Amazing People of London

17 July, 2012

William Shakespeare made his name here. So did Charles Dickens. Florence Nightingale made major contributions to hospitals and health in the city. Christopher Wren’s famous St Paul’s Cathedral still stands. The Houses of Parliament designed by Charles Barry grace the River Thames. Buckingham Palace, where the kings and queens have lived since the 18th century, overlooks the pretty gardens of St James’ Park. At the other end of London, the…

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Shakespeare’s Ghost Writer

26 April, 2012

  Walking through Stratford-on- Avon, in England, on a bright summer’s day, I saw a sign. It said – William Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Arriving at the front door, it was as if I had flown through more than 400 years of time. He was baptized on 26th April in 1564. So, he is  448 years old. I use the present tense because we still attend his plays and read his poetry…

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24 April, 2012

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Charles Dickens

4 February, 2012

‘No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.’ So, said the great writer Charles Dickens. He would have known for he walked the streets of London during the mid 19th century, seeing the poverty and destitution. As a result, he wrote compelling novels like Oliver and Great Expectations. He was born in 1812 and his birthday will be celebrated on February 7th –…

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Amazing London

16 August, 2011

The London Eye On my recent visit to London, I went to the big wheel that overlooks the River Thames. The queue for the London Eye, as it is called, was so long that I continued walking. In the bright sunshine of that afternoon who could have predicted the recent riots. But, with about 8 million people all living with 20 square miles there is always the potential for conflict….

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London and the Olympics

14 August, 2011

The race is already on. London has Olympics Fever. While I was there, many thousands of people were hoping they would win the race for Olympic Games tickets in the lottery. I was in London recently on business, as I am writing a book called Amazing Olympians. It tells the personal stories of 12 people who won medals at the Olympics from 1896 onwards, when the modern version of the games…

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