My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

The Glorious English Countryside in 2014

Louisa Young, London journalist and novelist, and wife of a composer, grew up in the house where the story Peter Pan was written by Sir J. M. Barrie. Some older readers will remember the boy who does not want to grow up and lives with other Lost Boys (who fell out of their baby prams)

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Is housing a human right?

Leading up to the 2012 Olympics in London, there was a scramble to secure housing for the athletes. The location for the games was Stratford, not Shakespeare’s home town on the River Avon, but a major transportation hub about six miles northeast of Trafalgar Square. Until 1839 this area was pastoral, not much different from

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Whew! London. P-U, London.

Several months have gone by in a blur. There is so much to grab one’s attention in a big city — and especially London. I have about a thousand photos to prove it.  For an old girl, I got around pretty well, by walking and by bus. Sometimes it hurt and often I had to

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Country Mouse

Victoria Station to Horsham


With seemingly great ease we can still get into the English countryside from London. I say “seemingly” because, first of all, we have Oyster cards (prepaid fares) that allow us jump on a bus or tube train within a reasonable walking distance from our flat, and to arrive at

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Building London in a Hurry

 London is a jumble of impermanent building parts at worst and a continually changing display of architectural styles and lifestyles at best. Architecture critic Rowan Moore (WHY WE BUILD, 2012) writes about our desire for permanence and the futility of it. How can our built environment remain the same when our needs are ever-changing? Case

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