A Big Decision

yep, after loads of thinking about it, weighing up the pro’s and con’s, I’ve decided to sell my car. It will be an interesting experience to be car-free, having owned a car since I was 17. But the fact of the matter is that I just don’t drive it. Its impossible to park in London…

The best and worst of London

The Sydney Morning Herald web site recently ran an article about The Best and Worst of British. It was actually about the fun and perils, well mostly perils, facing any young Aussie backpacker who ventures over to London for a working holiday. The “worst” fell into three areas: – accommodation and how expensive it is…

The family records centre

I have recently started documenting and digging further into my family history (10 convicts and counting). Many of my ancestors came from England and so when I read that the Family Records Centre in Islington, north London was holding a free family history talk, I took the opportunity to go along to it. After encountering…

Leaving London – when and why?

Every year – usually between January and March, when the weather in London is grim – I think about heading back to Oz. And so it happened today. There I was, sitting at my laptop at 7 am on a cold and drizzly “day” (still pitch black, really, outside.) In accordance with my usual work…

English icons

http://www.icons.org.uk/ The Government has launched a web site to allow people to nominate their favourite English icons. Among those listed include the routemaster bus, stone henge, a cup of tea and the FA Cup. You can also vote for them at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4594660.stm Personally, my favourites are stone henge, the red phone box, the traditional circular…

Rail fares

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Passenger groups condemn rail fare rises another great reason for working from home as much as possible. Its incredible to think that people pay thousands of pounds a year to commute into London in cramped, smelly, unreliable trains. Give me buses anytime – and its one more reason for…

Similar christmas days

And so I spend my 13th christmas day in London. Every year I have the same classic English christmas and I love it. Lots of wonderful, traditional christmas food: turkey, veg and christmas pudding. Followed by watching films I have already seen but that seem strangely more enjoyable when watched on christmas day with a…