This Earth, This Realm, This England

fullsizeoutput_35bThat’s me (above) in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, a pedestrian tunnel under the River Thames which takes you from the north bank in East London into Greenwich right by the Cutty Sark, at left. I highly recommend using the tunnel if you’re in London, it’s amazing.

As mentioned in previous posts, we spent a couple weeks in London recently, visiting our daughter during her study abroad. I also did a college year abroad in England . . . thirty-five years ago. Finally returning to England after all this time was a dream come true, if delayed by a few more decades than I would have liked. I’ve long been a bit of an anglophile, partial to Monty Python, The Avengers (Steed and Peel!), Sherlock Holmes, Gerry Anderson’s UFO, the list goes on an on.

IMG_3722I spent my college year at the University of Birmingham, and we made a day trip up to Brum to see the campus and where I lived. That’s the clock tower on campus at left. The campus and the city have changed a lot, of course, in the intervening years. For one thing, the place I lived, Kingsmead College in Selly Oak, has been entirely torn down and replaced with a large new facility that is now actually part of the university.In Front of the Waterloo Block

We packed a lot into our two weeks, seeing many of the classic tourist sights—such as the Tower of London, at right—as well as spending time in museums. I took several hundred photos, which I’m sorting through, weeding out some, captioning the rest. Strangely, even after all this time, I have yet to completely finish captioning my photo album of printed photos from my first visit, and now here I am trying to organize a much larger collection . . . but in a more timely fashion, I hope. One could argue I should finally finish the first before continuing work on the second, but it’s so much easier working digitally.

IMG_4177Upon returning to the States, I’ve been quite busy with freelance gigs and my own writing, and any plans of doing more extensive posting about the trip have fallen by the wayside, but perhaps I’ll still manage to do a bit here and there. Or not. Everything’s harder to do when you can’t easily find a proper serving of tea and scones, such as what’s available in the Waterstones Piccadilly. It’s the largest bookstore in Europe, featuring six floors of books, and it claims to have eight miles of shelves carrying more than two hundred thousand unique titles. Come for the books, stay for the tea and scones. Or vice versa.





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