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- 02/04/16--10:32: _I CONQUERED THE NOR...
- 03/02/16--06:35: _CLASS DIVISIONS AND...
- 03/16/16--10:21: _“Painting the Moder...
- 05/05/16--10:30: _SHAKESPEARE IN TEN ...
- 05/26/16--04:29: _THE EU REFERENDUM
- 06/09/16--12:06: _MUDLARKING ON THE T...
- 07/16/16--08:30: _SO WHAT NOW ABOUT T...
- 09/16/16--07:20: _THE TRIAL OF QUEEN ...
- 09/26/16--05:07: _GOOD CANARY A play ...
- 10/17/16--08:20: _VALDEMOSSA, MALLORC...
- 11/05/16--11:43: _THE AMERICAN ELECTI...
- 11/20/16--00:53: _THE BOX OF DELIGHTS...
- 01/04/17--01:15: _YOU SAY YOU WANT A ...
- 01/25/17--10:24: _TO WALK INVISIBLE ...
- 02/16/17--08:41: _A VISIT TO BATH
- 04/18/17--00:50: _AN EASTER TOPIC FOR...
- 04/24/17--02:59: _CANNON HILL HOUSE 1...
- 05/06/17--06:21: _MY MAY DAY MANIFESTO
- 06/28/17--09:52: _LONDON TO TORREVIEJ...
- 07/07/17--14:25: _A DAY OUT IN LONDON...
- 07/12/17--01:03: _CAPITAL RING with N...
- 09/01/17--02:46: _DR JOHNSON, HIS HOU...
- 09/25/17--07:46: _HAMILTON, ONTARIO, ...
- 10/25/17--10:00: _EDINBURGH TODAY
- 11/08/17--00:21: _NAME THAT WRITER!!!!
- 02/04/16--10:32: I CONQUERED THE NORTHERN LINE!!!!!!!
- 03/02/16--06:35: CLASS DIVISIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN SOCIETY
- 05/05/16--10:30: SHAKESPEARE IN TEN ACTS a review.
- 05/26/16--04:29: THE EU REFERENDUM
- 06/09/16--12:06: MUDLARKING ON THE THAMES
- 07/16/16--08:30: SO WHAT NOW ABOUT THIS REFERENDUM THING?
- 09/16/16--07:20: THE TRIAL OF QUEEN CAROLINE IN 1820
- 10/17/16--08:20: VALDEMOSSA, MALLORCA. ( a Summer holiday trip)
- 11/05/16--11:43: THE AMERICAN ELECTION RESULT!!!!!!!!!!!
- 11/20/16--00:53: THE BOX OF DELIGHTS!!!!!
- 01/04/17--01:15: YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION (Records and rebels 1966-1970)
- 02/16/17--08:41: A VISIT TO BATH
- 04/18/17--00:50: AN EASTER TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION....if you want?
- 04/24/17--02:59: CANNON HILL HOUSE 1773 TO 1900?
- 05/06/17--06:21: MY MAY DAY MANIFESTO
- 06/28/17--09:52: LONDON TO TORREVIEJA AND BACK ( a driving adventure)
- 07/07/17--14:25: A DAY OUT IN LONDON: EXAMPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MY NEW CAMERA.
- 09/01/17--02:46: DR JOHNSON, HIS HOUSE, JANE AUSTEN and A CAT CALLED HODGE
- 09/25/17--07:46: HAMILTON, ONTARIO, TORONTO AND NEW YORK
- 10/25/17--10:00: EDINBURGH TODAY
- 11/08/17--00:21: NAME THAT WRITER!!!!
- Rudyard Kipling's writing desk in his country house, Batemans.
- The attic in Gough Square where Samuel Johnson compiled and wrote his dictionary.
- Dove Cottage in the Lake District where William and Dorothy Wordsworth lived.
- The shed in Laugharne where Dylan Thomas wrote. He lived nearby with his family in the boathouse.
- The monastic cell at Valdemosa, where Georg Sands lived with Chopin for a year on Mallorca.
- Jane Austen's writing table at Chawton Cottage.
- Robert Graves writing desk in his house in Gaia on Mallorca.
- Charles Dickens' Swiss Cottage, in Rochester. He was writing Edwin Drood inside on the morning of his death.
- The parsonage in Haworth where the Bronte sisters and their brother Branwell lived.
- The apartment in Paris where Victor Hugo lived for a while.
- Chartwell, the country home of Winston Churchill.
- The library at Sissinghurst, the home of Vita Sackville West.
- The desk in the garden shed at Rodmell where Virginia Woolf wrote.
I hope you can read my handwriting? It is a mixture of cursive and italic styles.As a child I was taught a cursive style. Over the years, teaching in various schools that had differing handwriting policies, I have had to adapt my handwriting to fit what each school required. I can write in a few styles now but I have to consciously make an effort to keep to one style. My own handwriting, performed almost at an unconscious level, has now become a mixture of different styles.
My day on the Northern Line, Morden to Edgware.
The different sections of the line allude to the various railway companies that once owned the different parts of the Northern Line. The City and South London Railway Company, the C&SLR, began the original Stockwell line in 1890. The Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway, the CCE&HR, opened a line in 1903 from Charing Cross to Highgate.
In 1913 the Underground Electric Company of London, the UERL, who owned the CCE&HR took over the C&CLR but ran them as two separate lines. In 1920 a new tunnel was dug and the two lines were joined to make, The Northern Line.
At present there are plans to extend the Northern Line. from Kennington to Battersea. From recent negotiations between London Transport and the tube workers unions, mostly about safety for employees, pay and conditions, which has been long going and arduous, a twenty four hour ,"Night Tube,"will run on Friday and Saturday nights from Edgware and High Barnet to Mordern via Charing Cross.
Between 2003 and 2010 the Northen Line was the busiest line on the system. It is now the second busiest line on the system.
This is the sign for Burnt Oak Station. Burnt Oak is the penultimate station on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line. The font used for the London Underground signs was developed especially for London Underground by Edward Johnston in 1916. It is a modern, simple and fresh lettering.It is just as direct and clean cut as when it was first introduced in 1916. Transport for London owns the design and copyrights for all cuts of the New Johnston font. Other versions of the font such as the Johnson Delf Smith typeface was developed for some historical signs.
What of the future?
The Northern Line provides a link between north and south London.It works at full capacity being one of the busiest tube links in London. Over the decades and centuries it has been in existence it has provided access for people to get to jobs within the city in the banking and insurance sectors and has provided links to the entertainment industries in the West End and also the retail sector centered on Oxford Street and Regents Street. Jobs, businesses,the creative sectors such as the arts, museums, theatres and concert halls , leisure and education have all been served by providing quick travel from north to south London. London is growing and exapnding at an enormous rate. More jobs and more indutries are needed to be developed and grow. The present tube and transport network, being at full capacity, needs to be expanded and modernised to meet these 21st century demands. Crossrail has been recently completed from Heathrow to Canary Wharf in the east. It is a fast, high volume and modern expansion to London's transport system. Crossrail 2 is now planned and in the process of being constructed from South London to North London to create a much more efficient and high capacity, "northern line." Here is the Transport for London's description of the benefits provided by these new and faster crossrail networks.
"The key transport aims for Crossrail will support delivery of the objectives set out in the May 2010 Mayor’s Transport Strategy, namely to: • Support sustainable economic development and population growth by increasing transport capacity, reducing congestion on the transport network; • Improve transport connectivity through journey time savings; and • Bring wider benefits including: enhancing accessibility (including those with restricted mobility) thereby improving people’s access to jobs, schools and other locations; improved transport safety with reduced road accidents; and environmental improvements; including a reduction in C02 emissions; 2.3 Crossrail will also support the delivery of objectives set out in the DfT’s Business Plan, namely to: • Support a transport system that is an engine for economic growth but one that is also greener and safer and improves quality of life in our communities; • Improve the links that help to move goods and people around; • Secure the sustainability of the railway and create capacity for improvement of services, by addressing the high cost of the UK railway compared with other railways and comparable industries; continue to invest in Crossrail and London Underground upgrades in the capital. Supporting London’s growth and relieving congestion."
The old Northern Line has provided access for Londoners, north and south, in the past and the above is a good description of what The Northern line has provided until now but on a smaller scale. The new Crossrail is intended to carry these benefits, at an increased rate, forward into the 21st century.
Claude Monet's Agapanthus triptych. ( The three parts are owned respectively by Nelson Atkins Museum, St Louis Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art in America.)
In this last paragraph, can you discover which are Shakespeare’s words and which are mine? And I might say to finish, all's well that ends well.
The Conservatives, who are in government at the moment, lead by David Cameron, are going through the process of a particularly nasty and vicious struggle between members of their own party. UKIP (The United Kingdom Independence party) lead by Nigel Farage, are vociferously cheerleading the exit group. The Labour Party is split into the two camps like the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats but the in fighting in those other political parties appears to be less destructive or it might be that the Conservatives are so loud and prominent in their campaigning for leaving or remaining, we don’t hear so much about the differences and possible seismic rifts between the members of those other parties.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London is pushing for an immediate decision on another airport runway for Gatwick to help boost trade. The Bank of England has decided not to reduce interest rate. The three ministers, Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, Liam Fox as Overseas trade secretary and David Davies as the minister for Brexit are gearing up for a trade onslaught on the world. And, would it be all that bad if we can’t get similar trading terms with Europe that we have being in the Union because we will not agree to free movement of labour? Europe can say what it likes but it’s got to live with us as well as we have to live with Europe. Boris Johnson is a buffoon, and reading in the Guardian there are stories about Liam Fox and David Davies. In a way all that doesn’t matter, does it? If they deliver on Brexit, that is what counts. It’s easy to rip people apart. I know!!!!! Call me reckless. I am warming up to Brexit. I can sense a feeling of excitement growing.
"A Winter in Mallorca," by George Sand (translated by Shirley Kirby James)
pub: Classic Collection Carolina
THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN LAUGHED.
Three hundred years after More’s, Utopia, William Blake wrote “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” He raged against,” mind formed manacles,” and commented, “ if the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” Perhaps the use of LSD in the 1960s was about the search for the same sort of enlightenment.
The third text was written at the start of the 1960s. “The Port Huron Statement,” It addressed the cold war, the nuclear arms race, and called for the democracy of individual participation. It called for the means for the individual to participate in the social decisions determining the quality and the direction of his life.
There is a large section in the exhibition focused on the Beatles and their development of new styles including the use of transcendental meditation, LSD, Indian influences from Ravi Shanker and their exploration of different sounds and instruments. The exhibition shows this through their musical transitions from Revolver, Rubber Sole to Sgt Peppers. They wrote love songs, protest songs and music derived from the use of LSD. There were jokes and biographical memories included in their work. The Beatles moved from live performances to working in the studio and this helped in creating these developing styles. The development of their music was something they would not have been able to do to such an extent if they had concentrated on live performances. I always think it is a thrilling experience to see original drafts. To see the fresh, immediate creation just as it was made, gets you close to the creator and the creative process. John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for, “Tomorrow Never Knows, “is displayed. There are the handwritten lyrics for Lucy in The Sky with scribbled corrections and crossings out.
And finally..................................ME AS I WAS THEN!!!!!! (God help us all!! Ha! Ha!)
We have been to Bath on a few occasions and we have seen the main sites before. This time we once again visited Bath Abbey and for the first time visited the Roman Baths complex. There was quite a queue to get into the Pump Room for afternoon tea so we decided to miss that. We have been to the Pump Room twice. We found another coffee shop nearby in the Abbey precinct.
We had never been inside the Assembly Rooms before. They were spectacular. Jane Austen describes a number of Balls in her novels, Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Northangar Abbey. She also writes, in her letters to Cassandra, about the balls she and other members of her family, and friends attended. I know about the social importance of a ball in the 18th century to the marriage market. However, actually standing in the ballroom and seeing the tea room and the Octagon card room, I became much more aware of the powerful social meaning of a place like this. The ballroom would have been set out like a sports arena with tiers of seating around the side.Mothers, fathers and often grandparents would have sat in these seats. The young participants, dressed for the part and tutored in every flirtation technique and intricate dance move were on display in the middle on the dance floor using their hard won skills to attract a partner. Emma Woodhouse is jealous of Jane Fairfax, in Jane Austen's novel Emma because of her superior accomplishments. And in Pride and Prejudice the Bennett sisters practice their dance moves, honing them to perfection. It was a spectator event, the various members of the families assessing their daughter or son's performance and also assessing the opposition. Being there made me aware of how serious a ,"sport," all this was.
“a very good house in Camden Place, a lofty, dignified situation, such as becomes a man of consequence”
(Persuasion by Jane Austen)
Seeing Bath through the eyes of an Austenite you become acutely aware of how Jane Austen used the city, not just as a setting for large parts of Northangar Abbey and Persuasion but how the social meaning of where characters lived, who they met and what they did in Bath, provided social meaning to the novels.
It sounds very much like our trip to Bath was all about the Romans, Georgian architecture and Jane Austen, but it really was about having a great time together, just the two of us.
An 1825 view of the house that is displayed on an information board in the park.
Housing built using renewable energy technology.
I have just worked something out. My family and I live in South Wimbledon. We moved into our house 23 years ago. The cost of the house was 3 times my wife and my combined wages. We were mid career teachers and we had three children with a fourth on the way. We could put down a sizable deposit because we were moving from a smaller house and made a profit on selling it. It took us twenty years to pay off the mortgage. A mid career teacher now does not earn much more than we did then. The value of our house is now 15 times the combined income of two mid career teachers. What the .... (expletive deleted). Who has got a chance in hell now?
We do know how to work this out.
St Martins in the Fields ( it was once!!) , that beautiful example of religious architecture in Trafalgar Square, provides free music recitals at lunchtime every Friday. I have , on occasion , got the train up to Waterloo from Motspur Park and attended some of these concerts. They are amazing and inspiring. I always come away with a feeling of elation and wonder.Today, Marilyn was teaching, the weather was warm and I had nothing else to do so I got on the train up to Waterloo.
I have a new camera. A present to myself reaching 65. I thought I would put it through its paces on my way to St Martins in The Fields. Here are some pictures of London taken today.
The scene of vigorous press ups was happening just in front of us. Did we care?
It is impossible any being can be eternal with successive eternal physical changes, or variety of states or manner of existency, naturally and necessarily concomitant unto it. Hale.
The soul, secur'd in her existence, smiles
At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. Addison's Cato.
When a being is considered as possible, it is said to have an essence or nature; such were all things before the creation. When it is considered as actual, then it is said to have existence also. Watts's Logick.
We accidently ( yes, truly) walked into Trump Tower on 5th Avenue and wondered why the Secret Service agents wore jackets with ,Secret Service, in large letters across their backs. Later that day we walked through the foyer of the Rockefeller Center and were awed by every glittering and polished surface of art deco magnificence. The Trump Tower has nothing on the Rockefeller Center. John D.Rockefeller was a humanitarian. He was a philosopher and philanthropist. Donald Trump is just…..
A few are obvious. One you might not think of as being a writer. Two of the writers were very close friends. One picture shows a place connected with a particular writer but it is really connected to two writers, brother and sister. There is a picture of a house connected to a family of writers. Three of the pictures were not taken in Britain. Two of the writers were not British.