Category Archive: London

Apr 09

Season of Daffodils

Every year I tend to blog about how beautiful London can be in spring.  Alas, as I write this entry, all of England – not just London – is shrouded in light smog.  A mixture of European and British pollution, combined with dust from the Sahara, means my asthmatic lungs are currently bordering on non-functional. …

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Mar 07

Sound Map of London

This: http://www.soundsurvey.org.uk/index.php/london_map/intro/ … is awesome.

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Dec 15

This is stunning…

http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2013/12/11/23-dazzling-photos-of-the-fog-enveloping-london/ For my part, waking up that morning, I looked out of my window and all I saw was white.  London had vanished.  It’s a slightly spooky feeling, particularly when you’re a few floors up, and it looks like you’re floating in nothingness….

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Nov 18

I LOVE LORD MAYORS FIREWORKS!!

WHEEEEEEEE!  BOOOM! Ahem. I may get a little giddy whenever I see fireworks. By the river, I may get even more giddy.  Also!  Thrillingly, this year the Lord Mayor of London is a lady… the only second in 800 years, which is slightly less thrilling.

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Oct 30

Storm 2013

So, as anyone in the UK can’t have missed, we’ve had a big storm across the south of England in the last few days.  We knew it was coming, so in the grand scheme of things, it could’ve been a lot worse, but it’s still a strange thing to wake at 3 a.m. to the …

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Oct 01

A Walk From Greenwich

If you can find it through all its wigglings, the Thames Path is one of the most serene and beautiful walks in London, in my opinion.  I’ve done large swathes of it in various goes; I’m fairly sure I’ve done Westminster to Deptford along the South, and Island Gardens to Westminster on the North banks, …

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Sep 18

Dawn Chorus

An alarm wails at 6.00 am in the autumnal city. Residents on the local housing estates come awake slowly. Are their flats on fire? No. A quick assessment of the noise: it is outside the block, a claxon wail, rising and falling – perhaps the local university buildings or telephone exchange. The alarm is silenced. …

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Aug 07

Walks along Regents Canal

It’s been a while since I did this, but finally, on my way to stick-hitting, I went for a wander along Regents Canal.  The Canal used to be a vital industrial lifeline for London, but no sooner was it built, so it seems, to carry in coal and all the needies of early modern life, …

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Jun 15

The British Museum

I love the British Museum.  Love it love it love it. During GCSE Art, I’d go camp out in the South East Asian gallery and just draw stuff.  Not very well, I hasten to add – my Art report always called me ‘bold’, a nice way of saying ‘can’t draw a straight line if she …

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May 28

Postman’s Park

Funny how you can think you know a place and then, one not very special day at all, you look left and spot something completely different. Take Postman’s Park. I think I know the area around St. Pauls reasonably well.  As a kid I used to do violin lessons in the Barbican, and it was …

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