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  • Firefighters strike over pensions

    BBC News - London
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Firefighters across England begin a four-day strike in a row over pensions during one of the service's busiest weekends of the year.
  • Teenager stabbed to death on south London street

    Telegraph News
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The 18-year-old man died outside a convenience store in Borough on Friday afternoon
  • Kahve Dunyasi – Turkish sweets in Piccadilly

    London tips by locals | Spotted by Locals city guide
    Peter Hoffer
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Image by Peter Hoffer The last couple years have seen a large increase in coffee shops from Australia and New Zealand; now it seems like every Londoner has a favourite place to grab a ‘Flat White‘. However a new coffee shop in the centre of Piccadilly shows that our Antipodean cousins are not the only ones who can do an excellent cup of coffee. Kahve Dunyasi is a popular coffee chain in Turkey. Their new shop in central London is their first British branch and for many Londoners, it will be their first taste of how coffee is made in Turkey (be warned – Turkish coffees pack a…
  • New book finally here – New York to Alaska

    The Postman
    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’ve been quiet on here for a long while, mainly because I’ve been working to pay off debts from the first trip and also because I’ve been busy over what is now almost the last 2 years trying to finish the second book; and finally, it’s ready and has just gone to print. It’s titled Running Towards the Light (Postcards from Alaska) and is about my journey on the same old Honda CT110 from New York to Alaska. It was a journey of around 6000 miles, lasting almost 3 months in total, travelling through Detroit, Chicago, along Route 66, over the Rockies, though Monument…
  • WE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY – THEY DEFEND FREE MARKET CAPITALISM

    Occupy London
    Peter Dombi
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    By Peter Dombi; cross-posted from Our Broken System   Yesterday a post was made on the website of the Centre for Policy Studies*, a right-wing think-tank that was set-up by[...]
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    BBC News - London

  • Firefighters strike over pensions

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Firefighters across England begin a four-day strike in a row over pensions during one of the service's busiest weekends of the year.
  • Woolf steps down from abuse inquiry

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf is to step down as the head of an inquiry into historic child sex abuse, she has told the BBC.
  • VIDEO: A sea of red poppies from the air

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Footage taken from the air above the Tower of London shows the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red made up of thousands of ceramic poppies to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.
  • Yeovil sign Steer and Arthurworrey

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer and Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey join Yeovil Town on short-term loans.
  • Brentford v Derby County

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Brentford and Derby County.
 
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    London tips by locals | Spotted by Locals city guide

  • Kahve Dunyasi – Turkish sweets in Piccadilly

    Peter Hoffer
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Image by Peter Hoffer The last couple years have seen a large increase in coffee shops from Australia and New Zealand; now it seems like every Londoner has a favourite place to grab a ‘Flat White‘. However a new coffee shop in the centre of Piccadilly shows that our Antipodean cousins are not the only ones who can do an excellent cup of coffee. Kahve Dunyasi is a popular coffee chain in Turkey. Their new shop in central London is their first British branch and for many Londoners, it will be their first taste of how coffee is made in Turkey (be warned – Turkish coffees pack a…
  • Bakehaus – Wunderbar bread

    Peter Hoffer
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Image by Peter Hoffer German cuisine in London is not as well-known as other countries’ cuisines. Every Londoner seems to have a favourite Indian curry house or Australian coffee shop, but how many have a favourite German cafe? After sampling the goodies at Bakehaus, many Londoners will be sure to return. Located on the busy high street in Hammersmith, Bakehaus stands out among the bland poundshops and discount chains. Its freshly baked offerings go beyond the German stereotype of humble pretzels. For fans of sweet baked goods, sample the yeast crowns – a light but sweet baked…
  • Indian Veg – Cheap, abundant and delicious

    Phoebe Ferris-Rotman
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Image by Phoebe Ferris-Rotman This fantastic all-you-can eat buffet is tucked away on Chapel Market, a ten minute walk from Angel tube station and a stone’s throw from the more expensive restaurants of Upper Street. At an astonishingly low £ 5.95 for central London, you can grab a plate and start piling it high with delicious vegetarian Indian food. With around four or five curries, three types of rice, onion bhajis and many different salads, there is plenty to choose from. An impressive array of non-alcoholic drinks, juices and soft drinks fill the cooler and there are five kinds of…
  • Courtauld Gallery – Fine Impressionism

    Peter Hoffer
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Image by Peter Hoffer Fine art lovers (particularly those who love Impressionism) have few better places to spend an afternoon than the Courtauld Gallery in central London. In just a few rooms of this compact gallery, visitors will encounter such iconic works as Cezanne’s “The Card Players“, Manet’s “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” and Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear“. Fans of other works of art will not be disappointed. Although the compact gallery specialises in Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, the gallery does cover a…
  • Bawarchi – Fresh and cheap Indian

    Phoebe Ferris-Rotman
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Image by Phoebe Ferris-Rotman On a street in Kensal Rise where there are four Indian restaurants practically next to each other, Bawarchi stands out as the top quality contender. It was reopened and redesigned a few years ago into a sleeker and seemingly more upmarket restaurant than its predecessor, but the prices hardly reflect it. I ate here with a friend and we each had a drink and the total was only £ 24. We ate vegetarian, but still, the prices are very low for the quality of the food. I recommend the Begun Fry, whole baby aubergine cooked whole in a spicy tomato and onion sauce.
 
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    The Postman

  • New book finally here – New York to Alaska

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’ve been quiet on here for a long while, mainly because I’ve been working to pay off debts from the first trip and also because I’ve been busy over what is now almost the last 2 years trying to finish the second book; and finally, it’s ready and has just gone to print. It’s titled Running Towards the Light (Postcards from Alaska) and is about my journey on the same old Honda CT110 from New York to Alaska. It was a journey of around 6000 miles, lasting almost 3 months in total, travelling through Detroit, Chicago, along Route 66, over the Rockies, though Monument…
  • More pics from Seattle to Alaska

    admin
    30 Jun 2013 | 4:31 pm
  • Alaska

    admin
    6 Jun 2013 | 1:49 pm
    Kinda didn’t make much fuss of it but on the same bike as I originally rode from Sydney to London on, I’ve just completed my trans-world adventure by reaching Alaska. It was a good trip, cold, a turbulent at times, but we made it. More pictures to follow.    
  • Good news!!

    admin
    5 Dec 2012 | 6:06 am
    Motorcycle News is very kindly and very generously selling copies of my book, the Long Ride Home, priced at £9.99 including postage and packing. Despite the changes in the cover, it’s the same book about the same trip from Sydney to London as the other variations that have been shown over the past few months. It’s just taken me a while to nail it down and go ahead with batch printing. So if anyone would like a copy please click here and do me the kind honour of letting me know how you get on with it once it’s arrived… For people outside of the UK, please go here for a…
  • America…

    admin
    27 Oct 2012 | 10:28 am
    So I made it across America, with a proper report on that to come. But to summarise, in total I covered 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) in six weeks, starting in New York and heading first up through Pennsylvania. From there I took in Detroit, Chicago, then down along the old Route 66 to St Louis then due west across Kansas until finally I hit the Rockies. Rather than dip below them we rode up and over, taking in a trail at 13,000 feet – me having to push Dot some of the way – before dropping down in to Utah and Nevada, taking in Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Zion and Las Vegas…
 
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    She Loves London

  • Stuff I Did When I Was At Work: 100 Things in London

    She Loves London
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Disclaimer: if you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably already seen this. In which case, please accept this kneeling goat as an apology. He is sorry. As am I. But I put a project together for work and I like it, obviously, so by my powers of deduction, if you’re reading this then it probably means you: a) like London b) have some time on your hands c) enjoy reading things on the internet d) have recently had either me / one of my friends / my mum / my dad standing next you at a party refusing to top up your wine glass until you’ve put this website address into…
  • All Praise Walking Home from Work Along the Regent’s Canal (but not in winter)

    She Loves London
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s annoying that September’s over. Firstly because I can no longer legitimately get away with saying “it’s my birthday” in October, but also because it’s getting dark which means I’ll have to stop walking home along the Regent’s canal in the evening. Strictly speaking, I don’t have to stop. It is indeed my right as a human person to continue walking home even when it’s dark or cold or a bit rainy – but let’s face it, walking along an unlit stretch of canal just isn’t as good in the pitch black. And when I…
  • Why Clerkenwell EC1 is a Really Good Place to Work

    She Loves London
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I work in Farringdon. Or maybe it’s Clerkenwell. Farrenwell? Clerkendon? I’m not totally sure what the difference is between the two, but I really like it here in EC1. I’ve decided to write about it because I’m not really going on Facebook any more, so this is my new platform for making people wish they were me. Plus, it’s not like you can just rock up to Clerkenwell at the weekend and expect to discover the brilliance. It’s all over by then. Done. Finished. Kaput. And I’m a little bit worried you’re missing out. Clerkenwell is a Monday to…
  • Back to the Future at Secret Cinema (aka, the one where they took everyone’s phone away)

    She Loves London
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I went to Secret Cinema the other week. You’ve probably heard of them from all the BBC News coverage this summer. They recreated the set from Back to the Future next to the Olympic Park in Hackney, charged £53 a ticket and then cancelled the first few shows, ruining lives and wasting thousands of 1950s fancy dress outfits in the process. Nationwide trauma ensued. All over the UK, upset BTTF fans wept tears of anguish onto their Facebook page, while everyone on Twitter made fun of them using pithy puns and clever film references. We should also congratulate those who took…
  • A List of Things I’ve Learnt About Living in London Since 1984

    She Loves London
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    A few of us are turning 30 this year. Maybe you’ve seen us around: we’re the ones with the fear in our eyes, skinny jeans on our legs and double rum and cokes in each hand, yelling “BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?” on the Kingsland Road circa 3am. Over the last 29 years I’ve come to realise that not only is London a brilliant place to grow up, but it’s also a brilliant place to work and live when you’re not ready to grow up. And, I hope, it’ll be an even better place to drag myself kicking, screaming and consuming huge amounts of medicinal gin…
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    Eating London Tours

  • 5 spooky ways to spend Halloween in London

    Lisa Robinson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    London Food Blog post by Lisa Robinson There’s no doubt that Halloween fever is taking hold of London. Across the capital, you will find plenty of spooky events and many fang-tastic things to do in London this Halloween. From frightening theatre and creepy cinemas to ghastly attractions and terrifying tours, the capital really does have it all! But if you’re struggling for ideas, follow our guide to the spookiest ways to spend Halloween in London and remember to let us know your favourite experiences, happy haunting! Halloween at The London Eye with the Witch Academy The London Eye Witch…
  • 36 Unique Things To Do in London

    Michael Ball
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    London Food Blog post by Michael Ball We certainly know what Samuel Johnson was getting at when he said “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” London is huge, and there is just so much to do in this great city, the problem is, how do you decide what to do when you’re there? Well, that’s where we come in! We have spoken to 36 of our friends from London and across the world to come up with 30 unique things for you to do. All you have to do now is figure out what to do with the other 329 days of the year! 36 unique…
  • 4 of the Best Places to Drink Gin in London

    Beverley Reinemann
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    London Food Blog post by Beverley Reinemann Eighteenth century London. The city was slum-ridden, the streets were crowded. Unlicensed gin production was legal, and the price of it in comparison to other spirits was extremely low. So low, in fact, that the poorest people in London could afford it, and turned to it in an attempt to escape the cold and hunger they faced on a daily basis. Such was the popularity of gin at this time that it was estimated that of the 15,000 drinking establishments in London, over half were gin shops But what were the effects of this period of time known as the…
  • London on Pinterest: the Best of London

    Michael Ball
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    London Food Blog post by Michael Ball There may sometimes seem like there are too many social networks to keep up with nowadays, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Vine all keep people glued to their phones. One of our favourite, though, is Pinterest. The idea behind this is simple, people find pictures they like, and ‘pin’ them to virtual pin boards. The pictures can be just that, pictures, or they can link to interesting websites. There are fantastic boards all over Pinterest, from the best recipes to inspirational travel tips, interior decorating ideas to children’s holiday…
  • Haunted Places in London (And How to Visit Them)

    Beverley Reinemann
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    London Food Blog post by Beverley Reinemann Let’s be honest; at the beginning of autumn we all welcomed the change in season with open arms. We pulled out the jackets that had been gathering dust all summer, went out and bought a brand new scarf, and thoroughly enjoyed a nice Autumnal walk through the park. Then we realised that the arrival of autumn would mean the sun setting earlier, and mornings getting darker, and having to turn the heating on for the first time in about eight months. Still, it’s not all doom and gloom because, right at the end of October, we can embrace the one day…
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