London Loop – sections 22, 23, 24

After a six-month lockdown break, we finally resumed the London Loop. These three legs (from Harold Wood to Purfleet) are the end stages although we have more to do since we’ve not walked the Loop sequentially. This walk was straightforward, flat and passed without incident. The last time we were in this neck of the … Continue reading / view photos London Loop – sections 22, 23, 24

Woolly mammoth in King’s Cross

Of the many hidden London walks we did during lockdown, the King’s Cross and Camden walk was surprisingly educational despite us being familiar with that neck of the woods. It’s easy to think that places you are familiar with could have been any different. The Notting Hill walk revealed that pigs were once farmed there. … Continue reading / view photos Woolly mammoth in King’s Cross

No one makes mugs of AC-12!

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Line of Duty, series 6. We waited until series 6 finished before watching all the episodes on consecutive nights. The precarious part of waiting was avoiding all the spoilers. Everyone was talking about the new series! After seeing the last episode, we were watching GoggleBox, which was covering the … Continue reading No one makes mugs of AC-12!

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

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

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