The Menagerist

In her Foreword to her ‘The Proud Tower’, Barbara W. Tuchman states that ‘this book is an attempt to discover the quality of the world from which the Great War came’. First published in 1966, this is largely a collection of previously published writings gathered together. The first, entitled, ‘The Patricians – England: 1895-1902’, describesContinue reading “The Menagerist”

Clogged Up With Visitors

This afternoon I printed photographs for Aaron, Mark, and Steve, of their tree-cutting work of three days ago. Some profile pictures are about to be changed. Late on a very dull afternoon we drove to Keyhaven to catch the last of the meagre light. There is so very little graffiti in the New Forest thatContinue reading “Clogged Up With Visitors”

Durdle Door

Today continuous rain fell from a leaden sky. ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM MRS KNIGHT INFORMS ME THAT MY DURDLE DOOR IS IN FACT PULPIT ROCK AT PORTLAND. DURDLE DOOR IS AT LULWORTH COVE. DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! As I focussed onContinue reading “Durdle Door”

From Bespoke Suits To Thongs

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. My rambles around London brought me into touch with a variety of different faces of England’s capital. None more contrasting perhaps than those seen in this batch from my Streets of London series of colour slides made in July 2005. Having been once more beset byContinue reading “From Bespoke Suits To Thongs”

North Of Regent’s Park

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today I scanned the next dozen of my Streets of London colour slides from October 2004. Tasteful washes decorate the facades of these houses in Regents Park Road NW1. This street in the Primrose Hill area of London is stocked with a multitude of long established independentContinue reading “North Of Regent’s Park”

How Did This One Get In Here?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Here, at last, are the Streets of London colour slides from October 2004 that I scanned a couple of days ago. Bravington Road, W9, in the heart of my Social Services patch, runs north from Harrow Road towards Queens Park. Here it is receiving the attentions ofContinue reading “How Did This One Get In Here?”

Up The Cally

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN PAIRS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE WHEN SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. After yesterday’s violent deaths on Westminster Bridge, over which I have walked many a time, it has been difficult to take my mind off London. I’ve always found a productiveContinue reading “Up The Cally”

It’s An Ill Wind…..

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Yesterday evening we dined with Helen, Bill, Shelly, and Ron at Tyrell’s Ford Country Inn and Hotel at Avon, near Christchurch. As the only group in the dining we enjoyed the attentions of a friendly waitress. My choice of mealContinue reading “It’s An Ill Wind…..”

A Far Cry From Fitzrovia

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning I scanned another dozen colour slides from the Streets of London series. These were produced in July 2004. On this corner of Riding House Street W1 stands the landmark Arts & Crafts home of T.J. Boulting & Sons, manufacturers of heating equipment. Adopting the name in 2011,Continue reading “A Far Cry From Fitzrovia”

Where To Eat?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today I lunched with Norman in Waterloo’s Lower Marsh. To facilitate this, Jackie drove me to New Milton station in the morning, and home from Brockenhurst this afternoon. These trains are usually crowded, but this morning’s took the biscuit. Had you actually wanted to purchase a biscuit, orContinue reading “Where To Eat?”