London East End – Brick Lane

London East End – Brick Lane

I first heard of Brick Lane a dozen years ago through a film

Brick Lane is a thoughtful story of Bangladeshi migrants who came to this area of London.

The movie also iintoduced me to the beautiful music of Natacha Atlas.

The area has changes over the years but there are remnants of it’s Bangladeshi migrants

In the food

The best vegetable samosa have taste.

In the Mineret

Stylised and respresenting the forming artist colony

Art even in the Street signs

And modern artistan

Spilling over from the close by Old Spitalfield Markets a real centre of Art and Design.

Once again probably not one of Londons big tourist attractions but worth exploring.

London quirks for the tourist in London who wants to think they are not a Tourist!

London quirks for the tourist in London who wants to think they are not a Tourist!

Nicky Hopkins Park Bench

If you can find Perivale Park on the Western edge of London you will discover the Nicky Hopkins Memorial Park Bench

Nicky, a session muso, played with them all: the Beatles, the Rolling Stone, the Who, the list goes on.

On the the North Walk on the Thames there is the Temple which is the centre of the English law fraternity and where in the 1200s the Magna Carta was signed-making even Kings subject to the Rule of law.

It also has a beautiful garden in the centre of London.

Black Friars Hotel just because it’s there.

Borough Market of course.

If you have your bike or car in London you must go to the Ace Cafe.

So if you have done the Big ones.

St Pauls, the Tower Bridge and all the other big attraction. Look a little further!

Cornwall: coast culture and the celts

Cornwall: coast culture and the celts

Cornwall

A Celtic nation

Adding to Scotland last year

Gallicia, Brittany, Ireland and Wales to come this.

Cornwall is a long finger of coast and culture

The coast is breathtaking

From the beaches and headlands

To the small fishing and trading harbours

St Ives

Saint Michael’s Mount

The culture

The sculpture of Barbara Hepworth

Rowena Cade’s Minach theatre

The historical grandure of Saint Michael’s Mount

Saint Michael’s Mount castle

The history of the Celts

And of course Lands End

Starting in Stone: Chapter 3 of my European motorcycle adventure

Starting in Stone: Chapter 3 of my European motorcycle adventure

Back in England

Start of my next motorcycle adventure

Canals a starting theme.

Stone in Staffordshire the starting point for this 3 month tour of the UK and Europe

The shakedown trip north to Skipton in North Yorkshire

An old mill town

A canal town

With Skipton Castle playing a special part in the English Civil war.

But my main reason to travel north was the Moto Guzzi Club Pennines rally.

Meeting new friends and experiencing the welcoming biker culture.

And of course riding through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Canals of the English midlands

Canals of the English midlands

Canal passing through Stone a canal town in the English midlands

The canals wind like watery snakes across the English countryside

The narrow boats once work horses now leisure craft

Wending their way across the country side

Marvels of engineering the locks using the power of water to life the boats, their crew and in times past heavy cargo over hill.

Canal locks
Narrow boat exiting a lock

I’m back in the English midlands staying in the pretty canal town of stone.

Staying with friends

Getting the mighty breva II ready for chapter 3 of my European adventure.

Mighty Breva in distinguished company of a Ducati 900ss and Moto Guzzi 850 Eldorado
Touring Northern UK on the mighty Breva II – a picture narrative 

Touring Northern UK on the mighty Breva II – a picture narrative 

Went to England but not London

Went to Scotland but not Edinburgh

Didn’t do Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds

Touring a motorbike is on a different path

With strange admirers along the way

Crossing the Burway on the Welsh/English border

Started in Stoke

Made it to the top

Coast to coast

From Newcastle in the east

To Skye in the west

Past castles grand

And those that bare the scars of Britain’s violent history.

Sinclair Castle

In search of monsters real or legend

In the highlands

Fortingall Hotel Central Highlands
View from the Burway

And in the low

Smoo cave on the North Coast 500

Went to England and didn’t do London

In Scotland missed Edinburgh

But saw a bit.

Mighty Breva II loaded and ready for the European adventure to come
Angel(s) of the North

Angel(s) of the North

Overlooking Newcastle upon Tyne the is the Angel of the North

An imposing piece of public art that hovers on a hill above the Tyne and Newcastle.

Tyne Bridge

There were also some angels of the north at Mo Tech the Moto Guzzi dealer in Newcastle.

The provided me a bit of space out the weather to make a running repair.

A little workshop space out of the weather
Rocker cover gasket replacement

Angels come in different forms