Monday, June 25, 2012

Journeying: Crystal Palace







The place at the end of the rainbow...  well, at the edge of my London map. It was the station name at the end of the line I always wanted to visit but was afraid it was endless grey suburbia that originated from plague pits (Gravesend anyone?).  Well it's not. It's pretty far south, and in fact, Crystal Palace once was glorious.  The park still is. On the Crystal Palace's demise by fire in November 1936, Winston Churchill remarked, "this is the end of an age." Now it's marked by an eccentric town centre, and equally charming dinosaur park from the 19th century.  Still worth a visit.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

St Mary's Hospital, London



Welcoming, not. I had an MRI which was an experience I tell you.  Ever been injected with dye, while listening to bad German minimalist techno in a massive magnetic tube?  Can cross that one of my list.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wimpole Hall







Yesterday my father, Trish and I visited Wimpole Hall, near Ely.  Perhaps the most interesting detail besides the vast grounds and delicious rugs, was that this was Rudyard Kipling's daughter's home in the first half of the 20th Century.  Books abounded, with hints to the life of her father to be found amongst the paintings and artefacts of a time past.