Monthly Archives: February 2009

>The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

> Everybody loves the Monroe lines of a classic scooter, most famously those of the GS model. Among the last of the curvaceous largeframes was the Rally, and the Sprint Veloce (my own beloved example ‘Bella’ is pictured here on … Continue reading

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>Watching The Watchmen

> I’ve been looking forward to the release of Watchmen since last year, which doesn’t get its UK release until 6th March. A phone call. It’s my mate Stuart. Stuart has miraculously snagged two tickets to the press preview that … Continue reading

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>More Lazy Blogging

> Flight Of The Conchords, ‘Foux Da Fa Fa’.

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>Red Brick Dreams

>A google for Len Deighton’s London Dossier – inspired by a recent post on Unmitigated England – turned up a page about Rowton Houses. These were hostels created in 1892 by philanthropist Lord Rowton. His idea was to create a … Continue reading

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>Lovers Lane

>On sunday we paid our first visit to Brick Lane Market for about 4 years. My goodness, it’s changed. Until we moved to Glittering Leytonstone we lived in the environs of The Lane for the thick end of 12 years. … Continue reading

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>The Right Stuff

> There aren’t many boozers anywhere that tick all – or most – of my boxes, and only a couple in That London. One is the Harp, this is the other. The Old Mitre can be tricky to find even … Continue reading

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>Years Of Living Dangerously

> The public perception of the scooterist is of a bloke on a Vespa or Lambretta with so many mirrors and lights that it looks like a Christmas tree. This image is due in large part to pictures taken by … Continue reading

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>Boxing Day

> Here’s a plug for a new Flickr group, The International League Of Matchbox Stuffers. In short, see how many things you can get into a standard matchbox. My effort is above, with a piffling 19 items, though it did … Continue reading

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>Hello Pot, Meet Mr Kettle

>After the cobblers spouted by Malcolm Gluck a couple of weeks ago, beer writer Melissa Cole challenged the Guardian’s wine writer to a beer tasting. It can be seen in all its glory here. Malc clearly had his mind made … Continue reading

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>(un)Dead End

> British roads are ever-more cluttered with nannyish and often pointless signage. My pet hates are those boards instructing ‘pedestrians’ to walk around the fenced-off 8ft deep hole some gas company or other has dug, rather than attempt to walk … Continue reading

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