SOUTHWARK: A borough in London (Part 2)

It was now early afternoon & as I stood suitably sustained outside The Founders Arms on the banks of the River Thames, I was ready to stride forth once again into the throng along London’s Southbank. From boozer I sallied my way westwards once again along The Queens Walk passing the iconic Blackfriars bridge & the pillared remnants of the not-so-iconic Blackfriars Railway Bridge. On a slightly macabre note, it was under this bridge that in June 1982 that a chap by the name of Roberto Calvi was found hanging from one of the span arches, with $14’000 of different … Continue reading SOUTHWARK: A borough in London (Part 2)

The Dawdlers Aide-memoire (Part 2)

Stepping out the front door It is jolly easy for me as an experienced dawdler to spout-on about how to get outside & just dawdle, but for some the simple act of stepping out of the front door can seem like an impossible challenge, especially if one is suffering with the condition known as lazybastarditis a debilitating affliction which attacks the motivational centre in the brain, rendering a person utterly incapable of any form of physical exertion. Therefore, as way of assistance I have included a small refresher section on the art of simple walking. Simple walking If one still … Continue reading The Dawdlers Aide-memoire (Part 2)

SOUTHWARK: A borough in London (Part 1)

London; the capital city of the Great Britain. As a frequent visitor to this part of the country, I thought I would describe an area about which I have dawdled many-a-time; Southwark (pronounced by those familiar with those parts as Suvuck). Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, it was first mentioned as Sudweca in the Doomsday Book in 1086 (not sure if one can get hold of the Kindle edition), Southwark meaning “Surrey Folk’s Fort”, dates from the ninth century where it was formed as a defensive position by King Alfred, although the actual location was briefly … Continue reading SOUTHWARK: A borough in London (Part 1)

PORTSMOUTH: A city in Hampshire

When I first commented to a former resident that I was considering visiting Portsmouth, the prestigious home of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy, I must admit I was a little taken aback by their answer – “Don’t bother going into the city – it’s bloody awful”. Needless to say I heeded their advice & avoided the central district like the plague & as my train rolled through the suburbs, instead of disembarking at Portsmouth & Southsea, I stayed-on for a further 2 minutes into Portsmouth Harbour Station, whereby I was immediately treated to the impressive sight of HMS Warrior – a … Continue reading PORTSMOUTH: A city in Hampshire