Poetic Visions #countryside


Kinder scout to eggplant all fields in a vision set

A ghostly aftermath from the dry stone wall.  Oblivion

And centuries of tradition an accelerated activity

Ploughed and golden a mountainous hill, Mam does not deceive

Miles and miles of beyond from plaque to rage a seething water

Rising will believe it a stone step carrying deeply

From small monument a ridge dips obliquely

A striking wood and skirting tree

landslide collapsed a cavernous reserve from grassy knoll

To mineral forest, leaving a yearning while observing

Nature returning exploding flowers and blurry mowers

Climb and rising will believe it from a dangerous high

A distant vale exposes a ghostly openness dipping

from the modern the trodden path twining whilst constantly

Spotting land dips and slides, oh mother of hills a castle town

Onwards with a multitude of frowns the path so peripatetic …

MAPNEWZ…Look up here and you may notice a spindly-legged form perched high above the streets.

They say it pays to look up in London, for you never know what unusual sights will greet you from the rooftops.

The Royal Exchange is a case in point a trading house that has been usurped as a posh shopping centre. img_1122

Rising rents and high rising buildings…

The landlords of The Royal Exchange are increasing rent, to such exorbitant levels that traditional shops with a long history in both their use and purpose are being forced to move out of the area.

This total disregard for Heritage is something that will be regretted and I presume future generations will look back and ask WHY???


Smokers Paradise is the oldest tobacconist shop in the City of London. They are now situated in Fenchurch Street opposite the Walkie Talkie, having recently moved from their previous address opposite the Bank of England. The shop was established in 1841 and has been a family run business for the last 37 years since 1976.  The original shop (above) opposite the Bank of England now lies empty.

What Next???

The level of High rise development in the heart of  the financial district of London is creating havoc to many of its existing retail outlets and thteatens the architectural heritage in the heart of the City.

e6703aea09ee7183ef34eab6f373a99f450e3c57.jpgGoing up a futuristic impression of the City of London

Over 100 new new buildings have been proposed for London, but only a small number are actually being built.  A total of 119 buildings of 20 storeys or over have been proposed for the capital in the last year, and the number of tall buildings under construction has risen from 70 to 89.


This Glorious indoor market will have a shadow cast over it

Leadenhall Market will become a “lost relic” if plans to build a 73-storey skyscraper next door are approved, conservation experts have warned. The historic covered market will be dwarfed by the £400 million tower, which is  set to replace an existing  Seventies office block.


More to Come!!!

A skyscraper is set to join the City of London’s world-famous collection of oddly designed buildings with silly names. The Trellis will rival the Shard in height, and overshadow  the Gherkin,  Walkie-Talkie,  Cheesegrater and the Helter Skelter.


The Aviva Tower sits opposite the Gherkin And will be demolished to make way for the  gigantic office block. The tower will rise from the rubble of the existing Aviva building at 1 Undershaft.


Detailed plans to build the Trellis City’s tallest skyscraper, which will rival the Shard in height and make it the second tallest tower in Europe have been given the go ahead…

THe Belsize Flyer

Looking back over the last weeks intresting Tweets in NW3…

Love These prints, I scream for… The Coffee Jar @thecoffeejar Forget the rain! We love our new icecream van prints by local artist   https://twitter.com/thecoffeejar/status/818484661932490752

Making a piont Franco @Franc00s There are zero local shop options in Belsize Park

The minds eye Art EyeWall @ArtEyeWall ‘From A Hampstead Window’ By Charles Ginner, 1923 #art #window #snow #winter https://twitter.com/ArtEyeWall/status/817119927236788224

Volunteers needed On The Hill @onthehillinfo Primrose Hill Neighbours Help is a community organisation which helps local older people with via local volunteers

Great art is always worth a visit Olivers Village Cafe @OliversCafe Don’t forget: we have a PV this Sat 6-9pm of David Hodge’s exhibition, running til Jan #exhibitions #NW3 #cafe #art https://twitter.com/OliversCafe/status/796716994028568576

Interesting Mini Beat Music @minibeatmusic Well it isn’t snowing But it’s just a dream away… FRIDAY @BelsizeLibrary 9.30 & 10.30 #livemusic #babies#toddlers #dropin #NW3 #EnglandsLane https://twitter.com/minibeatmusic/status/819823138087333888

The Belsize Flyer


interesting… Belsize Village @BelsizeVillage Sun 10:30: The story of Hampstead’s spies. A walk through NW3 with world expert & Hampstead resident @StewartPurvis. http://www.walks.com/our-walks/the-hampstead-spies 

Look Out… Rob Cohen@RobCoh Jan 7 Someone in #BelsizePark is missing their cat. It looks to be in pain. Please share locally (Photo isn’t great) small all black kitten. pic.twitter.com/uf3mktGynM

Something To Do…  @TheGeorgeNW3 quiz, you can learn many things. And you don’t even need to get the tube. #pubquiz #tubestrike #prizes #belsizepark

A Local Landmark Dean Chalkley@deanchalkley_ Jan 5 love this news stand in #belsizepark ..#ldn #magazine #news #physical http://ift.tt/2iGU9yG 

Be Aware …Steele’s Village @SteelesVillage Number of residential & business break-ins over the Christmas period, Please double check security #nw3 #hampstead #belsizepar

Places To Visit In North London… Londonist@Londonist 7h A local’s guide to north London: http://buff.ly/2jd84vr 

Fancy a New Challenge … Camden New Journal  @NewJournal Vacancy at Camden New Journal: Reporter http://www.camdennewjournal.com/cnj-vacancy 

Look out For more Tweets on NW3 Follow the Belsize Flyer @mapzine77


ghost writer 341

The auld haunt was never the same as when I knew my old friend …

We met in streetcars and knew the pleats, all crevasses and iron complete.

New arrivals lay and gunned to compete

Asteroid belt to sandal strap a seriousness of silence.

The Hermetic seals are broken and the panoptic jar cracked

finite splinters of test always featured breakfast.

See the moon and turn a quick shooting glance, upper lip pout.

A Knave maybe a king and spin the Sun, the roundabout took slide

Careering for any old job, the odd man out got left behind.

Showtime took a reeling motion as words poured meaning.

The shadows were never the same as when I left

The returning cursor showing arched a full stop repeating…

New thought always gathered old dust as the cast left

Shone a bright afterthought of an innuendo

At the end of every street the cart rested, whist the return

Ploughed a Majesty as the sky laid deep, and so it became, the host was always

The guest a co conspirator in Heavens lonely gaze

Wheeling just like a man forbidden to evenings garden

uprooted to extend a streaming flow in a digital age, letters shall glow

A lost click clack never to be repeated, a new friend born to go.

The ride went through cavernous delight.  As the ghost writer…

Took to flight and carriages sentenced the first mate.

Farthest out post of lost words, letters lay scattered scintillating

like a peppered spray of silvery mist a bitter path to swallow.

Every one a forbidden protagonist of progression and its sigils

Any despair became forever a foil to scare the paragraph its finale

only now can start again, now that was a blessing, the name never

Again remembered  only to be known in memory of that haunted eternity.

Can all be spanning the soul and its girders stretched to a metallic sheen

Thou humble sting of conscious thought a long lost sleep dreaming that old number

That Beastly cry of the little sunshine…

Art In NW3 A City With a View

From Hogarth To Constable Artists have always been fascinated by Hampstead and its environs.


 Painting:Tim Cumming

Looking South from The Haverstock Hill over London and the much cherished view of Christopher Wrens architectural masterpiece St Paul’s Cathedral.  A view painted by John Constable in 1832 (see below) it was called “The White House” or “Sir Richard   Steele’s Cottage” which would have been on the right of this picture, it was a solitary building apart from the The Load of Hay Tavern first built in 1721, before the emergence of Belsize Park as we know it today.

The buildings on the left first appeared in a painting by William Hogarth called the “March to Finchley” it is a profoundly allegorical picture with a profound  juxtaposition of scene, setting and focus.  Using a familiar Covent Garden scene it was set in The Tottenham Court Road looking North towards Finchley you can see the four buildings on Haverstock Hill are still there today. Hogarth knew the notorious Covent Garden coffee owner a Madam who used many aliases and will be remembered as Moll king who lived nearby and built the houses for workers retiring from the vice trade.


John Constable is one of Britain’s best-known artists, loved for his landscapes. His paintings depict an idyllic early 19th Century England. 

Before Constable, landscapes featured romanticised views of ruins, mountains or foreign lands. Constable painted nature more truthfully, working mainly outdoors to capture the colours of rural England.

But in Constable’s seemingly tranquil scenes, can the beginnings of new movements in art be identified? Should we now consider him one of art’s revolutionaries?



William Hogarth “The March To Finchley” an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art.

Between 1749/1750 when William Hogarth created this painting, it was just after the second Jacobite Rebellion (1745). Against the backdrop of the uneasy union between Scotland and England. 


As the London skyline gets more cluttered with gravity defying impudence casting dark shadows and the odd glass magnified heat ray the contrast between past and present could not be more stark in comparison. Now is the time to say no to mindless architectural folly. St Paul’s Cathedral is a protected view from eight vantage points around London and the developers try and flout the rules wherever possible.

The shard is a case in point it was never designed to look like it does it simply filled up the the available vacuum of space that did not impede upon the view of St Paul’s. The latest development to blatantly flout the regulations a new 42-storey London skyscraper which could ruin the view of St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s claims it was not consulted before Manhattan Loft Gardens received planning permission to build the tower it would mar the view of the magnificent 17th century  landmark seen from King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park.

Stay Tuned…

Hope you have enjoyed the first of a regular series of posts on all matters pertaining to certain numbers in the North Westerly part of our Glorious City and its Worldly Heritage.

A series of prints will be available in A3 & Postcard format in the near future as certain areas are explored both visually and historically.



She ghost of a once proud Teenager, proudly presents the here & now

From Horses to sirens the old clip clop what descending thunder does the old bill bop

So much for fancy thoughts let the horses that became the cars become not our descending arks


And whatever
Happened to the Lust of remember…
It’s beam like a folly and a march goes on

Oh once proud teenager descending cons ending a ghost like thought