Fair Maids, Feminists and Philanthropists

by Darrell Berry

It’s a walk that corrects the balance. The stars wear petticoats, not pantaloons. Women may not apear as often as men in the history books, but that doesn’t mean they have been sitting at home twiddling their thumbs. Far from it. Knitting up a storm more like. From princesses to prostitutes, they have made their mark and shaped the world we live in today. Some have relied their looks, others their wit. Continue reading

A Walk in the City

Next Sunday morning I’ll be crossing the river to lead a walk around the City of London. I call it Fish and Ships, London Walks advertises it as Roaming by the River. So take your choice of title.

It was the first of my walks that London Walks agreed to put on their programme, and over the years it has changed a bit and seen a few changes. For a while, it seemed I was in a battle of wits with The City of London as to how I was going to access the bits of the riverside I wanted to talk about. Although in the City, we get some good views of Southwark.

It starts at Monument station at 10.45, lasts around two hours and costs a mere £9 or £7 for concessions. A bargain!

The Monument

You don’t have to book, just turn up. I’ll be wearing my Blue Badge and my City Badge and carrying a wodge of London Walks leaflets.

Hidden Borough Open House Event

It was when we were on the third floor, looking up at a hole in the ceiling, that I thought to ask if the building were structurally sound.

Our host, a young architect from Berlin, assured us that it was. We moved up to the top floor to inspect the rooftop shower. It was basic, a duckboard to stand on, a hosepipe, a screen so as not to frighten the horses, and a view across London. Continue reading