One of my main purposes in going to London was to see two old friends, John Townsend with whom I had worked at Building Design Partnership in 1968/69 and Keith Tapping, the former Assistant Regional Director for CMHC who had given me my start by appointing me as CMHC's Special Coordinator for the South Shore of False Creek in the mid-seventies. Keith went on to become Regional Director in Ontario and BC before retiring.
I am often fond of telling the story of a particularly long lunch with Keith, than involved more fluids than food. Around 4pm I suggested it was probably time for him to go back to the office. He said it wasn't really necessary. "But what if the President calls and you're not there?" I responded. "You could be fired!" Keith responded that the President would never fire him. He had promised his job to too many people!
|I'm sure French children were buying clothes like these just before the revolution|
|The food floor in Harrods. Breathtaking!|
The similarities? Both cities are struggling with housing affordability. Coincidentally, while I was there Mayor Robertson was holding a Big Conversation for Vancouver residents to put forward their ideas to address housing affordability. Next week London Mayor Sadiq Khan is holding a similar conversation with Londoners. (When it comes to housing affordability, it seems politicians are keen to do whatever it takes to get votes on both sides of the Atlantic.)
|We stayed in Park Mansions, just above the Buddha-Bar restaurant and club.|
|John and I were both astonished and delighted to discover that we both were wearing similar Swiss Railway watches to that on display in The Design Museum!|
A few more images of this amazing city. I can't wait to go back!
|One of the things I noticed was security cameras everywhere, which have helped solve a lot of crimes. Will this be the future Vancouver?|
|We stayed across the road from One Hyde Park, one of the most expensive apartment complexes in the world. Suites sold for 6,000 pounds per sq.ft. with one apartment reportedly selling for 140 million pounds.|
|There are a lot of eccentric people in the UK, including the fellow who built this houseboat in Deal Kent|
|I'm not supposed to post family photos on this site, but I like this shot of our family gathering in the pub next door after all meeting up in London|