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The Virus Crisis and Dad's Army

Some who know me well will know of my love for the antics of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon, who valiantly sought to protect the town against the threat of invasion by Nazi hordes. There is a stack of nostalgia here, but also the TV series gave birth to a bunch of finely-drawn characters, in story-lines that pointed up all the foibles of human nature.

A Room Where You're Viewed - The Tate and The Court of Appeal

A disaster for the upmarket inner City dweller. You buy a flat in a striking modern development designed by Richard Rogers' firm. Nearby is the Thames, and around you culture and heritage ooze out of the walls. You are but a stone's throw from Tate Modern, an imaginative reinvention of Bankside Power Station. 

And that is where a neighbours problem started, and ended with a landmark legal ruling in February 2020 in the Court of Appeal - facts below are from the Court's judgment.

Late Life Crisis - March 2020

Here is one of the best recent quips. The Chief Medical Officer tells Boris Johnson that the length of time Johnson spends washing his hands should be twice the length of singing Happy Birthday to his children and Johnson says that that could take a very long time.

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Most of the stuff below was written before the tone of life changed radically during this month, but I will leave be as there has to be life outside Coronavirus.

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Late Life Crisis - February 2020

Suicide Bridge. Known as such to many Londoners. The point between Crouch End and Highgate where Hornsey Lane passes over Archway Road. The sides now protected from potential jumpers through fearsome fences. A design of these, according to the Ham & High local newspaper, considered by the Highgate Society to be aesthetically unpleasing.

Late Life Crisis - January 2020

Veganism rules. I have noticed that in various North London pubs that promote Sunday Roast, it is often the vegan option that runs out first. Later last Sunday there was no chance to enjoy the Spinach and Feta Wellington, aka Beef Wellington without the beef. 

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