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Rolling up the bridge in London…

London’s Rolling Bridge.

When I was a kid my Mom used to tell me that late at night, when people went to bed, the sidewalks were rolled up.

I have no idea where this idea comes from, but it’s a vivid image for a 4 year old – and one that has stuck with […]

London via Lytro

Last weekend I was in London — complete with breakfast at my hotel:

Naturally I had a great time, save for a couple details – like, for example, getting gifted a cold on my way out of town. I felt so awful this morning, that I opted to stay home and sleep.

As I […]

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my American friends (both in America and elsewhere) as well as all my friends in America (American or whatever), I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

I even wish my friends abroad, who are not American, but whom like turkey – a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and I am loathe […]

My last day in London – with Hairy Goat

The Shard, Europe’s tallest building.

I’ve been meaning to throw up a couple pictures from my last day in London –it’s only been three weeks. I don’t really have a good excuse other than the fact that work has been keeping me extremely busy, and when I’ve left work, I’ve been feeling exceptionally lazy […]

Bletchley Park

Last year was the 100th birthday of Alan Turing—the brilliant, gay, scientist who helped break the Enigma machine, and then (probably) committed suicide in 1954.

During the Centenary Celebration, I became aware of Bletchley Park, a museum at the wartime site of British code breaking. I filed away this knowledge for a future trip to […]

Alternative London – Exploring Brick Lane

Saturday, before Book of Mormon, I headed over toward Brick Lane for the Alternative London tour – which is, basically, a tour of Brick Lane focusing on street art and graffiti. The tour is done on a donation basis – at the end of the tour you tip what you think the tour was worth.

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Ding Dong! Mission Accomplished

Tonight – well, last night, I accomplished my Raison d’être for this London vacation.

I saw Book of Mormon.

Yeah, sure, I saw it last year.

Yeah, sure, last year I woke up to the lyrics running through my head for two months.

Yeah, sure, I’m a bit crazy.

But it was worth it – […]

From Aluminum Tube to London Tube in 30 Minutes.

Along my walk.

I’m in London for a short holiday – and my first day was most excellent.

Given Heathrow norms (an airport I try to avoid), I fully expected to spend an hour, if not two, clearing immigration. Instead, I went from the aluminum tube to the London Tube in about 30 minutes […]

On meeting @torchyboy

One of the highlights of my trip to the UK last weekend was meeting @torchyboy – the fabulous man about Twitter, who manages to be funny, interesting, and interactive.

Torchy! is on the right.

Now I’ve shamelessly flirted with him for a long time – and even received, last summer, an autographed photo featuring […]

This is…

Gosh, I feel a lot like Edward R. Murrow, looking out above London.

Yes, I am in London—I’ve checked into the Hilton, wandered through town, ate a late lunch at Covent Gardens, and wandered along the Thames River.

Yes, London, Ontario, has Covent Gardens and the Thames.

Positively Brilliant, if you ask me.

Covent […]