Are we really going to blame all our problems on immigration? Stevie the wonderpup in slo-mo

If a Daily-Mail-reading fifty-something doesn't establish a narrative quickly, Europe is going to implode:-( CLF and Stevie doing the selfie thing in the garden

Friday the 13th and nothing has gone wrong. Yet. BIMA Hot 100 2016

Getting serious A fishy tale

So this fight for digital freedom stuff actually works -- -) Time to help the EFF again


Featured entry title: Saying "No"

Featured entry title: Saturdays with no fencing

Saturday with CLF--we saw many things this afternoon.

We looked at the Phoenix in East Finchley (C saw The Muppets there earlier this year)

We looked at giraffes in Regents Park (and their giraffe-shaped doors)

We looked at Hamleys (just the outside, we were on a budget today)

We looked at Eros in Piccadilly Circus (and lots of tourists and billboards)

We looked at Nelson's column (from the back) and wondered about all the extra police and Pall Mall being partially closed (I figured it was the Save our hospitals No to privatisation march but not sure where the Department of Heath was. Didn't fancy getting kettled with CLF as she's not a fan of crowds). The police may have been there to keep an eye on the Morris dancers but we couldn't be sure...


We looked at Vincent's yellow chair then walked around the museum. Had a couple of good "what can you see" observation things with good spotting of scallop shells, keys, scythes, cats and canaries. Stopped at Degas, Gustave Moreau, Seurat (Bathers at Asnières 1884) and tested the leather couch in front of Hogarth's The Graham Children (1742). Loads to figure out if you just sit there and look (does the cat behind the chair ready to pounce on the canary foretell future conflict that might endanger the children in the picture? Is the pram handle on the floor supposed to suggest a fallen sceptre?).

At which point we hopped back on the bike and chased a stretch limo around Trafalgar Square. Three girls leaning out the window (that smelt like cleaning fluid) doing their best to ignore us.

We looked at Buckingham Palace, the Serpentine, Baker Street, St John's Wood high Street and stopped at the crepe stand in Hampstead. Picked up flowers for Nicki from the stand at the Spaniards and back to Whetstone.

All in all, nice to be hanging out and looking at the world go by. So CLF, what shall we do next week?

Featured entry title: Play on the street?

Featured entry title: Buddhism (Good Morning Vietnam)

Cronauer: She spills soup all over you, looks at you like, "Eh, I'm sorry. What are you gonna do about it, asshole?" What would you say to her? They spilled something on your pants. What would you do?
Wilkie: I do nothing.
Cronauer: Come on Wilkie, it's cursing class. You're gettin' pissed off. What would you do?
Wilkie: I just remain reticent.
Cronauer: She goes in the kitchen, she gets a knife, she starts stabbing you. She's stabbing you, putting forks in you. She's got spoons in your eyes, Wil! They're startin' to cut you with knives, puttin' spoons in your eyes. What would you do Wilkie? What would you do?
Wilkie: I'm waiting to die.

Featured entry title: Graham Hill’s LifeEdited Apartment

Featured entry title: 11 March 1934

Cards and hairstyles oh my...

Featured entry title: The things Nicki does for love

Had to post this, amazing what Nicki does for the wee-uns. Tomorrow is “come as your favourite book character” day (well, World Book Day) and the above is the raw materials for a Hermes costume:-)

Featured entry title: Woody Allen


Featured entry title: School days

CLF on tender-hooks yesterday as councils were due to send out emails at 17.30 with news of secondary school places. Just noting this down here for CLF (which was the original point of me writing all this stuff). In the end the thing she’ll want to remember is the feeling she got when the email came through with her first choice school:-)

Featured entry title: What most schools don’t teach

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