Gunthorpe Street

Elizabeth sent me this pic of the tunnel connecting Whitechapel High St with Gunthorpe St in East London. I am definitely up for a visit to this once we are out of lockdown.

This little Whitechapel alleyway is notorious, for it is one of the murder sites of the infamous Jack the Ripper.

Today it’s a quite delightful alley, in need of a clean, but one that strongly trades on its unfortunate heritage.

A lovely cobbled path leads through a bricked arch which as been decorated with glazed tiles that do a lot to lift the potential gloom. A hand painted map of the local streets makes no mention of dark history, and was created by a local school with help from artists.

Travel Order

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A sheet from a Dutch #poetry calender. Poem by Riekus Waskowsky (translated into English by yours truly); illustration by Milja Praagman. 


and when you leave …

rain, rain is coming,

storm blows sand

over the roads,

one should protect one’s eyes.

frightened birds swarm

over the land.

the sky is black.

… say slowly:

I love rain.

I love storm.

I am not afraid. 

Riekus Waskowsky (1932-1977)

Tapestry of the World

This 6m x 2m tapestry map is hanging at Heathrow Airport – one more reason to want to fly out of the UK. Via Reinder Storm

Handmade from recycled wool, this tapestry of the #world is incredible; handmade by Vanessa Barragão, with ancestral techniques such as latch hook, crochet and felt. The piece took Barragão and her team more than 520 hours to weave.

Trashure Hunt

TrashUre Hunt in #Scheveningen brings environmental problems to the attention of the public in an accessible, effective and fun way.  Litter is hunted with groups of children, teenagers and adults in various game forms 

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