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What better for a Sunday post than the London Landmark of
Saint Paul’s Cathedral:

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This church has withstood wars, bombs, and a restructured skyline. Its predecessor perished in the Great Fire of London. You can take the full tour of Saint Paul’s by clicking on the picture above, or take a mini-tour at London Drum City Guide. I count myself among those who have made the climb to the Whispering Gallery to test out the acoustics within the dome. Made it, too, to the Stone Gallery for a view over the whole of London, but never went as far as the Golden Gallery. Too many steps (another 150)? Not open? Pressed for time? Who can remember…

Nowadays, Queen Anne pretty much overlooks nothing but traffic, yet visitors still take a pew on the stairs and listen to the Bells of Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

Explore the Cathedral Collections online! You’ll see moulded stones from before the Great Fire, or the Cathedral in Wartime. All “Collections” links can be found on Saint Paul’s website.

Queen’s Jubilee


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The Royal Albert Hall – of interest to all who have listened to a rousing Proms Concert on the BBC (another British institution).

Here is a photo worthy of Pinterest; I *LOVE* this view, with the steps sweeping up towards the great dome-shaped performance hall.

Among the Symphony Orchestras that have appeared in the Royal Albert Hall over the years: The Royal Philharmonic; BBC Symphony Orchestra. Even the Phantom of the Opera has haunted the hall, and Adele recently gave her “all”.

2012’s Proms began last Friday, the 13th, and continue until 8th September. US listeners can enjoy LIVE Proms concerts via the website for Performance Today, featuring FIVE Beethoven broadcasts. The audio player appears 30 minutes before the start of each concert.

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The above website not only counts down to the London Games, it also figures out days left until the 2014 (Russia), 2016 (Brazil), and 2018 (South Korea) Olympics. Too much info!! Rather like counting down to Christmas 2014, 2016, 2018

Sports –> not my thing. Travelling abroad –> MY THING! so I offer for the next few posts a”re-counting” of great or renowned London buildings. Today I begin with one of its best-known addresses:

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EVERY news broadcast that has anything political to report from LONDON will feature the door of No. 10 Downing Street.

Reading London Drum City Guide’s website description of Downing Street, the surprise comes when the reason for its very name is revealed: George Downing, a confidante of Oliver Cromwell. As with many politicos: George Downing had no qualms about changing sides…

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Hetty Bower (right), a former suffragette, was 105 years old when this photo was snapped in fall 2011. She got this close to the door of No. 10 because she was delivering a petition.

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We might even break our rule of “self-measure and self-install” which every other customer has to abide by. Call it an early Xmas Gift.

Sir Humphrey seconds that idea.

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