Into the void

Crossrail’s Phyllis & Ada (London’s most voracious worms) are the latest in a long line of giant worms that have nibbled their way under the city. The family tree (or should that be root?) goes back at least as far as 1825 to the tunnelling shield used to bore the Thames Tunnel between Rotherhithe and(…)

London’s most voracious worms

I’m very excited about Crossrail. The tunnelling started last week. Over the next two years Phyllis & Ada (pictured), Victoria & Elizabeth, Sophia & Mary and an unnamed couple will bore 21km of twin tunnels through the centre of London. The 148m long machines will pass below Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Whitechapel(…)

Ponder the small fry

On the Greenwich Safari we ponder the small fry served up at popular nineteenth century whitebait dinners. There were those those who mocked these faddish fishy feasts. Among them was playwright John Maddison Morton. He is best known today for Box and Cox, a story about an ingenious landlady who rents out the same room to(…)

Gull ranger

On our Safari we admire the inanimate animals dotted about Greenwich. But the town also has many wonderful live specimens. Like this gull perched watchfully on the coaling pier by the power station.