Category Archives: London

What I learnt from the Olympics: my top 11 lessons #olympics #11lessons

It is 10 years since London 2012, the best Olympics ever. I was lucky to work for both the Olympic Delivery Authority who built the venues and the infrastructure and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games who ran … Continue reading

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Blooming Marvellous

To central London for a late Jublee celebration. Some cool person came up with the idea of taking the moat around the Tower of London, which is normally like this… minus the poppies, i.e. a large lawn, and turning it … Continue reading

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What Did The Victorians Ever Do For Us #crystalpalace

As with Monty Python and the People’s Front of Judeah listing what the Romans missed, so we can often forget the genius of some Victorians. One such near me was the creation of the Crystal Palace which was reconstructed on … Continue reading

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Lambeth To St Pancras

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a walk I’d planned for some friends and trialled. On Wednesday, before I gave into my sporting addiction and suffered my way through 120 minutes of football we undertook the walk. I … Continue reading

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The Nerdy One

For those who don’t know the UK, our built environment is controlled by a set of planning laws. These started in the 1930s as rules to control advertising but by 1948 they impacted all buildings, new and old, as well … Continue reading

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Wandering Curios #walks #london

The other day I prepped a walk for some old friends around some of the waterways and green spaces of London. Yesterday was that day and it was sunny and lovely and everyone turned up. The thing about this city, … Continue reading

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Lovely London #walking #lambeth #southbank #towerbridge #thamespath #wapping #limehouse #regentscanal

A month or so ago I described, briefly a walk I undertook from St Pancras Station, along the Regent’s Canal to Regent’s park and then south via Hyde, Green and St James’ Parks to Westminster and across Lambeth Bridge. Friends … Continue reading

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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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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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