Yellow Menace


Two holders of the Victoria Cross are buried in Margravine Cemetery, see Local Hero and Another Local Hero. There are other war memorials including a column for staff at J Lyons killed in The Great War and a curved wall naming those those killed on the Home Front in WW II. The Lyons memorial was moved here in 2002 when the Lyons building in Greenford was pulled down.

The Friends of Margravine Cemetery take pride in these memorials and also the flora and fauna that flourish here. There is a monthly bird count, new trees are planted and mowing optimised to encourage  wildlife. Continue reading Yellow Menace

In Memoriam

This is a verse from Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H.

Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed

I haven’t entirely unraveled what it means. Poetry can be tricky to interpret but perhaps it’s relevant to the recent installation of two bird feeders in my small back garden. Continue reading In Memoriam

Le Patron Mange Ici … Non?


Hotels are required to have restaurants and they used to be great places to dine well and quite cheaply. These days they hand their dining rooms over to celebrity chefs – so it’s no bargain. How often a celeb chef sets a foot in “his” dining room, let alone the kitchen, is a moot point. There are exceptions. Continue reading Le Patron Mange Ici … Non?