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...

The Diana fountain (again)

A great place to work is at the Lido cafe in Hyde Park, next to the memorial fountain for Diana, Princess of Wales.  I took a computer there this morning, purchased a drink and an egg sandwich, and went and sat at a table in the shade of the pillars just out by the...
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