A New World

Despite having no paid work or income at the moment I am still keeping myself busy working on projects which I hope will bear fruit in a future where we are allowed out and about once more. Obviously there’s the podcasting where I have dipped my toe, but I am also revising notes, starting to research via the internet walks and tours I shall be able to offer when we are out of lockdown.
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Who knows how tourism will look in twelve months time? This may be the start of a completely different way of doing things. That is exciting as well as daunting. Continue reading “A New World”

Not to be missed

Another beautiful, sunny day in London, but cold. Cold by our standards anyway, though visitors from Canada, parts of the US, even Ireland, tell me it’s warmer here than at home.

It makes sense to divide your time between the outdoors and a warmer environment. There are two exhibitions, both ending soon, I recommend. Both Bridget Riley and Mary Quant were born in south London.

Bridget Riley, she of the famous canvases of dots, stripes and geometric shapes, has an exhibition that ends this week at the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank.

The captions are my own.
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Flying the flag

I hear the current incumbent of the White House doesn’t like the new United States Embassy building in London. I can’t understand why. To my eye it is far more pleasing than the one in Grosvenor Square, plus it’s in Vauxhall, or at least Vauxhall/Battersea borders, and Vauxhall is one of my favourite London neighbourhoods.
Consider these exhibits:

The Embassy

The Embassy of the United States of America

The Embassy, detail

What, as they say, is not to like? Continue reading “Flying the flag”

The Tower of London at Christmas

This is the lovely group of people who came on my tour of the Tower of London this morning.

The Group by the White Tower

It was a perfect morning to visit the Tower: blue skies, a few morning skaters enjoying the ice rink that is in the moat until early January, no queue at the jewel house.

South Side White Tower

The ravens were active and noisy. A couple of Yeoman Warders advised members of a school group to eat the packed lunches they had brought in a different spot, or risk the ravens stealing sandwiches and crisps.

Raven on the Mount

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King Henry III’s White Bear

The Queen’s House
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Where Light Falls

This weekend has seen an extraordinary and very moving event at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. Where Light Falls is a light show which remembers and commemorates the members of the St Paul’s Watch who ensured the cathedral’s survival despite the terrible bombing during the Blitz.

Keith Jarrett has written a poem to accompany the light show, it’s called From the Log Book and starts with quotations from that book. The poem is broadcast throughout the event, and many of the images are linked to the lines. The poem ends with “When morning comes, I’ll wear a dome of hope.”

I hope these pictures will encourage you to go and stand in the cold this evening and be moved by what you see and hear. Continue reading “Where Light Falls”

Without walls – Connections

London is full of amazing galleries and amazing exhibitions. There’s the two Tates (Britain and Modern), the National, the Royal Academy, the Imperial War Museum, the National Portrait Gallery. And that’s just for starters.

But this week, make sure you go a small but perfect exhibition in the crypt at Methodist Central Hall. It’s called Connections.
Here are some of the pieces you will see.

Prisonopoly
Prisonopoly (detail)
Ginger cat

No deal
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Summer in the City

Yesterday was hot, though fortunately London is not suffering the same high temperatures as parts of France. It was a good reminder to always carry water, and to refill water bottles at every opportunity. You can now get apps for your ‘phone which tell you the sites of water fountains and other places where you can do this.

Throughout July visitors to London can see the guard change at Buckingham Palace daily. I must have witnessed it hundreds of times during my time as a London Blue Badge Guide, but somehow it never fails to please.

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