Monthly Archives: May 2012

Out for tea

Yesterday walked across a burgeoning Regents Park from Primrose Hill to Baker Street to have a cup of tea with JS, Dean of Degrees at an Oxford college. Continue reading

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Tales of the Thames

Fascinating talks about the Thames and other watery connections at Somerset House, appropriately enough in a room overlooking the river. Ex-poet laureate Andrew Motion wore a bad cardigan and talked almost inaudibly about his new book Silver. Other speakers included Iain … Continue reading

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Notebook page

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Skipping

Started my early morning skipping regime again.

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Who is community?

To Stratford last night.  Caught the Javelin high-speed train from St Pancras, walking under extraordinary rattling sound overhead – huge hailstones on the glass arched Barlow roof.  Stratford environs very J.G. Ballard. Artist Bob and Roberta Smith aka Patrick Brill has … Continue reading

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Treacle well

To Oxford last weekend.  Walked along the flooding Thames/Isis to St Frideswide’s Well at Binsey, by the side of St. Margaret’s church.  Once a medieval pilgrimage spot, its waters are said to have healing powers – the word ‘treacle’ was … Continue reading

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Two Williams on Primrose Hill

  Blake keeps popping up.  The Royal Parks have commissioned Will Davies to cut a  William Blake quotation, mentioning Primrose Hill,  into the new York stone edging at the Hill’s summit.  He was busy working on it when I took my regular … Continue reading

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Londoners

Last month to my first meeting of the Blake Society, held on the first floor of the Spaniards Inn in Hampstead, London.  An appropriate venue as the pub has at least two literary associations – with Dickens and Keats.  Fading … Continue reading

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China trip part five

  Having drawn the Great Wall of China for the Comic Strip History of the World, I wanted to see the real thing.  One free morning in Beijing before I left for London – but the cold and foggy conditions … Continue reading

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China trip part four

The Bookworm Festival included a visit to a school run by the Migrant Children’s Foundation for children whose parents have been drawn from the countryside to work in China’s cities.  A car picked us up from the Opposite House and drove … Continue reading

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