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The front row of upper level of double decker bus is the best seating :).  Any seat at The Royal Albert Hall is fantastic- and the sound for Mark Knopfler & his band was super..great to hear the old faves “Sultan of Swing”, etc. and new music too. Pub lunch-supper (lupper?) by the Thames was lovely and the gardens! And many meals of ethnic food throughout the week that flew by.  Every street holds history, fashion and interesting people. The Arsenal  Stadium stands proud across the road from our flat
 that we’ll be bidding goodby to tomarrow, ready to fly home to summer in Long Island.  Cheers!

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Hi Eileen! Sounds like you had a great time in Europe. Wish I was there with you. xoxo Good to have you back.
  • Eileen  Lichtenstein -  Peak Performance Success Coach

    by Eileen Lichtenstein – Peak Performance Success Coach 10 hours ago

  • Great to be back, and whew! re JFK drama intrigue last night when we landed…Home now- some drama-intrigue at JFK last night:
    they said that they were switching gates and immigration had to be set up. we were not allowed to get out of our seats while we sat for 45 minutes and the pilots said soon, soon and soon.
    then the 10 federal marshalls came on the plane in formation and went right to the back part of the plane. we were in the front. they proceeded to take out two guys, one big and mean looking that I had noticed in Heathrow, and all their stuff. they may have taken another man also or he might have been involved in the raid. they came back in five minutes and took another guy off with all his stuff. then the pilot told us we could all leave. we flew through customs and immigration.

    This is one that probably wont make the news..and happens more often than any of us wants to consider..
    If the flight attendants-crew knew this all along they sure put on a good show- something seemed fishy when we landed really quickly at K (with bad weather) and no time for clean up- they said to store our food trays under seats.

    Steve and I were a bit “wound up” and easily made it up to midnight (5AM London time) so no jet lag this AM- that’s the small upside of this story. I was amazed at how I didnt have a panic response as many of the passengers did..not even a delayed one. Only “wound up”. I’ll take that 🙂 .

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    The Beatles:Fixing A Hole

    This song is performed by The Beatles and appears on the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).

    The lyrics are printed below, if you want to skip down to that:)
    I was on my way to the gym this AM and heard it in full- and was on every word. It brought me back- Dr. Don Sullivan’s Philosophy 102 at SUNY Buffalo, a town that was alternately undergoing anti war protests and being conservative. Dr. Sullivan was arrested in the middle of the semester in a protest and did some jailtime.
    Anyway, back to the song. I wrote a paper on it for the above mentioned class. Many of us journaled (kept diaries) in those days and I recall adding comments to pop songs. I think it’s wonderful that Paul and Ringo got together to raise funds for meditation based curriculum in a private school- they held a concert Radio City last night and it’s been in local papers-‘Cause I think that’s what’s this song is about- fixing the hole (with meditation) to stop my mind from wondering where it will go.

    “I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
    and stops my mind from wandering
    where it will go
    I’m filling the cracks that ran though the door
    and kept my mind from wandering
    where it will go

    And it really doesn’t matter if I’m wrong
    I’m right where I belong
    I’m right where I belong
    See the people standing there
    who disagree and never win
    and wonder why they don’t get in my door

    I’m painting the room in a colorful way,
    and when my mind is wandering
    there I will go

    And it really doesn’t matter if I’m wrong
    I’m right where I belong
    I’m right where I belong
    Silly people run around
    they worry me and never ask me
    why they don’t get past my door

    I’m taking my time for a number of things
    that weren’t important yesterday
    and I still go

    I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
    and stops my mind from wandering
    where it will go
    where it will go
    I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in
    and stops my mind from wandering
    where it will go”

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