Harrod’s

Why we were here from 1967 to 1969: my dad was doing something secret for the British Army.  He would not have told us what he was doing anyway, but on the two excursions we made to Europe he was not allowed to go near any borders with the East lest we inadvertently...

Oxford Street and walnut whips

Today was my first day on my own, so I decided to take the double-decker bus to Selfridge’s on Oxford Street.  Shopping is the best incentive I know. Jonathan’s way of travelling to a new place is to research it on his Iphone, his computer, and maybe make...

Looking for a key

Today we ate dim sum in Chinatown, which is near Leicester Square and hung with red paper lanterns for the Moon Festival.  (The three Chinese-origin members of our party agreed that the moon cakes were nothing special, reminding me of gefilte fish debates at...

Low fat creme fraiche!

The cottage on the moor turned out to be, by daylight, a cottage next to a field of daycare centres, and we awoke to a delightful Disney musical or a vintage Cronenberg film depending upon your point of view. The last two days have been spent buying groceries,...

Landing

We just got here, which is supposed to be a small house next to Hyde Park and the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fountain, but really looks like a cottage on a moor because everything is dark.  There is a string attached to the water temperature thing and the...
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