The next day, we traipse all over town visiting the Nature Park (red pandas! lynx! meerkats!), Cannon Hill Park, Sarehole Mill (the inspiration, allegedly, for Sandyman's Mill in Tolkien's Hobbiton), and Moseley Bog (which, again if local legend is to be believed, is the original Middle Earth -- smack bang in the middle of a council estate). Then it's home for a quick bite to eat, and off we trudge into town again, for a night of comedic brilliance at the Hippodrome theatre. We're way up in the gods, but with a clear view of the stage. Jack Dee proves every bit as morosely funny and deadpan in real life as on TV, and I'm having the time of my life. My friend has to admit, afterwards, that she had enjoyed herself as well -- and she never really liked him before! Huh? Some people!
I'm meeting her at Borders in a minute, to go on from there to Bournville for our tour of Cadbury World: all the liquid chocolate you can drink, and then some! See you later!