Themed London Walks Poetry in Motion Part 2: T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land
The Waste Land is the most famous English poem of the 20th century, but also the one most likely to scare readers away.
For this, T.S. Eliot himself is to blame. The notes he published alongside the poem – mainly to “pad out” what would otherwise have been an even slighter book – appear to tell the reader: Sorry, old chap, but if you cannot read
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Themed London Walks Poetry in Motion Literature and (easy) hiking have always gone together well. As a way of exploring nature, for one. Nature, after all, has provided a source of inspiration for poets since the dawn of literature.
But for many, I suspect, the more important thing has been the act of walking as such: new experiences and impressions slowly sinking in, set to the background patter of one’s own movement, the tic-toc of walking feet, providing a powerful inducement to rhyme
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Themed London Walks The London Crime Trail Part 2 Welcome back for our London crime trail part 2, a walk through Dark London which mainly concentrates on the deeds of the most notorious London murderer of them all: Jack the Ripper
… who is the undisputed star of London’s Themed Walk industry. For one because the story ticks all the right boxes – bloodshed, mystery and a caricature Victorian London of gaslights, drunks and toothless prostitutes – but also because the Ripper had the
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Themed London Walks Walking the London Crime Trail Crime is, of course, not unique to London, nor was it invented here, although it may sometimes feel that way. It is certainly true that no other city revels more in it, and no other city would dream of bestowing semi-mythical status to its mass murderers such as Sweeney Todd or Jack the Ripper who are as deeply ingrained in the city’s cultural fabric as its pop music legends whom we visited last time around.
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Themed London Walks Take a Walk in Swinging London – Part 2.
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Today, in the finale of the first of our themed London walks, we are crossing from Soho over into Mayfair and beyond. We start at the Spirit of Soho mural on the corner of Broadwick and Carnaby Street.
Turn left into Carnaby Street and right into Beak Street. Cross Regent Street and continue, more or less straight (veering a little to your left) into Heddon
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