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

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

Once in a blue moon

We spent the last weekend before the second lockdown in England doing normal things. Saturday started with some breadmaking (not sourdough this time). Avoiding the tube, we travelled to Greenwich Market on the Thames river bus. This service has been rebranded Uber Boat by thames clipper. Greenwich Market was quieter than normal. There were fewer … Continue reading / view photos Once in a blue moon

Kew and Camden

These are not ordinary times. I was glad, however, to have a weekend that was mostly normal. I was in Kew Gardens and Camden Market. Nowadays, even members can’t rock up to Kew Gardens and waltz in. You must book a slot in advance. Our plan was to go to Kew on Sunday but everybody … Continue reading / view photos Kew and Camden

Tarzan, trees and me

Nature has many splendours. Three that come to mind are mountains, trees and the many forms of water (lakes, rivers, oceans, snow, ice). Of these, I find mountains frightening. No matter how many times I walk up them, apprehension overrides the veneration I feel at the foot of a mountain. Rivers and vast expanses of … Continue reading / view photos Tarzan, trees and me

London Loop – sections 10, 11

We started this week’s section of the London Loop from the same place as last week: Uxbridge. This time we went south instead of north, taking in Harefield West, Hayes & Harlington, and Hatton Cross. The contrast to last week’s walk was immediate. The Grand Union Canal led into the lusciously green Colne Valley Park … Continue reading / view photos London Loop – sections 10, 11