Let’s not forget what Dickens said about wealth and poverty

ChazD WOZ ERE 1829 By Leslie Carlyle It is a modern irony worthy of the man himself. A building which during his lifetime Charles Dickens would have happily seen ground to dust, was recently saved only through emphasising his connections with it. Called in to help the campaign to save the Covent Garden (later Strand …

It’s All About the Bike, by Robert Penn

Reviewed by William Rees In some parts of London cycling has overtaken motor vehicle traffic for the first time in five decades and the creation of public bicycle pumps at the roadside in the City illustrates that transport planners are taking cycling seriously ... sometimes. But elsewhere, like on London's bridges, cycling provision is haphazard …

The Lost Cyclist and the Greatest Cyclist

London Cycling Book Club; and Hammersmith Cyclists Film Show By Linus Rees Historian and award-winning writer David V. Herlihy will be a guest at the London Cycling Bookclub at their meeting tonight (Wednesday 14 December) upstairs at the King and Queen pub in Foley Street, Fitzrovia, where he will talk about and sign copies of his …

Simplicity Made Easy, by Jennifer Kavanagh

Reviewed by Linus Rees When things gets a bit on top of you there’s nothing like a good clear out to physically and emotionally de-clutter your life. In this slim volume Fitzrovia author Jennifer Kavanagh looks beyond de-cluttering and encourages us to find a deeper often spiritual meaning to and enjoyment from a simpler life. …

‘Debauching and the ruining of servants’ in Tottenham Court Road fondly remembered

Real Bloomsbury, by Nicholas Murray (Seren Books, £9.99) Reviewed by Mike Pentelow The whimsical juxtapositions of the area's past and present will raise many a smile and a few tears. The more parochial Fitzrovians will be pleased that the book covers the disputed border territory with Bloomsbury between Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road. The …