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The Darkward Trail95 weeks agoA few observations about The Darkward Trail by Nicole Eisenman which is one of the artworks on my Tate Modern Highlights Tour...
The LSHTM99 weeks agoDescription of what the students at UCL calls the Big White Building or the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Keppel Street and Gower ...
Change and The Queen101 weeks agoReview of the Platinum Jubilee exhibition at St Paul's Cathedral
Brenda Jones Tribute 105 weeks agoA tribute by Rick Jones to his mother delivered at the funeral of the latter on Thursday 9 June 2022.
The Friday Club106 weeks agoAn account of the members of the Friday Club or the Sireniacal Gentlemen who met on the first Friday of the month at the Mermaid Tavern, Friday St ...
Charles Bernard Mortlock111 weeks agoThe vicar of St Vedast-alias-Foster was also President of the Critics Circle in 1947
Maria Reiche and the Nazca Lines 118 weeks agoOn a visit to Peru, I visit the scientist who spent her life uncovering and charting the ancient Nazca Lines carved into the desert floor....
Parliament Square136 weeks agoDescription of Parliament Square a thousand years ago in iambic pentameneter for a history app
Percy Pott138 weeks agoThe church of St Mary Aldermary has a memorial to the Dr Percy Pott
The Guild Lecture139 weeks agoI host the Guild lecture and introduce the speaker Mr London
Magnus Martyr140 weeks agoThe story of Magnus Martyr, last stop on the TS Eliot The Waste Land Centenary Tour.
The work of Andre Fougeron142 weeks agoThe French communist painter Andre Fougeron painted figuratively throughout his life and accused the abstract painters of escapism
St George's AGM142 weeks agoIt's the Annual General Meeting of St George's German Lutheran Church in Whitechapel, East London. As Events Organiser, this is my report...
Joseph Beuys Centenary143 weeks agoThe centenary of the German artist and father of environmentalism is celebrated prominently at Tate Modern
Rodin at the Tate146 weeks agoBrief reflection on the Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) exhibition at Tate Modern, August 2021.
St Antholin Leaves the City148 weeks agoThe number of churches in the City of London has reduced over time. Some disappear, others move elsewhere...
And Andriessen Set Plato to Music151 weeks agothe Dutch minimalist composer Louis Andriessen has died. His masterpiece was De Staat, a setting of Plato's The Republic
The Royal Fusiliers152 weeks agoThe Royal Fusiliers have had their HQ at the Tower of London since 1685
The Waste Land Centenary 153 weeks agoThe background to the poem....
The Iron Lady Tells a Few Jokes154 weeks agoStop 3 on the Iron Lady Tour through Chelsea stops at Wellington Square, SW3....
The Peasants' Revolt 157 weeks agoIt is mid June 1381. Farm labourers in Essex and Kent are violently demonstrating against the shilling poll tax.....
The Origins of Football158 weeks agoButchers once would pump air into a bladder and the inflated organ became the sign of a butcher's shop
William Shakespeare plays Cupid158 weeks agoShakespeare and John Harvard's mother were friends from Stratford. The question is, did he introduce her to his Southwark butcher whom she married?
Mary Arden Wore the Tights159 weeks agoWilliam Shakespeare's mother called the shots where the family history was concerned...
The Nature of Poetry160 weeks agoRJ has been asked to give a talk on TS Eliot and Philip Larkin and their relationship with London at the end of June....
How Big Ben Got His Name 161 weeks agoThe stories behind the naming of the world's most famous bell
Nell Gwyn in Drury Lane162 weeks agoDrury Lane is an ancient highway that once connected directly with Fleet Street
Dowland and the Lute162 weeks agoan excerpt from A Short History of English Music
The Villages of East Anglia 163 weeks agoShakespeare's clown Will Kemp continues his progress across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk towards Norwich.
Arrest on the A134163 weeks agoIn a modern re-enacment of the Nine Daies VVonder, Will Kemp, Shakespeare's clown, is apprehended on a trunk road in East Anglia
Marlowe The Atheism Lecture164 weeks agoAn extract from Shakespeare and the Marlowe Conspiracy delivered on Monday 26 April 2021
The Birth of Piazzolla164 weeks agoThe Argentinian new tango composer Astor Piazzolla was born a hundred years ago.
Our Guest Speaker Tonight165 weeks agoThe April St George's Talk on the Lord Mayoralty of London was given by Mr Julian Romain a City guide of longstanding.
Elizabeth Newcomen165 weeks agodescription of teh plaque in Southwark Cathedral
The Beginning of Anatomy166 weeks agoHippocrates 400BC and Galen 200AD and how they approached cutting up flesh
The Yeomen Warders 168 weeks agoThe Yeomen Warders are the Beefeaters at the Tower of London
Young Vic 168 weeks agoTheatre for youth and theatre in the round were new ideas to London in the 1970s and they combined in the Young Vic to create a potent entertainment
Young's & Co The Brewer168 weeks agoYoung's Beer remains the tipple of most South Londoners despite the removal of the brewery...
The Y.M.C.A.168 weeks agoThe Y.M.C.A. was founded by Sir George Williams who was born 200 years ago...
York House Watergate168 weeks agoThe York Watergate by Embankment tube was built in 1626 when the sound of the lute built of yew wood was in the air...
The Totteridge Yew169 weeks agoGuide London (it's a website) asked me to commentate on six things beginning with Y in the capital. Here's the first - the 2000-year-old Yew Tree ...
Statues of Welsh Women170 weeks agoAfter years of neglect, recognition is finally being paid to five Welsh women
Lousy Acoustic - Great Music!170 weeks agoA description of the Kensington O as part of my London Concert Halls broadcast for the Association of Professional Tourist Guides (APTG)
A Fellow Guide's Cotswold Tour171 weeks agoSean Callery gave a talk on 'Offbeat Cotswold' talk which is here summarised
First Artificial Insemination171 weeks agoThe Scottish anatomist John Hunter achieved the first artificial insemination in 1790. His success was recorded in the parliamentary record, Hansa ...
The Secret of Life172 weeks agoan extract from the virtual medical tour All Around the University - Firsts and Inventions in the History of Medicine
In Willesden Churchyard172 weeks agoThis is an extract from a virtual tour conducted on St David's Day 2021.
Mrs Thatcher's Pantry173 weeks agoMargaret Thatcher shows the contents of her larder to the press.
The Birth of Joonas Kokkonen173 weeks agoThe arctic beauty of a Finnish centenarian's music reveals itself
Frank Pattison Speaks174 weeks agoMy old German teacher gives a lecture in the series of St George's Talks of which I am host.
The Death of Stravinsky174 weeks agoThe Russian composer Igor Stravinsky died fifty years ago...
Carbon Copy175 weeks agoThe London School of Economics (LSE) hosts a symposium on the green economy
Did Maggie Thatcher Serve?176 weeks agoIt's said that the former PM worked as a waitress. Not true.
The Death of James Paisible176 weeks agoThe French flautist Jacques Paisible (1656-1721) died in London 300 years ago. He is one of several musicians whose centenaries are celebrated thi ...
Monopoly and the Single Tax Movement177 weeks agoMonopoly's inventor, Lizzie Magie, was an advocate for the Single Tax Movement despite her tendency to hit you with both Income Tax AND Super Tax ...
Burns Night177 weeks agoThe 25th January is the anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1759.
A walk to Blythe Hill179 weeks agoThere's always something new to discover in London
Virtual Quack Tour Debut179 weeks agoNew tour begins following the Quack Doctor Lionel Lockyer (1600-1672) as he makes his rounds delivering his celebrated Sunlight Pill to addresses ...
The Churchill Conference193 weeks ago"Who's in charge of the clattering train" is a poem which Churchill knew well enough to quote from. He grabbed the wheel and took charge when the ...
Centenary of the Imperial War Museum in London223 weeks agoThe year 2020 marks the centenary of London’s Imperial War Museum, a site exploring the history of conflict from the First World War through the ...