Friday, 23 June 2017

#London Walkers Review #LondonWalks: #PinkFloyd Wish You Were Here




Mary, Fiona, Maxine & Noel in the London Walks office write… On Mondays & Fridays we'll be sharing reviews of our London Walks written by London Walkers. Firstly, THANKS to all who have written to us down through the years, your kind words are greatly appreciated! Our guides don't solicit these reviews on our tours – we believe that this would be a waste of your time. That's what makes these reviews all the more special – they have been sent to us by genuine London Walkers who have given up their valuable time to drop us a line or two, or leave a comment on travel message boards & websites. 


Adam writes…

Thanks London Walker Sara Kay for writing this review of last week's Pink Floyd London tour… before the tour took place!

It's not, of course, a review of THAT walk! It's a lovely comment on all my colleagues who lead London Walks tours and it was very kind of you Sara to take the time to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you on a London Walks (Non-Pink  Floyd Related!) tour soon…






A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Friday Is Rock'n'Roll #London Day: An Essential 60s #Bowie Feature in @uncutmagazine This Month


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Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day! Join the Rock'n'Roll London walk this (and every Friday) afternoon at 2:00p.m meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station






Adam writes…




I fear it's the one bad habit I'll never be able to break: buying too many music magazines.

It's a lifelong addiction stretching back to my teens when we had three weekly music papers in this country. I'll blog about the extent of my addiction another day.

This month's Uncut magazine has done nothing to stem my addiction, presenting as it does David Bowie on its cover.



In my own contrary way I have always loved 1960s Bowie. I think his pre-history, his musical archaeology, is absolutely fascinating.

Even hardcore Bowie fans accuse me of being a wilful obscurantist when I say this, citing Bowie's own often less-than-complimentary take on his 60s oeuvre. Many are all too keen to cite The Laughing Gnome as evidence that the whole pre-Space Oddity period was a bust.

But there's more to Davy Jones/David Bowie in the 60s than just The Laughing Gnome.

(And in favour of that much-maligned track, check out the arrangement – the totally pilled-up, speedfreak bass is a danceable joy. And THAT oboe! Please feel free to come and have a fight with me about the merits of The Laughing Gnome on any of my London Walks Rock'n'Roll London tours!)




The feature, written by Michael Bonner with contributions from those who knew and worked with Bowie, is an 11-page special and beautifully illustrated. We visit Beckenham for memories of a free festival, look at the Stylophone, get Rick Wakeman’s take on the vagaries of the Mellotron and find all the clues that point to Bowie's 70s greatness along the way. Well done Uncut!


Here's a playlist of my favourite 60s' Bowie tracks…








Watch the trailer for Wednesday's Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk, 7pm Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1)…







And here's the trailer for THIS AFTERNOON'S Rock'n'Roll London Walk which meets at 2pm Tottenham Court Road station (exit 1).





A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Where In the World No? No.43 #Tangambalanga Victoria

Where in the World? is our occasional series in which Adam, The Daily Constitutional’s Editor is logging the locations of his London Walkers.

“We meet people from all over the world, and I thought it would be fun to map them out to create a picture of where our London Walkers (and Daily Constitutionalists) come from.

I’ll be breaking it down by English and Welsh counties, Scottish regions, Irish provinces, U.S States, Canadian provinces, Australian states, European, Asian, African and South American countries.”



Adam writes…


Great to meet the fella from Tangambalanga, Australia on one of my London tours who, when I asked where he came from, gave me this postcard by way of explanation…



Tangambalanga is in Victoria, 345 Km northeast of Melbourne and at the 2006 census had a population of 439.

Thanks for joining me on a tour Tangambalangans. (Or should that be Tangambalangawegians?) You're now representing the great state of Victoria on my Where In The World map of Australia…










A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Thanks Ms Kats for the Pop Top Bracelets!

Adam writes…


Thanks to Ms Kats and her family from Forest Park, Illinois who gave me these lovely gifts for my wife and daughter on the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk the other week…





They are handmade bracelets made with recycled aluminium ring pulls. Ingenious! Unique! Green! And lovely!


  


A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.