Sunday, 30 December 2018


I Am Constantly Amazed by the many tasks my cargobike, a Christiania Cargo, helps me with. 

On Monday I discovered a new one: taking my bike for a walk. 
       There I was spending my lovely Christmas gift cards in Robert Dyas, and picking up practical items such as a rectangular bucket (my mop is rectangular after all), stoneware pie dishes for new year and a fresh supply of black sacks. Such was the beauty of the morning I decided to walk home. 
       The bike carried the load while I walked beside it (cargobikes don't need you to balance them). One-way streets? Just keep to the right so that you face and acknowledge oncoming traffic. 
       As the London Green Cycles website says, the Christiania Cargo is a 'solid workhorse with very little to go wrong'. Look here for just some of the tasks this bike can accomplish. 

Many people in W1 occupy what are popularly known as shoeboxes - I am one - and time over weekends and holidays is well spent following New London Architecture's sage advice: Don't move, Improve.
       This is W1 Hardware in Great Portland Street. At No. 18, it's half a block away from Oxford Street itself.

The shop is a total joy to walk in to. Along with the paints, PVA and wallplugs, they offer customised advice as well as reassurance. You can also ask questions, compare prices, and swap tales of DiY derring do with other customers. I'm off soon to calibrate my cable detector. 
       So, key to such endeavours is the presence of such shops as the local DiY, shoehorned in among the many fine buildings, gleaming shop fronts, and magical side streets of London's West End.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

I am finding expected and unexpected benefits now that I've replaced my mattress with one that is bigger and springier (see Medium density foam on top of springy plastic bases turns out to be my back's perfect sleeping surface. 
      My back's entire length - including the bit between shoulder blades and neck that I'd almost forgotten existed - feels lighter, warmer, and less stiff. I sit more upright on my cargobike; I turn my head with more ease; I put on my socks in the morning with nimbleness. 
     Don't put up with an uncomfortable bed a moment longer.

Friday, 28 December 2018

Walk, cycle, sit and contemplate. The beauty of London's built environment, with far less traffic on the roads, is all there for you to enjoy. 

Thursday, 27 December 2018

So-o-o, all rested up now (see pic below) and loving my new bed (go to, I'm truly ready for more effort. Show me work . . .

Monday, 24 December 2018

Season's Greetings to all friends, colleagues and loved ones everywhere and best wishes for a new year worthy of you all

The abstract tree comes from New London Architecture - a shining light in the world of the built environment

Alone but not alone
I am having my first 'Deliveroo' Christmas, alone like those women who go to cinema or theatre bars during times the show is on so that they can enjoy a glass of wine or whatever and catch up with themselves in peace.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Thoughts on the European family

The Referendum cannot be undone.

It was informative (Latin referendum, meaning 'referring') and that was to be expected.

Let us heed it.

Let us proceed as follows:

1  Revocation of Article 50 (more, more to come).

2  Resume our place as a member state of the EU (it gets better). As M. Verhofstadt said this same day (@guyverhofstadt): 'Britain's place should be at the heart of Europe'.

Pay our way with appropriate enthusiasm, inspiration, ideas, governance, application, filial feeling and all monetary dues. 

(now it gets even more interesting) 

3  Acknowledge that many of our countrymen and -women do NOT feel this way about Europe.


4  A relatively simple way of starting this process would be to: Establish EU liaison pop-ups in every town and city. These would be staffed by student ambassadors and the like. EU member states could help the UK establish these - and adopt them likewise if appropriate. Member states, of which we, in our divided state (let's not hide it), would be one, could even establish the modern equivalent of the maisons de la culture so that EU actions could be seen and discussed in every High Street.

Thank you. 

NB: the above is my logical response to reading Sir Ivan Rogers' speech at Liverpool (Saturday 15 December 2018 on Twitter).