Category Archives: buildings

L.I.F.E. is a four letter acronym

I suppose acronyms have been with us forever. This is a little known section from the First Folio version of Romeo and Juliet: Romeo: She loves me, Mercutio. Mercutio (swiping right): Like BFFs? Romeo: Better, she’s… Mercutio (showing Romeo a … Continue reading

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Going Underground: why underground stations can make me smile #architecture #artdeco

Warning: don’t be offended by the clip at the end but it is VERY rude so should you not like to hear certain words that have a long Anglo Saxon history but have recently been found to cause a degree of … Continue reading

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U is for the Utilities #atozchallenge

Now please don’t ignore this, just for the title. You see I find the services that keep a city like London going completely fascinating. At its most basic we need water and we need to rid ourselves of waste. I … Continue reading

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H is for Hawksmoor and his boss; a homage to the builders of London’s churches #atozchallenge

Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of St. Clement’s. You owe me five farthings, Say the bells of St. Martin’s. When will you pay me? Say the bells of Old Bailey. When I grow rich, Say the bells of Shoreditch. When … Continue reading

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Village Life

An email came in yesterday, reminding me of April’s A to Z blogging challenge. You write a post a day (except Sundays) in April, each day using the next letter of the alphabet as the prompt. They can be themed … Continue reading

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Listing to the centre

I love buildings. All sorts. I think I’ve communicated my passion for the delights of Art Deco, Most recently in Napier in New Zealand. And there was the fabulous Oxo Tower on the south bank of the Thames. There are … Continue reading

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Brixton: a place of continuity and change

One  thing I adore about living in London is that I’m connected here by family links going back over at least 120 years. And I’m even more connected to the small grubby part of South London around Brixton. When I … Continue reading

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Does London Deserve Shakespeare?

If you did a straw poll and asked around the world to name a famous Englishman the chances are Shakespeare would appear in the top five. While we know he was born (and died) in Stratford on Avon, to a … Continue reading

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Kia-Ora days one and two glass bridges and a prickly pair

We made it. Me from London via Singapore and the Lawyer via LA and Tahiti from Lima. I brought us a mascot. We’re a wee bit dozy so decided on a walk around the Quay area. We found the university … Continue reading

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My love affair with Bristol

In March 1977 I plucked up courage and asked a fellow law student if she knew Mel Brooks. The fabulously mad film director had just brought out Silent Movie and it had reached British cinemas. The perfect first date. She … Continue reading

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