London Zoo (formerly Regent’s Park)

Mourning the way Regent’s Park Zoo (now London Zoo) used to be only points out how hollow an exercise nostalgia is.  But let’s start carving. When we lived in England from 1967 to 1969 my girls’ school went on trips to Regent’s Park Zoo, in the...

Illuminated manuscripts

The Gallery of Treasures of the British Museum has dimmed lighting and black non-reflective walls to minimized spoilage of its manuscripts, but it does make them seem like treasures for which you mine in the dark.  Here is the only known copy of Beowulf with its...

FAQs for visitors to London

Why is there no news about Canada? First check to see if there actually has been news about Canada.  Hockey news does not count. Why do British social situations always include drinking? That is because there is often an item on the menu called “mushy...

Of the Welsh constitution

Where you’ve come from can determine where you’re going.  I’m not talking about Canada in this case, although it’s now been a month since we left Toronto.  It’s Cymru where half my family came from, and Jonathan and I visited it this...

London eyes

My sister, her boyfriend and I went to the London Eye yesterday, the ferris wheel on steroids that revolves across from Westminster like an indecisive MP.  It was a typical October day; there were only 17 million other people with us. As most people who have visited...

The house that said goodbye to us

My sister’s visit this week included our  final visit to the house at which our family lived in Beckenham, Kent. Once a gatehouse to a large country estate, the house looked like something out of an English novel: wisteria so thick on the walls outside my tiny...
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