Wednesday, 27 February 2019

And Now… The Weather

DC Editor Adam writes…

I hope you are enjoying the February sunshine as much as I am – the hottest February since records began.

Here's what I was up to exactly one year ago today, leading a tour in conditions more usual for February…






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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Ashes To Ashes At Abbey Road




DC Editor Adam writes…

From time-to-time, I spot a famous musician along the route of my London Music Tours. This is London and, as I state in the voice over for the Rock'n'Roll London video, all roads lead here as the capital of the music biz in this country.

But the most memorable sighting along the route of any of my tours involved not a star, but an ordinary person.

On any other day, she would have been as anonymous on any London street as you or me. And on any other day I wouldn't have given her a second glance.

I was leading a private musical London tour for a family from New York. It was an all-morning tour and we had taken a taxi to finish at the famous Abbey Road crossing.

We were waiting for the traffic and the crowds to calm down a little so that I could snap the obligatory photo of the family on the world's most famous cross walk.

As we waited our turn, I noticed that one woman was crossing back and forth. Not in a conspicuous way. She would walk, at a regular pace from one side of the road to the other, pause for a few moments, and then cross back.

It's not uncommon for fans to pose for two-or-three "takes" - if you've come a long way to get this shot then it would be a shame if it wasn't right.

But as we waited for our turn - it was a particularly busy morning at Abbey Road – something caught my eye as the woman, in her 50s, maybe her 60s, crossed again.

It first glance I thought she was smoking - a cigarette or vape contraption was creating wispy clouds from her hand (Paul, after all, has a fag on the go in the famous sleeve picture).

But the cloud wasn't drifting up. It was falling down.

It was then I realised… she was scattering ashes. Solemn and discreet, she was carrying out the last request of a loved one.

A most moving scene. Elegiac yet strangely joyful.   






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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Blue Plaque For Bob Marley

DC Editor Adam writes…

Thrilled to see that Bob Marley is to be the recipient of an English Heritage Blue Plaque here in London…

Here's how The Guardian reported the story…


Read the full article HERE: www.theguardian.com/culture/

When I pass the Lyceum Theatre in the West End I often bring Bob Marley into my tours…


The Lyceum Theatre
The Lyceum Theatre today is home to The Lion King – a musical written by old rockers Tim Rice (co-founder of the indispensible Guinness Book of British Hit Singles) and Elton John.

The building’s rich theatrical history throws up an impressive cast list – with Sir Henry Irving and Ellen Terry topping the bill.

But it also retains a special place in the hearts of rock’n’roll Londoners – as the Lyceum Ballroom such legendary names as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, The Clash, U2 and The Smiths played here. It is of particular importance to fans of Bob Marley.

In 1975 Bob Marley and the Wailers (in a new incarnation, the originals having split in ’74) recorded their Live! album at the Lyceum. The album dates from the period when Marley first became an international star following his breakthrough hit No Woman, No Cry (from the Natty Dread album, 1975).




 


Marley's new plaque is to be on his former home in Oakley Street, Chelsea. To mark the occasion, here are five further Marley In London locations for you to explore…






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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

My London Walks Tours Next Week 25th February to 2nd March

DC Editor Adam writes…


My London Walks tours for next week…



Hidden London

Monday 25th February

Meet at Monument tube (Fish Street Hill exit) 11a.m

Old City churches, the livery companies, folklore, legend and history - a celebratory exploration of 2,000 years of London history.




Tour ends at Blackfriars tube.


A Village In Piccadilly

Mondays 25th  February

Meet at Piccadilly Circus tube (by Eros) 2.00pm



Fancy shops and royal traditions…

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Old Kensington


Thursdays 28th February

Meet at High Street Kensington tube

A walking tour of London's royal village…




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The London Music Tour


Friday 1st March

2pm Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) 

The history of pop and rock music in London…



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London Horror Story

Saturday 2nd March

Meet at St Paul's tube 7.30pm



Ghosts, murder and mayhem - 2,000 years of dark history


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Monday, 18 February 2019

The Monday Photoblog: Graham Chapman & Monty Python In London

DC Editor Adam Scott-Goulding writes…

Monday is ALMOST mute here on The Daily Constitutional. I always launch the week with a few London photos, grouped on a theme or neighbourhood.


Out and about with my student Westminster Guiding Course 2018/19 chums Ulrike and Ian last Friday when we spotted this seemingly impromptu tribute to comedian, actor and writer Graham Chapman at the base of Eros. 

Monty Python's Piccadilly Circus?




Chapman died thirty years ago this year. There's a plaque dedicated to him on The Angel pub, one of his locals, in Highgate. The inscription reads "A very naughty boy"…




And he didn't live in Neal's Yard, despite the claim of this plaque…




Nor is this the cheese shop that inspired The Cheese Shop sketch (on Jermyn Street)…



And while we're about it… what did the Romans ever really do for us?




That's enough, now. Stop it. This started off as a nice post about a dead comedian, but now it's just silly (etc, etc…)





The Monday Photoblog will return next week. In the meantime, if you'd like to share a London photo with us, please do! Perhaps you joined Karen or Adam on a tour and snapped a a great shot. Drop us a line.











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Sunday, 17 February 2019

The Daily Constitutional Cough Tincture

DC Editor Adam writes…

Outside in all weathers guiding tours, I like to think I know a thing or two about battling the cold weather.


Over the past week or so I've been sharing my winter weather tips here on The Daily Constitutional.

I'm re-posting this one (originally posted in 2017) on how to brew your own cough tincture. This blog is nothing if not diverse…



The Daily Constitutional Cough Tincture




I fear I am beginning a journey into eccentric old age akin to that of Kurtz in Conrad's Heart of Darkness – when they send a team to get me back, I will be too far gone to ever return home.

I have taken to making my own cough medicine.

In my all-too-rare moments of clarity I catch sight of myself and sigh, "Dearie me."

Having said that, it is outstanding cough medicine.

Here's the recipe…



You will need…

50g Soft Eating Liquorice

Balsamic Vinegar

Dried Sage

Chamomile flowers

Honey

Whole cloves



Method


Chop up the liquorice into small pieces and place in a pan with half a mug of water.

Add a good glug of Balsamic Vinegar and 6 cloves.

Bring to the boil, stirring continually, and simmer until the mixture is slightly gloopy and the liquorice has more or less dissolved.


While the mixture simmers…

In a mug or small teapot, place three heaped teaspoons of dried sage and one teaspoon of chamomile flowers. Fill with boiling water and allow to brew for a few minutes – for about as long as a good cup of builder’s tea.

Strain the mixture and add the result to the simmering liquorice solution.

Stir in 2-3 table spoons of honey.

Strain into a jar or bottle.


How To Take…

This tincture works best as a gargle.


Exercise caution with the cloves and never replace them with clove oil, which is much more potent and can burn, even small quantities.


And please take note: don’t keep it hanging around in a bottle/jar for more than two days, due to lack of preservatives. Similarly, don’t brew up vast amounts of the stuff as it is sure to go off and/or blow up your medicine cabinet.






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