Tag Archives: London

That Garden Update: 3rd August

I decided today that once this wedding is done and dusted I’m going to let the garden go fallow , natural and wild. Hmm. Probably not but just now that seems like a plan. Good news is lots of the … 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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St Pancras To Westminster

A few friends wanted me to organise a walk or two around town so clutching my edition of London Oddities, a notebook and Google I headed off. I thought I’d share a few highlights of my first scouting for boys … 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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Walking With Rosie #bookreview #the rosieresult

I did a daft thing a few weeks ago; I signed up with the Long Distance Walking Association to undertake their 3rd Capital Challenge. Starting at St John’s Church Waterloo it circumnavigates some of the best bits of London’s green … Continue reading

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Out Of Place

I had two experiences this week that, in their contrasting ways, made me feel both good and awkward and almost certainly said more about me than anything else. Last Friday, I took part in a demonstration outside Parliament. It was … Continue reading

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