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HIGNFY with Jack Dee

Back from a slightly bizare recording of Have I Got News for You, hosted by Jack Dee along with Clare Balding and Fred Macaulay. I was in a bad mood as one of my own guests turned up late, so

Fireworks over HMS Illustrious tonight

After seeing photos of HMS Illustrious at Greenwich once before with fireworks, on a whim I just checked the PLA website, and they have a navigation warning that advises that there will be fireworks tonight (Thur 7th May). The barge

London’s Tidal Mill

Lurking round the corner from a gigantic Tesco in Bow, East London is what is thought to be the world’s largest remaining tidal mill and thanks to the failure of the aforementioned Tesco to turn it into a car park,

The Fowlers Troop Jack in the Green

On May Day, the Blackheath Morris Men parade around parts of South-East London in a revival of an old Jack in the Green tradition. According to the ubiquitous Wikipedia, The tradition dates back to around the 16th and 17th centuries,

Last chance to visit Hampstead Observatory

Just a note that the Hampstead Observatory will close for the summer months this weekend. The final night of star gazing will be 8-10pm on Saturday 2nd May. The observatory re-opens in October when the sky is dark enough to

Walk London – free guided walks

Just a heads up that Walk London will be running another of their weekends of free guided walks and rambles occurring at the end of May. Most are just turn up on the day – but worth mentioning the event

London Open House Weekend – Dates Announced

One of my favourite annual events, the London Open House Weekend, has confirmed the dates for 2009 – and I am now marking the weekend of 19th-20th September as unavailable for anything else. I usually buy the Event Programme as

Vintage cars on display

For the super-rich, Bonhams are holding an auction on Monday of vintage cars. For the less-rich, the cars also happen to be on display prior to the sale for everyone to peer at. Being definitely a member of the less-rich

A visit to Croydon Palace

A long time ago, when Croydon was less a collection of indifferent office blocks and more green, it was also one of the more important residences of the Archbishop of Canterbury. A large – by the standards of the day

HMS Illustrious to visit London

A few months ago it was announced to those who track such things, that the aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious would be spending a week in London in May as part of the 100th anniversary of the Navy’s air division. They

Easter Chair Heaving at Greenwich

An old leather chair, Morris Men and Easter eggs – that is what I saw this afternoon as the Blackheath Morris Men continued their 20-year long tradition of Easter Chair Heaving. It is thought to be an old tradition which

Supper, Restoration Diaries and a Hymn

I wandered along to a lecture this evening which was due to discuss the relationship between two of the great Diarists of the English Restoration period, being Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. It was billed as Supper and a Lecture,

A Ripping Yarn of Silver and Salt

On what is now a fairly narrow side street in London lurks Goldsmith’s Hall, which belongs to one of London’s Livery Companies and is one of the city’s Great Halls. Not normally open to the public, the building does host

The Handsomest Room in Town

On the 28th March 1859, a new Music Hall opened in the East End of London – and on the 29th March 2009 it opened again to the public for an afternoon of free visits. Wilton’s Music Hall is the

Visit a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Just received an update that an additional date has been added to the public tours of the JET fusion reactor near Oxford – for the evening of 17th June 2009. The tours start at 6:30pm and are free – and