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British Isles Friday: Parakeets in the Park

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Parakeets in the ParkOn a beautiful day in May, 2017 my husband and I walked through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. It’s really not that easy to tell where one ends and the other begins. We were looking for the Peter Pan statue (next week’s post) when we came across a small clearing cluttered with people holding their arms in the air, offering perches for surprisingly green birds fluttering in the air. Parakeets, and so prevalent, and with so many people standing about in their midst I stupidly assumed this must be some sort of birder club gathering. Ding dong me! I didn’t know the birds were wild and the people were just regular folks like us trying to get a better look. 


Doing a little post-trip homework I discovered the parakeets are so abundant in the park—and the inner mile they’re actually considered a bit of a nuisance by some people! I wish I’d known before the trip that all I had to do was bring a slice of apple and I could get the birds to land on me too!

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The Sense of An Ending: British Isles Friday #BriFri


It’s British Isles Friday which usually sees me taking a weekly walk around London, sharing the sights from my armchair here in Los Angeles. Last week we visited the Millennium Bridge, the pedestrian bridge that takes you from the Globe and the Tate Modern, over the Thames towards St. Paul’s Cathedral.

As I shared in last week’s post, the bridge has already taken a role in several television shows and movies. This week, preparing a post for my other site Chapter1-Take1 where I cover the world of book to movie adaptations, I discovered the bridge making another onscreen appearance. 

The Millennium Bridge can be seen in the new screen adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sense of An Ending starring a dazzling cast of British stars, old and young, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Emily Mortimer, Joe Alwyn, Billy Howle, Michelle Dockery and Freya Mavor. 

Let me know what you think of the trailer ... and don’t forget to watch for the bridge.




I’m currently reading the short 118 page book on my Nook, despite its brevity, Barnes’ novel is full of ideas about time and memory and the re-writing of our personal histories. Fascinating stuff for those of us who have a few years under our belts.

I wrote a bit about the novel over on Chapter1-Take1 if you’re interested. Hoping to get into the theater this weekend to see it but it’s my hubby’s bday and to be honest, the movie is much more my cup of tea than his.



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  1. Oooo....I would love to read this and watch too. Thanks for highlighting it. Happy birthday to your husband!

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  2. I don't know the movie, but instinct suggests it should be good. Thanks for the tip! I DO know the millennium bridge in London - great views - and I love waking along Bankside. You'd probably enjoy my recent bit about Sky Garden.

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  3. That looks like a terrific movie -- all those familiar faces!

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