Before twitter there were fan letters: Dear Mr. Redford

November 12, 1973 Dear Bob  Mr. Redford,I just had to write to tell you how hot and sexy talented, I think you are.  Laura and I bickered over who was more desirable — Robert Redford or Clint Eastwood — with as much fervor as we girls once debated who our favorite Beatle was, Paul or John, George or Ringo. Laura's mother, tiny Corky, curled up in her easy chair with a ciggie and a cup of tea, pronounced both actors 'tall drinks of water'. This was so long before  water became such a desirable commodity that we actually had to buy it by the bottle, back in the seventies when water was still free even in the once desert lands of Los Angeles, that I never quite understood the praise. But yes, Redford could put his shoes under my bed any time, as our mothers might have said, mostly about men whose paths they would likely never cross. I had it so bad for Robert Redford after seeing The Way We Were ; wishing I were Barbara Streisand with her impossibly long eleg

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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 Postman's Park


Day 53: Londinium & the Roman Amphitheater


Day 54: The Gherkin


Day 55: Petticoat Lane


Day 56: Cereal Killer Cafe to the VA Museum 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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