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An Alternative Baked Salmon With Parmesan And Parsley Crust

When I cook Mary Berry’s Baked Salmon With Parmesan And Parsley Crust, I inevitably end up with a big tub of cream cheese.

So I tried to cook the dish using a small pack of Saint Agur and a boned and skinned salmon fillet from Marks and Spencer.

The blue cheese gave it a different flavour which some wouldn’t like. But I did and feel that I’ll try the method again.

It certainly produced a nice lunch with some fried potatoes.

The salmon cost £2.90 and the cheese £0.47.

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A Pocket Dog

I saw this little puppy on a 56 bus.

A Pocket Dog

A Pocket Dog

Her name was Bella and I think she was a Cavalier cross poodle.

She didn’t seem to mind being on a bus.

But then one of my bassets didn’t mind flying in my aircraft. She just wedged herself between the seats and went to sleep.

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Brondesbury Station

Broundesbury station is one of the twenty-six to be given upgraded access.

It’s a pretty clean and tidy station, but the staircases are not the best.

However it is certainly better than Silver Street.

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White Vans On The Overground

When I was on the platform at West Hampstead station on the North London Line, a train load of cars and vans came through.

With DB Schenker’s new car import-export depot at Barking, I think we’ll see a lot more trains like this.

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Walking From Harringay Station To Harringay Green Lanes Station

This is what Transport for London call an official out-of-station interchange and you can touch-out of one station and touch-in the other without getting charged.

So after visiting Palmers Green, I got on a train, which took me to Harringay station, from where I walked down the hill to Harringay Green Lanes station.

It was an easy walk and this could be a one-way interchange for some people, as the other way you’d walk up the hill.

Harringay is a typical hole-in-the-wall station of which there are many over the UK.

When I got onto Green Lanes, I saw the enormous mural on the bridge for the first time. It is promoting the Big Plan, which is all about improving the area.

As the Gospel Oak to Barking Line is being upgraded, do we have the classic stimulus for improvement of the area? The area has had all sorts of problems, that I can remember.

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Palmers Green Station To Get A Double Upgrade

After visiting Alexandra Palace station and the Yard Cafe, I took a Hertford North train through Bowes Park and on to Palmers Green station.

The station needs refurbishment and it is getting step-free access and a branch of the Yard Cafe.

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The Yard Cafe At Alexandra Palace Station

My other reason to go to Alexandra Palace station was to look at the Yard Cafe inside the station.

It was certainly worth a visit and I agree with most of what has been said about the place in Trip Advisor.

Every cafe should have at least two different gluten-free dishes, as this one does; lasagne and cottage pie. I shall be going back to have some lunch.

If Modern Railways had an award for best small cafe in a station, this would be a contender.

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Sixty Years On

I must have been about seven, when I went with my father to Earls Court to see the Printing Exhibition.

My father didn’t like deep tube lines, which I’d always put down to an experience during the Second World War.

So his route to Earls Court after parking his car outside his print works in Station Road, wasn’t to go the obvious one by Underground from Wood Green Tube station.

We walked up the hill to the train station that is now called Alexandra Palace station. In those days it was called Wood Green (Alexandra Park) and I still refer to it as Wood Green station, as the Underground one is Wood Green tube station.

From the station we took a local steam train, probably hauled by a Class N2 from the 1920s into Kings Cross. At Kings Cross it was onto a Metropolitan line train to Hammersmith and then it was back a couple of stops on the Piccadilly line to Barons Court for the exhibition.

A roundabout way compared to the way most would go. But it ewas an adventure for a seven-year-old, especially as you got to see lots of interesting machines at the exhibition.

I’d always though, as I said that something nasty in the war had put my father off the tube, but now I’m getting older, I find the older deep tube lines rather stuffy and usually plan my journeys to avoid them. As my father and I share several health problems like arthritis and catarrh, I now wonder if his avoidance of the deep lines, was because he didn’t like the atmosphere down there. You have to remember, that in the 1950s, smoking was allowed in the Underground, which certainly didn’t help matters.

Last night, I heard that Alexandra Palace was one of twenty-six stations that were going to get upgraded access. So I went to have a look.

What a change!

The pedestrian bridge across the lines will probably be fitted with lift towers and given a general upsprucing.

I particularly liked the architectural idea of the large window overlooking the tracks. There must be times when staff need to watch all platforms and this view sometimes must be better than sitting in the office watching screens.

In fact with its cafe and details, the station has the feel of a classy historic shopping arcade, all done with a modern feel. Whoever designed and rebuilt this station, has set a high bar for the hundreds of smaller stations all over the country.

So is it true to say that Crossrail 2 will be getting its first updated station in a few years and long before the new line is built?

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Who’d Want To Live In Peterborough, Colchester, Milton Keynes Or Swindon?

This BBC article describes best and worst places to get around without a car. The four places in the heading are the four worst places.

I do know that as regards getting to the football ground, Colchester and Milton Keynes are pretty difficult, although Peterborough and Milton Keynes aren’t too bad.

This is the top ten worst and my thoughts.

Peterborough – I’ve been to the city several times by train and just walk into the town centre to see the magnificent cathedral or have a meal with a friend. I have never seen a bus there at all or any signs to a central bus station. But there are lots of taxis.

Colchester – It’s years since I’ve been there and it has a station, that is away from the town centre, the hospital and football ground, the only places I would ever be likely to go. As I don’t drive or take unnecessary taxis, I doubt, I’ll ever go to the town again.

Milton Keynes – I have no fond memories of the capital of roundabouts, but I was mugged there by the street furniture. I shall not be sad, if I never go to the town again.

Swindon – When I went to Swindon, the road in front of the station was being dig up, but I don’t have any fond memories of my walk to the football ground.

Wigan – I suppose it’s got a public transport system, that suits the character of the town. It hasn’t even signposted a decent walking route from the rail station to the football ground.

Bradford – I remember Bradford, as one of the worst places I went to, when I visited all 92 football grounds.

Derby – I go to Derby regularly to see Ipswich play at Pride Park, which is close to the station. There is nothing at the station, that might draw me into the city to perhaps have a meal. Is Derby’s passenger-unfriendly public transport system summed up, by the fact that there are no late trains back to London, after an evening football match? It treats those without cars and especially visitors as losers, who should be ignored.

Dudley – No comment. But I don’t think I’d ever want to go!

Northampton – A strong contender for the capital of roundabouts, where I would definitely think twice about going.

Gateshead – See Dudley

If I look at the best places, London is top, with Manchester second and Liverpool third. My big argument with most of them in the top ten except London, is that the information and maps aren’t good enough for someone, who doesn’t know the city well.

One big difference between the top and bottom tens, is that Derby is amongst the worst and Nottingham is in with the best. Surely, as the cities are so close together, the comparison between them should be examined in detail.

The full details of the Better Transport 2014 Car Dependency Scorecard, should be read by everyone.

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