Celebrating quirky Englishness in style: London’s 2024 Tweed Run

For many years my good wife kept on voicing her grievance that we never made it to the annual Tweed Runs. FINALLY ABLE TO JOIN THE TWEED RUN We always seemed to be out of town on the respective weekend. Yesterday, for the first time, we got our shot at this jaunty cycle ride through central London. Ellie had bought our two tickets (£50 each) six weeks ago, as soon as they became available. The tickets always sell out quickly. I’ll freely admit, my expectations had been low. I’m not huge on cycling in Londontown. It just feels a tad dangerous.   NOT ANOTHER FRANKFURT COUNTRYSIDE BIKE RIDE I also had less than fond memories of the Frankfurt Countryside Bike Ride Ellie & I had joined a few years ago. Ellie has done next to no cycling since childhood. Kudos to her, I thought, when she had come up with […]

Continue Reading

You may also like

The 2024 Orchid Festival in Kew Gardens

Yesterday, Ellie & I visited the 28th Orchid Festival in Kew Gardens. The only one we had previously visited was in 2017. Turns out, that when Kew Gardens aren’t busy celebrating the demise of women’s and gay rights with shows like “Queer Nature” (specifically linked to the obnoxious Queer Theory), they can still put on a good show. THIS YEAR’S THEME: MADAGASCAR As in previous years, the festival is ‘themed on’ and ‘inspired by’ one country. This year it’s the world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar, with its unique flora and fauna. The country is home to some of the world’s rarest plant species. Over 14,000 of its plants are found nowhere else in the world.    Moreover, the nation’s lush rainforests and tropical dry forests also happen to be home to about 750 endemic orchid species (plus another 150 non-endemic ones). While only a tiny fraction of the tracheophytes shown […]

Continue Reading

You may also like

Some fun new tube station signs this summer – check out these temporary TfL Roundels

Last month Transport for London’s Summer Roundel Campaign kicked off with fun tube station signs, completely unnoticed by the Barbarians. 16 STATIONS, 16 FUN TUBE STATION SIGNS One single tube station sign per station has been changed for 16 central London stations. Many of these stations have more than one line, so earlier today it took me a little while to spot them.   HYDE PARK CORNER – “HERE COMES SUMMER” At Hyde Park Corner I entered the tube station. On the Piccadilly Line platform for trains going to the centre (Destination Cockfoster, Eastbound) you will find a sign that reads “Here Comes Summer.” It is supposed to remind people of nearby Hyde Park and the Serpentine Pond. I then took the Piccadilly Line from that platform and got out at Piccadilly Circus.   PICCADILLY CIRCUS – “GOING OUT OUT” At the Northbound Bakerloo Line platform you’ll find a sign […]

Continue Reading

You may also like

London Never Dies at the London Cabaret Club – Great Show!

Last Friday, after my day of flyboarding and being stuck on South Western trains, I changed into my tux. Then Ms B & I checked out London Never Dies at the London Cabaret Club. The Club had offered us free Gold tickets to this Bond-themed show. Silver, Gold, Diamond, and Royal Gold tickets are the lowest category that include a full meal and they normally go for £90 per person. A rather reasonable price in our view for a three-course dinner and a show on the weekend in central London. Ticket prices range from £50 to £165.   No Slipknot or Slayer Ellie has always loved everything that involves nights out with music and dance, no matter if opera, ballet, musicals, or cabaret, so she was understandably super-excited to get to see this acclaimed show. I on the other hand don’t mind a bit of music, preferably heavy metal.   […]

Continue Reading

You may also like

Buckingham Palace Gardens – London’s biggest private garden will be open for picnics

[Last update 30 Sept 2021.] Since last week and for another two weeks, those, that were lucky enough to grab tickets (sold out now), were able to check out Buckingham Palace Gardens. London’s biggest private garden stretches over 39 acres and keeps 11 full-time gardeners and various contractors busy. From July it will be open to the paying public for picnics and walks (£16.50, discounts available). The only way to access the gardens today was by booking a tour. 90 minutes for a tour around a garden did not sound attractive to me, but I was hoping to be able to take some nice pictures, so did get myself a ticket. An ancient institution You realise quite quickly that you’re dealing with an institution that has been around for hundreds of years and one that isn’t known to be an ‘early adopter’. You have to print out the tickets. Neither […]

Continue Reading

You may also like

1 2 3 27