2 Apr – London’s Streets Are Paved With

well, yesterday evening, almost true to the Dick Whittington story, they were paved in money. Real folding stuff, from a lady on a bicycle who was either a money launderer or had just taken cash out of a cashpoint. She was cycling through the Top Gear tunnel aka Beech Street and notes fluttered out from her bag suspended from her bike. She emitted a lady like ‘oh’, and braked quickly whilst her cash fluttered merrily around her.

Six people descended upon her and the road to scoop up the cash, including Mr JCR and me, and the nice thing was she got all her money back. Despite Londoners’ reputation for being miserable and rude, we were all honest and not in the least bit grumpy.

Today the streets were paved with paving slabs, water and that indescribable London mucky gunge. I set out this afternoon, having found lots of prevaricating activities to perform earlier in the day.

A scoot through the City and towards Holborn, The Royal Courts of Justice and the bottom end of Bloomsbury. I cut up some young guy, (not deliberately – I didn’t see him) but he just laughed when I said I was sorry, and then he continued giggling after I ran away. So I don’t know if he was just a jolly sort or did I look so hilarious he couldn’t stop laughing?

Back towards home and my London run had been paved with good intentions to do 10km if I could, but I felt a bit tired so only managed 8km.

Tomorrow is packing up day and we return to Bella Italia – I am hoping the weather is kinder and warmer and I know the streets are cleaner, but maybe not paved with gold.


2468 Motorway – Tom Robinson Band

Temptation – Heaven 17

Lucky Number – Lene Lovich

5705 – City Boy

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Night Fever – Bee Gees

Swords Of A Thousand Men – Tenpole Tudor

Is Vic There – Department S

21 Seconds – So Solid Crew

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club

Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods – Beck

I Can’t Stand Up – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles

A View To A Kill – Duran Duran

12 – The 1975

Electricity – OMD

Joan Of Arc – Ditto


Distance 8.12km

Time 50:31

Average Pace 6:13

Elevation Gain 39 metres

Alzheimer’s Challenge

Kms Done 568.23

Kms To Do 1449.77



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