Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sculpture at Canterbury Cathedral

On Sunday we had a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, and despite the fact here was a service on (in the Quire) we were free to roam around the rest of the Cathedral  – and so we did, though that felt a little strange to me. I’m not religious, but I respect those who are and […]

From the Shard, With Love

We met at London Bridge station. It was just before ten. We had cameras, binoculars, lots of excited smiles and four complimentary tickets to go up the Shard. There are advantages to living in Southwark.

Washington Old Hall

In the heart of Washington village, located near the north east coast of England, is Washington Old Hall. It stands as a testimony to Anglo-American friendship.  via wikipedia This charming Hall is an historic landmark with links to the first US President, George Washington. The house predominantly dates from the 17th century but still incorporates […]

A Morris & Co Tapestry

In 1890 William Knox D’Arcy commissioned Morris & Co to make him a set of six tapestries depicting scenes from the legend of King Arthur and the quest for the Holy Grail. The tapestries were to line the walls of his dining room at Stanmore Hall just outside London. Additional versions of the tapestries with […]

Architectural Royalty: the Gilbert Scotts

It’s instantly recognisable, a British icon. One of those things at the start of a fim to tell you where you are. One of them, though not this one, had a starring rôle in that most gently funny film, Local Hero. But what links it to another British icon, the Palace of Westminster?

The London Library

As our society becomes increasingly atomised it becomes ever more important to find a community; a place where we can not only be but be with other people. Pubs and football grounds are available for those who like beer and balls; for the thinking man there is the London Library. The London Library was founded […]

Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Front view Rear view Sudbury Hall, built by George Vernon in the reign of Charles II, is predominately Jacobean, yet the carved stone, wood, and plasterwork are in the elaborately decorated classical style. Vernon favoured the stone mullion and transom windows, but it is unusual to see circular and oval sections forming part of this […]

English Physicists prove Roald Dahl wrong

So: Roald Dahl, in his classic children’s book James and The Giant Peach, has a spectacular finale when James is borne across the Atlantic Ocean by 501 seagulls. And, charging happily past the concept that any peach could be that big – or indeed that any child could be safely transported on it – fourth […]

The Pigeons Who Take The London Tube.

We were wandering by a highly recommended London blog called Thoughts From Finchley when its proprietor, Martin,told us about a strange habit the wildlife have on the London Tube. You can read his post – Passenger Pigeons– here. They’ve been doing it for years,baffling scientists with what looks like evolutionary behaviour: the pigeons who take rides […]