Web pages on London
I am building this page up slowly as I come across the best websites:
1) First of all, to continue the South East London theme of my pages, the wonderful Transpontine Blog, which covers the strange, the unusual, the hidden history of this corner of London- as well as some of the most interesting local events:
2) Two unusual map sites:
a layout of London theatre seating
a map of the noisiest places in London!
3) Maps new: link to various travel maps : transport maps and wheelchair access maps, as well as various streetmaps.
4) Maps old : a site with maps from medieval times up to the C19th
A wonderful map of London's musical history
Price of evrything in London...
Price of evrything in London is too high(especially Underground) to stay longer days for most of the backpackers like me.
However I can't express my mind about this really fascinating and friendly city. So I'd like to say just one word to show my feelings instead of long sentences. GOOD!!
The first thing most people think of when they hear the name Camden is Markets. Camden has 5 or 6 markets where you can get anything and everything from fruit and veg to clothing, music, books, leather, bondage and club gear. New and used, trendy and vintage, vinyl, digital, jewelry, tattoos and piercings. Camden is a young, funky neighbourhood, home to a lot of local colour, including the residents. Because of the markets, weekends are very crowded all year round, worse in summer as the tourists flock to try for a bargain. Many of the market stalls are also open through the week so that's your best bet if you don't like crowds.
There are lots of cafes, pubs, restaurants and nighclubs in Camden, lots of interesting shops and even though it's a tourist destination, it doesn't have the polished feel of some of the tourist areas of central London such as Covent Garden. There are restaurants of all kinds of ethnic origin. Regent Canal winds through the center and you can catch a canal boat to King's Cross or Little Venice.
Take the Northern line of the Underground and get off at either Mornington Crescent and walk north or at Camden Town station where you'll be in the middle of all the action or Chalk Farm station and walk south. Camden station is EXIT ONLY on Saturday mornings, the busiest market period of the week. The area was only populated from the end of the 18th century but the arrival of the railroads and canals helped the village develop very quickly. Camden has always been a popular spot for entertainment and has become a center for artists, writers and musicians. There are some hotels, hostels and Bed and Breakfasts in the area including a Holiday Inn but most of the accommodations tend to be on the budget/hostel side.
Some of the better known clubs:
24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274, C2, N2, N5, N20, N29, N134, N214, N253, N279.
Camden Town (good emap on that site)
Kensington Palace. We visited...
Kensington Palace. We visited London a few weeks after the tragic death of Princess Diana. They were beginning to clean up the flowers that were left there.The ground flowers were going to be used in the Kensington Gardens
Lost (and Found) in Translation
My daughter, like so many other kids these days, is a huge Harry Potter fan. When the sixth book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” came out this summer, there was a mad dash to the bookshops. I went to several to find a copy for my little darling (the Hebrew translation will only be out in December and I figured that getting her to read 607 pages in English wasn’t a bad thing at all this summer). Finally I found a shop that had a few copies left and quickly snatched one up.
At home it turned out I had purchased a copy of the BRITISH edition. My daughter was disappointed. Her friends had the U.S. edition, which had a more attractive dust jacket. Besides that, she said, I don’t understand anything…
Inspired by that comment, I wrote the following paragraph in American and translated it into British (thank you, VT member Ian-in-Bangkok, for the helpful input):
AMERICAN: I was all tired out, ready for a nice cup of coffee, when this guy comes in shouting into his cell phone like a maniac. Was I pissed off? You bet your booties I was. “My god, what’s taking you so long, ” he shouted. “And don’t forget to turn on the TV. I was standing next to a cop when a TV crew pulled up and shoved a camera in my face. Cool, huh? Okay, honey. That’s enough outta you. Don’t get smart with me. Just do it, for God’s sake.”
BRITISH: I was knackered. Ready for a coffee. And this bloke comes in shouting his head off into his mobile like a bloody madman. I'm telling you, was I pissed off? Too bloody right. "Get on with it you daft cow / silly bint, and don't forget to turn on the tele. I was standing next to a copper when a camera crew came round and got me on celluloid. I was well chuffed. Alright, alright, alright woman. That's enough, and don't give me any of your cheek / lip. Just get on with it for crying out loud / Christ's sake."