New Bond Street (Part Two) – License To Shop

0 200 years separate them. But both live only a wall apart from each other. One stuck to his long German style wig, whilst all around him wore the fashionable […]

New Bond Street (Part One) – The Spy Who Loved Shopping

0 My simple disguise is complete. Sunglasses on, I hoist a large brown bag onto my shoulder, allowing me to blend in with the hundreds of shoppers around. I pat […]

Oxford Street – Shop Till You Drop

0 A staggering half a million people visit Oxford Street every day. Closer to Christmas, it jumps to two million, or so it seems to me! But during Shakespeare’s time, […]

Kuala Lumpur’s China Town (Part Three) – The Story Of Yap Ah Loy

0 The muddy torrent rises at a frightening pace. It’s not the first time that heavy monsoons have threatened this Chinese outpost. But these floods are more menacing than ever. […]

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown (Part Two) – Life In A Chinese Pioneer Town

0 Living in a pioneer town in the wild, wild east isn’t easy. Chinese migrants, mainly men, arrive here after long treacherous journeys across the South China Sea. Disembarking, they […]

Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown (Part One) – The Chans Arrive In Town

0 My Chinatown walk involves a lot of stripping on my part…. Skyscrapers are stripped right back down to the ground. The busy highways and flyovers around me are peeled […]

Klang (Part Two) – A Historical Royal Town

0 I’m in Klang. I’ve walked to the other side of the Klang River from the train station. And am totally immersed in the story of the Klang Wars. The […]

Klang (Part One) – A Historical Royal Town

1+ There was once a Sultan of Selangor who had a son. His son falls into debt from an investment that goes wrong. Fortunately his debts are bailed out by […]

Highgate and Archway – Ghosts and Graves (Part Three)

1+ Ley lines. Are they simply straight lines that connect ancient monuments or are they highways of super energy? When the archaeologist Watkins coins the term in 1921, he means […]

Highgate and Archway – Ghosts and Graves (Part Two)

0 When William the Conqueror does exactly what his title says and conquers England in 1066, he seizes property and land from the existing Saxon manors and landlords. He then […]