Buskers? Buskers are street musicians. In many places in the UK the word Musician is horribly misplaced for really awful sounds coming from idiots. The Transport For London (TFL) Authority decided a few years ago that if you ‘can’t beat ‘em – join ‘em’. They have licensed Buskers who have passed an audition and can actually play good quality music. It’s a real improvement I assure you. The best play in Kings Cross Tube Station. Almost exclusively rock n’roll or blues. Great music every time. So take at least a small trip over here and listen to these folks. If you like it, a small amount of change would be appreciated. In fact, could you please rate this tip?
Throughout London can be found statues erected to commemorate kings, politicians, soldiers, scientists, events and anniversaries. They vary in shape, size and material, but all are interesting and can lead to you discovering more about London's past.
1. Edward Jenner, scientist who developed the smallpox vaccine
2.George Frederick Watts was an artist and sculptor, who belonged to the Symbolist movement. This statue ,his most famous work, is the 1902 large bronze statue Physical Energy, which depicts a naked man on horseback shielding his eyes from the sun as he looks ahead of him
3. to commemorate the 80th anniversary 1859 -1939 of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and CattleTrough Association
4. Speke discovered the source of the Nile.
We actually saw a programme, a few years ago, about this bloke. who lived in Brighton and when he's bored, he jumps into his car and drives the whole way round the M25. Me and Chris were sitting there laughing and calling this guy a sad b@stard. But one Sunday, we had been down through Greenwich and Woolwich, it was peeing down with rain at the time too, and we decided to go the long way home.
Anyway, we were coming up the M25 towards the A12 and Chris pointed over to the QEII bridge and said how high it was. I said that I would love to see it up close and go over it, so we did! We laughed and said that one day, we were going to do the whole of the M25, just for something to do too. Since that day, we have quite often circumnavigated the M25.
Whenever Chris and I go to MacDonald's, we always pick up the two local newspapers from there, The Wharf & Docklands. I like it that there are these two little local rags to bring home as mementos. Each paper tells you what is going on in and around Canary Wharf.
You may have read my London Tip on Crossing the Road in which I say that in England you can cross the road pretty much wherever and whenever you feel like it (there are some exceptions like motorways), even on a crossing when the little man is red (the onus is on the pedestrian to cross safely in this case, so of course I recommend you use the Green Man...). Anyhow, here is a follow up to this tip.
Next to Wellington Arch, there is a road crossing, where they don't even bother to give a little green man, all they give is a green bike and a green horse. Wellington Arch is near Buckingham Palace, so perhaps this is set up for the Queen??? Whilst I have seen plenty of green bikes, I had never seen a green horse before! Got to admit that I don't quite know the etiquette of crossing the road on horseback, or what you should do if you leave a little horsey present in the middle of the road.
Don't be alarmed when you see swarms of people just standing outside of shops instead of going inside and looking. They actually shop by looking in the windows very intensly to decide if they want to go in. Watch out where you are going or you might run in to one. To look like a local, do the same. For this reason, most stores present spectacular window displays.
The British Empire once ruled about a quarter of the Earth's land surface. And at sea, it was said that Britain's borders ended where the coasts of other nations began.
All over London are tributes to the country's great national heroes: Nelson, Clive, Cook, Wolfe, Wellington, and many others.
What is a busker? A local musician, playing for tips. Some sell CDs. Many are surpisingly good; I hope that some are able to get some decent nightclub gigs. They are a colorful addition to London street life. If you enjoy the music, then please give a tip.
How could you go to England and not go to pubs? Even if you're not a drinker, there's no better way to soak up the local atmosphere.
Along with some tasty beer!
They have (well, at least they did in 2000) public loos that clean themselves off completely between customers.
Ain't that clever?
I love this place, it's so unusual and pretty. By day it looks like huge and silver, by night it is lit up at the top by a beautiful blue light all the way around the top of it.
London had a pollution problem at one time. Have you ever noticed the multitude of chimney pots per building?
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