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A Stray Field in South London

At the bottom of Gipsy Hill in South East London there is a small field, just about the size of two football pitches. It is called Long Meadow, but is a field in the dictionary sense, in that it is an area of “open land typically bounded by hedges or fences”. There are no manicured…

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(I don’t want to go to) #Midtown

Midtown. Where the fuck is Midtown? New York? Well yes, and now apparently there is a Midtown London. Not far from where I work in Clerkenwell, a series of large orange and white flags fixed to lampposts line the major thoroughfares running through Holborn, Chancery Lane, Bloomsbury and St Giles. They state that you are…

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Waiting in the boneyard: Abney Park

Stamford Hill Motors is not the most romantic of destinations, but I always feel a frisson of excitement when I have to go there. I used to live nearby but no longer, so the annual MOT has become an excuse to visit one of my old North London haunts. It also gives me a legitimate reason to simply…

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Ten Books

I was recently nominated by a friend on Facebook to post a list of the 10 books that had made the most impact on me. It was a lot harder than I thought and I’ve had to miss out some real favourites. I could have written ten lists, let alone ten titles, featuring almost entirely…