So, funny to think I started off this morning taking pictures of my favourite mug, because I spent the evening with Sir Ian McKellen.
I suppose ‘spent with’ is slightly misleading. I mean, I went to hear him talk. However! While we were standing in the queue in the lobby of the Cambridge Union, a random older gentlemen walked in past us. I nearly collapsed onto Piotr when I realised it was actually him. The man, Gandalf!! He was less than a foot away from me, strolling in, as you do. And as if that wasn’t enough, he came back out again the same way!!
(He’s the blurry one).
His appearance at the Union was in coordination with LGBT History Month (February) so he talked a lot about his work as an activist, as well as his life. It was brilliantly done, unsurprisingly, and he was so fun to listen to in general.
A phrase that is often used here is: ‘what a legend,’ like, ‘wow, he managed to write four essays in one day on two hours sleep. What a legd.’ However, in this case ‘what a legend’ really means what an actual legend.
And a few more photos:
It’s Gandalf!!! (sorry, totally merits using that many exclamation points)
He finished off the talk by giving us a bit of Shakespeare’s Sir Thomas More, a role he actually originated. He made the point that he is probably among the last actors living to originate a Shakespeare role. What an amazing thing to witness. Here is my sneaky video of the intro and then the piece:
I am, unfortunately, now very sleepy and still have quite a bit of work to do. The whole experience was worth it, even getting there an hour and a half early to secure seats. Apparently people were watching it broadcast from the Union Bar.
All is, or will be well, however, because I again have a cup of tea. Twining’s ‘A Touch of Calm: Chamomile, Honey, & Vanilla.’ Mm