Dec. 8th, 2006

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And While London Burns: it's an opera about climate change. And an audio tour of London. And the most depressing guided walk in history. And (for all I know) a floor wax and a dessert topping. If you're in London, why not download it to your MP3 player and go for a walk? There are some emotionally powerful moments, though I could have done with a bit more story and a bit less preaching. One tiny thing: to completely follow the walk, you'll need to do it during working hours.

Or you could stay indoors where it's warm, and go to London: A Life in Maps, at the British Library. Described by Time Out, correctly, as "guaranteed to get a certain kind of Londoner quivering in anticipation". Plan to spend several hours in there, and to buy the book afterwards, and to go back a week or two later for another look. Top tip: they've hidden the free guide/brochures by the till, rather than putting them at the entrance to the exhibition -- it's worth getting one, because it folds out to an A1-sized reproduction of Newcourt's map from 1658. But you'll be buying the book anyway. Trust me.

On, and there's a new edition of Smoke. Because you can never know too much about London...


Dec. 8th, 2006 10:36 pm
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The last train to North Woolwich is tomorrow night. And good riddance to it, though I'll miss the romantic middle-of-nowhere feeling of North Woolwich station itself...


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