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Found safe and sound in the British Museum.  So 3 months after seeing the heads on Easter Island I’ve now seen the full set.  And magnificent it is too!

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As it was such a beautiful winter’s day we set off up the old railway track from Crouch End to Finsbury Park for the walk and then took the bus to Broadway Market with the aim of walking back down the canal to Islington, 5.5 miles in total.  The Market was packed but it was too cold to buy the tempting food to eat by the canal.  We walked back  via the canal path at came off at the Victoria Miro Gallery for a wonderful exhibition by Jorge Pardo of laser cut lamps of plastic resin and large paintings with layers of laser-cut birch wood ply and MDF, which change in colour and pattern as you move around them.  On until 24th March.  Then we headed for the Estorick -see next blog post

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Set off on a beautiful winter’s day with blue sky over London.  Started near Primrose Hill and walked down Regent’s Canal via Camden towards Kings X.  Took in views of London Zoo, a cow on a balcony, beautiful art deco buildings sandwiching a turquoise cottage, the new flats within the gas works at Kings X and on to the Gagosian Gallery.  There are some pretty extraordinary sculptures by Nancy Rubins on show at the moment; structures made of metal animals held together with wires.  Wolves, turtles, crocodiles, giraffes, deer, horses and more all hanging off each other on gravity defying angles.  They are quite wonderful and the more you look the more you see.

 

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Put in for tickets last summer and they came through for Saturday morning 10-14.45.  The sun shone and we got to see all the relay heats – therefore, we got to cheer home those who went on to win the medals in 100m and 400m and it was no less exciting.  And we got to see Bolt run – as it turned out, for the final time.  The men’s decathlon was really exciting with the pole vault in front of us.  We took a selfie and tweeted it and to our surprise (and horror!) our photo was beamed across the stadium.  We did the Mexican wave and sang Sweet Caroline – and it was just great.

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Bit disappointing this year as there were fewer than usual and one or two I think were a repeat of last year.  But nonetheless, always good for a stroll around the City when it is quieter at the weekend.  You can find the map here.

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Not sure how we’d missed that this existed but on Saturday afternoon we walked The Line. The walk is okay, not my favourite one.  It is a contemporary art walk but they are far and few between although there is a Damian Hirst and a Paolozzi. The best bit is from the Olympic Park, through Three Mills Island (like a French Chateau) and via Cody Dock to Star Lane – I would stop then and get on the DLR to go home, not continue to the 02 as it is so crowded.  My favourite – the shopping trolley sculpture by Abigail Fallis.

 

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Took a trip down 180 steps last Saturday, deep under South Clapham Tube station.  There we had a great tour of the old bomb shelters built for the Blitz.  I had assumed that people ran into stations and slept on platforms, not that 8,000 people carrying a mattress could be down there with a ticketing system, dr’s station, canteen, toilets and row upon row of triple bunk beds.  Great stories and photos about how they were built and set up.  Also post war stories with Jamaicans arriving off the Windrush in 1948  temporarily housed down there, less than a mile from the employment exchange in Brixton. And then a hotel for the Festival of Britain.  In another old shelter, herbs are now grown for the restaurant trade.  At the end of the tour, if you go down 180 steps, you have to come up them again!  Hidden London Tours sell out quickly.

 

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