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General journal policy [01 Nov 2030|01:00pm]
Note - this journal has a lot of friends-only content. In general, I'll only add you as a friend if I know you off-LJ, or someone I already know vouches for you. I don't expect many people outside those categories to be remotely interested in what I write here (and, to be honest, it's probably deadly dull for many people who do know me). I don't automatically add people who add me as a friend and, for that matter, I don't always notice when people add me.

'Friend' is a very inaccurate term for the list, but then they taught you that in LiveJournal 101, didn't they?

What else? Oh yes...

Hi! I'm David, and apparently I can come across as a bit spiky on-line.
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Doctor Who - Listen [21 Sep 2014|09:20pm]
Yes, I'm a week behind in write-ups; I'll try to get to Time Heist soon.
Spoilers. Big ones. If you're ever intending to watch it, do so before reading thisCollapse )
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Dr Who - Robot of Sherwood [06 Sep 2014|10:15pm]
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Doctor Who - Into The Dalek [31 Aug 2014|08:43pm]
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Doctor Who - Deep Breath [27 Aug 2014|07:35am]
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Green London Way tomorrow [05 May 2013|07:03pm]
Short notice, I know, but yoyoangel, lizw and I are walking the next section of the Green London Way tomorrow. It's a circular route of around 9 miles starting and finishing at Woolwich Arsenal station and taking in some parkland and woodland on the way.

If you'd like to join us, meet at Woolwich Arsenal station at 10:30. We'll be picnicking on the walk, so bring a packed lunch or be ready to buy one on the way.
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Green London Way this Sunday [16 Apr 2013|10:00pm]
lizw, yoyoangel, silkyraven and I will be doing the first section of the Green London Way on Sunday, starting from Stratford at 1pm. We're intending to meet at the South East entrance to the station, near the base of the enormous set of steps that they've built to go over the station and to Westfield. We're not intending to stop along the way, so have an early lunch or bring something to snack on.

The first section of the walk goes along the Greenway to Beckton and then (if it's open) through the Woolwich foot tunnel to South Woolwich station. Hope to see some of you there.
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Our next big walking project: the Green London Way [05 Mar 2013|11:23pm]
As regular readers of this blog will know - largely because it's pretty much all I posted about - that year, lizw, yoyoangel and I did the Lea Valley Walk. With the onset of Spring, and thus enough daylight to get a decent number of miles walked while you can still see where you're treading, we're planning our next big project.

This time (probably over the course of the next couple of years), we're tackling the Green London Way. This, not to be confused with the Green Chain Walk, is a circuit around London, broadly following the same route as the Capital Ring, but much older, having originally been created in 1991. It's 110 miles all the way round, and divided into 18 sections, some of which we may do two of at a time on longer days. Unlike the Lea Valley Walk or the London Loop, there are no signposts for the Green London Way on the ground; we'll be entirely working off directions and the maps in the book of the route.

We'll be joined for the route by silkyraven, who's been a frequent walker on many of the walks we've done in the past. Anyone else who'd like to join us is more than welcome; because this walk is more urban than previous ones (while still taking in plenty of parks, woods, and other off-road walking), there are good opportunities for doing part of the walk and stopping early if you get tired.

Provisional dates for this year are as follows. To accommodate various people's commitments they're a mixture of Saturdays, Sundays with a morning start and early afternoon finish, Sundays with an afternoon start, and a Bank Holiday Monday:

* Sunday 21 April afternoon
* Monday 6 May (May Day Bank Holiday)
* Saturday 22 June
* Saturday 13 July
* Saturday 31 August
* Sunday 29 September afternoon
* Sunday 27 October morning
* Sunday 10 November morning

I look forward to seeing many of you on at least some of the sections.
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Last Lea valley walk tomorrow [06 Oct 2012|12:17pm]
lizw, yoyoangel and I will be walking the last section of the Lea Valley walk tomorrow, starting where the Eastway crosses the Lea and then walking past the Olympic Park to Limehouse. At that point, lizw will leave us, as she's still recovering from having shin splints and being cautious about how far she walks, but if the remaining people feel up to it, we may head over to Blackwall and back up the other branch of the Lea.

One way to get to Blackwall would be by River Boat and the Emirates Airline Cable Car, which we'll do if there's demand for it, although it's perfectly walkable too.

We'll be meeting on Eastway Bridge at 11am here: (streetmap), (Google Maps). The nearest station is Hackney Wick on the London Overground, although it's walkable from Leyton on the Central Line, and there are buses to nearby roads from Hackney. If you use the postcode E9 5JD at TfL journey planner, it will get you close enough.

If you want to come on the walk, but aren't sure about finding us on the bridge, let me know, and I'll try to arrange to meet you at one of the nearby stations.

As with other Lea Valley walks, we'll be taking a picnic lunch and eating it somewhere on the way.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there.
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Last-minute replacement walk this afternoon [16 Sep 2012|10:50am]
Instead of the Lea Valley walk, yoyoangel and I will be walking the first section of the Capital Ring (around 6 miles) this afternoon, starting from South Woolwich Ferry Terminal at around 1:30pm. I realise this is very short notice, but anyone who'd like to join us would be welcome.
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Lea Valley walk postponed to 7 October [15 Sep 2012|10:00pm]
As you may have read on lizw's journal, she's got shin splints and has ruled herself out of tomorrow's Lea Valley walk. We're therefore postponing it to Sunday 7 October (around three weeks hence), when she will hopefully have recovered.

Hope anyone who was planning to come can reschedule.
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Final section of the Lea Valley Walk this Sunday [11 Sep 2012|12:11am]
lizw, yoyoangel and I will be doing the final section of the Lea Valley walk this Sunday (16 September). We'll be doing a roughly triangular walk, starting where Eastway crosses the Lea, doing the section which has been re-opened today past the Olympic Park to Three Mills, following the Lea Navigation and Limehouse Cut to the Thames at the Limehouse Basin, walking along the Thames and trhough Canary Wharf to Blackwall and then returning up the River Lea to Three Mills.

We'll be meeting on Eastway Bridge at 11am here: (streetmap), (Google Maps). The nearest station is Hackney Wick on the London Overground, although it's walkable from Leyton on the Central Line, and there are buses to nearby roads from Hackney. If you use the postcode E9 5JD at TfL journey planner, it will get you close enough.

If you want to come on the walk, but aren't sure about finding us on the bridge, let me know, and I'll try to arrange to meet you at one of the nearby stations.

As with other Lea Valley walks, we'll be taking a picnic lunch and eating it somewhere on the way.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there.
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Lea Valley Walk on Bank Holiday Monday [22 Aug 2012|11:20pm]
Just a quick reminder that we'll be walking the next section of the Lea Valley Walk, from Ponders End to wherever they stop you at the Olympic Park, on this Monday, 27 August. We'll be meeting at Ponders End train station at 11am, and having a picnic lunch somewhere along the way. We're now close enough in to London that both start and end stations are within Pay As You Go for Oyster, so no need to get a ticket if you have an Oyster Card.

Hope to see some of you there.
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Lea Valley Walk on Saturday [16 Jul 2012|09:29pm]
lizw, yoyoangel and I will be walking the next section of the Lea Valley Walk this Saturday (21st), starting at Broxbourne and finishing at Ponders End. It's roughly eight miles along the towpath, so fairly level, easy walking, with a possible bailing-out point half-way at Cheshunt. In the course of the walk we cross the M25, the London Loop path, and the boundary between Hertfordshire and Greater London; this section more than any other marks the transition of the Lea from rural river to urban waterway.

We'll be meeting at Broxbourne at 11am, and stopping for a picnic lunch on the route, probably at Cheshunt. Both Broxbourne and Ponders End are on the line out of Liverpool Street through Tottenham Hale.

I look forward to seeing some of you there.
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Lea Valley Walk inevitable date changes [19 Jun 2012|12:16am]
Leyton Orient's fixture list is now out, which means that lizw and I have a couple of Saturdays when we'd rather be sitting in a stadium on Brisbane Road cheering on Russell Slade's Red Army than walking along a river a few miles away. We've therefore rearranged the August walk to the August Bank Holiday Monday, and the September one to the Sunday of the same weekend.

The last three walks will now provsionally be as follows:

* 21 July (Saturday): Broxbourne to Ponders End
* 27 August (Monday): Ponders End to Three Mills
* 16 September (Sunday): Three Mills to Limehouse, East India Dock, and back.

Look forward to seeing some of you there.
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Lea Valley Walk this Saturday [12 Jun 2012|09:52pm]
This Saturday (16th), lizw, yoyoangel and I are doing the next section of the Lea Valley Walk, from Hertford to Broxbourne. From now on, the walk is along the towpath of the Lea Navigation, which is flat and often metalled, so relatively easy walking. Furthermore, there are potential breaks in the walk approximately every two miles, at Ware, St Margaret's and Rye House, so it would be a good walk to come on if you're unsure about walking the full eight miles.

We'll be meeting at Hertford East station at around 11am (there's a train which arrives at 11:03, which I expect we'll be on). Hertford East is the terminus of one of the lines out of Liverpool Street, and has trains from Tottenham Hale and Stratford. Note that Hertford has two stations - if you arrive at Hertford North on the line out of King's Cross, you'll have a short walk across Hertford to get to us.

As before on the Lea Valley walks, we'll be picnicing rather than eating at a pub lunch. The weather currently looks ... bracing.

Hope to see some of you there.
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Lea Valley Walk this Saturday (later start) [16 May 2012|10:50pm]
Because lizw has an OU tutorial in the morning, this Saturday's Lea Valley walk - from Hatfield to Hertford - will start at 2:30pm, and therefore probably run through to about 7pm. Meet at Hatfield Station, and let one of lizw, yoyoangel or me know that you're coming, so we know not to set off without you.

This section of the walk is around 8-9 miles, and while it has been re-routed away from the Lea for much of its distance and involves a little road walking at the start, it's still one of the more rural sections, and the last before the Lea acquires a towpath and becomes a navigable river.

Hope to see some of you there.
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Lea Valley Walk 28 April [15 Apr 2012|11:33pm]
In just under a fortnight, lizw, yoyoangel and I will be walking the next section of the Lea Valley walk, from Harpenden to Hatfield. This section is around 8 miles long, and as rural as it gets, being still outside London but well away from Luton.

We'll be starting from Harpenden Station at 11am. Note for those travelling from South London; First Captial Connect appear to be unexpectedly running trains through on the 28th, which should make things a little easier. We'll be finishing at Hatfield, probably around 4pm. Note that Hatfield isn't on the same railway line as Harpenden, so you probably won't be able to get a straightforward return ticket. (There are regular buses from Hatfield to St Albans, which is on the Harpenden line, which may be of use to someone coming from outside London on the Bedford line who doesn't want to go all the way into London to come back out again.)

As with the previous section, we'll be taking a packed lunch and picnicing en route. Anyone who wants to join us is welcome - I look forward to seeing you.
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June Lea Valley Walk date change [12 Apr 2012|06:58am]
Just a quick note that June's Lea Valley Walk has been shifted forward a week, and will now be on 16 June rather than 23 June. I will go back and edit the date posts accordingly.

Incidentally, the next walk (Harpenden to Hatfield) is in just over a fortnight, on 28 April.
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Lea Valley Walk this Saturday [28 Mar 2012|07:18pm]
Just a quick reminder that it's the first of our Lea Valley walks this Saturday (see linked post for details).
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