Tuesday, 17 October 2017

#Dracula In #London Part Two: A #Halloween Tribute To #ChristopherLee

DC Editor Adam writes…


Having recently filmed a short piece with the guys at the Lyceum Theatre for their Halloween celebrations (the film is out soon, I'll keep you posted!), and what with the upcoming Halloween season, I find I've got Dracula on my mind.


The writer of Dracula, Bram Stoker, worked at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End - that's just one of the areas I'll be covering in the forthcoming short film.



In the meantime, since it's Halloween, I'll share a few Drac-related posts here on The DC. Click here for the previous post on Dracula AD 1972. And to continue the series, an earlier DC post in tribute to the great Christopher Lee…





Christopher Lee is Dead? He Is Absolutely No Such Thing


Back in June 2015, I was saddened to hear that the actor Sir Christopher Lee had passed away. He was 93.


Almost everyone I met that day had something to say about the great man. Here in Britain, particularly among those over the age of 30, he is well-remembered for his Dracula in the Hammer Studios horror movies from the 50's to the 70s.


I remember the day clearly – the 7th June 2015 – because it was a Thursday and on a Thursday I always get home late after leading two walking tours.


The last stage of my journey takes me through the local churchyard. Although it is dark, it only takes thirty seconds and saves me time at the end of the day. It is a shortcut and I have been taking it for years without batting an eyelid.


Until that night. When this image came surging forth in my mind


  
Like so many kids I was occasionally allowed to stay up late and watch scary movies on TV. And I had forgotten just how truly terrifying Lee’s Dracula appeared to me back then.

And not just back then, either. 

That Thursday night in 2015, my heart quickened along with my step and I was through the graveyard in record time without a backward glance.

I’ll be frank: it was a poor show from a grown man. Particularly one who leads ghostly walking tours

And it made me think: Don’t believe everything you hear in the news.


Christopher Lee is dead, is he? 

Balderdash. 



Just you wait until nightfall, my friend. Just you wait…





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.



Monday, 16 October 2017

Today's London Sky #RedSun #Ophelia

DC Editor Adam writes…


We had some pretty dramatic skies here in London today. Did you catch the red sun? A side effect of Hurricane Ophelia, with tropical air dragging in dust from the Sahara (according to the BBC) created this red sun over Jermyn Street around 5pm, just after my Village In Piccadilly walk…



Earlier in the walk, the sky above Jermyn Street turned an orange-tinted sepia…



…with the light inside Wren's St James's Church throwing some eerie shadows…



As dusk approached, some more strange effects were created as I headed eastward to lead a tour at Tower Hill. With the sun getting "under" the clouds before dipping below the buildings, the Thames took light as the eastern sky looked angry with a rain that didn't arrive…






… before going out in a blaze of glory…







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.



In & Around #Halloween London… Kensal Green Cemetery

Monday is mute on The Daily Constitutional (well, almost mute) – because Monday is the day when we post five images captured in and around London by London Walks Guides and London Walkers.

Collated on a theme or an area, if you've got some great shots of our capital and want to join in send your pictures to the usual address.











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.



Sunday, 15 October 2017

From The Podcast Archive: Last Year's @podbeancom #Halloween Podcast Part Three with @hallett_g & @AdamScottG


DC Editor Adam writes…


I'll be out and about later this week with my podcasting colleague Andy recording the new Halloween special edition of the London Walks Podcast. 

In the meantime, here's Part Three of the 2016 special…





















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.