Saturday, 12 July 2014


This section of the website deals with other towns and cities around the UK. It has nothing to do with Birmingham or the West Midlands and essentially it is a log of places visited. There are many photographs in this section. They are all subject to copyright.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Portobello Road

Portobello Road in Notting Hill is known for its busy market and colourful local shops. The best time to visit is on a Saturday when there is a busy market. 

Portobello Road's restaurants and cafes offer a wide range of exotic foods and flavours. The local shops are not dependend on the market and tourists flock to Portobello Road every day of the week.

Some stalls are a permanent feature of Portobello Road. Although it can get busy on a Saturday there is ample parking at reasonable rates in the nearby streets. 

Earls Court Exhibition Centre

The Earls Court Exhibition Centre is an exhibition, conference and events venue in London that originally opened in 1887 and was rebuilt in 1937 in its current art deco style exterior. It has been scheduled for closure to make way for residential and commercial re-development.

This iconic landmark is large enough to hold four jumbo jets, and the hall's 17,000 sq m floor is entirely column-free. The developers behind the £8 billion Earls Court regeneration plan have designed a new High Street with housing crescents, squares and parks. 

Book Fair - Earls Court

Now in its 42nd year, The London Book Fair continues to be the global market place and leading business-2-business exhibition for rights negotiation and the sales and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

The London Book Fair is a large book-publishing trade fair held annually, usually in April, in London. 

More than 25,000 publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians, media and industry suppliers from over 100 countries now attend the fair.Book publishers come to London to publicize their upcoming titles and to sell and purchase subsidiary and translation rights for books from other publishers.

The Book Fair has been running since 1971 but for every year since 2007, The London Book Fair has been held at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre. This year, 2014, will be the final year at Earls Court Exhibition Centre as this particular venue is being dismantled and the area re-developed.

For more photos of the 2014 Book Fair click here

Saturday, 15 March 2014

East Dulwich

East Dulwich forms about a third of the area of Dulwich, the other two thirds being Dulwich Village and West Dulwich. This is very much a residential area with one long street ( Lordship Lane ) of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Lordship Lane has some good places to eat and many independent outlets.