I’ve got those K2 phone box blues

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I noticed this customised Giles Gilbert Scott designed K2 telephone box art gallery at the end of Bedford Row the other day after getting some cheap fruit  at Leather Lane Market to stick into our new juicer.

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It took me a few minutes to get to grips with the ghostly burnt plastic sheet hanging from where the light bulb should be. What does it all mean? Answers on a postcard, please. P

The Crypton Factor

the-crypton-factor_2I took a stroll down Fleet Street yesterday lunchtime to pick up some heavy duty builder’s bags from Robert Dyas (don’t ask).

Influenced by Secret London: An unusual Guide – Rachel Howard/Bill Nash (Jonglez) I reckoned as I had some time left I’d visit one of the attractions in the book. I thought I knew that area well, but obviously I didn’t as when I walked down Bouverie Street it all looked completely alien to me.

Walking past The Polish Cultural Institute which I never knew even existed, I took a left down Magpie Alley which has a series of tiles (aka The Magpie Murals) on the wall telling the story of the good old days of “The Print.” Interesting stuff if you love stories about Caxton, hot metal, web offset printing and the like which I do.

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But it didn’t stop there, I kept on going until I hit the back entrance of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP on the left (just before the alley morphs into Ashentree Court) and went through the small iron gate just to the side of the building and down some steps and treated myself to a butchers of the crypt of the old White Friars priory which once stood near there.

It’s well worth it, as it’s light years away from Clinton Cards, Pret a Manger and the hustle and bustle of Fleet Street once you’re at the bottom of those stairs.  P

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Book of the week

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Secret London: An unusual Guide – Rachel Howard/Bill Nash (Jonglez)

Found at a car boot in Vauxhall for the princely sum of 50 pence last weekend. It was published in 2014, there’s been a few changes in the capital since then but this is a great guide. Features stuff I didn’t know or just heard rumours of (like the old cells of possibly Newgate Prison in the cellar of The Viaduct Tavern, Newgate Street, more here) and even mentions my old favourite The Roman Bath, Strand Lane (more here). A book worth searching out. P

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Thank Trollope for the post box

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Being a postman in a previous life I do love a pillar box, and here’s one with a special commemorative plaque I spotted on Fleet Street the other day.

The plaque is is commemorating the bicentenary of Anthony Trollope’s birth in 1815.
More famous as a novelist, Trollope is also known for introducing freestanding postboxes (pillar boxes) to the UK from 1852 during his time working at the Post Office. How good is that? Working on the side as a postman as well as writing.

What amused me as well was “He wrote his earliest novels while working as a Post Office inspector, occasionally dipping into the lost-letter box for ideas” That sort of thing would get you the bullet these days!

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Still on the pillar box theme there’s a lovely Penfold Pillar box still in use in Devonshire Road, Forest Hill if you’re ever around that area and like that sort of thing (like we do). P

 

From Kingston to Kings Cross

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We heard about this “must go to” event on this week’s David Rodigan’s Radio Show on BBC 1Xtra.

It’s an exhibition from the late Dave Hendley (photographer,  journalist, lecturer, label boss and DJ) called “Rebel Music 1977-1998” and featuring some iconic images of reggae greats from Dave including King Tubby, Dr Alimantado, Gregory Isaacs, Lee Perry and more.

It runs from 10 Nov – 01 Dec 2016 at
Window Galleries,
Central Saint Martins,
1 Granary Square,
King’s Cross
N1C 4AA
Admission: Free

If you’re into reggae, this is one not to miss! More on the exhibition here. P

Blue for you

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Lunchtimes walks have been rare of late as I’m trying to get over a virus that refuses to go away, so for the last month it’s been mainly sitting on the local park bench conserving energy.

The first walk in a while was a jaunt up to Waterstones in Gower Street last week. It’s very nice around those parts especially when the autumn sun’s shining and on the way up passed this Blue Plaque at 7 Gower Street.

As you know we love a Blue Plaque here at LIYLH. This year it’s the 150 year anniversary of said plaque and there’s over 900 around the capital.

The Blue Plaque website here is a great place to start exploring and also peruse the “Discover the stories behind the plaques” section as it has loads of interesting stuff. For more info on Rossetti and his mates have a look here.

Keep looking up while on your travels or you’ll might miss them. P