While dashing around London last week with my girls looking for a ladies’ loo, I managed to convince them that museums were the best places for such things, being free and having free wi-fi too. So while they did their business, I did mine and this is what I came back with (see below), a lightening-quick tour of the first and second floors of the England’s National Portrait Gallery, featuring a smattering of UK celebs immortalized in oils, a John Singer Sergeant and a politician or two. My favourite was the one of Ken Dodd. Worth a visit, and you don’t even have to spend a penny.
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Patrick Sherriff publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting good fiction about Japan and featuring an original painting or sketch. He lives in Abiko, Japan, with his wife and two daughters.