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It's now a few years since I discovered Morden Hall Park, and that was by accident. Nevertheless, I should have discovered it much earlier. I had read about The Wandle Trail; I'd acquired a bicycle. I'd built up a decent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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When I stayed with my Aunt on Long Island, we caught the ferry from Port Jefferson to Bridgeport Conneticut, and drove about 70 miles to Mystic Seaport, the largest Maritime History Museum in the world. Needless to say I hadn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Our September visit to Jersey was blessed with beautiful weather. In using the word 'blessed' I am following a custom of the English language, rather than suggesting that weather systems are endowed by a non-existent God specifically onto deserving or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Trying to sort my photos, but also trying to sort my 'My Tracks' application, which Google are dumping at the end of April, I have detected a pattern. Late March, through to June, there's a lot of activity, and then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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My father was the fourth child of six, with five sisters. My grandfather was a senior Civil Servant and they were evacuated to Blackpool for World War II. Blackpool was where US Airmen went for R&R, and Auntie No.3 married... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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There's a limit to how much you can do on a long weekend, but I think we made the most of our break in Jersey. We set out in the morning for a walk along the coast. However, as noted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Thank you for your comment. I think I've read that something like 80% of children who express a desire to transition grow up as your friend's daughter - happy,healthy normal lesbian (or gay man). I think it's important to support children who don't wish to conform. In many cases that will be reassuring them about their bodies, and in some cases this will mean supporting them to transition. I just think it's really important not to pile pressure onto children who don't neatly conform to artificial stereotypes, creating unnecessary anxieties, and encourage them to achieve their potential in careers and particularly as people.
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Ah, the blogging about food meme. I think I was probably one of the very first people, in the UK at least, to take photographs of food and blog about them. This behaviour has become ripe for satire. In some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
There's been a lot of talk recently on the internet, much of rooted in the USA, about allowing 'transgender' men into women's loos and changing rooms (and prisons and so on). If someone had asked me the question a year... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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An epic walk, undertaken exactly a year ago! Actually, not that epic, but fun, on a nice day, seeing previously unseen places. We started our walk from Barnes Bridge station, across and along the Thames and into Chiswick House and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Lovely to read your comment, thank you! Since I posted this, my Mother has moved from the area - to be in a nursing home near my brother - but she lived just off Woodhouse Lane from 1961, and, obviously, I spent all my childhood and some of my early adulthood there! I worked part time in the then Cock Robin during summers and Christmases in the late 80s.
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I know I haven't been great in keeping my blog up to date, but about 18 months ago I blogged two short pieces Old photos, new stories: Gorey and Old Pictures and Short Stories, recalling a long weekend visit to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I suspect that one of the reasons I haven't been blogging is that I have hit a writer's block in respect of Cyprus. Like many people, I see the 'annual' holiday as one of the highlights of life, and also... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I have discovered several folders on my PC dating back a year and a half that I haven't yet got round to blogging. Here is a collection of photos from Brockwell Park, taken mainly in August 2014 and a few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Long before we went away to Northumberland I booked intermediate stays for the journey. On the way up, this was partly to manage the Tour de France Grand Depart, conscious that you don't really want to arrive in your holiday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Many years ago we took a long weekend, over Easter, and stayed at Harwich, specifically at The Pier. I was really impressed all that time ago. Some acquaintances went more recently and were also impressed, and recent Trip Advisor comments... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Bank Holidays - what to make of them? Sometimes I idly call for their abolition, and usually find someone points out their importance in Labour history. For workers compelled to work long hours in factories six days a week and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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After our little visit to Stockwell Bus Garage we headed for Trafalgar Square for the tail end of West End Live. West End Live is where various theatres put on excerpts from their shows for the free entertainment of an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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We had hired a car because the weather forecast said "Not Beach". So, the challenge was deciding where to go in the hire car. Cyprus does have attractions, especially of classical archaeology, but the best were a long way away,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Pictures taken in my garden one summer. I don't know the names of most of the flowers. That summer, a beam called Spectra lit up the London sky to mark the centenary of World War I. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Wakehurst Place is a visitor attraction just off the M23 in West Sussex. It is owned by the National Trust and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As National Trust members, we had 'free' admission but had to pay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Over a year ago now! A holiday in North Northumberland is incomplete without a trip to Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island. But you have to plan your trip. Not only for the weather, which of course, in an English... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I have had two three week holidays in the USA. In 1989 I went with my mother and brother, and stayed with my Aunt. In 1999 I went with a friend. On both occasions I went to Niagara Falls. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Early May and the weather forecast for London was fabulous. Hot, sunny - beach weather! So we headed off for Littlehampton on the Sussex Coast. Short version. The weather forecast for London (and Essex, I was reliably informed) was not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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It's an ironic coincidence that I am summarising my impressions of food in Cyprus just after posting about the amazing variety of food in Streatham. It's not a fair comparison, because we ate almost exclusively in Kapparis, a residential area... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk