Monthly Archives: September 2011

Jakarta? No, We Came On A Vespa

Indonesia has a long history of licence-building the mighty Vespa. Consequently, the scooter has a huge cult following there. Here’s a beautifully-filmed short of two lads riding through Jakarta’s evening light on a P-Range and a Sprint Veloce. Advertisements

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The ‘Burbs

More from Essex. My sisyphean quest to hold a driving licence often finds me out in Woodford. There’s something a bit Betjeman about the place, with its Tudorbethan semis, pipe-smoking tramp, Hornby trainset Tube station and neat parade of shops. … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, In Leytonstone…

If you’ve been following The Red Lion on twitter, you’ll know they’ve been planning a beer festival. These posters have appeared in their windows in the last couple of days – it’s going to be North V South, with 70 … Continue reading

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Eastfield

A lot of things slide under your radar while you’re changing nappies, sterilising bottles or falling asleep on the Tube. Even the opening of a brewpub ten minutes from your front door – so, sincere thanks to Grimnorth and Boak … Continue reading

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Orange County

I’ve always had a lot of time for Essex. It’s not all Humvees and spraytans the colour of Cheesy Wotsits, as a trip to Maldon proves. It’s a sort of Aldeburgh lite – without those braying men in pink cords … Continue reading

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Form Over Function

Remember these? It’s an Italjet Velocifero, snapped this lunchtime outside Sweetings in The City. These were launched in the mid 90s, and sold for about five years. Jamie Oliver had one, Patrick Cox designed a limited edition one and Oasis … Continue reading

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Art Of Glass

1962 was a bad year for London architecture, seeing off both the Euston Arch and the lesser-known Coal Exchange on Lower Thames Street. The charmless concrete and glass cube that replaced the Exchange is where I saw this bit of … Continue reading

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Stockholm Syndrome

New dads don’t get to the pub much. I’ve been twice since Little Wheels arrived ten weeks ago, and one of those was a Wetherspoon. I’m not complaining. My priorities have changed for the better and I wouldn’t have it … Continue reading

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