Great holiday in Portugal’s Algarve.

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Beautiful hotel, straight onto the beach.

Gordano is a fine place if you just want to relax, enjoy beautiful beaches, swimming and good food. The nearby forests were great to explore and there are excellent cycle paths for gentle cycling.

 

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Fishing Boats On The Beach
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Fine, Wide, Clean Beach
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Wooden Walkway
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Beautiful Forest Walks
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Nearby Marshland
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Great For Cycling

Shocking ‘Future Dust’ Artwork At St Katharine Docks

 

Important artwork, Future Dust, Displaying Unwanted Items Thrown Into The Water.
Future Dust, Artwork,Displaying Unwanted Plastic And Metal Items Thrown Into The Water.

Featured at this year’s Classic Boats Festival at St Katharine Docks, this shocking display shows all kinds of discarded plastic and other items, previously thrown into the water. Presented in cages, it illustrates the need for urgent attention to avoid damaging the environment. The following quotation is taken from the website linked below.

‘Plastic pollution is a timely, global environmental issue affecting the Thames, waterways and oceans. The World Economic Forum has predicted there will be more plastic than fish in the sea in weight by 2050. 

Artist Maria Arceo will highlight this in Future Dust a large-scale artwork responding to the sheer scale of plastic litter that is being deposited into the Thames. The installation will tour to different riverside locations across London and will be illuminated at dusk by Dutch interactive light artist Tim Scheffer.’

http://totallythames.org/event/future-dust

Thanks to the artist, Totally Thames and St Katharine Docks for featuring this and bringing it closer to our attention.

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Lots Happening At St Katharine Docks During The Classic Boats Festival.

St Katharine Docks Boat Festival 2017
St Katharine Docks Boat Festival 2017

There will be lots of activity and bubble at the forthcoming Classic Boats Festival early in September. Full details are on the link below. If you would like to see lots of pics of last year, please go to my other website here: http://www.thestoryofstkatharinedocks.com/

Cruise Ships In The Pool Of London

Cruise Ship Silver Cloud Visiting Central London.
Cruise Ship Silver Cloud Visiting Central London.

I always enjoy seeing these cruise ships navigating the Thames into central London. It must be very exciting for passengers and crew to pass under the world famous Tower Bridge, opening specially, and then berthing next to the famous battleship HMS Belfast. They will be overlooked by London’s iconic Shard building and have easy sight of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. These ships bring in more than five hundred tourists, all keen to explore London and spend lots of money in our shops, cafes and theatres.

What I don’t understand is why we only have these ships here occasionally, rather than all the time through the Tourist season. Does anyone know why? We have this major, marvellous facility, only being minimally used and under utilised.

Any comments would be appreciated, also please get in touch if you have visited on one of the cruise ships- it would be great to share your experiences and pictures.

To buy my books about nearby St Katharine’s or about life at the Tower of London, please click here.

Cruise Ship Hamburg, moored in the Thames in central london
The Hamburg, moored in the Pool of London

 

 

 

Reprieve For Enamel Panels At St Katharine Docks.

These colourful enamel panels, by Dale Devereux Barker,  were created in vitreous enamel, with the help of four nearby schools. The children were shown archive pictures provided by the Museum of London and then created their own, to be included on these fine panels, which are greatly admired by the public. More pics here. 

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Holland Park Gets More Beautiful Every Year

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This must be the most varied park in London. The formal gardens are splendid, as are the various trees and foliage around the numerous walks. The  children’s playground is among the best, so is the famous Japanese Garden with its fabulous Coy carp.

 

Dickens, Justice and Elephants

elephantMy interest in Dickens is very extensive, not least his views about the need for justice and fair play. Aditional to my books and St Katharine’s work, I feel deeply influenced by Charles Dickens, hence my numerous talks on the subject. Dickens was powerfully motivated against injustice of all kinds, from complex legal and government issues to class unfairness and straightforward cruelty- he would have been passionately upset and concerned about this ghastly elephant abuse. He would have been very proud of the people organising this campaign and would have written influential letters and articles to expose this horrible injustice. Incidentally, many people know about how he thankfully saved Great Ormond Street Hospital, but fewer know that he was similarly a great friend and benefactor to Battersea Dogs Home.

Please pass on this information and sign the petition- collectively we can make a difference and demonstrate our humanity.

https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-muhammad-nawaz-sharif-kaavan-has-secured-sanctuary-at-no-cost-to-pakistan-at-cambodia-wildlife-sanctuary?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=petition_signer_receipt&share_context=signature_receipt&recruiter=416983858

Thursdays Is Cafe Rouge Book Signing Morning.

20161229-DSC02833On Thursday mornings I’m usually to be found at Cafe Rouge, St Katharine Docks, between 10 a.m. and noon. Some people drop in to purchase one of the books, others to ask questions or to chat about The Tower of London or St Katharine’s and its history. Do come in and say hello if you are nearby, I love sharing knowledge in the subjects I’m obvio9usly enthusiastic about..

Wednesday Means Wapping- Book Signing At The Turk’s Head

Turk's Head, Wapping
Turk’s Head Wapping

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The Story Of St Katharine's Cover

I’ll be book signing at the Turk’s Head from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, as every DSCN4339 (2)week. Please come and chat, I love discussing the local history, whether you want to buy or not. The coffee here is good and the home made cakes are excellent.