20th July 2014

Warner St, London EC1R 5EX

By the time this blog is complete, there’ll be a number of references to this annual gathering in Clerkenwell, being one of the more engaging and long-standing annual religious/migrant community gatherings in the calendar (as Peter Marshall would concur), so forgive me for using an image of a rare outing for the Bubble-Head family (nothing…

15th December 2007

Leicester Square, London WC2H 7JY

It wasn’t that long ago that the need for a Santa outfit was generally reserved for residents of department store ghettos – sorry grottos, minor TV celebrities visiting children’s hospitals on Christmas Day and, well, the Man Himself. Now it seems they’re so common during December, what with innumerable charity runs and office parties, you…

9th September 2012

Jubilee Gardens, London SE1

We’ve been to the Thames Festival once or twice already in this blog [oh, and here, here and here as well] and no doubt we’ll visit it again over the next few hundred entries – not surprising, really, as the annual end-of-Summer extravaganza had/has [sort of] one of the most varied concentrations of events and activities…

20th November 2016

Regent Street, London W1B 5AJ

Strange alien creatures look on enviously/curiously [let’s face it, it’s not easy to tell…] as other strange alien creatures parade through central London in an open top bus. A few years ago this would have been unheard of – not the aliens, of course, but the closing of one of London’s busiest thoroughfares for an…

1st May 2008

Shepherd Market, London W1J 7PA

I doubt if many of the revelers at the original May Fair – which first took place here at the back end of the 17th century – could ever have anticipated that not only would the Fair become synonymous with the area for hundreds of years despite being suppressed after less than a quarter of a…

10th May 2014

Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW1 1DE

You do get a slight suspicion as you board the train at Waterloo that not everybody here heading to Twickenham is going for the rugby. It’s not so much that this absolutely rammed vehicle is almost entirely populated by young people in fancy dress – indeed, the competition’s sponsors are fully behind the whole dressing up…

4th May 2009

British Library, Ossulston Street, London NW1 2SX

The British Library is one of the modern wonders of the world: as well as being the repository of about 5 trillion books, documents, articles and just about everything ever published – even this – It’s a place where proper writers do proper research [as opposed to just looking up things in Google, ahem…], and it’s…

8th April 2012

Serpentine Rd, London W2 2UH

While strict observers of the faith are celebrating the miraculous return of The Saviour by tucking into Archbishop of York approved Easter Eggs, the rest of the country is wondering what to do with itself on the only day apart from Christmas when most of the shops are shut. This particular year the weather’s not…

27th March 2004

Whittington Park, London N19 4DQ

Admittedly, not only could this image have been taken just about anywhere in the country, it could also have been taken at any time over the past 30-odd years (or almost 100 years if consider when this ride was first put together). Rest assured, this is Easter Holidays 2004 and we’re in the slightly unglamorous…

14th April 2007

Highgate West Hill, London N6 6BU

Ask almost any person in the street today what they think ‘Swearing on the Horns’ might mean, they’d probably suggest it to be a rather quaint euphemism for road rage. It is, in fact, an ancient ceremony, although it isn’t, despite its ritualistic performance, associated in any way with the ‘Old Religion’ – unless your…