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One Jump In The Future And One In The Past

June 24th, 2012
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Every time I go to London I can always live some great experience. This time was no different. It started with what I now consider a tradition: a quick lunch at the Real Food Market just outside Waterloo station.

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After that it was time for something sweet so I headed down to the Covent Garden Market to have a tea and a cookie at Ben’s. I consider this place as the best cookie shop in London, it really is worth more than a visit!

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While there I couldn’t resist to go into the near Apple Store.

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The target for my visit was the new MacPro with the Retina Display. You really can’t see pixels in there. Text looks more than gorgeous, while the web looks ugly! All the UI elements of all the website are just ridiculously bad rendered on the screen. Performances are another field where the new MacBook Pro excels: Final Cut is snappy and you have a lot of space to play with. You can really feel the difference in weight and the new thinner shape is much more elegant than before.

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One huge downside I immediately found is the jiggering and the poor responsiveness when scrolling. If the resolution is set at its maximum level, scrolling will fell slow and not responsive: not a good thing.

Finally it was time for the main event: Henry V at the Globe Theater. I don’t have many pictures to share of this performance because it was prohibited to take picture. This was the initial set on the stage.

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About the performance. I really don’t know how to describe it. It was simply amazing. The actors were great and all the monologues were superbly performed. The protagonist (impersonating Henry V) had an incredible charisma: he was able to take the audience with him making everybody center in the play. While he was motivating his troops before the battle I felt like I had a sword too, ready to jump into action.

Then there’s the suggestion of the place. The Globe Theater is a living legend and even if it’s not the original you can sense the history surrounding you, bringing you back into the past.

Despite the wonderful performance, if I really have to be honest, the best part of the day was the walk from the Globe to Waterloo Station. It was such a lovely evening, the moon lighting the way, a soft breeze in your hair. Walking along the Thames, gently gently crushing on the shore. The panorama around was astonishing too, with London’ Skyline taking full possession of the clear sky. Around me I had joyful couple hugging each other a bench, facing the majestic St. Paul Cathedral. You could really feel the love. Not only the love of those people, but the love that London has to give to everybody who cross its street. The love that everybody should feel, the love that everybody deserve.

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