Made in Bristol

6 December 2017 // Music //Walking

Clare Wadd returns to the Bristol Streets which shaped her and her record label in the 1980s I’m back in Bristol in the early autumn, the time of year I moved here as a student thirty one years ago. I’ve lived in London twice as long and grew up in Yorkshire, but Bristol is the […]

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A Rain Walk

11 November 2017 // Walking //Weather

Marcel Krueger passes up a Sunday lie-in in favour a walk in the rain The rain washes the dirt into the gutters, and it swells streams into rivers, rivers into powerful things. – Neil Gaiman, Down to a Sunless Sea * Rain obscures the things we take for granted. When deliberately out in it on […]

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Walking the Uxbridge Road

10 November 2017 // Walking

On a scorching summer’s day, Clare Wadd undertakes a long-distance west London walk down Uxbridge Road It’s been a strange but long-held desire, this. Originally conceived before I did much walking in London, and always conceived as something to write about, back in the early days of Smoke – A London Peculiar, I thought it […]

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A map of the London National Park City

31 October 2017 // Walking

A couple of weeks ago, we received our copy of the Greater London National Park City Initiative’s beautiful map, and we can’t help but evangelise. Crowdfunded by 308 backers and produced by Urban Good CIC, the massive fold-out map includes all of the capital’s 3,000 parks plus woodlands, playing fields, nature reserves, city farms, rivers, […]

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In Search of Fox Hill

18 October 2017 // Art //Walking

Clare Wadd goes in pursuit of a south London scene, 146 years after it was captured by the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. In the National Gallery one grey Saturday afternoon, I find myself drawn to quite a small, unassuming painting. A winter’s scene. I’ve not been aware of it before and I don’t know who […]

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