Southwark Bridge – London

Southwark Bridge – London

Southwark Bridge – modest, elegant, quiet – but it hasn’t always been like this.

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Tower Bridge – London

Tower Bridge seen from the Tower of London

Tower Bridge, grand show-off and London’s fascinator, is not just a story book gateway – it is a steel-framed masterpiece of Victorian engineering, and one of the city’s greatest living links.

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The Blind Darts Team (with thanks to Blind Veterans UK)

Blind darts player (thanks to the archives at Blind Veterans UK for the image)

A query landed on The Phraser, linked to a piece I wrote seven years ago about an organisation that supports blind veterans.

No, I thought when I read the question. Surely not.

Then I thought again. If I’ve learnt one thing it’s that you should never underestimate an old soldier.

Here’s the query:

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D Day encounter with ‘The Allies’ on the Isle of Wight

Seaview on the Isle of Wight

The sun shines, the island is brand new to us, and the day is ours…perfect for a wander. We decide to search for Priory Bay.

“Our favourite, not far, and you can probably get a cup of tea at the hotel there,” was the advice from a frequent visitor to the island.

So off we set, via the High Street and the purchase of a few supplies.

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Dover House Lions: a small football club in South West London

I found this post back at the very beginning of The Phraser. It is a brief profile of a wonderful football club I was introduced to shortly after I restarted my writing life.

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Update 2019: I hear that this club is still run by Eddie Leroux and Anita Russell on the Roehampton playing fields, and that it continues to thrive.

This article appeared in The New Londoners in 2012

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2019

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St Dunstan’s is gone – Blind Veterans UK is here

In the summer of 2012 I visited Blind Veterans UK. Its story fascinated me…this is what I found.

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The logo for Blind Veterans UK The logo for Blind Veterans UK

Changing names is never easy. St Dunstan’s has had to move very carefully. Nearly a century old, and trusted by the blind, it shed its name in February to become Blind Veterans UK.

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The London Olympics 2012 – was that us?

The Olympics dust off continued…this, again from the early days of The Phraser, was how it felt after the Olympics had happened. I can still remember the vivid switch in mood.

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London Olympics 2012 London Olympics 2012

London raised its Olympic hat to the world, and found a new bounce beneath its feet.

The Games ignited the city with music, confidence, competition, and a collection of the most charismatic athletes the world could ever hope for. The fortnight exhausted us and then added new energy.

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