I don’t mean to scare you, but, there’s a bigger mountain after this one Photo by Cade Prior on Unsplash

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Harking back to the times when claps were the way to earn a pretty penny around here…


Phallic and menacing: the beast in the background (photo by the author)

Monday 20th September — Friday 1st October

Edmonton never stood a chance against Cambridge. Not as a vis-à-vis encounter. After all one is a ward and the other one a city. The imbalance was shown more in the way of how campaigns played out in each area and how effective they were.

It always feels strange going…


The office these days (photo by the author)

Monday 6th September — Friday 17th September

He said, me and my dad cycled to Epping Forest. I asked him, you’re telling me that you went on that bike? And he nodded. Nah, I replied, no way you could have cycled to Epping Forest from here Lordship Rec, on a BMX. And he insisted. And I resisted…


The Great Circle. Care to sketch? (photo by the author)

The irony of it. I’d already been to Brompton Cemetery, but never inside Brompton Cemetery.

London works in mysterious ways. How many times have I cycled or walked on Fulham Road? Usually on my way to or from Stamford Bridge (never to a game, though. Can’t afford the ticket prices…


Clean, tidy paths. (Photo by the author)

Halfway through what is an exceptionally warm September day, it occurs to me that my attraction for cemetery parks is as much about their history as it is about my disappointment in London’s modern architecture.

As I cycle away from Nunhead Cemetery on Linden Grove, I think of Rowan Moore…


The Anglican Chapel in the distance. (photo by the author)

The first few days of the ninth month of the year are meant to usher in change. This change is of a slow nature and transition, though. It’s as if summer has trouble vacating its room and autumn is too lazy to move in. The unexpected weather situation plays out…


Bushes and tarmac mix together harmoniously in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (photo by author)

My early morning cycle ride to Abney Park sets me up for the journey ahead. Carrying on to Mile End, my body welcomes Hackney’s flat terrain. Not too much exertion yet.

At the bottom of Globe Road I turn left onto Mile End Road in order to continue my journey…


Abney Park Photo by author

A serotinal morning announces itself by blending extant estival greens with emerging autumnal reds. Perfect start for a Covid-delayed tour of London’s Magnificent Seven. These are Victorian-era cemeteries that were created to ease pressure on parish burial grounds.

It’s logical that as a north London resident I kick off at…


No, no, no! Not another Snoop Dogg’s Just Eat ad! Photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash

Many years ago I sent off an angry e-mail to the then newly-revamped The Guardian (they’d just downsized from broadsheet to Berliner format). My gripe? I couldn’t get to the features in the Weekend supplement without having to trudge through page after page of useless ads.

To the paper’s credit…


The office these days. With the odd “winged” friend included (photo by the author)

Monday 2nd August — Friday 3rd September 2021

A couple of tiny winged creatures crash against my shades as I ride down the A1, in Barnet. I think back to when I started driving fourteen years ago and this used to be a common occurrence. Insects smashing against the windshield.

I read in the paper the other day…

Mario López-Goicoechea

London-based, Cuban writer. Author of “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner” https://www.austinmacauley.com/book/cuban-immigrant-and-londoner

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