‘You Only Ever See The Best Things In Life Out The Corner Of Your Eye’

By Saturday, August 10, 2013 0 Permalink

Shops are dead. Long live the shop! We all mourn the loss of the high street and criticise the rise in dull and soulless chain stores, but sometimes something comes along which makes you smile and hold out some hope and optimism. Last week I stumbled into a shop which does exactly that. Carpo at 16 Piccadilly is almost invisible stuck on what has become coffee shop central - that section of Piccadilly swamped on both sides of the street with one coffee shop after the other, both of large chain variety and small. Boring. So, as I was about to catch a bus I noticed out the corner of my eye a sign saying 'Nuts, Chocolate and Coffee'! Enticing enough. I stumbled through the door in my weak and peckish state on the search for a nice little healthy snack. Victor Pelevin may have written that you see the best things in life out the corner ...

‘A Tale of Two Cities’

I wonder what Charles Dickens would say if he saw London today.... I daresay not much, except maybe a request for a stiff drink. It is a popular rule to adhere to for the über -wealthy, that the three safe havens for their wealth in these rocky times are Swiss Francs, gold and property in London. The economic divide in Britain between rich and poor is discussed at length with commentators declaring that it has worsened and continues to do so. Certainly this government, and previous administrations have done little to turn the tide and boost regeneration. However, in my opinion the sharp and accelerated contrast evident in London is far more disturbing, and like many problems only now being brought to attention. Prevention being better than cure, it is now too late to address the issues associated with it. The FT talks about this as though it has only suddenly happened, but this has been ...

London Calling

By Friday, August 3, 2012 0 Permalink

Avoiding London like most people whilst the Olympics is on I was surprised to find when I was there last week that it was absolutely wonderful! Ghost Town London I admit that lately with my own sadness London has seemed often to exacerbate the feelings of despair, reminders everywhere of places I had been with all the people I loved. However, I find I have fallen back in love with London. Which as the saying would indicate, means I have fallen back in love with life. I declared to my friend that we should start a petition to keep all the Brits wherever it was they had all gone and keep the freakishly polite and respectful foreign tourists who had descended. In fact just extend the Olympics for a few months! It would be like having a holiday in London and seeing it as tourists usually do. But in an even better way because ...