Free writing: word doodles – writing for the fun of it (by others)

Bluebells in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground – London

Hi,

I thought I’d choose a calm image for this, as we settle in for another chunk of lockdown.

It feels strange to be so still while around us life bursts out in places we never noticed before – even in London. The photographs in this piece were taken yesterday in a peaceful spot called Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, which is the “final resting place for an estimated 120,000 bodies” amongst them William Blake, Daniel Defoe and John Bunyan.

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Free writing: the words we doodled

In memory of a great friend and in honour of Shadow – even though not the Shadow.

Hello wherever you are,

Not so warm in London today. There are patches of sun, then northerly winds full of rain gust in. It’s cold, ruffly weather. Earlier I saw two police horses clip clopping slowly down the street … not bothered by the wind, but I’m sure they must love the lack of traffic.

Anyway … to the free writing, and a guest appearance on The Phraser – a piece that gives my writing soul great pleasure.

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Lockdown in London … and an idea for some word doodles

Blackbird – calm as could be – central London

Hello out there,

My best wishes to everyone around the world in various stages of lockdown. Thinking of you, and of those trying to get us through this time.

Life has changed so suddenly and so fast, that it’s hard to figure out exactly what is going on. Rather than pin all my hours on trying to understand, I thought I’d put up another blog or two in case anyone is in need of distraction.

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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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Away from my desk for a fortnight

Horse on guard duty in London

I am off travelling for a while so The Phraser will go quiet, but it should only be a couple of weeks before I’m bothering you again. In the meanwhile I thought I’d leave you under the watchful eyes of this excellent London horse.

Thanks for your company and all the best.

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2019

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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