The first series of Ford Capri, had narrow strip rear lights & the power bulge only on the 3.0 V6. In 1972, Ford made some cosmetic changes whilst retaining the classic Mk 1 shape, going to cluster rear lights & putting the power bulge on all models, even the 1300. Before they did so they made a limited edition of 2000 GTXLR’s with the old rear lights and the, replaced at update, V4 engine, loaded with a number of options & having for this edition only the power bulge on the bonnet. This was the one I had, & it was possibly the most enjoyable car to drive that I’ve owned.
First there was a visit to Somerset House on Xmas eve 2012 to view an exhibition of photographs attempting to create in colour what Cartier Bresson did in black & white
I got asked not to take photographs…..
Outside in the courtyard the Ice Rink was in full swing..
Including the famous Skate Penguin (a training aid for novice skaters)…who tweeted, & made videos of his adventures in London…all rather fun…
Then there was a visit to the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre. Croydon boasted the World’s first intercontinental Airport & was London’s main airport between the wars. Flights continued after WW2 up till 1958. A visit to the Centre is free & it is open on the first Sunday of every month.
Reconstruction of the original control room, in it’s exact location
The Rook & Raven Gallery just off Oxford Street to see some reinterpretations of photos of The Rolling Stones taken by Bill Wyman. Some fascinating & historic images included.
Minimalist to say the least, lower gallery.
Two small, yet apparently viable businesses, which survived the carnage of the August 2011 riots in London Road, Croydon.
Ack: Croydon Guardian, Croydon Citizen.
The River Wandle runs largely underground through the main part of town. One of the few places where it was visible was Wandle Park, but the stream (for it is little more just there) was culverted in 1967. In the last year or so it has been excavated & now runs through the park. Work still continues as as part of a all round makeover of the park with many improvements & additions including a bandstand.
Further south, the river flows above ground through Beddington Park & Carshalton Ponds & on to Morden. It has been hugely cleaned up in recent years & is no longer the health hazard it was when, as a schoolboy, I had to run through, along & across it as part of an assault course. (My school adjoined Beddington Park & treated it as part of the school grounds).
Somewhere just this side of the “Stone Bridge” in the picture below buried in the mud is one of my running shoes from back then, though given the toxic nature of the waters then it probably dissolved within minutes!!
If you can remember this, you’ll be needing bi-focals to read it.
Would be Glastonbury festival revellers who have been disappointed at not being able to buy a ticket for £205 plus booking fee may have a second chance to attend as organisers have issued the following statement "Don't worry about tickets. Just climb over the wall".
In the past organisers have defended the ticket price saying that without sufficient funding they would no longer be able to attract headline acts such as Bernie Winters and Schnorbitz, Chesney Hawkes and Brian Cant.