One month to go

Living in London for a longer period than the average vacation lasts has shifted my perception of it, from the history of its architecture to the progress of its people. Think about it: 150 years ago there was no proper plumbing, no health service, no protection of...

To wit

Just a short post: yesterday I came back to our urban cottage in its corner of the park and chatted with a few people, plowed my crops (on Farmville), and had a cup of tea as the sun set.  As you know there is one school and one daycare, possibly two, surrounding this...

William and Winston

From time to once upon a time to the timeless:  We also visited recently two London museums dedicated to men history will not and should not forget: William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill. The Globe Theatre now sits renewed upon the south bank of the Thames near...

Greenwich mean time

We travelled to Greenwich by boat this weekend along the Thames. We had planned to take the 11:50 tour boat at Westminster but the subway we wanted was closed, so we missed it and caught the 12:30.  While we sat and ate sandwiches on a bench next to the Thames, Big...

The queen of No. 10

Some leftovers, for those of you dining on Thanksgiving dinner.  Some bits and pieces, for those of us in the rest of the world.  Yes, I know in Britain ‘my bits and pieces’ means private parts. Jonathan and I attended a dinner last night with some 45 men...

When can their glory fade?

At this time of year the slanted light is more golden in London than it is in Toronto. It graces the autumn leaves on Hyde Park’s ground, the sparkling water in the Diana Memorial, the birds gliding along the Serpentine Lake, and the faculty-free man compelled to walk...
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