Chips on the beach

Ever since the film Bhaji on the Beach came out, people who’ve seen it know about Indians taking coach trips to the British seaside. During my childhood, our annual holiday consisted of a day-trip to the seaside. The Indian community in North London hired a coach and, once a year, descended on some beach, such … Continue reading / view photos Chips on the beach

Cholera in Lambeth

I’ve spent much of this past winter’s lockdown doing walks from the excellent London’s Hidden Walks series of books. This walk covered Lambeth and Vauxhall. On our walk, we saw another couple with their Hidden Walks book. One of the themes of these walks has been that, despite living in London all my life, there … Continue reading / view photos Cholera in Lambeth

Peru

In 2004, I visited Peru: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lima and a long trip through the Amazon. It was the first time I saw the delightful hummingbirds. View photos Peru

New York public transportation

We say public transport, you say public transportation… As Covid-19 lockdown continues, I return to photos of my last time abroad, when I went to New York a long, long time ago… In the land of the car, many US cities have good transport options: subways, buses, trolley buses (trams), ferries, bikes, and scooters (electric … Continue reading / view photos New York public transportation

Barcelona

Happy memories from 2008. A city dominated by the wonderful, enchanting architecture of Gaudi. View photos Barcelona

Advent of Code 2020

Last night, they were flirting

Tonight, they kiss. Jupiter and Saturn, in reality, are as close to kissing as Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Today, the Winter solstice (in the Northern hemisphere), Saturn is twice as far from Earth as Jupiter. Jupiter is 886 million km (551 million miles) from Earth and Saturn is 1.6 billion km from Earth. They … Continue reading / view photos Last night, they were flirting

Goodbye Maradona

I don’t normally get upset when someone famous dies but I was sad to hear about the death of this towering presence during my formative years. I first came across Maradona when I saw a clip of him as a child. His control of the ball was mind-boggling. I’d never seen anything like it. Growing … Continue reading Goodbye Maradona

Tea and bikkies

I had two cooking firsts this week. Like lockdown 1, when I learnt to make sourdough bread, there’s going to be a lot of cooking this time. On Shrove Tuesday in February, I tried to make vegan pancakes for the first time and found a recipe on the internet. I mixed the batter and put … Continue reading / view photos Tea and bikkies

London Loop – sections 20, 21

Ela and I squeezed in two more legs of the London Loop just before Season 2 of Lockdown started streaming across England. We had to limit our walk to two people because of the two-household rule. This walk started at Chigwell and went to Harold Wood via Havering-atte Bower. All were new to me. It’s … Continue reading / view photos London Loop – sections 20, 21