If you don’t have a clue what a herpetologist does, I will give you one; Gussie Fink-Nottle. That’s right, he studies reptiles and amphibians. Today’s subject (not Ken Livingston) was a herpetologist. Continue reading We are the Music-Makers
I have noticed in the last few years a proliferation of wooden louvre shutters in Fulham, replacing the good-old net curtain. Continue reading Fortress Fulham
If Gilbert White could do it so can I. If you visit a nature reserve there are hides for observation. I have got in on the act. Continue reading For the Birds
This is the title of a petition made to Parliament. As it has received more than 100,000 signatures it is eligible to be debated later this year. Continue reading Ban Driven Grouse Shooting
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
Are you a regular? The sort that when you go to the bar the bartender says “the usual”? There isn’t really a usual post here anymore than Rachid, the cocktail barman at my club, can anticipate my order. However, there are a few bits and pieces to update you on. Continue reading Local News
The Yellow Earl’s London house was in Carlton House Terrace. It was in fact two houses knocked into one. Here is an extract from The Yellow Earl, Douglas Sutherland’s excellent biography of the 5th Earl of Lonsdale. Continue reading A Walk in the Park
Helen Macdonald garnered praise and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2014 with H is for Hawk. A substantial strand of the book is about TH White (above) and his book The Goshawk, written shortly before World War II, but not published until 1951. Continue reading G is for Goshawk
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
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?