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My Trip To London And The Oxo Tower

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I was recently reminiscing whilst I had a few minutes for my mind to wander around dreaming up thoughts and memories. I came across a mementos day I recalled from not so long ago. Just as I was to finish my thought, the telephone rang like a baby shrieking in its cradle. As my sisters voice came blaring through the receiver, she was clearly in no mood for recalling past fun. Her questions came all at once about washing powder. Something clearly a student studying medicine couldn’t make sense of. After she’d abruptly finished ‘her’ conversation I was back to thinking of the sights and smells of London city.
The particular event I was recollecting was that of the past summer. The OXO tower South bank London, its not that well known amongst others so when I recalled the lavish event, my friends looked, stared and I’d wondered if in a hurry to get it all out I’d said completely the wrong thing? The weekend was to be celebrating my sisters birthday and it was more of a nonchalant couple of days than usual; my weekends are typically somewhat industrious with toing’s and froing’s between league hockey and work, as John Lennon once said “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”. As the event of turning 18 was that of a rarity it was going to have to be celebrated in style. From the OXO tower one would expect no less than perfection so to no surprise yet all delight we were served champagne and canapés upon arrival, and shown to our table. Secrets was the main theme as later my auntie and uncle arrived to join the celebrations and too see family really made the day what it was and what I think made me remember it. The food flavoursome and if I think hard the main course I can still taste now!
The sun was glorious and beating down on us. We were sitting directly under the tower, on the balcony with views up and down the river. Leisurely watching the river traffic, which ranged from small single-handed boat with a young boy and his father fishing, which in a moment of thought I presumed to be his first or second time, as for all I could tell he was casting only a few feet and handing it back to his father for him to correct it. The larger of the boats we saw were extremely large in comparison and were as grey as the North Atlantic on a stormy day when then the only light was shrouded in mist and the noise of shrieking gulls comes through the opaque density of oblivion. The sunlight of that weekend took me back to my younger childhood when in the summer we would be called for ice lollies of citrus flavours, such a welcome break from the heat of having fun and the antics of playing around with our usual spontaneity. I was, quickly brought back from that pleasurable thought as the food arrived and the delicious smell wafted in the cooling air mixing with the surprisingly pleasant fresh smell of the Thames. For starter I had refreshing celery and hazelnut soup, which had a crisp and crunchy texture yet...

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