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Chinese New Year 2014

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Thousands of people turned out to watch the Chinese New Year Parade in London today. More spectators than normal watched the parade which started near Trafalgar Square, up Charing Cross Road, along Shaftesbury Avenue finishing near China Town. Great atmosphere to celebrate Year of the Horse.

A very packed Trafalgar Square watched the official opening at 12 noon with performances continuing during the afternoon. Many restaurants and shops in China Town helped with the celebrations with new year gifts and treats for sale.

Cavalry Memorial Parade 2012

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Hundreds of serving and past members of cavalry regiments, together with several military bands performed a march past in Hyde Park today. Nearly all were dressed in dark suits with ties of their regiment. Many wore bowler hats and carried rolled up umbrellas. The march led onto a memorial service by the bandstand followed by lunch. 

Malaysia comes to Trafalgar Square

The sounds, smell and taste of Malaysia street food came to Trafalgar Square last night. Malaysia Kitchen, which represents the 50 or more Malaysian restaurants in the UK organised the event. Around 30 food stalls served food to thousands of visitors. Dancers and singers entertained the audience. Trafalgar Square is a great venue to experience these cultural events.

Chipperfield and Sarratt pub walk 2011

We normally meet up at The Fox & Hounds, Croxley then get a lift to the The Royal Oak, explore Chipperfield and Sarratt. We finish off at The Cock Inn for a curry. Normally around 20-30 people join in every year, some from as far away as Belgium.

East London Line reopens

After three years of work by Transport For London, a very old railway line reopens in London. Celebrations took place, including free travel on the day, balloons at the stations and a mass of travel fans admiring the new style carriages.

Mr Punch's Birthday

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In 1662 the writer Samuel Pepys was so impressed about a puppet show he saw that he decided to write about. And so the Punch and Judy show was brought to the UK.  This year it is Mr. Punch's 348th birthday so I took a stroll to Covent Garden to find out what was so facinating that has driven fanatics to celebrate this event for the last 35 years.

Dancing in Duke's Road

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Exploring around Euston this evening I heard some music and cheering in Duke's Road, a lovely cobbaled street that I sometimes walk through.

Ryhthm of London celebrates St.Georges's Day 8

Ryhthm of London celebrates St.Georges's Day 8

St.George's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square as part of Ryhthm of London week.

Ryhthm of London celebrates St.Georges's Day 9

Ryhthm of London celebrates St.Georges's Day 9

St.George's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square as part of Ryhthm of London week.

Ryhthm of London celebrates St.Georges's Day 2

Ryhthm of London celebrates St.Georges's Day 2

St.George's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square as part of Ryhthm of London week.

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