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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
Monday, 3 September 2018
Friday, 31 August 2018
Lots of different food stalls were being set up.
I had not heard of this one before but I like the idea behind it.
I opted for breakfast at the Smithfield cafe. Bacon roll and cup of tea for half the price of just a drink in the Costa or Starbuck type cafes.
A stage had been set up in the main entrance to the market for live bands to perform.
There was a brass band playing songs from musicals with lots of deck chairs so I could relax and enjoy the music.
By lunch time the crowds were arriving.
Sunday, 26 August 2018
Notting Hill Carnival has taken place in London since 1966. With an average of one million visitors each day, it is one of the biggest street festivals in the world. It takes place on the last Sunday and Monday in August which is a bank holiday. I have never visited the Carnival as I would often be away from London and also put off by the numbers of people attending. This year I decided I would go and see it for myself. The carnival takes place throughout a number of roads in the Notting Hill area. Partly in the shadow of the Grenfell tower. It was a year ago on the 14th June 2017 that 72 people died when the 24 storey block of flats caught fire. The local community were determined the victims would not be forgotten and there were many reminders on the carnival streets.
Last minute decorations were still being put up.
Some people took advantage of the situation. However, there were numerous free blocks of these brightly painted toilets brought in
for the weekend.
Music and dancing was everywhere
About an hour before the parade began the rain came down. It wasn't just a shower it was a real downpour that just went on and on.
I only saw a small part of the parade. The carnival goes on for hours and again tomorrow but I was soaked and decided to call it a day. It was interesting to see, but sad, that after all the sunshine we have had this Summer, today was so wet. However, everyone was in high spirits and very friendly. Maybe next time I go, I will choose a sunnier day.