What’s more iconic: London buses or London cabs?

Another day, another opportunity to feel lost, confused, and wonder if my runny nose is more than the typical cold.

Also, did you know that the ‘Hong Kong flu’ (as it was called) killed over 1 million people in 1968? I am learning about new pandemics everyday. Not that I want to think of pandemics every waking moment, I take walks to take my mind off them. Although the silence is a constant reminder.

But after Boris’ speech yesterday, the population seems to be a little confused by it. So we can do this, but not this? Some can go back to work and we can do more hobbies, but can’t see family? Many are still demanding clarity, and I am just sticking to walking down the empty streets. It seems like the best thing still.

I wonder how full this bus station usually is. I think it’s cool to see where the buses reside when they aren’t taking commuters and tourists around London. Like a celebrity going home after an evening on the red carpet. It is pretty much the same thing right? I am sure these red buses have celebrity status in London and around the world. A bit like these taxis too, I found a bunch of them escaping the limelight down a side street.

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Buses are free in the city right now I should add, however I am not sure how long that will last.

If you had to get around London, would it be a red bus or black cab? I don’t know which is more iconic, but I would like to know which you think is.

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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.

Stay home, stay safe and happy blogging!

Sam


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Happy VE Day!

Okay, this was yesterday. But I was working and when I got home celebrated with a couple drinks with the flatmate.

And when I have a couple, any motivation I had to do anything plummets.

So today I went for a walk to blow away the cobwebs, down towards St Paul’s Cathedral and through the quiet streets.

I found this pub on my walk today, just a quick shot from my gander. I will post more when my head isn’t hurting so much.

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And I wanted to use this post to show my appreciation for not just the NHS and care/key workers, but also to everyone that had to fight in WW2 and contributed to the freedoms we have today. It would have been a horrible time to live through, and it really wasn’t that long ago. I feel incredibly grateful to not have had to endure that kind of suffering.

The Red Arrows did a flyby down the Thames and over Buckingham Palace, however I couldn’t see it at work sadly. On the live broadcast it flies over the city, past the skyscrapers I have posted about recently. You can see below which ones and where I am currently working/living.

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Not that the picture is the most clear! Here is the video to go along with it. St Paul’s Cathedral can be seen just after this too.

 

How is everyone’s weekend? I hope you have great weather and do what you can to keep healthy and happy.

Have a great Saturday and I will speak to you all soon.

 


 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.

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Every street has a story

I arrive at Bank Station, named after it’s close proximity to the Bank of England. A statue of a man on a horse towers above me.

22 Bishopsgate now towers above it.

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This man is the Duke of Wellington, the statue erected for his input in helping to start the rebuild of London Bridge back in the day.

Below is another memorial I found on my walk. This one seemed like it was telling a story so I had to do a little research…

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I found this sculpture outside of Liverpool Street Station. It’s a memorial for 10,000 orphaned Jewish children that escaped persecution in Nazi Germany, arriving at this station between 1938-39. Again, the site is surrounded by tall, glass towers that are a world away from the surrounding architecture of the day. A world away from where the kids called home. The only remaining buildings are the ones that contributed to history the most and were given a lifeline, allowing us to share the same roof as the evacuees of the 1930’s.

But every generation has a story to tell, and the lockdown is one of ours, shared by every generation alive today. Not that it can be compared to the events I mentioned earlier, but certainly unique. Tragic, too. But what more can we do but simply experience it and ride this wave as best we can? Not much.

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But every ‘closed’ sign is a photo opportunity, every long wait in a supermarket is a story we will share when this is itself a part of history. Some of these signs turning me away have never looked more inviting.

 


 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.

Stay home, stay safe and happy blogging!

Sam


 

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