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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Social (119)

Social Sunday
Linking up with Ashley and Neely

1. Favorite scent
Jean Paul Gaultier
Perfume collection (Gaultier far right)
2. Favorite food
Sea bass. Ordered in restaurants at every opportunity (including at the hotel I stayed at the night before my wedding!).
At the lovely Carluccio's
3. Favorite sound
Casper purring
video

4. Favorite picture currently on your phone
Casper attacking the phone for a 'selfie'
5. Best memory of the year so far
Our first wedding anniversary. We went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night and hung out in the beautifully air conditioned room watching cricket, had dinner on room service, went to the bar downstairs to watch the World Cup 3rd place play-off and had drinks on our terrace.

Off the Wall Bar



Tuesday, September 09, 2014

#IChallengeMS (Tour 1)

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September is the MS Society’s month of fund-raising, carrying the hashtag #IChallengeMS to improve social media visibility. One month to give something up, take something up, or just do something to raise money.

My challenge is to visit the 48 churches in the City of London (bonus points for ruins and gardens that occupy former sites!). Today was my first batch, and I visited seven churches… on that basis I need to up the pace a little.

St Michael Paternoster Royal; rebuilt at least twice (once after the Great Fire of LonStdon and again after the Blitz). Dick Whittington (four times Lord Mayor of London) was buried here – although his tomb lost in the re-buildings. He (and his legendary cat) are depicted in one of the stained glass windows (replaced in the late 60s). The church is also home to the Mission to Seamen.

Church 1

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St Stephen Walbrook is tucked in behind Mansion House, and currently somewhat overshadowed by the building works taking place in Walbrook.

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St Mary Woolnoth is a square / rectangular church. Some classic bits of church furniture, and some more unusual bits, including what looks like some clock workings with a poem on the case.

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St Edmund the King, although still a consecrated church, is now a spirituality centre. Pieces of church furniture remain at the edges although most of the floor is taken up with a cloth representation of a labyrinth (which sent me of on a wander to find the stone version nearby).

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St Margaret Pattens is overshadowed now by one of London’s new skyscapers the Walkie-Talkie; again with some fine examples of church furniture; but for me most memorable for its pink ceiling.

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St Andrew Undershaft is in the shadow of a crowd of London’s sky-scrapers. I only looked through the doors here as it seems to be used more as a community centre now.

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St Helen’s Bishopsgate is similarly overshadowed by the same set of sky-scrapers. It has a charming peaceful interior, and I was particularly taken with the beams on the ceiling.

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