My GP (general practitioner, or family doctor) is based at Durlston House, or number 18 North Hill, Colchester. I have a long connection to North Hill, perhaps longer than I realise, specifically number 47 with its key place in my personal history. Number 18 lies on the east side of North Hill and has its … Continue reading Number 18
I have loved this building since I was a young child and as soon as I discovered the name of its architect, I elevated Sir Christopher Wren to the rank of hero. This view is taken from the Cheapside approach, but the Ludgate Hill aspect works as well for me.
I have, for many years, had a great admiration for the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman. A hero of mine, if you like (and even if you don't). Thinking I couldn't care for him more, reading this text of a letter he wrote to his dead, first, wife in October 1946, 488 days after she … Continue reading Love After Death
I am fond of Piccadilly and often spend time in Shepherd Market when in London. For the first time, last week, I looked up at Stratton House on Piccadilly and saw these plaques. They were unveiled on the building by the then Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, watched by grandsons of Winston Churchill and … Continue reading You Are Free!
The church of St Mary of the Castle (Our Lady of the Castle) faces up Ippoton (the Street of the Knights) in Rhodes Old Town. Now a museum, it has had an interesting past. It dates back to the eleventh century, when it was the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Rhodes. By 1322 (when it was … Continue reading St. George
Rhodes, Greece, 14 April 2018. A corner of the fourth century BC Temple of Apollo, as reconstructed by Italian archaeologists in the early twentieth century, shrouded in twenty-first century scaffolding.
As seen in the galley on a recent Ryanair flight. Is this required reading for all cabin crew, or is it only for those thought to be in danger of over-investing in their passengers?