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Archive for May, 2009

Interested in studying music? The studyGuardian has details here about courses at the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone.

I walk past there on my way to Regent’s Park. Sometimes you can peep in and see students practising on their violins or windows. It looks like a wonderful place to study.

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Another article purring over the beautiful, old-fashined Daunt Books in the Londonist.

Daunt Books is how a bookshop should be – rows of gleaming books ready to be devoured, comfy chairs placed near coffee table books, helpful staff who read and can reccomend.

It is a sanctury for those who love reading. I often go in there when I am passing, not even to buy a book (although sometimes I cannot resist the temptation) but just to sit among books in a beautiful setting.

It is also the perfect place to get books for travel writing. Every section on the bottom floor is divided by country and has easy to find travel books, cook books, coffee table books, history books, biography, fiction…all about that one place.

On my recent trip to Spain I dipped into the Spanish section on the ground floor to find a book to accompany me on the journey. I found a lovely, small travel book about an English writer living in an obscure Andalucian village called The Factory of Light, by Michael Jacobs.

A gem.

Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW.

(Open Monday – Saturday 9am – 7.30pm and Sundays 11am – 6pm)

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According to the London Informer the history of Marylebone will be put together this summer in a montage of films under the title Reflections of Marylebone.

 Baker Street Entertainment will use old footage from the 1930s, 40s and 50s and supplement this by interviewing long-standing locals.

The film will be directed by Simon Moorhead for St Marylebone Society.

I know I’d like to see the changes on film. When my grandfather lived and practised here as a doctor, it was a professional but low-key area. According to him the High Street was rundown – a mile away from the fashionable, chic urbanity of today.

Read the full article by the London Informer here.

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I just returned from a trip in Southern Spain that ended in Granada. During the first three days of May they celebrate by adorning squares throughout the city in crosses covered in red flowers. The Cruces de Mayo.

Women and children don their flamenco dresses,  and swarm the streets. There are balloons and ice-creams, nuts for sales and generations of families all enjoy delicacies such as garlic prawns and steamy croquettes in the outdoor tapas bars.

What really struck me, as people greeted each other and families enjoyed the fiesta outing together, was the sense of community there. While Marylebone is celebrated as a village inside London, it also has a typical English reserve. People love the local feel, but do not know their neighbours. I’m not sure that is ever something that will return.

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