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The Deaths of Nancy and Bill

One of the biggest pieces in my Dickens template was the brilliant film musical ‘Oliver’ by Lionel Bart made in 1968. Bright in colour, action and great songs (‘got to pick a pocket or two…) and the depiction of the deaths of Nancy and Bill in this film was set firm in my conciseness –…

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London 2017/18 Cyclo Cross Pics and Video

Video and Picture links for the Kinesis UK London and South East 2017/18 Cyclo-Cross League. 2016/17 League – 2015/16 League – Previous Seasons – London/SE Cross Website Kinesis UK London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 1 Round one of the Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League (and Rd 1 of the Sussex…

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John Parr WW1 Cyclist

A Sunday trip to visit Emma in Finchley saw me walk from Woodside Park Tube Station and along Lodge Lane. Although I nearly missed it, I unexpectedly spotted a plaque placed on the pavement in front of a modest house flagging up that the first British soldier to die in World War One spent most…

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Mud larking on the Thames

Along the River Thames there are the obvious signs of its industrial and global shipping past. Redundant machinery, abandoned wharfes and slipways point to this industrial and commercial history, but if you look hard enough at the foreshore you can find more personal items associated with the people who lived or worked on the river……

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What could go wrong?

Having a bad day or happy that it’s all going so well? – So what could go wrong? It all looked so good for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the top engineer of his day as he looked on as the launch of his new ship the SS Great Eastern was about to happen. With a history…

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Cable Street London 1936

In October 1936 Sir Oswald Mosley attempted to lead the British Union of Fascists (BUF) along Cable Street into a London East End community and take control of the streets and enflame not only the local community, but also the country against Jewish people. Oswald was following a tactic that had worked in Germany and…

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