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Marble Arch To Lambeth Palace – 16th September 2022

I took these pictures as I travelled from Marble Arch to Lambeth Palace on the top deck of a 148 bus.

Note.

  1. This sequence starts at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel, just to the North of Marble Arch.
  2. Constitution Hill was busy with visitors to Buckingham Palace
  3. The route goes past the long wall, that encircles the palace.
  4. The route meanders its way through Victoria to approach the river along Horseferry Road.
  5. The sequence ends after the bus has crossed Lambeth Bridge by Lambeth Palace.

To take these pictures, I had boarded the 148 bus at Lancaster Gate station and I got off at Lambeth North station.

September 16, 2022 Posted by | World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Will The Queen Enable One Last Important Result?

Would it be too much to hope, that the world leaders coming to the Queen’s funeral, might find that swapping their uplifting memories creates goodwill that helps to solve at least one of the pressing problems of the world?

September 9, 2022 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

Thoughts On The Duke’s Land Rover Hearse

This article on The Times is entitled The Land Rover hearse: a vehicle fit for the Duke of Edinburgh’s final journey.

I made this comment.

There’s a church near me in Hackney, where in less restricting times, you regularly saw a horse-drawn funeral. These must cost a fortune to maintain and provide.

I remember seeing a report on the BBC about an undertaker, who has created a motorcycle and sidecar hearse for the funerals of those of a certain persuasion.

I can imagine some of my farming and off-road enthusiast friends liking the idea of being taken to their funeral in a hearse made from a Land-Rover. As you say, it would have a certain style.

There are even conversions, so that old Defenders can be converted to run on battery power, so the hearse could be zero-carbon too!

I have just heard Giles Brandreth on the BBC, who as the biography of the Duke, was at the funeral, as a reporter. He said that he had talked to the Commander of the Guards, who had walked alongside the hearse in the procession. He related how the driver had difficulty keeping the speed down with a lot of slipping of the clutch and noise from the diesel engine.

As I said in my comment to The Times article, perhaps the hearse should have been battery-powered. But then surely, this should apply to a fair proportion of all hearses.

April 18, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 3 Comments

Covid-19: Two £10,000 Fines For ‘150-Person’ Funeral

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A funeral director has been fined £10,000 after police were called to a funeral with close to 150 people in attendance.

This time, it appears that the covidiots were Roman Catholics.

January 22, 2021 Posted by | Health, World | , , , , | 2 Comments