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The Globe TheaterThe best clam shack I have eaten in is the clam shack in Kennebunkport, ME and the worst is Red's Eats in Wiscasset.

The show "Love Never Dies," the sequel to Phantom, is better than Phantom, has more good melodies, better special effects, and a more believable plot helped along by Frederick Forsysthe.

The Henry IV, Part 2 at the Globe really brings one back to Shakespeare's times and it is interesting that the Thrales Brewery was on the spot of the Globe and Johnson loved Mr. Thrale as a man always loves those who provide for their supper even when he acted worse than the average slave owner towards Mrs. Thrale vis a vis such things as his unconcern about her 14 pregnancies.

One still doesn't believe that Shakespeare wrote the plays and nothing at the Globe, including the handwriting on the will shakes that belief. There would have to have been some writings, some books of reference besides the standards, and the knowledge required was too great for one as uneducated and involved so greatly in the day to day of the business and the performing.

The history of the world might be written some day as an attempt to provide the flexions with the greatest profit relative to the disruption caused in feeding on the publics.

Ralph Vince comments: 

Hmmm, c'mon Vic… Greasy Nick's, Pelham Bay?

Gibbons Burke comments: 

By'm'by… Thrale's daughter Hester, another favorite of Dr. Johnson, figured as a recurring character ("Queenie") in the Aubrey-Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian.

I was lucky to be in London the week the rebuilt Globe opened for business, and on a lark on Saturday was standing in line for a groundling ticket to see "Henry V", when a woman approached me in line and offered to sell me her second ticket which her husband was unable to use. That play is sort of interesting because the prologue actually breaks the fourth wall and refers to the globe theater. During the "band of brothers" speech, the actor playing King Henry plays it to the groundlings, as if they were his army. I left my ticketed seat to go down to be among that crowd for that speech and it was quite stirring. Margaret Thatcher was in the audience for that matinee.

The Johnson house is a great tour; got to see the garret where he compiled his Dictionary.


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