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London … celebrating the 60th anniversary of a little red bus

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I was waiting for a bus outside Finsbury Park Tube station earlier this morning (February 2013) when this cute little bus appeared. It was a vintage red RF model celebrating its 60th anniversary today by running a special, free one-day-only … Continue reading

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London … snow queens, snow creatures and snow cocks by Buckingham Palace

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After it had snowed rather heavily in London back in February 2009, I spotted this superb snow-woman in St James’s Park SW1 by Buckingham Palace: Since then, every time it has snowed in the Capital I have always made it … Continue reading

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London … letting off steam (hawh-hawh) to celebrate London Underground’s 150th Anniversary

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The Lady Travels became The Lady Trainspotter last night when I spent the evening loitering on the Circle/Metropolitan line platforms of Farrington Tube station waiting to see a rather special Tube train arrive. In a week that saw the London … Continue reading

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London 2012 Paralympics – being inspired by the Superhumans, and the possible sighting of a well known politician dressed up as a chicken

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On the first weekend of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, I returned to Olympic Park. As I walked through the Stratford gate full of glee to be back, I heard a little beeping sound behind me. It was an Olympic … Continue reading

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London 2012 Olympics – Beach Volleyball: is it really being played in London … or Portmeirion?

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There was something rather odd about the London 2012 Olympics Beach Volleyball venue at Horseguards Parade last Friday: There was a sort of country village feel about the place. Although seeing and hearing a Royal Guards brass band play before … Continue reading

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London 2012 Olympics – the Olympic Park, rain and dealing with the problem of smelly feet

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It was off to the Olympic Park for the first time for me today to watch Handball at the Copper Box. Arriving early I had time to explore the Park but sadly it was raining and unless you have a … Continue reading

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London 2012 Olympics – ‘Awesome’ Gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena & sitting beside the Gold Medalist for being ‘Most Annoying Child’

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I attended Day One of the London 2012 Olympics Men’s Artistic Gymnastics today at ‘The O2’ … or as we now have to call it, the ‘North Greenwich Arena’. USA, Italy and Japan were competing in the afternoon round. Before … Continue reading

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London … losing one’s hearing, getting sunburnt and feeling rather old, but all worth it just to see legendary Daley Thompson carry the Olympic torch

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I’ve had a crush on two-times Olympic gold medalist decathlete Daley Thompson since I first saw him wow the world at the Los Angeles Games in 1984 (I’ve always had a soft spot for men with moustaches). So, I couldn’t … Continue reading

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London … strolling across the Capital with the adorable Wenlock and Mandeville (all 82 of them!)

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I simply adore Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. So, you can imagine my surprise and utter joy when I spotted these two familiar characters near Lambeth Bridge the other week: These … Continue reading

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London … and trying not to forget the 1948 London Olympics

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Unlike the 1908 Olympics where plaques and memorials proudly pay tribute to the sites of the first London Olympic Games (see London and remembering the 1908 Olympics), the 1948 London Olympics in comparison seem largely forgotten. Take the Harringay Arena … Continue reading

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London … and are Olympic Organisers planning to use Noah style arks as a mode of transport should the rain persist this Summer?

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Finally! The rain actually stopped today and the Capital experienced its first dry, sunny day in weeks. Apparently though, it is not going to last so I made the most of the break and went on a rather enjoyable quest around … Continue reading

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London … remembering the London 1908 Olympics (and hoping to catch a glimpse of Alex Jones & Matt Baker in the process)

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I was passing through White City early last week and with less than three weeks to go before the 2012 Olympics begin, it seemed rather fitting to take a photo of the memorial plaque marking the site of the first … Continue reading

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London … and with one month to go, the Olympic Rings from Tower Bridge do not seem to be towering over the Thames as planned

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With only one month to go before the London 2012 Olympics finally begin, Mayor Boris Johnson marked the event by lowering a large set of Olympic rings over the Thames from Tower Bridge last Wednesday. I was so excited by this … Continue reading

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London … setting the (ring) tone for new designs on the iconic British Red Phone Box

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Imaginative replicas (with a twist) of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic British red telephone box have recently appeared (June 2012) all over London. These are part of the BT ArtBox project to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and forthcoming London 2012 … Continue reading

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London … so quick bright things come to confusion when pondering over Skoda’s dream to recreate Stonehenge for Midsummer Night

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I read in the Evening Standard last night that car manufacturer Skoda had recreated Stonehenge along the South Bank next to City Hall, and as tonight was Midsummer Night, what better time to go and have a look at it. Although … Continue reading

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London … the final day of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations: and the day ‘Health & Safety’ was given the afternoon off

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I braved the cold and wet conditions to try and catch a glimpse of our dear Queen during the final procession down the Mall earlier today, marking the end of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The crowds were heaving and five-man … Continue reading

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London … and the finishing touches to the Diamond Jubilee Cigarette Box Tower of Buckingham Gate

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Today I just had to pop down to Buckingham Palace to see the final preparations get under way for this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. In the Queen’s Gardens in St James’s Park, a beautifully manicured Jubilee shrub in the shape … Continue reading

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London … 2,012 hours to go before the Olympics begin and organisers pay tribute to comedy legend Kenny Everett

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Yesterday, the Olympic stadium was officially opened with an event attended by 40,000 people to mark 2,012 hours to go before the London 2012 Olympics begin. Unfortunately, I did not have a ticket for the event, but I still popped … Continue reading

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London … and an unfortunate misinterpretation of a fine piece of street art

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I was meeting a dear gentleman friend of mine for lunch in town earlier today, and agreed to meet him at Green Park station. As I arrived ten minutes early, I had time to marvel the artwork cladding the newly … Continue reading

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London … 100 days to go before the Olympic Countdown clock goes off (and hopefully wakes Londoners up from their Olympic apathy)

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I couldn’t resist the latest London 2012 Olympic photo opportunity and popped down to Trafalgar Square earlier to take this: … and here’s a more arty one just to show off (shame I didn’t have a better camera with me) … Continue reading

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