Monthly Archives: November 2015

Save the Half Moon in Herne Hill

Originally posted on The Great Wen:
There has been a hole in the centre of Herne Hill since August 2013. That’s when a water main flooded Half Moon Lane closing most of the businesses. All eventually reopened (although some subsequently closed…

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Schwartzer… Grand Theft Language?

If blackboards just had to become ‘chalk boards’ in case someone took offence, how come Black Friday? Just asking…

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E Pur si Muove

There is something disarmingly strengthening when you hear that innocent piping voice of history whispering from the unencumbered past, ‘excuse me, but I think you are perhaps mistaken…” I am not a climatologist, but… I am certain that the congregation … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

There appear to have been ‘4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire’ for some long time before the fab two of the fab four discovered that story in the Daily Mail while searching for lyrics for A Day in the Life in January 1967… Continue reading

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The other side of Frederick Furnivall: Tiny Teena

Maybe I painted old man Furnivall as too benign and saintly an old chap. He was not without what they might call ‘personal issues’ earlier in life. Firstly, as George Bernard Shaw wrote “He was a good sort, but his … Continue reading

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A little exercise

Why does history sometimes abandon the memory of a great and colourful character? It’s midday on a chilly February Sunday in the year 1910. At Hammersmith, a western suburb of London still countrified, 1,000 people have gathered on the bridge … Continue reading

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