Author Archives: John S

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.

A Thames Journey: (5) From Cholsey to Marlow

This, the fifth of my Thames Journey series, covers a 36 mile stretch of the river, which we covered in three walks in 2016 and 2017. It’s a part of the journey where the river does a 180 degree turn, … Continue reading

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The Last Track

I was listening to Mary Anne Hobbs’ show on BBC 6 Music the other day. She was about to play an Autechre track, which will be the last piece on the forthcoming album. She said she often listens to the … Continue reading

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lovelondonscenes 171 – From Putney Bridge to Kew Bridge

It was a pleasant day yesterday – the last for a while if the forecasts are right – so I took the opportunity to have a stroll along the river. I took a train from Brentford to Putney and walked … Continue reading

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“Everybody Hurts” – Two songs that resonated on a June day this year

I was looking through notes I’d made on my phone earlier today. I came across this piece I’d written on 16 June with the intention of posting it with some photos I’d taken of central London by the river on … Continue reading

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A Thames Journey: (4) From Oxford to Cholsey

This stretch of the river is about 26 miles long. Taking into account various diversions, we probably made it up to 30 at least, over three walks. As with previous walks in this series we completed them at different times, … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (167) – Premier League predictions for 2020-21

Hot on the heels of my assessment of the season 2019-20, here come the predictions for 2020-21! Who knows what this season will be like with the pandemic far from over and with every chance of a resurgence of cases … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (166) – The Premier League 2019-20 season (and my predictions)

It’s a month now since the 2019-20 Premier League season finally ended, after a hiatus of three months between 13 March and 17 June as a result of the pandemic. And it’s little more than two weeks before the 2020-21 … Continue reading

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Canal and River Life: (4) The canal from Brentford to Elthorne

At first during lockdown, I was walking circuits of nearby Blondin Park – each one about two-thirds of a mile. Three would cover about two miles and get you through a BBC Football Daily podcast. Four or five would cover … Continue reading

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Canal and River Life: (3) Close ups

This series is all about the wonders of nature. They are all around us; and having the canal and the Thames nearby simply improves the riches. The weather has helped too – for the most part during lockdown it has … Continue reading

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Canal and River Life: (2) The Waterfowl

These last three months of walking along the River Brent/ Grand Union canal and the Thames have allowed me to follow the development of the natural world from day to day. And the birds that inhabit these spaces have been … Continue reading

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