Such a delicate touch.
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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!
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
gin shops in the City of London. Known as 'Mother's ruin', gin was responsible for widespread alcoholism, violence and social breakdown. It wasn't until the gin act of 1751 that things started to improve. Gin could only be sold from licensed premises. It was a turning point in the social history of London.
This distillery on St Bride's Lane is the first distillery in the City of London for 200 years. It describes itself as a small batch distillery producing about 1000 bottles a week.
Monday, 14 January 2019
A notice at the side informed me that this was the winning entry for the HIX Award 2018. Entitled Die Liste, by the artist Elizabeth Eade, it is a ten metre long, hand written list documenting the deaths of 33,305, who died trying to reach Europe. It is very difficult to comprehend the sheer scale of the numbers of people dying as they try to reach Europe, but this made me stop and think.
Our World Tuesday
Sunday, 6 January 2019
For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you will know that I write a second blog, which for the last few years has focussed on a challenge I set myself. Living in London and having the benefit of a Freedom Pass (which means I can travel around the city for free), I decided to visit each of the 270 underground stations. I wanted to do more than just speed through them so I came up with the idea of finding out what places of interest are above ground, within easy walking distance of the station. I photograph everything I see and then come home and do some research, trying to find out as much as possible. I am fascinated by the history of the city in which I live and only wish I could remember everything I have read or written. I find it hard to believe that my first post was four years ago! I had hoped to complete this challenge within ten years but that seems highly unlikely, as I have only managed to visit and post about one third of the stations. However, I am loving the challenge and get quite excited when I am visiting a new station and area.
A number of you have suggested that I publish the posts. Being on the internet gives those who are interested access to the posts so I don't feel the need to go down the publishing route but I do get them printed for my own benefit.
I am aiming to visit 20 stations this year and am pleased that I have finished this one in the first week of the New Year. However I did visit and photograph it over a month ago. If you would like to find out more about this station and its surroundings read more here