The leaving of Lewisham

On Friday of this week I shall flee London, aka The Great Wen, aka Borisstadt. The following Monday I start a new job at the University of Cambridge, and from now on will live with my partner in a small town some 25 kilometres from Cambridge. The plan is to cycle to work along the […]

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British journalists react to the crisis in Gaza

I see that my trade union, the National Union of Journalists, is supporting the TUC call to attend the demonstration planned for this Saturday outside the Israeli embassy in London. Some years ago, following an Israeli military action off the Gaza coast, a demonstration was held at the Israeli embassy in London. There I witnessed […]

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The Greenwich Foot Tunnel – a celebration of its opening and recent refurbishment

Press release from the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels (Fogwoft) August 2014 sees the 112th anniversary of the opening of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. To mark this special occasion, and perhaps more significantly the near completion of the tunnel refurbishment, the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels have arranged a celebration accompanied […]

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A 50th birthday drink invitation

Friends, fiends, countrymen and furriners, Apologies in advance for the London-centric and cross-posted nature of this mass missive. Tuesday 15 July 2014 will be my 50th birthday, and to celebrate my first half century on this beautiful but benighted planet, I would like to gather some esteemed acquaintances in London for an evening drink or […]

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London air pollution – sophistry in service of a good cause

Zoe Williams, or at least her subeditor, describes London as “the most toxic town on the planet”. The article itself is sophistry in service of a good cause. Whilst writing now in a personal capacity, I should declare that I am part of the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign: a community group opposed to plans […]

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Narcissus in management selection

Oslo-based organisational psychologist Christian Enger Gimsø has as part of his PhD studies been looking at the tendency for those with narcissistic personality disorders to do well in applications for management level jobs. Such people often excel in interviews, and have an easier time than others proving themselves as dynamic and self-confident. Narcissists may have […]

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Cycle ride – Lovely Lea & Epping Forest Explorer

A change of plan for me means that this weekend I shall be in London. And with no Dog & Bell Crew ride scheduled for Sunday, I hereby offer one of my favourites. What: Lovely Lea & Late Springtime Epping Forest Explorer When: Sunday 15 June 2014 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW […]

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Midsummer Madness 2014 – London cyclists to greet the solstice dawn

Looking forward to summer? If so, Saturday 21 June 2014 is the longest day of the year, and since time immemorial people of all faiths and none have marked the occasion of the summer solstice by rising to greet the dawn. London cyclists do this in their own special way, by riding through the night […]

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Cycle ride – Dr Hoo’s Springtime Burn (2nd attempt)

When: Sunday 25 May 2014 Meet: 08:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich SE10 9LW NB: This ride was originally scheduled for Sunday 11 May, but with squally rain forecast throughout the day, and a wind in the lower Thames valley sufficient to provide aerodynamic lift to a small family car, it’s no wonder that no-one […]

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Boris’ tunnel ring road – it’s the politics stupid!

In the Evening Standard today, Joe Murphy reports on “plans” to transform central London with a 39 kilometre-long underground ring road. The Inner Orbital Tunnel would feature subterranean dual carriageways (i.e., an urban motorway) linking major motor transport routes from the A40 in the west to the A12 in the east, and the A1 north road […]

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