Month: March 2017

Spring forward!

So we spring forward this weekend into British Summer Time – lose an hour’s sleep, but gain lighter evenings. Great!

But if equinoctial logic had been applied, it should have happened a month ago and significant energy (and Vitamin D) would not have been wasted.

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An Artist’s Wartime Diary

Wartime Diary

Martin’s father, Edmund Nelson (1910-2007), was a portrait painter; he painted among others the historian G M Trevelyan, the writers E M Forster and G B Shaw, and the cricketer C B Fry.

There were many diaries kept during the long convoy journeys of World War Two, but his is exceptional for being illustrated with charming line drawings throughout. It is in the Imperial War Museum archive. The diaries were subject to censorship, but interpreting the sketches allowed Martin, with expert assistance, to track down the details of the convoy.

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

The community version of this “play for voices” was the opening event for both these community libraries, after they had been closed by Camden Council. We recreated a 1950’s radio studio; the audience provided sound effects and a number of the smaller parts.

C25 Spoke 6: Basingstoke Canal

Basingstoke Canal

A section of the C25

The Wey Navigation and Basingstoke Canal meet beside the M25 motorway and the Waterloo mainline railway. Arc 8 of the C25 lies to the west, just out of shot.