It has become my habit that at the end of each year to put together a “best of” playlist of the music that I have been listening to, or has meant something, that year. I am very very late publishing the 2016 version. Various computer problems got in the way of compiling the playlist and then…

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Panorama from the roof garden of Nomura International (No.1 Angel Lane)

Open Garden Squares weekend 2017

A couple of Saturday’s ago (17 June 2017) I spent a great day with some friends wandering around the gardens and squares of Southwark and the City as part of the Open Garden Squares weekend. A trip kindly organised by my friend Emily. I visited five, very different, gardens in total and the gallery shows a photo from each of them. It was a very hot and sunny day so afterwards we cooled off with a drink on a boat on the Thames. This was followed by a very good Italian meal in Soho.

More photos here.

More about the extraordinary story of the old burial ground of Crossbones here.

Wikipedia entry on the Victorian social reformer Octavia Hill is here.

I used to think it was clever to confuse comedy wi…

I used to think it was clever to confuse comedy with tragedy. Now I wish I could distinguish them.

From "A Murder of Quality" by John le Carré

Over the last few weeks I found myself, rather unexpectedly, fulfilling the role of General Election candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the constituency of Luton South. I was initially reluctant to do this, mostly for reasons of personal circumstance and the fact that I have become a bit distant from partisan politics, but after…

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Some news that is both personal and political. Somewhat unexpectedly, I have been chosen to be the candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Luton South in the coming General Election. Whilst have been largely absent from partisan politics recently, at a time when liberal values seem under attack from all sides, and Britain faces the…

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