Jon Crispin's Notebook

An Interesting Day or Two

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Yesterday I took the train from Stratford upon Avon to Marylebone London.  It was raining.

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I made it with plenty of time to spare to make the 5.30 kickoff for the Fulham v Derby County match (ended in a 1-1 draw, but still fun).

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After the match I walked back to my hotel past my favorite row of houses.  Most of them have these amazing stained glass doors.  Mind blowingly beautiful.

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This morning I had a bit of a plan that started in Bishop’s Park.

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I wanted to walk past the Cottage again.  Last night, I entered the ground through door 36.  Quite narrow.

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I really like these graphic tiles set into the pavements along the Thames Walk.  Especially the smell lines coming out of the poo.

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Next stop was The Dove in Hammersmith for a pint of ESB.  Nice

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I started inside in the tiny bar and then moved to the deck out back.

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Just before I got to my ultimate destination (next photo), I got a text from Cris at home telling me to call immediately.  This is why; a giant fookin’ tree had fallen on my Element, and had knocked over my Vespa.  I think the Element might just be toast, but the Vespa could be ok.  Kind of put a damper on things.

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Many years ago John Wilson surprised me at the end of a very long walk along the Thames with this view.

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Here is a closer look at the Naked Ladies of Twickenham.

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And another.

I made it back to the Dove for more beer and a Sunday roast.  Tomorrow I have some meetings with folks interested in the suitcase project.  V exciting.

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  1. zoe said, on 19/11/2017 at 5:34 pm

    Wow! I’m glad no-one was in the car/on the vespa when they were hit. Scary. I enjoyed the photos as always. These make me nostalgic for my rainy island home 🙂

    • joncrispin said, on 19/11/2017 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Zoe, yeah, Cris and Peter (home for Thanksgiving) were in the house. Cris actually heard the crack and looked out the window to see it fall. Wild, but all safe. So glad it didn’t hit the house.

  2. Tania M said, on 19/11/2017 at 7:49 pm

    Wow, so lucky the tree didn’t land on someone or the house.

    The smoking poo on the graphic tiles kind of also looks like a camp fire. 😀

  3. BuntyMcC said, on 19/11/2017 at 8:17 pm

    Wow! That was a long walk. Sorry about your car!

    • joncrispin said, on 20/11/2017 at 3:15 am

      Hi Bunty, thanks for the comment. Just to be clear, I took the tube from Ravenscourt Park to Richmond and back. Still did 10+ miles though. Cheers, Jon

  4. bettybean said, on 20/11/2017 at 1:29 am

    I’m glad you’ve been having a lovely time here in London. Excited to hear about what happens re the suitcase project. I hope it goes well for you. Sorry about your car.

  5. Lynda Waterhouse said, on 20/11/2017 at 3:25 am

    My husband is a Derby supporter and we had friends at the match. such a soggy day! Looks like it was Nature 1 Car 0 at home. so glad no-one hurt. So excited to hear about the possibility of a suitcase project here in UK. Have always thought they would be so inspiring for creative writing sessions.

    • joncrispin said, on 20/11/2017 at 5:40 pm

      Lynda, I had some really interesting meetings today. I’ll keep everyone posted here. Thanks for staying in touch. Jon

  6. Karen said, on 20/11/2017 at 8:41 am

    Sorry about the crunch, Jon. Glad all are OK. If you are near Chiswick, try theTabard for a brew. Generally not too touristy. And walk around Strawberry Hill. Wacky and wonderful. Great photo ops.

    • joncrispin said, on 20/11/2017 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Sis, home late Wednesday. Had a very good and interesting day today.


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