Category Archives: Travel

Posts predominantly travel related.

Coronavirus Diary 42 – Necessity is the mother of invention

I started Ye Olde England Tours in 2013.  As far as I know, I was the first person in Britain to do what I do.  In fact I was so pioneering that I was thrown off Viator/Trip Advisor as back … Continue reading

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The 900 year old Swan Upping ceremony is cancelled

It is an historic Royal ceremony that has taken place annually for the last 900 years but the Coronavirus means that for only the second time, this ancient practice of counting the swans on the River Thames has been cancelled … Continue reading

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The Master Oak – The Greatest and Oldest Oak Tree in Middlesex

Following on from my post last week where I visited the old WW2 Pillbox, my walk continued through the Bentley Priory Nature Reserve in NW London. The name Bentley is believed to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word Beonet, which means … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 34 -Social Distancing in a WW2 Pillbox

I was going to post this in a week or two but with it being VE weekend I thought I’d bring it forward a little.  I took these photos on one of my once in a  blue moon walks, I … Continue reading

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The Cerne Abbas Giant is masking up!

Many people around the world are aware that the chalky plains and hills of southern England are famous for neolithic stone-circles, burial mounds, barrows and chalk-horses but there are few monuments as enigmatic as the Cerne Abbas Giant. He stands … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary 24 – Zooming around London

I had a brainwave today which isn’t unusual.  What is unusual is that I have the time to act on it!  I’m rather in a quandary, I’m living in this beautiful though work-in-progress new house and despite being at home, … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Diary Supplemental – Self Isolating with a good book!

I wasn’t going to post anything today.  Being cooped up inside for week after week and having a work in progress living room where one can live but not yet feel comfortable today offers a rare chance to go in … Continue reading

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The secret green huts of London

They are an icon of London; not as famous as those famous red symbols such a telephone boxes, post boxes, double decker buses or soldiers on guard and they are certainly less common than the iconic London black taxis but … Continue reading

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The Facing Shores of Britain and Ireland

I found this map last week whilst looking for some other maps (see my old posts Getting lost in the world of maps   Lost in the world of maps!    Amazing maps tracking the cargo ships of the world    … Continue reading

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My new Nursery Rhyme Tour of London

It’s at this time of year where as near as possible I have a slightly easier life.  Fewer tourists though doesn’t mean I’m not working.  In an ideal world I would be using January to write books but I’m still … Continue reading

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