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 Thursday, December 30, 2021

dg 2021 index

Beyond London
Beachy Head: I walked all the way from Eastbourne to Seaford again - a rollercoaster chalky delight [photos]
Stamford/Peterborough: The former is lovelier and more visit-worthy than the second, and a proper 4-way boundary town [photos]
Newark/Grantham: Two stalwart East Midlands market towns (and launchpad for a certain Margaret Thatcher) [photos] [photos]
Scarborough/York: The furthest I ventured this year was Yorkshire's premier seaside resort (via Joseph Rowntree's legacy) [photos]
Southend-on-Sea: A walk across Britain's newest city, mostly avoiding the on-Sea bits [photos]
Sheringham: On the North Norfolk coast I climbed to the county's highest peak [photos]
Rochdale: what if diamond geezer was relocated for levelling-up purposes?

Wider London
London: levelling up, labyrinths, department stores, closing banks, compass points, banknotes, 9 million, 1938 museums, 1986 attractions, Open House, 681 places, bin collections, shifting London
Barking & Dagenham: Barking Riverside
Bexley/Greenwich: Thamesmead
Ealing: Reggie Perrin's house
Haringey: Haringey West
Havering: Hornchurch glaciation limit, North Ockendon
Wandsworth: Nine Elms, Battersea extension
Rivers: capacity of the Thames, Roding crossings, Roding Valley Way

Within walking distance
Bow: Cafe Bus Stop M, England v Germany, cholera 1866, Bromley Public Hall
Tower Hamlets: snow, Millennium Greens, triple-point, City Island, Mayoral referendum, Wood Wharf, The Bell End, Summer Lights, Mile End Road, Poplar rates rebellion, Lea bridges
E20: three schools, Pudding Mill Lane 25, Clarnico Lane, Blossom Garden, 5 neighbourhoods, bridge H14, Northwall Road, Abba Arena, Pudding Mill allotments
Newham: Sugar House Island, Vera Lynn, Little Ilford, snapshots, Tennyson Road, Ronnie Lane, Stevenage Road, Beckton paths, Wonderful Women trail, blue plaques, Royal Docks, Madge Gill, Alliance Road, weak bridge, Three Mills towpath, Mavis Walk, Cemetery Road, Flavour Rainbow, Rat Park, Royal Albert Wharf
Hackney: Marshes walk, Mary Wollstonecraft, Temple Mills Bridge
Redbridge: City of London cemetery, Chalet Wood, Loxford
Waltham Forest: blue plaques, Poundworld, Francis Road, Essex Cricket Club
Westminster: empty Covent Garden, Carting Lane, Marble Arch Mound, the Crystal Maze
Southwark: Borough Yards, Bermondsey, Elephant & Castle, Stompie Garden, Lambeth boundary, Bankside Yards
City: Snow Hill, future skyline, Golden Lane Estate, height restrictions
Random City ward: Tower, Walbrook, Portsoken, Lime Street, Cheap, Bread Street, Castle Baynard, Bassishaw, Farringdon Without, Langbourn, Aldersgate, Coleman Street, Cripplegate, Cordwainer, Dowgate, Farringdon Within, Billingsgate, Cornhill, Broad Street
Walking: borough walks, most-walked, six new Greenways, Slow Ways, walking eight boroughs

TfL: Great London Transport, FoI
Tube stations: not near what they're named after, Scrabble scores, station-focused development, Victoria@50, by postcode, Whitechapel, one stop
Tube map: poster map, blandest names, Kennington z1/2, under/over, step-free, Battersea, streamlined, dead ends
Tube fares: 2021 fare rises, geographic fare zones, £1.50 journeys, Oyster, weekly capping
Overground: naming lines
Crossrail: next train indicators, West End stations, staged opening, 1000 days late, Acton Main Line, trial operations, three years late
Rail: public footpath level crossings, the Stratford Diagram
Bus: alphabetical bus stops, fake bus stop, retiring Routemasters, Heathrow free travel zone, journey lengths, On The Buses, update
Bus routes: 969, 812, 56, London's rarest, 263, 456, demand responsive, alphabetically, furthest from, frequency cuts, festive
Dangleway: naming, queueing notices, new sponsor, still going
Cycling: NCN1
Streets: shortest street name, named road junctions, green women, green man authority, A Roads, touch-free crossings, ULEZ extension, countdown timings, crossing width
B Roads: B100, B101, B102, B104, B105, B106, B108, B109, B111, B112, B113, B500
Anorak corner: tube, bus, rail

Coronavirus: January predictions, be more like me, awaiting vaccination, getting to ExCeL, my routine, but what if it doesn't?, the marshmallow test, roadmap, making a difference, good news calendar, jab 1, one year on, Let's Do London, jab 2, loosening, relaxed/careful, Freedom Day, booster, Christmas

Quizzes: anniversaries, borough acrostics, hills and mountains, 3 stations, US states, US state capitals, Disney Time, Yorkshire towns, ease-y crossword, board games
Time and space: peakwinter, average sunrise/sunset, solar eclipse, summer solstice, locking the park gates, daylight %
Maps & geography: the largest town you haven't been to, highest/lowest above/below sea level, grid squares I've been to, county birthdays, new constituencies, catchment populations, TN postcode, city bids
Stats & maths: 43×47, The Archers, numberplate spotting, the urinal function, The Count, 56th birthdays, Census day, readership survey, indoor temperature
Music: Depeche Mode, music's not what it was, 1980s records
Unblogged: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

And... making up words, undecimalisation, mud, flags, niggles, 300 years of PMs, potential Mayors, Prince Philip, animal rescue, fake bricks, Mayoral election, instant groceries, podcasts, The Hundred, ten million, the last time, finding a flat, risk register, hey boomer, radio, almost my car, amazing places

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