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West India Quay

The Docklands have been transformed from the derelict state they were in the 1980s when the docks and the once largest port in Europe had closed, now it is a new, shiny financial district of London, posing a demanding skyline … Continue reading

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Tower Hill

This is a sight of London that never seize to amaze me. Whenever I ascend from the dark tunnels of the Tube and walk into the light and this sight, I fall in love with London all over again. The … Continue reading

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Regent’s Street

Another of west-central London’s thoroughfares and another grand shopping street. The street’s curve between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus was a compromise when it was first built when ownerships of land came into question. John Nash’s vision of broad thoroughfares … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria Street

The queen regents in Britain are a sturdy kind and they have reined long at the throne (Queen Elizabeth I 45 years, Queen Victoria 64 years and the current Queen Elizabeth II on her 65th year) and long successful regents … Continue reading

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Pudding Lane

An unassuming street in the City of London, except for its grim association. This small street was the start of the Great Fire of London in 1666, at Thomas Farriner’s bakery shop, where it is assumed the bakery fire was … Continue reading

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London Road

‘All roads lead to Rome’ except for the many London Roads in Britain that lead to: London! London itself has twenty-six roads using the same name. This particular London Road is located between East Dulwich and Forest Hill in south … Continue reading

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Historical Research

I’ve spent much of the month wandering in soldiers’ boots, weaving in and out of the Eastern or Russian Front of the Second World War. Some accounts are poetic among the horrific (A stranger to myself by Willy Peter Reese) … Continue reading

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