Thanks for popping in. Went to London today. Had a business lunch at the Shard. Nice treat, but you really are up in the gods on the 32rd floor! To the average New Yorker, that’s probably not very high up, but to the average Brit, that’s up there for sure !!
The view is spectacular, as is the food, although I almost lost my appetite with all the tax talk !
So I looked up the expression, up in the gods. Where does it come from?
The gods is a theatrical term, referring to the highest area in a theatre. The upper balconies, for example, which are also usually the cheapest seats. The Shard is certainly not “the cheapest seats” though!
But why the gods? I was thinking about it on the train on the way home… perhaps because you’re so high up, you’re closer to God than you would be on the ground? Nope. Reasonable guess though.
Anyway, it turns out a lot of the older theatres have beautifully painted ceilings, often mythological themes with cherubs and angels and what have you; hence you’re up in the gods.
I find that kind of thing interesting.
I’ve been to a few gigs where I could only afford the cheap seats – up in the gods. The Eagles at the 02 might just as soon have been Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 for all we could see! And Genesis back in the 70’s at the Hammersmith Odeon too. In those days they didn’t have great big screens either side of the stage either, so you really could have been watching the wombles lip syncing Trick of the Tail!
Anyway, on Sunday you can have front row seats, with any refreshments and snacks you fancy! And in the comfort of your own homes! No parking, no public transport, no having to wear a mask. Just rock up to the Craftstore TV and tune in for our 2-4 pm show. I have done all the arty prep, ticked all the boxes, and am all set to entertain you.
Hope to see you there.
Love and hugs