Monthly Archives: March 2008

>No, the other Stratford

> We live on the cusp of Newham and Waltham Forest, off the road between Leytonstone at the top and Stratford at the bottom. Leytonstone’s OK. We like it here. I’ve yet to find anything I like about Stratford. True, … Continue reading

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>Continental scooterists, part 1

>I snapped this guy in the newer part of Granada. He’s on a very nice, well looked-after mid 80s P-range Vespa. I suspect he was just on his way back to work after almuerzo. No jacket, no gloves, no jeans. … Continue reading

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>I’m still waiting for the time machine to be invented.

>The marvellous Nouvelle Vague (who also do a a great cover of the Buzzcock’s Ever Fallen In Love With Someone [You Shouldn’t’ve Fallen In Love With]) used the famous café sequence from Godard’s 1964 film Bande à Part. The song’s … Continue reading

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>RA*4 CBY

>That was the reg of the small white van that followed me down Leman street – and I’m not exaggerating here – three feet from my rear wheel. Which is exactly the thing I enjoy at 30mph and about to … Continue reading

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>Blue Skies Will Surely Come

> Visiting the fine little village of Alnmouth, we were surprised to find these old caravans sat atop the headland like Easter Island Moai. Each little plot a promise of tartan rugs, damp comics and a black and white telly … Continue reading

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>I knew it wasn’t a good idea…

>… for The Man to turn the westbound section of the Bow Flyover into a single lane. The three lanes from Stratford suddenly funnelled into one just isn’t a barrel of laughs at the best of times. Now there’s another … Continue reading

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>Bomber Country

>Like the first time you see the blue whale in the Natural History Museum, it’s the sheer size that gets you. Roy Chadwick’s masterpiece is enormous and brutally gorgeous, the way many heavyweight boxers are. I was up at the … Continue reading

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>In yer face, "Pizza" Hut …

>… this gloomy little place serves the real thing, cooked up by an elderly Italian hiding behind a Cimbali coffee machine perhaps as old as he is. Great chips, too. A hot little mound of golden matchsticks to crunch while … Continue reading

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>It’s later than you think…

>… if you want a new, geared Vespa. Piaggio stopped making the P-range last year. European emissions laws have finally seen off the angular old workhorse they introduced as the ‘New Line’ in 1978. In the picture here we have … Continue reading

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>There was indeed beer last night

>Rather a lot of it. Some of it was Taylor’s Landlord, brewed magnificently in my home town and the reason of my rounded silhouette. It doesn’t travel well, even though the brewery have reputedly invested in a special cushioned dray … Continue reading

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