LONDON

Seven more tales from the crypt

Following on from last week’s blog, here are some more stories about memorials in Westminster Abbey. They are in the south choir aisle and their lives were intertwined and all are connected to the reign of Queen Anne. I take a walking tour in London which is about her and whether the eccentricities in...

4 minute mile man in Westminster Abbey

This is the new memorial to Roger Banister (1929-2018) in Westminster Abbey. He is best known as the first person to run a mile in less than 4 minutes on 6 May 1954 at Oxford’s Iffley Road track. One of his pacemakers was Christopher Chataway who became a broadcaster then an MP. The other...

1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty Exhibition

Last week I went to a very interesting exhibition at the British Academy. It was organised by the British and the Irish Academies together with the National Archives of Ireland and the Irish Embassy in London. On show was the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. Negotiation of the treaty began 100 years ago and it...

Two great caminos to Santiago de Compostela

This is the view south toward Spain from the village of Vielle Aure in the French Pyrenees. I am often visiting friends here and in neighbouring St Lary. Its a great place to ski in winter and walk in summer. The Valley Aure happens to be one of the many minor routes taken by...

A trip to see Dippy the dinosaur in Norwich

On a recent holiday in Norfolk, I heard that Dippy the dinosaur is on tour in Norwich. Dippy is a plaster cast of a diplodocus that stood for years in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London but was replaced by the real bones of a blue whale in 2017. The...
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