Visit London at Christmas!
London is quite a nice place to visit during Christmas. Though we rarely have snow till January or February, it's still very festive here! The picture on the left is of Trafalgar Square during christmas, where there are fake snow, carol singers, and a huge christmas tree imported from Norway!
Last time I came here they were giving out free mince pies and drinks, so have a visit if you're hungry!
Looking for a nice Church where you can meet students by the hundred, whole families, and people from numerous nationalities. All Souls church in one of my wife favorite sunday service in London.
There are some 2,500 who meet every Sunday 09.30 am or 11.30 am. The location is just perfect, near Oxford Circus. I used to wait for my wife, I'm muslim in case you're wondering 8), right in the Starbucks or Coffee Republic just near the church.
The services are normally about 75 minutes long. Music style varies from the full All Souls orchestra and choir to a band, singing group or soloist. Leaflets with the order of service and all the song words are given out. Bibles are also provided. Coffee and fruit juice are served afterwards
All Souls Church Langham Place
2 All Souls Place
London, W1B 3DA.
Check the site www.allsouls.org
Geoff Ford comes to London
On 7 July 1986, my pen friend Geoff Ford took the train down from Newcastle-upon-Tyne (in northeastern England) to visit me on my last day in Europe. We sat down in the TV room and we walked about London at night. Because it was my last night, we stayed up basically all night. It was great that he traveled all that way to see me.
The Park is Green, dear
London's smallest royal park is Green Park, located between Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly. The interesting thing about this park is that it has no permanent flowerbeds.
This dates back to an incident in the 1660s, when that cad King Charles II was having a constitutional stroll through the park with his elegant Portuguese wife Queen Catherine of Brinanca. It being a pleasant April day, there were flowers in abundance, and Catherine said to her husband, "Charles my dear, will you pick a flower, and give it to the most beautiful woman in London?" She meant herself, of course. To which he replied, "My darling wife, I will give it to the most beautiful woman in the world!"
Charles was known as a charmer. He spotted the most radiant red rose, knelt down and picked it, smelling its sweet perfume, before standing up again...and giving it to the first pretty girl who happened to be passing.
Catherine, of course, was furious, and she ordered that all of the flowers be removed from the park and never ever put back. And that is why it is known as Green Park. Incidentally, the road leading from St.James to Hyde Park, dividing Green Park and Buckingham Palace, is known as Constitution Hill. It is not a hill, and the UK has no constitution. It is named after Charles II's 'constitutional' walks - that is, good for his constitution.
Sir Robert Peel fell off his horse here and died. It woz 'im wot founded the police force, guv. Policeman used to be called Peelers, particularly in Ireland, but became known as Bobbies. All thanks to 'im.
In summer London is a blaze of colour. Houses, public houses, parks, and streets have containers of bright coloured flowers to make the capital cheerful.
In spring the parks have bare branches but cherry blossom makes a pretty picture, and the winter buobs sprout= yellow daffodils and bluebelols, crocuses and hyacinths and tulips.