Monday, 31 March 2014

Two More Cards in our Political London Trump Card Game! No's 10 & 11

To tie-in with this month’s Political London theme here on both The Daily Constitutional and the London Walks Podcast, here’s our… Political London Trump Card Game!

Collect The Set!

Print Them Out!

Play The Game!

Each card will have a Prime Minister or President represented in the form of a statue, plaque, street name or pub sign from somewhere in London. 

Instructions on how to assemble your card game, and rules for play are listed below. We'll post the rest of the deck over the next few weeks. Happy collecting! 

Card No.10

Father of the modern Conservative Party and served as PM three times.

Card No.11

The only solicitor and the only Welshman ever to be Prime Minister.


Download the image above. This is the face of your playing card. Print the image on a piece of card then cut it out carefully. When you have collected the set then you are ready to play The Political London Trump Card Game!

The Back of Your Cards

Print the image at the bottom of this post on a piece of A4 card – this is the back of your playing card. One A4 sheet should make three cards.

Rules of Play:

1. Deal the cards, an equal number to each player
2. The player who has voted for the greatest number of winning Prime Ministers/Presidents in real elections goes first.
3. Select a category and read out the stat on the card. If the number is higher than the corresponding number on each opponent’s card, then that player wins all the cards in that round.
4. The player continues selecting categories of her/his choice until s/he is defeated, at which point the new winner takes her/his turn to call out a category.
5. The winner of the game is the player who holds wins off of her/his opponent’s cards.

• In the event of a tie at the end of any round – i.e. one or more players having the same stat – then all the cards from that round are placed on the table and a new round is played. The winner of that round wins both the cards from that round and the cards from the previous round



This is the backing for your Political London Trump Game playing cards – print it out on A4 and then print your cards on the other side!

Click HERE for card no.1.

Click HERE for card no.2.

Click HERE for card no.3.

Click HERE for cards no.4 & 5.

Click HERE for card no.6.

Click HERE for card no.7.

Click HERE for card no.8

Click HERE for card no.9


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Last Chance To Win!

To tie-in with this month’s blog & podcast theme of Political London, we have a three copies of The Dictionary of Labour Quotations to give away in our competition.

Our competition closes at midnight BST tonight!

Published by Biteback at £12:99 The Dictionary of Labour Quotations by Stuart Thomson features the words of Marx, Miliband, Attlee and Aristotle standing side by side in one handy volume, jostling for position with not only Brown, Blair and Balls but also Rousseau, Robespierre and Russell. Phew!

The Dictionary of Labour Quotations brings together insights, remarks, retorts, wit and wisdom, making it essential reading for everyone with a passion for British politics. It is compiled public affairs and communications consultant Stuart Thomson.

To win a copy, simply answer the following question:

In a speech relating to multiculturalism, which politician said…

Chicken Tikka Massala is now a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences.

Was it…

a) Gordon Brown?

b) Robin Cook?

c) Nick Griffin?

Your answer (by midnight on March 31st 2014) should be sent to OUR USUAL COMPETITION EMAIL ADDRESS.

Three winners will be drawn at random and informed via email. The editor's decision is final. 

You can visit the Biteback Publishing website at

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In and Around London... The O2 & The Emirates Airline

Monday is mute on The Daily Constitutional (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides and London Walkers.

Collated on a theme or an area, if you've got some great shots of our capital and want to join in send your pictures to the usual address.

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Walk of the Week

Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.

You can check out the full schedule at

But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…


11 am on Tuesdays from Baker Street Tube, Baker Street north exit

This one's got three subtitles. And a footnote. The four of them sum up the walk perfectly. They are: Down the Tubes. 150 Years of Engineering & Artistry. Seen from the Inside. We're going places on this walk so you'll need an Oyster Card or a 2-Zone Travel Card (that's the footnote). Now a bit more background info. This year is the London Underground's 150th birthday. This tour explores that extraordinary "journey", "trajectory", "trip", call it what you will. Much of the tour is down inside the tube. But not all of it. We explore several stations, inside and out. You'll see things that you won't have seen before. Let alone things that you did see before but didn't "see", if you know what, I mean. I (David) went on this one with Fiona in February. It was a revelation. I've been taking the Tube for 40 years. She pointed things that I'd never noticed – never noticed in stations that I've been in well over 10,000 times. Lots and lots of "well, I never" moments, jaw hanging open moments. The Tube. It's a great London story. An integral part of the calculus of London life. So that in itself is a great foundation for a walk. And to it you can add a great guide, Fiona. She's put this together brilliantly. And delivers it with consummate artistry. This is a very special couple of hours. Strongly recommended.

The Lure of the Underground walk takes place every Tuesday at 11 am

Meet Fiona at 11 am just outside Baker Street Tube, the Baker Street north exit

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Happy Mother's Day

Streets Ahead is the column from London Walks' Pen David Tucker

Going to put in a word about – ok, sing the praises of – “the boss”.

Mary (“Poppins”) is “practically perfect”. A classically trained dancer and an actress (West End credits include Gone with the Wind, a long stint at the Royal National Theatre and Noises Off), she’s a trapeze artiste, an award-­winning, professionally qualified Blue Badge and City of London Guide – and the boss.

That’s the graf – the little capsule “bio” – about her on the London Walks Guides page.

And no, I’m not sucking up. It’s David writing this. Mary’s my English rose, my wife.

When we travel with friends we all call her Scout. Because she’s up on the point. Takes the lead. Figures out the best way to get there. She’s one of life’s map readers. One of the world’s great organisers – figure-­er outers, problem solvers.

Now if that were my bent too this marriage would have been on the rocks before it got out of the driveway. But it’s not. That’s the joy of it. (Well, one of the joys.)

I’m not practical. I’m Buddha-­happy having somebody else take care of all that stuff. I just want to read, explore my mistress (fuhgeddit this isn’t some sort of Oprah – or God forbid, Jerry Springer – confession; which is by way of saying, my mistress is London), wind my kids up, Pip and Pocket around with pals, day dream, do what I want to do when I want to do it, flit and sip, busy myself with my latest “thing” (of late it’s sticking banderillas into the Jack Daniels poster advertising campaign down the Tube [if only it were]) – well, you get the idea.

So to have Scout on the point – making all that possible – well, the question isn’t, “who’s your daddy?” it’s “who’s a very very lucky boy?”

And who’s a very very lucky cohort of London Walkers and “interested parties” who avail themselves of what London Walks does. Does in non pareil fashion.

This is a young lady who knows her London. Nth degree doesn’t do it justice. Mary’s operating in some quantum physics realm that’s way beyond “Nth degree”. The classic example – friends and family are hugely fond of this (and not a little in awe of it) – there’s about 275 stations on the London Underground – you could lead “the boss” aka Scout into just about any of them and she’ll know where to stand on the platform so the “connection” (whatever it is, changing, e.g. at Baker Street from the Jubilee Line to the Bakerloo Line) is made in the most optimally efficient manner possible.

Takes all the worry – all the bother, all the stumbling around – out of it.

And London Walks implications? Well, I’ve just come upstairs to write this. Come upstairs from hearing her on the phone to someone who’d booked a private walk and was worried about whether it could be made to dovetail with catching the Guard Change.

Mary: “There are several possibilities. Two of them work very well. The other two are more problematic. If you have to start the walk at [whatever time] your best bet would be to go for the end of the Guard Change. You see just as much. It’s every bit as impressive – in fact you’ll be able to get closer – Ann will take you to the very best viewing spot and the whole thing will work a treat.”

And I’m thinking, “that’s a foreign visitor on the other end of that line – I hope they know – I’m sure they must do – how lucky they are to have Mary on the end of the line, to be able to draw on her incomparable knowledge, sureness of touch, second-­‐to-­‐none judgement, and just general ‘big picture’ grasp of how to do it best.

To have her solving their problems for them.

To have Scout.

Have Scout, Will Travel (to London) reads the card of an army of London Walkers.

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