Monthly Archives: April 2019

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo – The remarkable story of an African slave.

The story of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo is one of the most interesting and incredible verified accounts of an African slave during the 18th Century,  Whilst it is incredible, it also illustrates well the complexities of the slave trade and some … Continue reading

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Walking Londons Canals at Camden Lock

For our next stage of walking the canals of London we leave behind the picturesque Primrose Hill and Regents Park and continue east towards the a part of London that couldn’t be more different, Camden Lock Market. As we get … Continue reading

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What would have happened if the Soviet Union had nuked London?

It is hard to imagine anything worse than a nuclear war and recently a normally well-hidden document in the National Archives in Kew (West London) has come out of hiding to be the star attraction in a new exhibition. It’s … Continue reading

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Meeting the Sun atop Primrose Hill

One of the highlights, literally, of walking along Regents Canal is the chance to journey up Primrose Hill.  I’d never been here before and so thought it was as good an opportunity as any to walk up and see one … Continue reading

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The protected views of London

Before continuing with my series on London canalscanals, I thought it best to write a brief post on something not very well known but that nonetheless has played an important role in the modern development of London, namely protected views. … Continue reading

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Dead Fish raining down on London at Blow-Up Bridge

So far on this series of posts on the canals of London, you’ve probably noticed that these days they are mostly tranquil places.  It wasn’t always the case and none more so than around 5am on the 2nd October 1874. … Continue reading

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