VE day – Victory in Europe

The nation will be returning to the 40’s this May to celebrate VE Day – Victory in Europe Day: Friday 8th being a day of remembrance, Saturday 9th – one of celebration – and Sunday 10th, a day for thanksgiving. At the heart of the festivities will be St James’s Park, London’s oldest park and for…

The story of the Christmas Tree

It has to be said, I love a good Christmas Tree.  It brings a joy to my heart with the anticipation of Christmas and the start of a new, better year beyond. I was a little hazy on the origins of the Christmas tree however. It’s a northern Europe tradition, said my brother, and so…

London’s Triumphal Arch

If you have ever wandered over onto the roundabout at Hyde Park Corner, you will have seen an arch, but it never occurred to me until reading more about it, that this was to celebrate Wellington’s victory over Napoleon so follows in fact from the Roman tradition of triumphal arches.  Today it is known as…

Wellington Remembered

With all the furore concerning the upcoming anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the Napoleonic Wars, it seemed an appropriate time to visit the Duke of Wellington’s home in Central London – sometimes referred to simply as Number One London. My friend Gill insisted on our walking through the pedestrian tunnels and I am…

Pawprint Series: Wimbledon Common

Every time I come up to town, with my faithful four legged friend in tow, we make a point of visiting Wimbledon Common – it is quite simply the most beautiful oasis of calm in the bustle of South London life.  When I lived in London, this was my safety valve and I value it enormously –…

Singular Statues: the KinderTransport

I don’t know about you, but I often walk around London without taking clear note of my surroundings – intent only on reaching my destination.  It’s when I arrive early somewhere for a meeting (30 minutes in this instance) that I feel I have the time to look around – and when visiting Liverpool Street…

Lego-fan-tastic: The Art of the Brick

As soon as I saw the word LEGO, I knew I would be hooked but this Art of the Brick exhibit has taken me a little by surprise.  I didn’t expect the subtlety, the complexity or the emotional impact of some of the artworks created by these little plastic bricks. Based at London’s Old Truman Brewery…

On the trail of John Keats

  Has this ever happened to you?  Sometimes when you work on a new project, a name pops up again and again and you start seeing references to it everywhere you go.  What do they call it – Six degrees of separation? So it was for me with the poet John Keats who is thought to…

Singular Statues: The Lovers

For me, the interest in this statue is of the entwined couple, standing under the clock at St Pancras International, surrounded by the architectural beauty that is Barlow’s great train shed – the Victorian engineering marvel of its day. This 9 m tall (29.53 ft) statue – more accurately known as The Meeting Place –…