Remembering the blitz at Greenwich, near London, there’s a shell-pocked statue of Gen. James Wolf, who gained battle fame long ago, standing tall outside the observatory. He has no connection to world time zones but evokes a poignant memory of World War II bombing.
Standing on the Greenwich Mean Time stripe that divides global clock settings, we find two other nearby GMT markers still in use to some extent. In addition, France still cherishes the Paris meridian although the world no longer toes that line. Lands touched by the GMT longitude meridian: England, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana, Antarctica.
Between Reading and Oxford our bus crosses a forest so dense you expect Errol Flynn to step out with a feather in his cap leading a band of Robin Hood’s “merrie men.”
“Boot Sale” ads along the English roads means people park and sell stuff out of their auto trunks. There may be some boots offered too.
A true bargain is Oxford University’s museum of natural history. Free along with the attached but totally different Pitt-Rivers museum.
To those who remember our love affair with the “Mayfair Chippy,” (hoboshoes keyword chippy), this is to note that it has been named for a Chips award. That’s the Oscar for fish and chips places in Britain.
“All I ask is a tall ship and a star.” Quote from John Makefield in 1902, remembered at the outstanding Royal Maritime Museum, Greenwich.