Category Archives: London

Memorials And Memories #thoughts

Back in 2014 there was a memorial at the Tower of London, with ceramic poppies, one for each Commonwealth casualty during WW1. It was memorable and very moving, especially when they read out my great uncle Willie Dyson’s name and … Continue reading

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The Garden – Mid August 2020 #garden

I must report that while there is still much colour and the vegetables are splendid, the lawns have taken a pummelling and the excessive (for us) heat of recent days has taken its toll. Bear in mind neither the Textiliste … Continue reading

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Green And Pleasant

After a short spell in the suburban desert of North Surrey, I was lucky enough to live in the depths of the New Forest, which, for those of you not familiar with the intimate details of England is one hundred … Continue reading

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The London Olympics – My Part In Its Downfall: Part Two

Having won the bid, the initial euphoria diminished somewhat. Beijing still had to host their games and there was sure to be a lot of controversy there. In addition, in typical British ways, as soon as we’d done something successful … Continue reading

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One London Garden: A Year Of Drought And Delight 2018 #flowers #gardens #london

So this is shamelessly self-indulgent, but if you want to experience a year in a London garden, if you want to debunk the myth about England’s constantly grey and drizzly skies, if you want to see Dog during a year of … Continue reading

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A Jacket And Nail Clippers

Not sure where I’m going with this. Readers who’ve followed me for a while will know that every Christmas for the last few years I’ve spent some time volunteering at one of the Crisis For Christmas shelters that appear for … Continue reading

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Moving West #capitalring #walking

I left off the other day, in Eltham Park North. We lunched in Eltham, an odd place that mixes large 1920s housing aimed at the newly affluent city middle class with a residue of the footpads and gangsters of the … Continue reading

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Where The East Begins #capitalring #walking

A week or so ago, I wrote about a wander with the APE when we did a section of the Capital Ring, a circular walk around London that aims to take in as many of the green spaces as possible … Continue reading

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A Wander Across The Far North #capitalring #walking

A bit of an exaggeration, that title, but it does encapsulate the sense of the divide that the Thames creates for London’s residents. When you first move to London, you usually have zero prejudice about north v south. Then you … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner – The Outdoor Life, Part Two

In part one I set the scene, of my joys as a delivery boy, here. The nadir so far as this role was concerned came in the Spring of 1980. The senior partner had a client who worked in the … Continue reading

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