Julie's Jabber - This week with London LDWA


Julie's Jabber - This week with London LDWA
Julie's Jabber - This week with London LDWA

I'm amazed that no one on the National Committee has gone grey overnight. I'd be completely bonkers by now if I had to find my way through the labyrynthine rules about tiers and borders and where we can walk and with how many people, and interpret them coherently for the umpteenth time for the LDWA membership.  Anyway, we in London can celebrate the resumption of social walking, limited though it remains. Many thanks to Jerome Ripp, Gavin Fuller, Lonica Vanclay and Andy Shoesmith for stepping up to restart our walks programme.

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A few Jabbers ago, the issue was raised of some members not receiving their newsletters. Webmaster Gavin promised to investigate and the upshot seems to be that all is now well. Susanne Waldschmidt emailed to say: 'Something surprising happened two weeks ago.  Julie’s jabber arrived straight into my in-tray. The same happened last week and today so I no longer have to rescue the jabbers from a junk bin of bitcoin Investments, Viagra treatments and other such nasties. I checked with Paul Tilley and he is also now getting the newsletters as well as other LDWA e-mails.'

Is Jabber now landing correctly in everyone's inbox? Please let us know if not. Should the response is nothing but silence, it can be assumed that the problem is solved.

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This is going to sound like a bit of a rant, but when I saw what had been done to this bank of the Regents Canal behind Kings Cross I thought, ugh. This photo was taken on a September walk led by Ron Williamson and we passed it on the way to our lunch stop. Why on earth, I thought, do so many places have to be gussied up and prettified nowadays? I  grew up in a house overlooking Epping Forest, where from the bedroom windows you had a view of a wide grassy ride known as The Glade. Last time I saw it, it was unrecognisable, the lovely green vista obliterated by lorryloads of trees and shrubs. It looked like an explosion in a garden centre. They can't even leave Greenwich Park alone. Temporary fencing has appeared across the central slope. Apparently we are going to have those King's Cross-style grassed-over steps. What's wrong with leaving places as wild and untidy as nature intended?   

 

gussied up doings in

Regents Canal, Kings Cross

 

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All right, all right, I know. Spurs are on top of the league after their 2-0 win over their oldest enemy, Arsenal, so I couldn't resist. This photo was taken at the end of the 2016-17 season, when the club played their last game at White Hart Lane. A wonderful gesture by nature placed a rainbow over the top. Somehow it encapsulated the idea of hope in the future, and in a month when - at last - a vaccination programme is going to start and we might have an end to this grim period in history, it seems apt. That's my excuse, anyway.

 

white hart lane finale

White Hart Lane - The Finale

 

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