Category Archives: London


After a weekend spent in the fascinating hellhole between Euston, King’s Cross and Oxford Street, I am now heading home, expecting to arrive 5 hours late because of damaged overhead wires at Watford. I am not complaining: I’ve had an … Continue reading

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More of London

I noticed a leaf on the ground and looked up. Yes, they have planted ginkgo trees in London streets: At lunchtime, to get a walk and some fresh air, I went up to Mornington Crescent to look at the old … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole

I’m in a world where inanimate objects write me notes: Note the initial caps on Health Issue and Christmas Shopping. Perhaps it’s cute, but it makes me queasy. On the plus side, his (her?) colleague has a glass wall, so … Continue reading

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A second day in London

I stopped at Africa House (built 1921) on Kingsway to look up at the sculpture that adorns it. Just the teensiest bit problematic? Those disembodied heads on the capitals look like something out of Heart of Darkness, and martial Britannia … Continue reading

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Bach’s Magnificat

At St Martin in the Fields with the Whitehall Choir and the Brandenburg Baroque soloists. They also performed Bach’s cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis. I hadn’t listened to the complete Magnificat in over 35 years, so this was a treat. … Continue reading

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A day in London

I visited the Paul Nash exhibition at Tate Modern this morning. There was a serendipitous moment en route: the Gill-like relief sculptures on Neville House in Page Street: Thanks to an obliging doorman, I learned that they are by Edward … Continue reading

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Bishopsgate Institute

Designed 1895 by Charles Harrison Townsend, and it is still a library and cultural institute. I used to come to yoga classes here 30 years ago, and even today it was like stepping back in time. When I paid my … Continue reading

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