London Calling May 2006 – Part One

Old entry added, Saturday 27 May 2006: Holiday weekend – various parties and a West End show, which is an unusual event for us. Journey ok on train to London. Marvelled as gran succeeded in marshaling five kids successfully from Preston to Leamington Spa without much nose and minimal running up and down the carriage. Clearly it is possible to have well behaved kids, so why do we seem to see so little of it in Lancaster?

Short trip between Oxford and Paddington was a sardine job, thanks, First (worst) group. Taxi to hotel. East European receptionists reflecting Hungarian ownership of the Danubis Hotel, which is just off Regent’s Park and opposite Lords cricket ground. Room all right I suppose – a bit small considering the price, and noisy because of lifts and gurgling a/c (update: the management finally resolved the gurgles by Monday).

So, we’re back on railways – something we haven’t done as a couple since the Hatfield crash, way back in October 2000, not only caused disaster for those who died but screwed up the rail service for months. Good news.

Went for a quick walk to locate London Zoo. Can’t get over how green this part of London is compared with where I usually go in it!

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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