Nic’s June: Greyhounds, Green Spaces, and the History of Denmark Place

Welcome all to Nic’s June update.  I hope you had a happy solstice on the 21st. I was wandering down Denmark Street/ Tin Pan Alley last week. I remember when you could walk into Andy’s – now gone – and pick up a guitar worth £50 or £5000 and have a strum. Now it seems […]

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Merry May to All

I tap this out as a thunderstorm breaks overhead, then the sun comes out from the clouds – Nature, there are no rules. Celebrating May day has pagan roots, but in my city walk researches I discovered the darker side. On May Day 1517 there were riots on the city streets as apprentices objected to, […]

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A Glimpse into Nic’s March

Welcome all. Spring is in the air. I’m acutely aware of the situation in Ukraine and indeed here in UK, but I am here to give a little bit of lighter insight into my month. I was invited to view, and ask questions about, a site near me due for re-development – Selkirk House/ 1, Museum […]

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A Glimpse into Nic’s February

I hope all remained safe in the recent storms. A friend’s predictive text was confusing, “Be aware of dangerous scarf folding”. She meant “scaffolding”, but it does sound much better. Personally, my month has been a little lacking in sparkle. The clouds are parting though, as they eventually do. The government thought it was time to […]

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A Reflection on Nic’s January

My mojo/oomph flounced off in late December. It is just creeping back now, very slowly. This is not an uncommon feeling. We all feel a lack of mojo sometimes. If lucky, it’s just a temporary cloud overhead. No formal Twelfth Day celebration this year. There is usually a procession headed by the Green Man across Millennium […]

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December Through Nic’s Eyes

Welcome all to a glimpse into my December. To get the gloomier aspect out of the way, as most of us expected, another COVID variant has hit the streets. Be careful out there, everyone. At risk of repeating myself, I still feel unbelievably lucky to have an amazing flat to call my own. Everyone needs […]

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A Glimpse into Nic’s October

Hi Everyone, Welcome to a glimpse into my October. While the energy of today still bounces around my head, I tweak a little and gently stroll through the more interesting bits…After a couple of more practical points. I had my flu jab. I only went into my local chemist for some mouthwash and he asked […]

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Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness, Harvest Moons…and Nic’s Favourite Fruit!

Ah, Autumn, my favourite season. Mists and mellow fruitfulness, harvest moons…and my favourite fruit, damsons! Every year I try and make jam, I hope I’ve cracked it this year. Though hopefully not my relative’s tooth – she claims I left a stone in. Once. And I’m not allowed to forget it. No matter how hard you […]

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A Reflection on Nic’s July (Including Diverse Events and Characters)

Welcome everyone to Nic’s July blog. To say I’m unenthusiastic about football is an understatement but I did vaguely follow it.  Recently, my relatives (plus Cat), descended on my flat, asking, with a determined glint in their eyes, if I was watching the football final, as they plonked themselves down on the couch. How could […]

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Unseen London: Two of Nic’s Favourite Places

Hello Everyone, In this blog I would like to mention two of my many favourite places. Though changed or changing, the spirit I feel, and hope, will remain. First, I recently found out that the Arthur Beale yacht chandler on Shaftesbury Avenue has now closed.  Beale moved to Shaftesbury Avenue in 1843, beginning by the […]

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