is that a testament to how little there is to do here?

Hooray to the mayor and co. for pedestrianising so many streets for the day. But next time, more excitement please!


j a s o n said...

To be really boring - I decided to post the same photos as you!

See, your camera is great!

Joe said...

I wish I'd got a photo of the police escort trying to stop the crowd from mobbing the lion dancers!

Frau Schinkeldinkeleinmeister said...

In Cherman vee say "Viel Schwein" ven vee vant to vish someone good luck for ze new year. It means literally "A lot of pig", so it is very appropriate for diss year.

Herr Schinkeldinkeleinmeister and I vent to Melbourne for ze Chinese New Year, to see ze big dragon. It is carried by 200 people! But vee vaited vun hour for him. Herr S. nicknamed him Elvis bekoz ven he finally came out Herr S. said "Elvis has left ze building!"