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#11 BEACH MUSIC: A time of tans, blonds and hot pants

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IT WAS A TIME OF TANS, BLONDS AND HOT PANTS, WHEN THE ENDLESS SUMMER WAS JUST A SHORT WALK DOWN A HOT SIDEWALK
Beach Music, an On the Street Where I Livestories is really a tale of two cities; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santa Monica, California. It was originally published in the LA Times Sunday Magazine.


Beach Music We came to California from Canada, with a detour to Puerto Rico that lasted one endless summer of a year. A year in which I turned 15, and my hair turned blond from living in the sun. “Psst,” the boys and men would call after me in the blue-cobbled streets of San Juan. “Psst! Hey, blondie. Psst! Hey, cutie pie.” I was devastated when my parents said we had to go, that it was time to leave the island so that my older brother, Russell, could get a first rate education. The plan was to drive cross country from Miami and settle in San Francisco so that my brother could finish high school before going on to UC Berkeley. But, once we got there in the fall of 1968, we found that …

Above Ground on the London Underground

A Virtual Walking Tour of London


Walk Like an Englishman: Taking a virtual tour 
Above Ground on the London Underground route


Day 1Flight of Fantasy

Day 2: I’ve gotta get out of this place (Heathrow)

Day3: Dreaming of Osterley

Day 4: Heading to Syon

Day 5: Trapped on the Thames (Isleworth)

Day 6: About that Fish and Chips Shop (Richmond)

Day 7: Going Home (Richmond)

Day 8: The Deer at Richmond Park

Day 9: A visit to Kew Gardens 

Day 10: Royal Star & Garter Home, Richmond Hill

Day 11: The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, France

Day 12: Peckish at Peckham Rye

Day 13: Horniman Museum & Gardens

Day 14: Dulwich Picture Gallery ... & Mausoleum!

Day 15: Dulwich Village

Day 16: 10 Things I learned about Elephant & Castle

Day 17: Boston Manor

Day 18: Chiswick ... Help, I’m nowhere near Abby Road

Day 19: Hammersmith Pub Crawl

Day 20: Going for Drama in Hammersmith

Day 21: The Magnificent Seven

Day 22: The Sage of Chelsea

Day 23: This is Knightsbridge

Day 24: Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum

Day 25: Cathedral to Nature

Day 26: Venus at the Victoria & Albert

Day 27: A Brief Encounter (Re-imagining Colin Firth)

Day 28: Sloane Rangers

Day 29: Hyde Park Speakers’ Corner

Day 30: Putting on the Ritz

Day 31: From the Ritz to Piccadilly Circus

Day 32: 7 Piccadilly Circus Factoids

Day 33:l From Chinatown to Leicester Square

Day 34: From Leicester to Charing Cross Road

Day 35: Trafalgar Square ... A Flashback

Day 36: The National Gallery

Day 37: Covent Garden

Day 38: The British Museum

Day 39: Bloomsbury Bookshops

Day 40: Arsenal

Day 41: Finsbury Park

Day 42: Cockfosters: the end of the Piccadilly Line

Day 43: Heading to Hayes

Day 44: Uxbridge to Hayes

Day 45: Southall to Walpole Park

Day 46: White City

Day 47: Kensington Palace

Day 48: Peter Pan Statue

Day 49: The Marble Arch (RIP Leonard Cohen)

Day 50: Lincolns Inn

Day 51: St. Paul's Cathedral

Day 52: A Closer Look at Postmasn's Park

Day 53: Londinium & the Roman Ampitheatre

Day 54: The Gherkin

Day 55: Petticoat Lane

Day 56: Cereal Killer Cafe to the VAMuseum of Childhood

Day 57: Mile End

Day 58: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Day 59: Leytonstone—the birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock

Day 60: Epping Forest

Day 61: David Hockney at the Tate

Day 62: From the Tate Britain to the Tate Modern

Day 63: Tower of London

Day 64: Millennium Bridge to Sky Lounge

Day 65: Jack the Ripper Tours

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