Saturday, 2 July 2016

London Spy 02:07:16 Our Weekly #London & London Walks Review


It's our weekly London roundup starting with a few headlines that caught the eye in London over the last week or so, click the links for the full stories…





Edited, written & compiled by Adam Scott-Goulding


BREXIT: 50,000 people join Brexit Demo in London today (Saturday)…






Source & full story in the Wall Street Journal



BREXIT: Young Londoners assert their feelings of European identity at a peaceful demo in Westminster…





(Source Channel 4 News)




BLACK HISTORY: Mary Seacole statue unveiled in SE1…



A memorial statue believed to be the UK's first in honour of a named black woman has been unveiled in London.

Mary Seacole was a Jamaican-born nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War in the 19th Century.

The statue's completion follows a 12-year campaign which raised £500,000 to honour her.
Tottenham MP David Lammy said it was a "seminal moment for Londoners, and for the black community particularly."



Full story: www.bbc.co.uk




In Brief


ROCK'N'ROLL PROPERTY: The Stones Lived Here! – Ham & High



CELEB: Tom Cruise Lands Helicopter in South London – Evening Standard

















The Best Recent Posts from The Daily Constitutional…



Thursday A London Walks "blue plaque" for the inventor of the crossword by David Tucker…



Full post HERE 


Wednesday A playlist for the Rolling Stones London Walk – 12 versions of Satisfaction!







Wednesday Would you rather watch TV than look at St Paul's Cathedral?






Monday A fan letter to Wimbledon…





Monday A London photoblog from "the Morning After"…






If You Do One OTHER Thing In London…

Our weekly slot in which we point you in the direction of other happenings and events in our great city. A new exhibition, a gig, a museum, a pop-up-shop – the best of London within a few minutes of a London Walks walking tour.



Exhibitionism, the blockbusting Rolling Stones show at the Saatchi Gallery has a little over two months left to run.

Everyone I have met on my Rolling Stones London Walk who has seen the show has absolutely loved it (and I did too – catch up with my review HERE). 

 

 Over to the boys in the band…




Here's how to find the Saatchi Gallery…






And here's the short promo vid for the Rolling Stones London tour, Thursdays 2:30pm meet at Tottenham Court Road tube…






Walking & Footwear News



As regular readers will know, when I get a day off from leading London Walks tours and editing the Daily Constitutional, I like to go for long walks through London. And I'm always interested to hear tales of walking from other cities. This week I came across this extraordinary article from Houston, Texas…


To walk in Houston is crazy. Many think it’s illegal, or at the very least forbidden by god. If the heat doesn’t kill you, the underclasses might, or so the car-loving locals like to think.

One of my walks took me from the downtown Hilton Americas a few miles through the historic black district of Third Ward to the University of Houston. When I informed the old friend who’d enlisted me to come to review concerts at the biennial convention of the American Guild of Organists held in the city last week, his face took an uncharacteristically grave aspect. He grabbed my shoulder and said, “Never do that again.” Needless to say, that only encouraged me to do just that…


… Houston has the terrible habit of permitting some blocks to dispense with sidewalks. This isn’t so bad in the unthreatening calm of Vermont Street.

But it is life-threatening along the busy four-lane thoroughfare of San Felipe Avenue running through River Oaks. There are long sidewalk-less stretches in this super-rich enclave’s main automotive artery. For most of these I could still walk along the grassy verge, robustly green from all the pricey irrigation. It’s important to the super rich to keep up appearances on the outside of their walls.


Read the full story HERE





Seen in London This Week…

The #wearehere tribute to the fallen of the Somme 100 years ago was a moving spectacle indeed…








Read in London This Week

Thanks to London Walker Nicola Dencer for this review on Facebook…





Last Word…

After today we know that Novac's name won't be on the Final scoreboard. Will Andy's?

Oh any excuse to post this pic again!




London Spy will return next Saturday





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