Tag Archives: History

Holiday: 35 (blue plaques 29,30 & 31)

OH and I had a wander by tube to Ealing Broadway. After a spot of lunch we headed off to our first blue plaque of the day at Ealing Studios. Pokemon says Ealing Studios is famous for the Monty Python films. Pokemon knows nothing. Home to the greatest British comedies, more like. So I grant […]

May 17

50 before 50: #19 – Harlow

Was back in Harlow today. This time on a course. At the opposite end of the Water Gardens  to the previous plaque post, outside the civic centre was this gentleman 

Dec 11

50 before 50: blue plaque #1 (Violet Szabo)

We were in Brixton and its environs yesterday. Opening the blue plaque app – as you do – we made our way to 18 Burnley Road, Stockwell to see the memorial to this very brave war hero. I shall let her citation speak far more effectively than I ever could on the subject. For more […]

Jul 23

50 Things to do before I’m 50.

I hit the big 50 in 11 months and a few days. Time I felt to look at the things I have done, and decide what needs to be achieved before that milestone arrives.I did the usual research – ie I googled other people’s lists and then came up with my own. Aware that some […]

Aug 03

Time to say Goodbye to Lucy and Mark

The moment I have been dreading arrives this month. Lucy and Mark – my erstwhile Canvey duo – take their final bows in the final book of the Aldwych Strand Trilogy: The Whitechapel Affair. It is a moment of mixed emotions. Not only have they occupied my free hours for the last four years, but […]

Jul 25

Weekly photo challenge: Up close

This was taken during our visit to Washington in May. It’s taken over the shoulder of the last man standing in the  soup kitchen line at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Garden. If you’re in Washington – do go. It’s an amazing garden and memorial – very peaceful. Very moving. For more takes on this […]

Aug 17

Woodham Mortimer: an awful lot of history

If you are traveling along the A414 to Malden you will go through Woodham Mortimer and you will pass this view. Blink – of course – and you will miss it. On the left of the road there is a church and a house with a blue plaque. To the right there is  what appears […]

Jul 16

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

The Tour de France came to Essex on the 7th July 2014. It brought with it: spectacle, elite athletes; speed; precision machinery,  and – for some of us –  a day off work. Within 24 hours it was gone – nothing but memories and a sense of I was there. Or so I thought  until […]

Apr 12

It’s all in the Clothes

OH and I have been thinking a lot about Emily and her relationship with Symington. She’s an East End girl of genteel stock; he was part of the late King Edward’s crowd. . He has been asked to look after her, she has contacts in the East End that are vital to a criminologist; but […]

Mark and Lucy’s London

Uncovered recently by the BFI, this footage was taken in 1927. 18 years earlier the dresses were longer; and probably less cars. But this was the London, Lucy Pevensea and Mark Birch (two 21st kids) found themselves in. Different isn’t it? Find out more of a world of danger, intrigue and timetravelling teenagers….. http://myBook.to/EndOfThePierAffair