If you walk along Pont Street you may have noticed this house opposite St Columba’s Church. Both were built in 1884 but the church was destroyed by a bomb in 1941 and rebuilt in 1955. No 67, known as Farm House, was commissioned by Major General Sir Herbert Stewart KCB but he never lived there. Now No. 67 is home to Knightsbridge School.
If General Stewart looks rather young he is. He died in 1885 aged only forty-one of wounds received on the expedition to relieve Gordon’s garrison at Khartoum. Distinguished enough to merit this bronze memorial in St Paul’s but he has another memorial (fountain) in Hans Place facing Pont Street.
There is a poignant inscription along the base of the memorial:
Also of his son Geoffrey Stewart, Coldstream Guards, killed in action in France, December 22nd 1914 aged 36.
Now for something different. Two friends suggested these items as “stocking fillers”.
I have clipped my miniature compass to my Oyster card case, my friend has his on his watch strap.
Experiments in psychology are thought-provoking. The University of South California did one using popcorn. They gave cinema audiences free popcorn and monitored how much they ate. Then they gave a similar group free popcorn but with the proviso that they had to eat with their non-dominant hand. Continue reading Popcorn
Paul Watkins is ten years younger than me, he was born in 1964. His childhood memoir, Stand Before Your God, was published in 1993 and made a huge impression on me. Continue reading Stand Before Your God
My terraced house has been transformed by an Australian friend, Alan Higgs. Fortunately he is an acclaimed architect not a chef as I don’t fancy living in a gingerbread house. Continue reading Alan Higgs
I bought The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig on the recommendation of an erudite friend. “One of the greatest memoirs of the twentieth century” says David Hare. John Banville adds ” a marvellous recapturing of a Europe that Hitler and his thugs destroyed”. Continue reading The World of Yesterday
Robin Lane Fox’s latest column in FTWeekend is required reading if you live in the UK and cherish your box. RLF gave his son box plants for his garden in west London and in August this year Cydalima perspectalis did not decimate them, it 100%ed them when he was away on holiday with his family for a fortnight. Continue reading Robin Lane Box