Week Forty-One: 2022

The temperatures in London have been bonkers, more like May. The garden can’t understand and if this goes on much longer we will be mowing the lawn throughout the whole year. At least it’s keeping the heating bills down. And it’s given me the incentive to dig out one compost bin before sifting it into a builder’s sack and then reorganizing the rest

I followed a walking tour around the City named The World Reimagined.

This comprises a series of globes that various artists have decorated in ways that reflect their thoughts on what the world today, and specifically the City of London might have been like had the transatlantic slave trade not happened as well as giving a voice and a face to those lost in the mists of that bloody history.

The globes are all eye catching, all thought-provoking. Other similar tours have been installed in other parts of London and other cities with direct connections to that trade, eg Liverpool. The tour ends on 31/10. I will do a separate post on the globes.

Walking the City, there are other images that catch the eye. Here are a few…

Bracken House, built as a home for the Financial Times and with this eye-catching clock/calendar. Anyone guess who’s that as the boss in the centre?

St Paul’s Cathedral… outside is a statue of Queen Anne under whose reign the same old transatlantic slave trade did rather well

Mind you, on a Sunday, being around St Paul’s is something of a noisy experience

Beyond St Paul’s I passed Bow Church

And the Guildhall, with its busts of those seventeenth century historical favourites, Pepys, Wren, Cromwell and Shakespeare

Further on there is the Bank of England – for some reason, also called the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street – I should look that one up

next to the Royal Exchange, part of the rich insurance heritage hereabouts,

As is the weird outside in Lloyds building, not a million miles from another iconic London landmark, the Gherkin

and beyond that, and nearly at the end of my stroll, our very own Ghostbusters building, Mitre Court

All very jolly, unlike the standoff between our aging dowager and the kid’s cat Tipsy with whom she fails to see eye to eye. Good to see the old bird standing her ground, defending her territory…

I wonder which one is growling?

I don’t want you to go away with the idea that Tipsy isn’t relaxed and enjoying her time here…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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24 Responses to Week Forty-One: 2022

  1. Darlene says:

    Some fabulous shots of London.

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  2. Looks like the walk took you to my old stamping ground! Nice to see those places again.
    Queen Anne was a constitutional monarch so I don’t think she had a direct link to the success of the slave trade at that time…

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    • TanGental says:

      You’re being nice; that whole constitutional monarchy piece was pretty new then (Charlie I was 60 years before) and the tax on slaves that went to the Crown (and that was the Crown) was a grand source of funds… so she might not have prompted or promoted it but did she directly benefit? Oh sure.

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      • trifflepudling says:

        Well put it this way – she wasn’t the only one and your phrasing did rather make it look as though she was Director of the entire British Slave Trade Operations!

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      • TanGental says:

        Ok. Fair point. And it’s also true that even had she objected there was sod all she could have done to stop it. The miracle really is not that it happened but enough people made it stop when there was so much money in it continuing.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Another lovely trip round our great cididel.
    Fantastic to see the cats getting on so well, like Hinge and Bracket!

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  4. Lovely tour, Geoff. I’m guessing the boss at the center of the Bracken House clock is Sir Winston.

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    • TanGental says:

      Spot on; Bracken House was build just after the war at a time when he was v popular! In the 1990s when Japanese developers were investing in London, one, Kumagai Gumi bought it from the FT for 150 million on the basis they’d know it down and build a glass tower. The government the listed it (historic status/architectural merit) and it dropped in value by about 40 million. There was a bit of a stink over that one….

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  5. A great tour, Geoff. I look forward to seeing the globes.

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  6. I do like the globes, both concept and execution.

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  7. tootlepedal says:

    Thank you for your look round the city. It reminded me of early days at work there more than sixty years ago.

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  8. A fine photographic tour. How the skyline has changed since I began working in Lloyd’s old, old, old building in 1960

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  9. V.M.Sang says:

    I agree. The weather is bonkers. We have roses just coming into bloom, and an alstromeria is just putting out some new buds. Our geraniums are still going strong. I’ve usually taken them in by now.
    As for the grass. Let’s not go there. Needing cutting in November?
    I’ve not been to London since we’ll before the pandemic. Pity I missed the globes. They look interesting.
    I suppose Sunday is the best day to go. I can’t take crowds any more. I get to feel claustrophobic. Not something that bothered me in the past.
    Have you noticed we seem to have a new way of identifying eras? It used to be AD (more recently CE) and BC (BCE). Now it’s BP and AP (before pandemic and after pandemic.) 😄

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  10. Widdershins says:

    That bloke looks suspiciously like Jennie Randolph-Churchill’s kid … hmm, what was his name again? 😀
    Another love photographic pootle around town. Thank’ee kindly good sir. 🙂

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