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  • Attenshun! Film lovers fall in for another epic drama shot in Greenwich.
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    The arrival at the Old Royal Naval College this month of veteran vehicles and costumed extras heralds the filming of yet another fin de siècle blockbuster in Greenwich. This time it’s Parade’s End, an adaptation for BBC TV and HBO of the Ford Madox Ford novel set in England and the Western front before, during…

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  • Pedways over the City of London
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    One of the highlights of Dianne Hally’s walk London The Great Survivor is the view from the Barbican Highwalk – almost 2000 years of London architecture in one spot, from the Roman Wall to Norman Foster. Dianne reminded us of one of the stranger schemes planned for London – the city pedway scheme. The idea…

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  • Rivers of London
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    I’ve just been reading a book by Ben Aaronvitch, titled Rivers of London. I’d really recommend this as a fun read to all London Guides and anyone interested in London History – first of three books so far, and introduces a new hero in the form of Peter Grant, a probationary police constable who is…

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  • All change at Kings Cross
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    One of the big changes that are being made to Kings Cross station during redevelopment is the routes around the station. Passengers will enter the station through the new “dome” entrance then enter the station shed on a new bridge across the station from where they’ll descend to the platforms. The front of the station…

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  • Dead Men’s Eyes
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     I’m very interested in the relationship between technology, maps and virtual reality, and I’ve just come across a lovely example of how virtual reality could be used to great impact in the archeological space.  Go and watch the video showing the wonderfully named ‘Dead Men’s Eyes’ application that takes a model Roman Fort that anyone…

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  • Forgotten Spaces
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    Have you visited Forgotten Spaces in Somerset House yet?  It’s a small, and really interesting and well laid out exhibition that has been installed in the underground passages (including the famous Dead House) under the Courtyard.  It’s a series of proposals generated by a RIBA design competition earlier in the year.  There are some excellent…

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  • Charles Dickens
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    With 2012 marking Charles Dickens 200th anniversary there will be plenty of celebrations of the life of this very special Briton. Most of Footprints of London’s walks have a Dickens connection at some point, and my walk “All Change at Kings Cross” is no different. In Our Mutual Friend, Reginald Wilfer talks about the area…

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  • Highbury – Commuter or Football Fan?
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    Do you pass through Highbury as a commuter or as a football fan?  If you are interested in the history, growth and development of the area, come on our walk through Highbury on 12th November. The village of Highbury in the Borough of Islington is today probably most famous as the home of Arsenal Football Club. …

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  • Heroes or Weirdoes?
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    One was fed as a child on a diet of garden snails and sliced earthworms. Another had her own bath in Greenwich Park but ironically had a reputation for poor personal hygiene. One was imprisoned in the Bastille as a Dutch spy. Another ended life with blackened stumps for teeth and used the knickname frog as an…

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  • Horatio Nelson
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    Is Admiral Horatio Nelson the last hero in the West? Well, he will be on Sunday 16th October when Battle of Trafalgar victor Lord Nelson is the last of eight heroes celebrated on an approximately 90 minute walk along the famous zero degree line of longitude at Greenwich, South-East London. The statue of Nelson stands…

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