The 1908 Olympics Rings at White City

The Great White City at Shepherds Bush

In 2008, a glass and steel mega retail city was built just behind Shepherds Bush station. When [1] Westfield Shopping Centre expanded even further in 2018, it became Europe’s largest […]

Paths and Green on Shepherds Bush Green

Around the Green at Shepherds Bush

They say that shepherds did indeed watch over their flock in [1] Shepherds Bush, as they sheltered under the pruned hawthorn trees on its pastures before then continuing their journey […]

Notting Hill (Part Three) – From Pigsty to Posh

By the 1830s, there already existed a little hamlet in Notting Hill known as the “Potteries and Piggeries”. But it wasn’t quite designer earthenware and gourmet sausage shops as I’d […]

The Lea Valley – Cheshunt to Waltham Abbey

When Gytha Thorkeldóttir (who is she?) offers to William the Conqueror gold equal to the weight of her now dead son, he refuses to turn the body over. So it’s […]

Nottinghill (Part Two) – The Grand Union Canal to Kensal Green Cemetery

What a difference a few minutes makes in London. One moment I’m in scrubs infested by snakes in Saxon times. And the next, I’m on a canal from the industrial […]

Notting Hill (Part One) – Westway, Wormwood Scrubs and the Mitre Bridge

As the Hammersmith Line makes its way overground to Ladbroke Grove, a busy dual carriageway known as [1] Westway dominates the view. Built in the 1960s, it writhes through North […]

Street View, Kampong Jugoyudan

Yogyakarta – Along the Banks Of The Kali Code

Tucked away beneath Yogyakarta’s busy flyovers and bridges, just beyond the high rise hotels of [1] Malioboro Road, is a village that lies along the river Kali Code. Not many […]

KL Tower, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur – Central Market, Market Square and KL Tower

It’s in 1857 when the first tin mine is established in Kuala Lumpur. 87 Chinese miners arrive at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang river. They set off on […]

Southend-On-Sea - A British Seaside Resort

The Thames Estuary – Southend-On-Sea

“The pier is Southend, and Southend is the pier”, said John Betjeman. Indeed, the pier at Southend is the longest pleasure pier in the world. And an object of pride. […]