Monday, 23 December 2019

Buoyed up by a 'COSMO' - cranberry juice with 2 shots of vodka - I can tackle the washing up, the tidying, the cat boxes and the floor swabbing

Thank you, M&S

25 cl of fluid: 8% alc/vol - small but mighty.

Friday, 13 December 2019

My own opinion is that a win-lose type of General Election is bad for the UK's psyche. Democracy can do better - as it does in countries that govern via a system of proportional representation. 

The picture shows the tyre tread of a truck that has been driven to within a millimetre of a new young tree.

Friday, 6 December 2019

What is this about single mothers . . . there are NO single mothers without single fathers

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Thursday, 21 November 2019

I am in the prime of life. Say it.

Say it with conviction.

What a difference it would make if we all felt and thought this every single day.

For every single day we all are in the prime of life.

And ageism doesn't just affect 'other people'. It affects how we think of ourselves.

Go on. 

Say it


Saturday, 16 November 2019

Have you seen those Tesco vans being driven around with 'Baby carrots om board' stencilled on the side?

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Sunday morning, South Kensington

Lovely sight this morning as Londoners and visitors to London sat at all the cafe tables at the bottom of the Exhibition Road. The sound of happy chatter, about their plans to visit the waiting Museums perhaps, as they sipped their coffees and ordered their petits dejeuners, all of them making one more happy memory of their visit to London.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Thursday 19 September

Congratulations to the peeps who thought this one through. A smartly fitted out shop in Great Portland Street - a W1 area crammed with small businesses, single households and visitors to London looking for a sustaining snack. The suggested use is 'bakery'. Exactly right for people in a hurry who need to eat.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Monday 16 September

One of The Regent's Park magical little glades. Nature helping to press the refresh button

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Try to make sure you see the daily light. It will help to make you healthy, wealthy and wise.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Planted by the local schoolchildren of the West End. Are these potato plants?
Proper infrastructure in the Tottenham Court Road: drainage channels in the new, wide footways. Thank you Eurovia, West End.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

A Monday notification in Rathbone Place

Active travel on the Southbank

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

I'm thinking about 'rainbow nation'; rainbow world . . . and how exclusive it seems to me to be. 

Think about it

L       lesbian
G      gay
b       bisexual
T       transexual
Q       queer
Q       questioning

Where on earth is

H       heterosexual

where is

A       asexual

'A' adds a vowel. Perhaps it's time to come up with a slightly more meaningful, and certainly more inclusive, acronym?

Monday, 11 February 2019

Here's The Guardian's take on plummeting insect numbers

Of course the thing with insects is that even if you don't like some of them, you should find out what their job description is before swatting them. There are no lazy insects - even queen bees are busy lying there gestating - they all have jobs to do. But hands up anyone who knows what these jobs are. I'm no different.

Mulling over their decline, and wondering how it comes about, I decided that if you multiply all the windscreens of all the vehicles in the world by the number of insects that met there end there it gives some idea of the vast losses by that particular route. Mmm.

Monday, 4 February 2019

The blog - An Analogy

Two particularly striking posts on Twitter at the weekend. Both 'right'. Both diametrically opposed. Both health related, one advocating 'P.E. for all !', one, with traumatic memories of having to do P.E. at school, firmly opposed to such a one-size-fits-all approach.

Reminded me of #Brexit, bless it. To govern, you have to listen to both sides. Are we doing that? Err, not really. A smart, Dutch-style coalition would make things easier I think. 

Saturday, 2 February 2019

One of my favourite times of the week is Saturday morning. Whole sections of streets are cordoned off as big plant arrives to deliver stuff to roof works, there is little or no traffic, and it's a quiet time for art galleries so a perfect time to view.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

As we all know, in a time of stress, socks are an important matter.

For me, the socks that are getting me through this winter are those Bambusoides ones, made partly from bamboo. Thick but elegant (I have the black ones and the stripey ones), warm to the touch, toasty on the feet, quick to wash and dry 

Here's the link to the website.

I was being a little over-rational yesterday on the EU and Brexit

Here is @DavidLammy

“Blame us. Blame Westminster. Do not blame Brussels for our own country's mistakes and do not be angry at us for telling you the truth. Be angry at the chancers who sold you a lie.”

And here is @GuyVerhofstadt in response

"A fine speech. Yes, the EU needs reform. EU laws are often
imperfect. But it's all too easy for national politicians to offload their failures on "Brussels". We all have a duty to fight for a more effective, united Europe."

I published my 'Thoughts on the European Family' just before Christmas - please see below

A reiteration:

Should we 'remain', or, if after a second referendum we remain, we will rresume our place as a member state of the EU. 

But we should acknowledge that not all of our countrymen and -women feel the same way about Europe.

There is no triumph in my opinion in remaining - it's more a matter of common sense. 

And we should work willingly with those of our compatriots who voted in the referendum to leave by setting up some sort of UK/EU liaison group. 

In order to take my mind off our Great British political class for a moment  I sometimes just go for a walk. So at the weekend, I went 'rambling' in the City of London.

Among the glass and steel, the venerable, the much loved, the functional and the new, are men and women going to and from work in the 24-hour span of city business. Some shops, bars, supermarkets and many City businesses are open. However, I did notice something even newer this time: the superlative quality and cleanliness of the walking surfaces. It's as if the City is indeed being made to fulfil the dreamscape of its late-medieval Lord Mayor, Sir Richard (Dick) Whittington, as a City paved with gold.

Of course the metaphorical meaning remains: the City where men (and increasingly women: sorry chaps) can settle down to business, work hard and make a fortune. Look at the paving around this ancient water fountain (public water fountains were one of Whittington's many gifts to the City). The golden tone is warm and inviting to the feet. Even when it rains, the sand-size grains in the rock will never let your foot slip but at the same time the paving stones will gleam so much they will indeed resemble gold.

The church of St Michael's, Cornhill, the vicar's or the organist & choirmaster's bike parked at the door, the street swept and clean. Forgive me for clipping the wings of the angel standing on his plinth behind the bike. These stones, of wall, of step, of plinth, of paving, breathe

Back to the everyday or, rather, the magical network of the City's Alleyways. And of course watering holes. Just to the left of the narrow George & Vulture Alley lies the even smaller and narrower Bengal Court - and so on throughout the City - as back lanes, shortcuts and access paths to courts, yards and service areas.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

There is such an urge to hibernate during winter that I sometimes wonder if we're being a bit stupid not to. Ha, I try not to follow the example of my cats too closely in this regard. 

Here are three (3) unmistakable signs that winter will cme to an end.

 1. New leaves and the start of fruiting
2. Flower buds

3. The fact that 3 nights ago I heard a blackbird sing lustily as blackbirds do (I think they're the first British bird to start nest-building) from a rooftop garden just up the road. 

I am trying to get out for as many hours a day as possible before it gets dark - at which time I am as happy as anyone else to snuggle in the duvet.

My imagination took flight on Friday when the Standard published more detail about the transformation of Tottenham Court Road

The whole area, from Euston Tower in the north to Centre Point in the south, is in the process of becoming a calm, creative and thoroughly commercial boulevard (those shops!) instead of a one-way racetrack for vehicles. 

During the working day (from 8am to 7pm), it will form a congestion-free zone for 6 bus routes. Were they trams (and hopefully at least some of them will be low or no emission), the area is set to become its very own mini-Holland.

Two destinations to help with your *best* 2019

Velorution: e-bikes, including retrofits. Free test rides.


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London W1

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