Roy Stewart Wilson, service number 64904, was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and he died on 14 July 1941. He was just nineteen years old and the son of James and Eileen Wilson. I have no connection to him whatsoever. Yet on Sunday morning, I placed a cross at our local War Memorial in his honour (and … Continue reading We’ll Remember You
On the Happy Mail front this week, the Postie bought me a beautiful note from Julie (in response to Happy Mail I'd sent her). But as we all know, unsolicited Happy Mail is welcome, whatever the reason behind it. Despite the mizzle and wintry nip in the air this weekend, we wrapped up warmly and made the most of being outside. … Continue reading Memos: Mail: Me
As we had a visitor staying with us over the weekend whom you might describe as a aviation and automobile enthusiast, Saturday saw us taking a short road trip to the Brooklands Museum. Brooklands, built in 1907, was the world's first purpose-built motor circuit and the home of British Motorsport and Aviation.During both World Wars, Brooklands was requisitioned by the Government … Continue reading This Weekend I …
With the constant noise surrounding the UK's decision to leave the European Union a never-ending irritant, we've been thinking, in a rather generalised kind of way, about the idea of emigration and/or dual nationality.As it currently stands, I appear to qualify for a passport to another EU country simply because my maternal grandfather happened to … Continue reading Emigration and Dual Nationality | Would You?
It dawned on me recently that my top three favourite books are my top three for a reason. Sure, they're brilliantly written and one definitely counts as a modern classic, but the real reason I love them is because parts of my life are in them. I know that sounds a wee bit fanciful, but let me … Continue reading My Life in Three Books
September's seen in a drop in how much reading I've managed. Just one finished, with one on the go and two waiting. The novel I finished (on Kindle) was The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh. Imagine a place populated by criminals - people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who've been granted new identities … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading September 2017
We are in shock. We feel deep sadness and grief. We are not afraid. London: a global city. One made up of a thousand different cultures. One that embraces those differences. One that welcomes the world. One that will continue to do so. We are not afraid.
"If you're going through hell, keep going." ~ Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965
Even though the weather has been consistently grey, we've made our annual trip to see the nation's Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. … Continue reading December Daily, 11th | The Nation’s Christmas Tree
If money were no object, Chelsea would be in my Top Three of places in London where I'd like to live. As it is now, it's mostly families who have been there for generations, bankers spending their bonuses, Premier League footballers or overseas buyers. All these properties are a stone's throw from the King's Road, … Continue reading London Through My Lens | Chelsea