Thursday, 31 December 2015

It Ain't Over Til The Fat Boy Chimes #NYE #BigBen #HappyNewYear

From Wellington to Paris, you've all heard the chimes at midnight and from London we wish you a glorious 2016!

Meanwhile, from New York to San Francisco, you're all still biding your time – Happy New Year when it comes!

Here in London, it's only 2016 when this guy says so…





As this is posted we are about an hour away from the bells and the nation's ears are turned toward the most famous clock of them all. 

Down through the past 4,000-or-so posts on this blog, Big Ben has taken centre stage on a number of occasions. And, in the spirit of one final glance over the shoulder as we move into the New Year, here are a couple of our favourite Big Ben Posts, beginning with David Tucker from 2014…


Look at the very top of the tower. It sort of resembles a slate grey ski ramp. Just beneath it you can see five elliptically shaped, gilded openings. Behind those elliptically shaped openings – in the room, the space behind them – there’s a very powerful white lamp called the Ayrton Lamp. When parliament’s sitting at night it’s lit. That’s how you tell. Look for that great white lamp beaming out from inside there…



Full post HERE: Daily Constitutional Big Ben 1


And here's Adam with his love letter to London's most famous landmark from 2011…

At six o’clock on BBC Radio 4 the chimes of Big Ben herald the news. To me, it is a familiar and kindly old friend preparing me gently for the tales of war and fiscal calamity to come.

If I’m not in the room when the bell chimes, my daughter calls for me so that I don’t miss it. Often I’ll switch the wireless off after the bells, not wishing the news to besmirch the warm feeling engendered by my two favourite sounds: my daughter’s voice and London’s most famous bell.


Just this very evening, as I typed this piece at the computer, my wife turned up the volume on the kitchen radio so I could hear it at the other end of the house. It was a lovely New Year gift: exactly what I wanted.

Full Post HERE: Daily Constitutional Big Ben 2


Some of you will be preparing for a trip to London in 2016 and we are looking forward to welcoming you in our city.

Others among you are already here – London Walks is, after all, the London walking tour company that locals trust and there's no higher recommendation than that.

Be you visitor or resident, citizen or denizen, we wish you a peaceful and prosperous 2016.

Enjoy the bells. 


Happy New Year!

x



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Guest Blogger: The Barfly Mixes a French '75

Over the Christmas and New Year period we welcome six guest posts from cocktail columnist, London bar reviewer & blogger The Barfly


His festive series began with Mulled Wine, moved on to classic Eggnog, and The Champagne Cocktail, now it's The French 75






My favourite way to jazz up my New Year’s fizz is with a French 75

Invented by Harry MacElhone of the fabled Parisian watering hole Harry’s Bar in 1915, and first recorded here in London in The Savoy Cocktail Book, it is rumoured to have been named for the French artillery’s big gun the Howitzer 75mm – the effect of too many being akin to that of having been heavily shelled.

Which brings us, as drinkies so often do, to the Savoy’s Harry Craddock and his reply to the question “What’s the best way to drink a cocktail.”

“Quickly,” was his answer, “while it’s still laughing at you.”

You have been warned.

You Will Need:

• 2 oz. Gin

• 2 tsp sugar

• 1 oz lemon juice

• Champagne

Glass: Collins or highball

Method: Shake everything but the champagne with ice and strain into the iced glass. Top up with bubbly. Garnish with a twist of lemon.




Tomorrow… The Corpse Reviver & the Rob Roy


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The Editor's #London Diary 2015: December



DC Editor Adam concludes his 2015 London review…


December

Clean Across London

The last month of the year kicked off with a BIG day off walk, right across town, starting from East Finchley in the north, via the Archway Road…


 to Crystal Palace in the south…



Here's the route…




… 16.4 miles.


This brings my big day off walking total – measured on my long rambles around London when NOT leading London Walks tour – to 205 miles for the year!

That's NOT including London Walks!


How Not To Shop


Best of all in December, I spent a day when I SHOULD have been Christmas shopping going instead on merry-go-rounds and ferris wheels.




New year resolution: do this kinda thing MORE often.


I do hope you've enjoyed my 2015 diary. Thanks for reading The Daily Constitutional this year. See you in 2016.

Adam Scott-Goulding
Editor
The Daily Constitutional
London, December 2015







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The Editor's #London Diary 2015: November @mariabeadell @mORGANICo_cOM @Tonys_N2 @NigelSlater @mrtimmoore




The Daily Constitutional editor's London year 2015 draws to a close. Adam writes…


November

At Home With The Editor

I began November recovering from the infection that had laid me low on Halloween…


… with the help of Natasha the cat.


It's also Christmas Cake making month…



Special cakey thanks go to Nigel Slater for the recipe, Elvis Costello for the soundtrack, Tony's Continental in East Finchley and Martyn's of Muswell Hill for the ingredients and Isobella for licking the bowl…





And I also discovered the joys of DOUBLE BOARD MONOPOLY!


The idea for Double Board Monopoly can be found in one of my all-time favourite London books – Do Not Pass Go by Tim Moore. You can visit his author page at Random House HERE. Thanks for inspiration Mr Moore!



(I'll be blogging more about the London Monopoly board in the new year.)


Disappearing Denmark Street

November also saw a fantastic invitation to view a mural in Denmark Street that would soon disappear forever thanks to the ongoing (so-called) gentrification of London's great musical street…







Thanks to Alistair for access and to the artists Maria Beadell and mORGINICo.

To keep up with Maria's work, visit her website mariainpaint.webnode.com and mORGINICo's website is here: www.morganico.com




When Hashtags Fail

In November I made my annual trip to Porterford Butcher off Bow Lane to order the turkey. To mark my visit, I tried my hand at a hashtag to see if I could get the guys at Porterford trending in lieu of them having their own Twitter account. After much thought, I went with…

#LetsTweetAboutMeat


Suffice to say, it didn't set the woods on fire. 







Next time… Up to date with December…








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