Friday, 29 December 2017

The Daily Constitutional Editor's Diary 2017 February & March: Running Around London With @hallett_g, St Patrick, Kalamata Olives & SS-GB

The Daily Constitutional Editor's Diary 2017 February & March: Running, telly, olives & music…



In February I helped my pal and colleague Andy road-test his London Runs – 5K Guided Running Tours…


As you can see from the pic, Andy looks hale and hearty and is even smiling having just guided a 5K run with fascinating live commentary.

I, on the other hand, have the look of a man who has left it too late to start reading Anna Karenina with any feasible chance of finishing it.

Luckily, Andy's the one leading the guided runs. Info on upcoming runs HERE.


In February I was in the minority among TV viewers who enjoyed SS-GB on the BBC.




Lots of complaints from grumpy viewers about the sound. In fairness, many of the complaints were made on Twitter DURING the programme. Maybe the complainers would have enjoyed it more if they'd been PAYING ATTENTION instead of playing with their phones.

Len Deighton's SS-GB is one of my all-time favourite thrillers and I was VERY excited to see the London locations brought to life on screen. It was vividly done, a brilliant job from all concerned in the production department recreating and reimagining our great city.



The tale is an "alternative history" thriller set during WWII. It's 1941. The Battle of Britain has been lost. Churchill has been executed, The King is in The Tower and a resistance movement harries the occupying Nazis at every turn.

blogged about the original book and the new adaptation HERE .


I also had some fun blogging the locations and making a map for The Daily Constitutional - in this I had some invaluable help from Daily Constitutional reader and Len Deighton expert Edward Milward-Oliver. Thanks again Edward!


Here's the map…






In March I staged a St Patrick's Day Special version of the Rock'n'Roll London tour with LIVE music at the Alley Cat Bar…





Max had to get up uncharacteristically early to open the bar for us. It had been many a year since Max had seen the light of Midday!


And also in March, the latest from the Ministry of You Learn Something New Every Day…








A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



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