Winter travels – Photodump

I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, and as I don’t have a huge amount of free time at the moment, I thought that a photo-centric post would better communicate what I’ve been up to recently.It also helps that Herself gifted me with a rather entertaining telephoto lens for Christmas. We spent our New…

The Strays of Corfu

The Strays of Corfu On a recent trip to Corfu, I couldn’t help but note the overwhelming number of stray dogs and cats that know only the streets and alleys of this island as home. Though mostly unthreatening and passive in nature, many of these poor creatures are often diseased, starving, and injured. Strays are…

What we did at the oyster festival 

One of the upsides to spending my weekends and summer holidays washing pots and dishes in a seafood restaurant on the Irish Coast as a teenager was that I was able to sample and acquire a taste for a wide range of strange and exotic foods whose very mention – almost without exception – induced…

No one is busy in this world

I didn’t post anything last week as I was in Greece for their Orthodox Church’s Easter celebrations – of which I will write about soon. I took around 1,000 photographs and am currently weeding my way through the best of them. Until then, here are the travel notices from Camden Road station this week. You…

Look beyond the imperfections

It’s Friday, which means, besides suffering from a slight hangover from Saint Patrick’s day, it’s time for the round-up of travel notices from the past week. I hope they give you something to think about over the weekend.  

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade London 2016

On Sunday morning, thousands of revelers gathered in Central London to celebrate the annual Saint Patrick’s Day festival and parade. Patrick may be the patron saint of Ireland, but it’s not so well known that the man mythology claims to have driven the snakes from Irish shores was actually born in Britain. In light of…

Tributes to George Martin at Abbey Road

This week the world mourned the loss of Sir George Martin, the legendary record producer and composer affectionately dubbed “the “Fifth Beatle”. I visited Abbey Road Studios on Saturday to see if there would be much of a turnout of fans following the news of Martin’s passing. Along with flowers and cards, hundreds of  well-wishers…

Amazingly Creative Street Musician

The lady and I were in Notting Hill today when we  spotted this highly creative street musician performing on the side of the road. If the video isn’t clear enough, he’s playing on a tennis racket, an old typewriter and a cutlery set – Yes, you read that correctly. The song, “Hit the road Jack,” was written and first recorded…

Best of London Pavement Signs

John Cleese once said that his Three Laws of Comedy were 1. No puns, 2. No puns, and 3. No puns. This nugget of wisdom, however, has not been adopted by the shop owners of the Greater London area. Their signs almost invariably contain a pun in some form or other and I don’t see…

This week in travel notices

Here are the travel notices I spotted on my way to work this week. I hope that they add some colour to your weekend.

Making good use of a lemon

I broke my spectacles yesterday evening (which was bad). Luckily there is an optician near my work (which is good). I took the glasses to get fixed and was told I’d have to wait an hour for the repair (which was bad). I decided to go for a walk to kill the time and was…

Smurk

This mural by Smurk appeared near Mornington Crescent tube station over the weekend. The work replaces the piece by Deesaster that I snapped a few weeks back. I have around 60-70 photos from my recent visit to Brick Lane that I hope to get posting over the next few days, so watch this space (pun…

I am Ayman and I am a refugee from Syria

Ayman Hirh was a successful marble and granite trader in the Jobar district of Syria’s capital, Damascus, before the escalating political situation in his country drove him and his family into exile. Because of his involvement as an activist in the 2011 uprising and President Al-Assad’s subsequent crackdown on any and all dissent, Ayman was…