London Living’s Top Picks
Another week has been and gone, and it’s time again for London Living to shine the light on our Top Picks from the London blogosphere.
Have you ever descended into the depths of the tube network only to realise that you’ve left your book behind? or finished reading a book on the tube in the morning and have had to lug it around all day? Well, the Books for London has a solution to your woes. It is a scheme to set up “a London-wide book sharing scheme in London’s tube and train stations to be in operation by the opening ceremony of the Olympics.”
The idea was the 2011 winner of the #ideas4Mayor competition run by the London Policy centre, and has the backing of Boris Johnson. As well as blogging about the development of their campaign, the Books for London blog is also a treasure-trove of information for book lovers in the capital, with information about upcoming book swaps, sales and giveaways.
Chris has written a lovely and informative post about a cheese known as Bermondsey Spa, which is an invention of Mootown, a company that imports small-farm Welsh cheeses and distributes them to the best London cheese shops. The story goes that Mootown decided to triple-wash one of the cheeses they were selling, Golden Cenarth, in leftover beer from the Kernel brewery next door. The result was Bermondsey Spa, a mild, creamy cheese that Chris calls “hugely enjoyable and dangerously edible.” Is anyone else’s mouths watering?
Our final pick is a Jubilee-themed (well, we had to, didn’t we?) dose of dry humour from Westminster Walking.
This is a picture of Joanna’s ‘view’ of the Jubilee Pageant after spending more than an hour in the rain trying to get to the river. She provides an amusing account of her struggle to ‘be part’ of the big day (something we can no doubt all relate to) and her disappointment in not being able to see The Queen at the crucial moment.
But, she says, “I’m glad I tried though” – a great example of the enduring London spirit!