Town Mouse

Christmas lights

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AN ec­static ‘bril­liant’ and leaps of ex­cite­ment im­prob­a­bly ex­e­cuted from the depths of a seat proved be­yond doubt that Peter Pan had been a suc­cess. In­deed, we all loved it. The Na­tional Theatre pro­duc­tion in­jected a com­pletely un­ex­pected poignancy into Capt Hook’s dra­matic demise in the jaws of the crocodile as well as the fi­nal scene of the play.

As we left the theatre in high spir­its, I sug­gested a late-night walk to see the Christmas lights. No one else seemed very keen, but the prom­ise of a taxi home per­suaded the chil­dren into com­pli­ance. We set off over Hunger­ford Bridge and first en­joyed the spec­ta­cle of the Thames. Then, we pressed on to see the Christmas tree and crib on Trafal­gar Square. A favourite ice-cream par­lour in Soho—mirac­u­lously open de­spite the late hour and the bit­ter cold—car­ried us on to Re­gent Street. There, how­ever, en­thu­si­asm died.

I think the an­gels that float above the street this year are rather mag­nif­i­cent. The chil­dren agreed, but, as they ex­plained with dis­arm­ing ar­tic­u­lacy, once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. In the taxi home, I was as­sured that the trip had been fun, but I strongly sus­pect it was for the ice cream and not the lights. JG

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