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 Saturday, January 14, 2012

Random borough (32): Time for me to take yet another random trip to one of London's 33 boroughs. As I write I have no idea which one of the two remaining borough names will be revealed when I unfold the slip of paper I'm about to pick from my nearly-empty "special jamjar". I just know it won't be Merton, Islington, Enfield, Sutton, Lewisham, Southwark, Kensington & Chelsea, Hackney, Hillingdon, the City, Bromley, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Hounslow, Brent, Redbridge, Ealing, Harrow, Croydon, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Greenwich, Richmond, Kingston, Westminster, Newham, Camden, Bexley, Havering or Hammersmith & Fulham, because they're the thirty-one (dark grey) boroughs I've picked out already.

To be honest it's no longer much of a choice, more like flipping a coin. From a jamjar bulging with names, I'm now down to two final options, which are Barnet and Barking & Dagenham. This pair have remained unselected for almost eight years, but one of them's got to emerge today. Will I be off northwest to the hills of Barnet, before they withdraw funding from any more attractions I might want to visit? Or do I finally draw Barking & Dagenham, which feels like it's been hanging around as the booby prize since day one, but is possibly quite interesting? A neat touch is that my final two are the first two on an alphabetical list of London boroughs, which is precisely the kind of apparent coincidence that occurs when you pick things at random.

Once I've researched my randomly-chosen borough online I'll then head off and visit some of its most interesting places (assuming it has any). As usual I hope to visit somewhere famous, somewhere historic, somewhere pretty, somewhere retail, somewhere sporty and somewhere random. I might even take lots of photographs while I'm at it, if the borough's photogenic enough. Then after I've made my grand tour I'll come back tomorrow and tell you all about it. Let's see which of the two's up next... (and, by default, fix which of the two I'll be visiting last)


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