Tag Archives: London

Boating on the Thames

The next time that I’m in London I look forward to using the recently launched Uber boat service. Thanks to a partnership with Thames Clippers the ride-hailing service will be operating a fleet of 20 boats making stops at 23 … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery Tour

Vanity Fair magazine commissioned the marvelous video below guaranteed to warm the heart of any Beatles fan. It’s a 12 minute tour around the world using Google Maps, highlighting locations mentioned in the Beatles lyrics, from Liverpool to the Black … Continue reading

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How Dickensian

A big thanks and a tip of the hat to TBTP reader Lucy from the UK for sending me the marvelous Dickens cartoon (below) by the great Tom Gauld. If you follow this humble blog, you will be aware that … Continue reading

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“From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore…”

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens. Among the commemorations, there was this stunning sound and light installation which was projected onto Westminster Abbey’s iconic West Towers last weekend. The projection was created by light and … Continue reading

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the more you use, the more you get back

Regular visitors to TBTP may know that my most recent obsession has been roasting my own coffee beans. Fortunately it’s a pursuit that’s heartily supported by friends and family who benefit from the hours of exploration and experimentation. While researching … Continue reading

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Library of Exile

I first discovered the ceramic artist and writer Edmund de Waal through his best-selling book The Hare with the Amber Eyes. If you are not familiar with the memoir, it’s a compelling read that encompasses not only de Waal’s family history, … Continue reading

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What Every Traveler Needs

One thing that all travelers have in common is the need to find toilet facilities in a timely manner. These days, even when one can discover convenient facilities, a numerical code is necessary to use the bathroom. Then there is … Continue reading

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It’s Quicker By Rail

Between 1920 and 1950, the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) was the second largest rail company in Britain. The railway commissioned a wonderful series of posters to advertise its passenger services and to encourage travel to vacation destinations around … Continue reading

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London Calling

The British design studio Dorothy has created a map of the United Kingdom incorporating  the titles of more than 1,400 pop songs. The map places the names of tracks in the precise location that the music references, imagining a musical … Continue reading

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Gross Domestic Product

The anonymous street artist and provocateur Banksy has opened a new online store, called Gross Domestic Product. The launch was heralded  by an art  installation-come-shop in the London Borough of Croydon, which stocks Banksy-related merchandise. However, the IRL store can’t … Continue reading

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