The Ceremony of the Keys

“Halt! Who comes there?”

“The keys.”

“Whose keys?”

“Queen Elizabeth’s keys.”

“Pass then, and all is well.”

That is the exchange my dad and I heard last night at the Tower of London, which has been spoken nearly every night there for over 700 years (though obviously the monarch’s name has changed).

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Harry Potter in Concert

Our first concert at the Royal Albert Hall was also a film screening. Last weekend we went to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which we’ve of course seen before, but this time it was accompanied by a full concert orchestra and 28-person choir.

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