Monthly Archives: December 2013

Secret London: An old bit of metal

A cheeky New Year’s Eve special. And I present to you – the water pump. And what a lovely water pump this is. Looking like a cross between the Tardis and a Royal Yeoman, you can find this little number in Lincoln’s Inn. Are there others in London? Oh, and why is the tap so […]

The Wallace Collection, that upmarket junkyard

I love the Wallace Collection. See? – I’ve written this before anyone shouts me down. What? The Wallace Collection a load of old junk? No, but wait. It’s very sophisticated junk. It’s the sort of junk you want to have clogging up the hallways of your two-up two-down. One thing that sets a city like […]

Special pre-Christmas cat-loving edition

Hi. This is Sam. He may look like he’s been round the block a few times but you wouldn’t know it to speak to him. He is, after all, the most affectionate cat I have ever met. His human mum is a vet and, I think, this little creature is a rescue animal – and […]

Puppetman celebrates a milestone

With such inauspicious beginnings, who would’ve thought Puppetman would come so far? Hewn from a gnarly old sleeper, the butt of schoolgirl jokes – “Hey Puppetman – you got wood?” – he would never quite let go of the cruel jibes from older peers. Knobbly knees. The burden of his life. Forced into seclusion, Puppetman […]

The Kingsway, a little bit of Paris in London

We are straightforward creatures. Head down, we navigate a raft of obstructions in our bid to get to work as quickly as humanly possible, coffee in one hand, croissant in the other, never looking aside save for traffic. Looking upward on Kingsway, that major thoroughfare dividing Holborn from its more pleasant neighbour Covent Garden, a […]

Whatever you do, please don’t Pret

When this puppet was but a mere piece of wood, there was an ad on the tele with Yul Brynner. I clearly remember it (with a little help from our friend You Tube). All distorted video (American NTSC converted to PAL) that seemed to heighten the fact that he was dead, it had been taken from a […]

This is not wartime London

NEWS ALERT: At approximately 8 o’clock this morning, the Shard took off into the stratosphere never to be seen again – or so architectural-luddite Prince Charles liked to think. Seriously though, has this view ever looked so enigmatic? A view is a view is a view… except when it’s entrenched in so much lore. I think […]