Bomber Command Memorial

4 July 2012 | Places

. Although there are all sorts of World War II memorials around London until 28 June 2012 there was no memorial to the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command. Even though the chances of being killed were higher than in any other group, of the 125,000 aircrew in Bomber ...

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Down the Thames with the Queen

4 June 2012 | Culture

Like many people in London I devoted some of yesterday to getting rather wet as a thousand odd boats rowed, paddled and powered their way down the Thames as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant – that’s 60 years since she took up her role as Queen of England. ...

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Kew Gardens

2 June 2012 | Places

Maureen and I made a backstage tour of Kew Gardens in London. I’ve been to the gardens a few times over the years and made too many close visits on final approaches into London’s Heathrow Airport. There’s a great deal of discussion about London airports at the moment ...

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Assorted Observations

25 May 2012 | Culture

▲  The Gladiator of Guitar We caught Elvis Costello performing at the Albert Hall on Wednesday night and in the penultimate encore who should stride on stage to join him but – as Costello put it – the gladiator of guitar, Russell Crowe. OK it’s hard to tell from th...

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Dolman Award Books

23 May 2012 | Media

I’m chairing the panel of judges for the 2012 Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award, the annual award for the best British travel book. Currently I’m working through the entries with my fellow judges Sarah Spankie of Conde Nast Traveller magazine, Susie Dowdall the Boo...

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