Cycle ride – Tilbury & Gravesend, the industrial Thames

Where: Tilbury & Gravesend, the industrial Thames When: Saturday 12 October 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) Brought to you by LCC’s South East London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka the Dog & Bell Crew), an early autumn exploration of the industrial Thames from Greenwich to […]

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Celebrating the Thames in verse

Today is National Poetry Day, the theme of which this year is ‘Water, water everywhere’. What better excuse to post a few lines of verse in celebration of Fogwoft‘s favourite river? Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song. The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers, Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends Or […]

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Scots glass more than half full

UK census data from 2011 reveal that nearly two-thirds of people living in Scotland describe their national identity as “Scottish only”. Less than a fifth say they are “Scottish and British”, and one assumes that the remainder are either British, other or don’t know. That 62% of those living in a 21st century multi-ethnic and […]

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London Cycling Campaign leadership election 2013

Voting for the election of five members of the London Cycling Campaign board of trustees opens today, closing with the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19 October. There are in total 10 members of the board, with five elected annually, each serving for a two-year term. I am standing for election to the LCC board […]

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Cyclists a threat to HGVs, says haulage industry lobbyist

On the day that a woman cyclist is dragged under the wheels of a lorry and killed in Dulwich, and London mayor Boris Johnson announces a plan to fine HGV operators whose vehicles are not fitted with safety gear, Karen Dee of the Freight Transport Association denounces the proposal, adding… “We need to see cyclists […]

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FOGWOFT doth tweet

Further to my recent announcement of the imminent launch of the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels community group, I am delighted to inform you that as of this morning FOGWOFT has a Twitter feed.

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On the passing of a northern reticent

The Irish poet Seamus Heaney has died, aged 74. Taken from Alphabets, a work cited by the Swedish Academy when in 1995 its members award Heaney the Nobel Prize in Literature “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past”… Here in her snooded garment and bare feet, […]

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Cycle ride: Thames Path blackberry harvest, 31 August 2013

Where: Thames Path blackberry harvest When: Saturday 31 August 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW I realise that Anthony Austin of Greenwich Cyclists organised led a blackberry picking ride along the Thames Path on Sunday last, but the berry season is short, and you can never have enough of the things in […]

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