Sunday, 30 November 2008

Planning a Playlist

I usually do not plan my radio show. I choose a couple of movies in thw week that are soon coming out, check out the previews and reviews, get hold of the music and play them on the radio. Quite simple. If there is a Nutalent Spot, I do even less work as it is the musicians who take over the airwaves for an hour.

However, given the events this week, I have mad sure that my songs are not from controversial films nor are they too upbeat. It will be a great show this week, but it will interesting just how I skirt around Mumbai.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

A very British Blog

Being British and living on this sceptered isle, I thought I would discuss something that is very appropriate to the national psyche as well as living up to our own stereotype.

The Weather

Let us be frank here. 208 has not been a vintage year in terms of the local climate. Yes, everyone knows that Britain is a ainy place and London is a grey city, but this year has taken the piss.

I do not like the cold.

Summer is a brief event in London, but at least its warmth makes up for the dismal remainder of the year. But not in 2008.

And now it is winter. Freezing. Being England it is cold without the fun. So we get rain and sleet, but no snow to play with. Harsh winds that blow up off the Atlantic to chill the bones and ruin buildings, but no crisp fresh mornings to balance it out.

Another word for the British wether - crap.

Yes, it was a very miserable cycle ride home this morning...

Friday, 28 November 2008

Mumbai

The current tragedy unfolding in Mumbai are horrific. In a very similar way to the 7/7 bombings, the killing and victims are indiscriminate targets, seemingly to the whim of the gunmen.

I do not want to go into the details of this operation, I do not want to go into the politics of India. I have my opinions, but they are not valid at this time. But what I will say is that Mumbai will bounce back. Like London, it is a city that is bigger due to the sum of its parts. It will not be an easy journey, but my hopes and prayers are with the people of Mumbai at this time.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

The Sex Blog 1 (Moaning)

All right, I am peeved off.

I was lying in bed, in that half dreamlike slumber. Close enough to 'wake-up' time to remember the random images from my mind that flits through from the sub-conscious to the conscious.

Yeah, it was quite funky. She had black hair, and was wearing a black dress that seemed to melt away at the touch. Fantastic! This was the way that dreams were meant to pan out. Beautiful woman, a boudoir, bed sheets that are loose and slinky, oh yeah...and then she began to nag. I do not know about what, it was incessant and any arousal was pretty much finished. That was it, the mood gone, finito! So I got up from the boudoir and left.

Incidentally, after leaving the boudoir, I saw my Great-grandmother walking down the road (Bless her Soul) and she laughed at my lack of bedroom skills. Then I woke up.

I was freaked out by my laughing dead elder, but then really peeved off. After all, if even my dreams turn against me, then what hope do I have in the real world?

Then it dawned on me. Salvation would come from only one place. The internet...

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Monday, 24 November 2008

Satisfying Words to say:

Imbeciles.
Guttering.
Amazonia.
Screenplay.
Portrait.
Posterior.
Sarong.
Salon.
Blase.
Jasmine.
Truck (very base, but I love the sound of it).
Fuck (just satisfying).
Fleet.
Grove.
Blossom.
Bumblebee.

(Feel free to add some more...)

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Britain's Railways - The Current Situation

So, it was with complete un-intent (is that a rea word?) that yesterday's blog post was about British Rail and the so called glory days. For later on that day (at a time that civilised people woke up) there was the news that rail fares would increase above inflation. Again. Now, I am not going to get sentimental, rail fares also shot up under British Rail, but there was a big difference between then and now. As Passengers, we are paying for profits not improvements. No matter how incompetent the old system was, at least the increases was going into improvements. Of some kind. Now on top of higher subsidies than under BR we are also paying the shareholders and board members to go on holiday, or something like that.

Just some food for thought, next time you renew your ticket.

Friday, 21 November 2008

British Rail - the good old days?

First a really big thank you to all who flicked and clicked onto the Photo-Vlog of London. In case you have not already seen it then give this a click.

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Right, I am a populist. It is quite clear. Look at the articles I write in Ohmynews and you get the picture. It is all about gauging public sentiment and then harping on. As I have no moral backbone, an expandable conscience, I pretty much say one thing today and will dismiss it tomorrow. In other words do not take me that seriously.

Now, let us look at the railways. We know how awful and expensive it is today to use the service. And I like trains. For long journeys. Commuter rail sucks, and this is talking from a South London perspective. Honestly, it is quicker to get on a bus, so unreliable are the glorious franchises of South West Trains, Southern, South Eastern and Thameslink. Brands that are despised for their lack of Oyster useage, a lack of safety at these poorly lit hell holes and their refusal to run trains at times that suit us.

So, it was with almost a tinge of nostalgia that I happened on the old British Rail advert. You know, the big flashy advert, with the bridges, tunnels from the '80's?

You can watch it here and think a little.

Yep, because the country that advert is set in no longer exists. In twenty short years it is all gone. There is no mail train, no more coal, oil or girders, a lack of docks. Just commuters left going to work on their computers. Some say that the railways back then were an anachronism, supported by government and subsidised to the hilt with bloated budgets, unrealistic expectations and a world changing so rapidly that only the free market could bring the railways back to life.

Just want to give those bankers some food for thought.

And if there is one link you must click on in this blog, make it this, as you have GOT to see that old B.R. advert!.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Caution Wet Paint Documentary 3 - Kay

As I have been startlingly slow this week on the El Director Blog, just a little snippet to catch up with the goings on over on CWP. On Monday I put out the next in the documentary series on the paint:



Kay the Cool!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

My Photo-Vlog?

As part of the Vlogsup Project, I decided to be a BIT different and did not post up a vlog, but a random set of photos that I took of London over the past year or so. It was great to reflect on some of the places I had been and visited. Looking back, it is one of the more artistic reflections that I have done recently, and I actually make London look good. Hey Boris, there's a spot for me in your city's P.R. campaign...



Watch the Vlogsup Video by Clicking HERE!

This particular week on vlogsup had two challenges. First to subtly include the words, 'hospital', 'footwear', 'guitar' and 'children & doctor who'. Since this was a montage of sorts, this was not going to happen. But there are four photos in there, which are associated with those words. Well, the 'guitar' reference is tenuous at best.

Oh and the whole 'sorry thing'. Well, I got fed up of virtually every vlogsup video starting with an apology. So in last week's vlog, I kind of blew my top...

Guys, I am actually quite proud of those photos. So once again, take a look at my photo vlog. It's actually rather good!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

The Caution Wet Paint Documentaries (2) - Jay

So far, I have been a busy little bee with Caution Wet Paint and have been bumbling along with a series of Documentaries.

In this doc I talk about Jay, why I created this character and how I want to take his character through CWP.



The Documentary of Jay - click here!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

So, you were talking about Ethiopia...

Yes, and something that was a surprise in my jaunt to West London this week. I have revealed two of my loves this week - Food and Travel. I do too much of the former and not enough of the latter but Ethiopia is now a place I have been converted to - in both respects.

For me the fascination in Ethiopia is mainly in its position in the greater world. Like most of Africa, Ethiopia has been written off as a pockmark on the tapestry of humanity. But Ethiopia is much more than that, and its recent phase of history, its famine and bitter civil war has made it one of the basket cases of the world. The phrase, 'how the mighty have fallen', would be very appropriate to this part of the world, in describing its rich past and torrid present.

A country's best ambassador is its people, followed by its food. All the (few) Ethiopians I have met have been great and the women are F-I-T! Now having sample a little bit of its cuisine, I have grown quite a fondness for this place. Next stop, Addis Ababa...

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Ethiopian Staples 3 - Coffee

Although we associate the coffee bean with Costa Rica, Java or Guatemala, the coffee plant itself is native to Ethiopia and has been part of human consumption for well over a thousand years. This, the most famous of Ethiopia's exports, started a revolution, enriched a continent and has enabled the Rat Race to continue unbound.

I am not a coffee drinker. This is quite clear in the mornings/afternoons/evenings when I wake up and head straight for the kettle and a tea bag. Sod it, twigs and leaves would do me fine. And the coffee in the UK is simply revolting. I do not know why, but despite the invasion of the Italian styled Barristas, coffee is not an art but a butchery. Well over £2, served in half pint cups, overladen with foamy milk and it still tastes like pulp. There may be a thousand ways to consume coffee on the High Street but they all taste revolting. It also amuses me to see a large segment of my generation that simply lives off the stuff, often holding cups that are bigger than their own arms.

But I do like coffee when I go to coffee drinking countries. The warm cups of Guatemala, the simple little servings of France, the thick creamy delights of Spain, the rich aromas of the Middle East. This is where I drink coffee, not in vast quantities, but enough to appreciate the way that this beverage is meant to be served.

So it was with utter delight on Tuesday that I sampled my first Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, a truly wonderful way to round off a luscious meal. This is what sold me on the idea of Ethiopian cuisine. It was not just the great food, but the wonderful way by which coffee was served that convinced me to write this mini series on Ethiopia. And my, I think I have found a new place to explore in hopefully, the not-too-distant future...

More on the Coffee Ceremony.

A guide to the origins of coffee.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Ethiopian Staples 2 - Frankincense and Myrrh

The Origins of Incense and Myrrh are not often thought of as the Horn of Africa, but this wretched part of the world grabs us every Christmas with stories of Three Wise Men, but also reflect a greater past of this corner of Africa. The art of aromatherapy can be traced to this part of the world and even today, the Ethiopians are rightly proud of their Ancient Traditions.

But it is amazing that something as simple as the incense stick that is now seen from Brazil to China, originated in the Horn of Africa. And for me, particularly fascinating as an Archaeologist, to see the historic links generated by this trade. Humans have always looked beyond for their needs and the people of the past are no different from us today. We often forget that the Red Sea was a highway not a dividing line and in fact it can be seen in the closeness of the cultures between Southern Arabia and North West Africa. We may not see the full extent of such links in my lifetime, such is the seemingly inherent instability of this part of the world. But yes, it is a dream of mine to travel here one day. To recreate a little bit of the spice trade. I may be over in the UK a lot more now than I used to be, but that does not mean the travel bug has diminished in the slightest...

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Ethiopian Staples 1 - Teff



Ethiopia is not known for its cuisine. Yesterday, while with a friend, he remarked so. And yes, the famine of the 80's, something on a Biblical Scale has left shocking images, even by today's standards of 24/7 news reporting. However, we are forgetting that Ethiopia has the Second longest period of continuous culture, only surpassed by the Chinese. So, in this corner of Africa, what delights have spouted out from this Ancient Civilisation. I will give three. Frankincense,
Coffee and Teff. And today I concentrate on that most overlooked piece of food, Teff!

Despite all the health fads of recent years, Teff is not a grain that has caught on, surprising with the rise in gluten free diets. Teff is one nutritious food. It not only is a carbohydrate but also contains all eight essential amino acids (the proteins that the body cannot self replicate). It also contains calcium and iron, a rarity amongst the staples. And yet it is only a major crop in one part of the world, the horn of Africa.

Teff is made into Injera, one of the many possible products, and the most commonly known in the West. With a slightly sourish taste, it will fill any person up to the brim. On Tuesday, I had Injera with meat. Basic yet fulfilling in every possible way.



The real miracle of Teff however is its growth. It can pretty much grow anywhere, uplands, lowlands, on poor soils. And it is fairly drought resistant but will also grow in the rain. In fact, dire conditions are needed for the collapse of a Teff harvest. In a part of the world with climate as unpredictable as North East Africa, this s a blessed grain. It also grows rapidly, ensuring good harvests throughout the year. For me it is astounding that this grain has not been utilised beyond its place of origin. However, this is not a grain in decline. In the last generation, the amount of land used to cultivate Teff has been increasing. While it is doubtful that this particular Abyssinian staple will ever catch on here in the UK (the Ethiopian/Eritrean/Somali communities are too small and at the moment too shattered to concentrate on take-aways) it is a treat that will fill the soul with delights of a full tummy.

Everything about Teff that is not from Wikipedia, here!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

F**k Westfield Shopping Centre



I really hate this place. Really. And it is one of the few times I really agree with the Evening Standard on an issue. Why do I hate it. It is simply unnecessary. West London never needed this went Brent Cross is near enough and Oxford Street is down the road. Also, how else can you blight a local neighbourhood that is a fantastic example of regeneration at a community level. Why, park a giant mall next door and watch the place sink into the ground so it can be sold off for luxury apartments!

I do agree with redevelopment. There are some good examples of this particularly with the success of Docklands. However, Shepherd's Bush as never the old London docks. It was not derelict, just poor. However, for the powers that be it did not look pretty. Well, they should have though of that before building the West Cross Route, and so blighting the neighbourhood. Not learning from the mistakes of the 1960's, they are at it again with Westfield. Not one bit of the old former Olympic site was set aside for parkland. Oh joy.

Thankfully, the place looked empty. And thank goodness. A fortnight after its opening, the mall is blissfully empty compared to the Bush. It probably will not last for long, but the crowds on opening day seem to have evaporated like cheap credit. I had to see it, only because I was threatened with arrest after taking a photo of it - God Bless the War on Terror! But once I saw it, I could not even be bothered to enter it. The newest major addition to London's skyline is a blob, taken from the 1960's. Unlike Canary Wharf which has some aesthetics to it, or even the Millennium Dome with its unusual design, there is nothing nice to say about the look or feel of Westfield. Well, White City Bus Station looks kind of pretty, but that is quite shocking when the best feature of London's most exclusive shopping area is the bit where the peasant wagons disgorge their cargo.




Westfield will probably not fail, it is too politically important to do so. However, the rest of Shepherd's Bush does not look as if it will fare so well. Our cash does not matter. A project of this magnitude, is despised by locals, and it can be seen that they are keeping away in droves. In fact, once on the Green, it was back to normal, the crowds eating out and the usual restaurants filled with a clientele who came for some of the best food in London. Including myself.

May I just say that Ethiopian food is fantastic. In a country that has unfortunately become more famous for its famine rather than for its rich culture. More to come on that little adventure in itself, to the world of Abyssinian food...

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Way 2 Go, Boris!

And so Boris has published his transport strategy for the next four years. Of course, it is filled with cuts and there has been a big groan from the left (tree hugging, cycle mad tossers) and a huge cheer from the right (pot-bellied, ugly road hogs). But what has actually been cancelled and what is going ahead in Boris' big plan, especially that the UK is entering economic collapse?

What's staying:

Crossrail
London Overground's tentacles
DLR Upgrades

What's going:

Tramlink to Crystal Palace. The tram has been one of the few high points of travelling south of the river. And this relatively cheap and popular scheme would have done wonders for the local area. Out of all the projects shelved, this one is the saddest to see go, as it is so easy to deliver and the savings from this project would cover a few Icelands. Well, you get what you vote for.

Cross River Tram. A hugely popular project and something that would have revolutionised Camberwell, Burgess Park and Peckham. Oh well, two fingers to those living in South London. Again.

The Thames Gateway Bridge. Mmm, I used to live a two minute walk from the Blackwall Tunnel and so can quite easily say that this is a very bad idea. Any other major city would have created significant crossing points over its river throughout the boundaries of the urban sprawl. There were some very poor things about this plan, for instance, no rail link that would also use the bridge, no decent slipways south of the river. However, the benefits certainly outweighs the current situation; gridlock in East London every rush hour. I think this would have benefited from a wider rethink rather than cancellation.

The Oxford Street Tram. This was a vanity project. Oxford Street should be shared use between cycles and pedestrians. Everything else should be shifted off, including the huge queue of buses that line this piece of tarmac. The fact that Boris plans to truncate some bus routes to stop them using this congested piece of shopping real estate is a step in the right direction. A worthy way to save some money.

East London Transit and Greenwich Waterfront Transit. I never got this. Essentially, there were going to be some concrete barriers separating buses and cars. Two fingers to East London, but these schemes were so mickey mouse, it is probably better that they are getting shelved.

DLR to Dagenham. Another case of getting what you voted for. Although the DLR is a great piece of engineering, and has been a catalyst for so much regeneration in East London. However, given that most of East London is a flood plain, and the Dagenham area is especially vulnerable to it, this may have been a wise decision. For once. However, what will happen is housing without transport. I see two fingers loud and proud for the East End from City Hall.


What's new:

The Park Lane Tunnel. Apparently this will be paid for by the businesses (car showrooms) along Park Lane. Mmm, Way to Go!

The New Routemaster. A good idea, but would have been better spent on Crystal Palace.

Rephasing traffic lights. Another good idea, there are too many lights in London stuck at red for far too long.

Removing Street Furniture. You can see the lawyers licking their lips with glee at this move, but sod it, I am fed up of having to vault over rails to cross the road.

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Overall. Well, there are some good things, some necessary cuts and the fact that the mayor actually takes his bike is encouraging. He is not the hard core lycra lout, but closer to my type of travelling is a good thing. But canceling the two useful tram projects, shock me. Both projects were popular, relatively cheap and would have greatly benefited the area they were to serve. Especially the Crystal Palace Extension. You can see I am really bugged by that. I would give the document 5/10. Cuts had to be made, and most of them were good, but they went a step too far. Also, the sheer reluctance to use the river as a mode of transport baffles me.

One sign of encouragement is looking away from Heathrow to another site for a hub airport. Already this site is at Gatwick, and it would be far cheaper to develop this as a rival to Heathrow rather than building in the Estuary. Still, glad that someone is looking to the future with regards to air travel.

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And some quotes from Way to Go, just to show you how much this guy was coached so he could pass as palatable.

'How many times have you stood on an underground station in stupefied disbelief as train after train goes by, packed to the gunwales with perspiring passengers.' At last, an accurate description for Victoria Station.

'Which brings me - you knew it was coming - to the possibilities of the bicycle. I love my bike when it is not raining in London - 94 percent of the time...' Was Boris in London this summer?

'Of all the technological breakthroughs of the 20th century, the car did more to democratise the world, and to emancipate the female sex, than almost anything else.' Way to Go, sponsored by, General Motors and the People's Republic of Car Loving China.

'How can we help those [delivery] vans make the best use of our roads...' They do not need your help Boris, they are doing all right without you.

'It is no use having complete calm on the top deck of a bus, if that bus is itself beached in the traffic like an expiring whale, or indeed if it forms a queue of expiring whales.' What did those whales ever do to you, Mr. Mayor?

And the best quote from 'Way to Go':

'It is time for a holy war against holey streets!'

Monday, 10 November 2008

My 'Tumble' Blog

Al right, was surfing the net, in my usual Swiss Cheesed way, and saw this new gadget online. It is called Tumblr and you can see it by clicking here.

Now, I do not know how col this is, but it seems to be in between the frivolity of Twitter and the self importance of Blogging.

Now, I must admit, I am not sure if I will continue actively adding to the Tumblr, but it seems harmless enough and so why not keep on having fun? Plus al the important things are fed directly into my own, Tumblr.

Life is good?

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Sleep?

Probably, most likely, I will not be on air today, technical reasons, so I am off to sleep...but do not fear, I will bw back next week on the Movies and Music Show, from 5pm next Sunday!

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Documentary 1 for CWP

I made a short documentary yesterday on how Caution Wet Paint began.



Watch Documentary here.

This will be the first in a short set in preparation for the shooting of the next Caution Wet Paint, for the first time in Hi-Def.

Friday, 7 November 2008

For Asad

1) Madness and Sanity, I agree. Sanity is in the eye of the beholder. The mad ones are often the most happy.

2) Ethics. Personally, I do believe in conscience. WHile it can be reinforced by religion and society, and broken by money and power, essentially, I still have the (stupid?) hope that human kind strives to be better due to conscience.

3) Demystification and Re-mystification. Such is the complexity of the universe that we live in, the more answers we discover, the more questions it uncovers. The beautiful thing about human beings is our curiosity. And the beautiful thing about the universe is its unending truths. Hey man, I am a Trek geek after all. There is more than meets the eye...

4) Transience and permanence. Mmm, people got to stop worrying and start learning to love life itself. We have it too easy...

5) East and West. I so agree with this. However, if you look throughout humanity, we have always been in communication and as lines of communication has improved, the world is slowly coming together as one. Money and trade is the mortar of humanity.

6) Love. Oh man, you shrunk this into one paragraph!

7) Death. Yes, I too have a fascination with death, something unhealthy methinks.

8) Justice. Actually, I believe that this is one of the hardest subjects to tackle, as it is easy to come across as over bearing. Be careful.

9) Authenticity. I believe that this could be one of the most rewarding paths of exploration, but will it be appreciated?

10) Humanity. Yes, I believe in this, and I believe that the bulk of humanity believes in its concept.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Vauxhall Cross

Today was an unusual but fantastic day. After spending the whole morning in the cinema watching some fantastic shorts, I wandered down to Vauxhall in preparation for next month's river crossing. And as Vauxhall is at a major South London intersection, I have decided to take a look at the surrounding area just like I did in Wandsworth. We will have to wait until December for the bridge, but why wait for the fun of the one-way system...



The Ski Slope aka Vauxhall Bus Station is what now dominates the area. Two giant fingers from TfL to drivers that have to run the gauntlet round the one way system and avoid people like me who drive big red things around the cross.



Really, there should be more to Vauxhall than the bus station. But there isn't. I tried, really, look:



That's it. Either a glorified one way system or buses. Okay, so nearby there is a park on the South Lambeth Road which is of course the gateway to heaven, but essentially at Vauxhall, all we see is metal, a fat budget for an ugly interchange. At the moment TfL is flush with cash and while I do agree with spectacular architecture, I do not agree with sheer ego. Saying that, there is something kind of futuristic about it, but so were tower blocks once thought of as something from 'The Jetsons'.

Well, here's another two fingers...

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Hard Drive, Dead

Big Time personal disaster. One of my external HD's (the newest one) his dead. Kaput. For some reason will not respond. I will have to recover the files, but I will leave that for another day. Thankfully, all the important stuff such as scripts, the documentary and the snippets of the new short film for CWP.

VlogsUp Posting

Unfortunately, all the raw material for the new webisodes (2008 season) are on that particular external HD along with the archive material for An East End Tale. That means for the moment, there are no more new webisodes. Mmm, I do not know exactly how I will keep CWP running, but as always, I will find a way.

Yes, I know there are data recovery software on the net, and I will trawl for them. But at the same time, as nothing on there is particularly urgent, I may just use this as an opportunity and start doing something a little bit more cinematic. Of course, I will make sure that there are some webisodes coming out, but they will probably take a more educational role and looking at the 2007 season, rather than having Jay and Kay screaming.

The one thing I regret is not having done the Opera Webisode, which is on that particular HD. Yet...

Monday, 3 November 2008

Blogging...

I am pretty proud about October's Blog. Firstly, I managed to do a post a day and after the torrid September, that is not bad. Now, the blogs were not of a superb quality, I have written far better. But one thing I was very proud of was the distinct difference between this blog and the CWP blog although they sometimes covered similar subjects.

The reason I have enjoyed this month has been threefold. Firstly, the sheer amount of news. Yeah...second, the sheer fun of the Star Trek series which I will probably do next year. Thirdly, there were some political moments that I really enjoyed.

Well, well, November started off well (and in fact, I also enjoyed the end of last month). Keep on enjoying the blogs!

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Today on the Radio...

This week, alongside the usual 'Movies and Music' will be a special round-up of the NuSound Talent spot that has been running for the past two months. Snippets from the artists will be played, so listen into the greatest and latest sounds of London town and appreciate the talent in this fine city, 5-7pm (GMT) today, only on NuSound Radio 92FM!

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Crossings of the River Thames 18: Chelsea Bridge

And so onto what is possibly the second greatest crossing in London, and if it was not for next door Albert then it would be in itself the romantic hotspot of London. Unlike the East End, West London has been blessed with cash and architectural 'splendour'.



Built in Art Deco style, it is similar yet different to Albert Bridge and matches it perfectly as a twin across the Thames and is set at a very pretty location with the stark nature of the Power Station to one side and the Park to the other. With a cycle lane and a bus lane it is much safer to cross on two wheels then some of the other crossings nearby. It is the second incarnation of the crossing and actually copes fairly well with the London traffic (late at night when there are no other cars around).



This is dating country. Not a first date mind you (we save that for Waterloo and the South Bank) but a third or fourth date. In summer, it is the glorious Battersea Park and all that it has to offer in terms of sun, canoodling and other frolics. But summer is nine months away and so in these winter months, what better then to wrap up warm and take that special someone to West London. Splash some cash in a fancy eatery in either Battersea or Chelsea and then end with a walk along the Thames. The views are spectacular, and they do encourage a healthy amount of sauciness in the air. After all, what else were the inter-war years about? These architects did not just shape this area as an accident...



Getting there and away:

Train: Battersea Park. Bus: Route 170 calls on the North Bank. Routes 44, 137, 452, N44 and N137 cross the bridge.