Monthly Archives: April 2010

Old postcards of bullfighting in Spain

As a 15-year-old, I was enormously impressed by bullfighting during my first visit to Spain. I attended bullfights on subsequent visits to the country over the next five years and bought bullfighting paraphernalia to take home and hang on the … Continue reading

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Old postcards of the Mezquita in C√≥rdoba

The Mezquita today is a World Heritage site.

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Another great book

I just received a copy of Southwark Revisited by John D. Beasley. It has great photos (many are of Peckham and Camberwell as well as Bermondsey), plus very informative texts. One photo that caught my eye was of the health … Continue reading

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Old postcards from Spain

Old schoolfriend Alan lent me some postcards he picked up during the school trips to Spain in the mid-60s. On my second trip, in 1966, we flew from Heathrow to Gibraltar. It was the first time I had flown; back … Continue reading

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A marvellous book about old Bermondsey

Today I received my copy of this book by Stephen Humphrey, full of wonderful old photos of Bermondsey and with some interesting background information as well. It can be purchased from

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Cross Bones burial ground

I saw an interesting report on TV about an ancient graveyard near the Borough Market. It is a fascinating piece of local history and offers a revealing insight into the sexual hypocrisy of earlier times – prostitutes licensed to operate … Continue reading

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What a coincidence…

The General Election is to take place on my 60th birthday. The downside is that it is also Tony Blair’s birthday! Today the UK government finally confirmed the date of the next General Election – May 6. Here in Britain … Continue reading

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