Category Archives: Everyday life in London

Blog 112 – 25.11.18. Dog day winter afternoon…

This is a day when I should have been feeling low. But somehow smiles managed to accidentally break out of me as I was coming home from church…and I got smiles back. I popped into a new local fashion boutique … Continue reading

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Blog 111 – 31.10.18. The Matriarch of Riverside….

In my 20s, a few years after university, my housemate/landlord Robin, told me about a development of newly refurbished ex-council flats in a (then) near deserted part of London’s docklands called Wapping. Most of the docks had closed and the … Continue reading

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Blog 110 – 5.10.18. The sheer Spanish, French, Chinese-ness of it…

Look…I’m not saying that London is some kind of ‘rosy haven’ of a place…well, except that when I do focus on the rosy haven-ness of it, it becomes easier to see more rosy haven, so to speak. And I do … Continue reading

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Blog 109 – 20.9.18..a prehistoric cut above..

September is actually the New Year. I mean…it should be. It’s the end of the holidays and it’s when school starts. It’s when ones thoughts turn, pretty abruptly, from the frivolity of frolicking in sandals to the sturdy lace-ups of … Continue reading

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Blog 108 -7.8.18..Roll out the soda, pretzels and beer…

I’ve got a stinking cold and sore throat…the kind you might get once a stressful period is over and you can finally afford to collapse in a heap… yes…we have a beautiful new extended kitchen…and yes, it was worth it. … Continue reading

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Blog 107 – 30.6.18. And so we went…

And so we went….to Rutland. Never heard of Rutland? Good. We’d like to keep it that way. We escaped the building dust for a week by driving 2 hours or so north of London to England’s smallest county.

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Blog 106 – 12.6.18. The end is just about nigh….

No….this is not my week. I haven’t had my week for some…weeks. I’m snappy and unpleasant…because things are not going to plan.

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Blog 105 – 1.6.18. Like Beirut….

I remember from my youth that untidy teenage bedrooms, car pile ups, dodgy council estates or any chaotic situation would be described as ‘like living in Beirut’…i.e. a war zone….

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Blog 104 – 13.4.18. Home wasn’t built in a day….

Shhh…look…just don’t jinx me by telling anyone. I don’t know quite how it happened…really I don’t. We have a….shhhh…great builder. Yep. They exist and they are right here in south London…shhh now. Don’t blab about it. Please. In case our … Continue reading

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Blog 103 – 5.3.18 Somebody…please talk to me…

Walking to the shops today I bumped into Clara and her mum from St.W’s primary school (where I volunteer). Clara was smiling from ear to ear as soon as we spotted each other…

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