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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Last year, Stockwell Bus Garage held an open day and I went along. A slightly strange thing to do, but it's not far from here, and on the way to town. I had a slight curiosity and thought there would... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
This is definitely a subject I should have blogged straight away, rather than waiting until it creeps up my to-do list! For three years, Streatham Food Festival has featured the Streatham Food Tour and it has captured the imagination locally.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Crystal Palace Park is one of the not-so-hidden gems of South London yet I have been there very few times. It's not quite on my doorstep yet too near to be a destination day out. A sunny Sunday afternoon in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
One day last summer, I got on a boat that took me from Seahouses to to Staple Island on the Outer Farnes, a leisurely cruise and some photogenic sights. We landed on the island and stayed for about an hour.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
August, A Level year. My father had had a heart bypass earlier in the year, so the 'family' holiday was booked for not far away, North Wales. A chalet park, owned by Hoseasons, and, naturally some distance from any wild... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
It wasn't a nice day, and the weather forecast for the next three days was mediocre. Not beach days. We set out for a walk, but it wasn't warm, and we hadn't brought the right clothes for a serious walk.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
It's bugged me for a few months, now., and I should have blogged it back then. Sport England launched a campaign to encourage more women to get active, and thus fit and healthy. Some fun posters and videos, and a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
I drafted this following the announcement of Labour's London Mayoral candidate and I'm editing it after announcement of Labour Leadership & Deputy results. In response to many tweets bemoaning the male clean sweep of the posts. Women make up just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
I started writing an explanation on GoodReads as to why I was abandoning Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell but it became very much not about this book. I have decided to abandon not only this but all 19th century fiction. I've... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
When I was a student I saw a film called Hope and Glory. The film is actually about the film-maker's memories of being a small boy during the blitz in London, but the upshot of that was being evacuated to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
There are so many articles and TV programmes about obesity and what we can do to reduce it, personally society-wide. I have some thoughts, based upon extensive non-academic reading and personal experience. Neither method is scientific or foolproof; neither method... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Last year I went to Berwick on Tweed. I had also been there in 1976, the family's first experience in a Hoseasons chalet park. That one had quite a bit of entertainment on site and was within walking distance of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
So many people have written stories about their childhood/teenage family holidays, and I am sure I could write a whole book of my memories. Suffice to say that, by the age of 17, you really don't want to be going... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
In April, not long after I left my job, we went on holiday to Cyprus, to the small town, or village, of Kapparis, in the Paralimni area, not far from the border with Turkish Cyprus and Famagusta. Almost everything about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Last year we went to Wisley as part of my own little Chelsea Fringe. Getting there was quite a saga. You get a big discount if you travel by bus or bicycle. You have to be a brave cyclists or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk