Monthly Archives: January 2009

Images of the Pool of London

A visitor posted a comment about Mark Brown’s wharf and how he was working there when they made a film called Pool of London (1951), starring Bonar Colleano. It must have a lot of great footage of the river but … Continue reading

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Fish & Chips

Today’s Guardian contained an article about the fish and chip shops chosen as the best in Britain (awards are given every year). I loved this 1935 photo of a fish and chip van. This year there were no winners in … Continue reading

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More of Trollope’s journey to San Jose

“That night, or the next morning rather, at about 2 A.M., we reached a wayside inn called San Mateo, and there rested for five or six hours. That we should obtain any such accommodation along the road astonished me, and … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap

Like millions of other people, I have a soft spot for the London Underground (aka the “Tube”). Yesterday I watched a very interesting History Channel documentary on the development of the railway over the last 150 years. Wiki has an … Continue reading

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Uncle Will

As I had hoped, posting old family photos on the blog has yielded some fruit. I was contacted by a distant relative who has a lot of information about the Lockyers. Ethel’s mother Emma was born a Lockyer (in 1861), … Continue reading

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Flowers and Views of the Holy Land

Tom brought back several items he acquired on his travels during WWI. One was a small book containing illustrations and pressed flowers from places in Palestine. Presumably it was a gift for Ethel. The book, with back and front covers … Continue reading

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Routemaster update

London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, decided hold a competition for the design of a new Routemaster bus. You can see photos of Routemasters old and new here. The winning designs look great.

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Sam Peckinpah

I read an article about Sam Peckinpah, one of my favorite filmmakers, in today’s Independent (you can read it here).  London’s BFI is holding a season of his movies this month and a new documentary is also in the pipeline. … Continue reading

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Dad in the army

These photos must have been taken in 1943-44. The single stripe is for the rank of lance corporal. By the end of the War, he made staff sergeant and was offered a commission to stay on, which he declined. What … Continue reading

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Wallace & Gromit 1, The 39 Steps 0

Well, the Christmas viewing provided slim pickings. I did read that this might be the last time the TV companies invest such a huge amount of money in their Christmas programming.  Far fewer people actually sit down in front of … Continue reading

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