Tuesday, 27 September 2011


gadabout \GAD-uh-bout\, noun:

Someone who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.

In his unorthodox and callow way, he frequently upset and annoyed his countrymen, but they continued to vote for him, perhaps taking a vicarious pleasure in being led by such a world-famous gadabout.

-- "Milestones of 2000", Times (London), December 29, 2000

She hugged him fiercely. "Oh, I love you, Jake Grafton, you worthless gadabout fly-boy, you fool that sails away and leaves me."

-- Jack Anderson, Control

Mr. Hart-Davis, as befits a professional literary man, is something of a gadabout.

-- Daphne Merkin, "From Two Most English Men", New York Times, June 23, 1985

Gadabout is formed from the verb gad, "to rove or go about without purpose or restlessly" (from Middle English gadden, "to hurry") + about.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Advice, art and old shoes

A snap shot of Brick Lane. 

The faith of Brick Lane
A selection of old shoes or "Vintage Clothing" as they are known down Brick Lane.
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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Sunset with rain clouds

Hither Green Station

There is something Edward Hopper ish about this picture (if I do say so myself)

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Monday, 12 September 2011

Greenwich Park

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The centre of the earth. Not in a Jules Verne / Arne Saknussemm way but more in terms of Greenwich Mean Time. The very place where each day officially starts. I’m sure people from other countries may disagree with this fact but I think you’ll find that longitude never lies.

This will also be the spectacular setting for the equestrian events in 2012 Olympics

Looking East from Greenwich park. Canary Wharf to the left with the O2 Dome to the right. On the horizon is the Olmpic stadium.

Looking west from Greenwich Park. The towers denote the two financial centres of London. Canary Wharf to the right and the City of London to the left

 A game of cricket in the park. Not much happening but then that's cricket.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Oxleas Wood

Peter Ackroyd said that London is so large and so wild that it contains no less than everything. Where better to prove this point than Oxleas Wood in the Borough of Greenwich,  just eight miles from Charring Cross (the primary point for measuring distances in London). More outstanding than London's manicured Royal Parks this ancient forest dates back over 8,000 years.

The Forest is at its best in the early morning when only used by joggers and people out walking their dogs.

This is the view looking south over Oxleas Meadow.

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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Pertwee Anderson & Gold

'As within, So without'
Thursday night – Soho. Private view at the excellent Pertwee Anderson & Gold gallery in Bateman Street. Portraits by Annie Kevans, paper cut collages by Tom Gallant, interesting archival prints by Clarisse d’Arcimoles and carvings and ‘pencil on paper' by Mat Chivers. I realise this is not a good picture (it’s very dark in the basement) but is an artwork by Mat Chivers entitled ‘As within, So without’

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