National Park Cities Thunderclap

Introducing the concept of National Park Cities, publicising a thunderclap about the same and displaying some of my own photographs.


To take part in a Thunderclap you have to be on at least one of facebook, twitter or tumblr, so for the benefit of those among my readers who cannot take part I am also including some recent photos of my own that tie in well with this particular thunderclap. 


The idea behind this thunderclap, set up the folks at team4nature is that there are recognized health benefits to people having easy access to nature. Among the potential pioneers of the concept of a National Park City is London, and you can declare your support here. To take part in the thunderclap click here, or on the image below, which shows the story in full:



Here are some of my recent nature pictures, which also feature the two main parks in King’s Lynn, The Walks and Lynnsport Park and sections of Bawsey Drain and The Gaywood River.

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Politics, Nature and Autism

A mix of politics, nature and autism.


This is a collection of interesting things I have seen on the internet recently. They are grouped broadly in three categories, the second of which includes a few pictures I took today.


I start this section with an important open letter from Make Votes Matter. Below is a screenshot of the beginning of the letter. This is formatted as a link so that you can add your name to the open letter should you wish to:

Open Letter

My only link in this section, which forms a natural segue to the nature section, is to a thunderclap organised by Team4Nature and tagged #VoteForHopeVoteForChange. Below is a screenshot which also functions as a link:



I am going to start this section with another thunderclap, before sharing a couple of recent posts from Anna that caught my attention and finally ending this section with some of my own photographs. 


This one has been launched by The Wildlife Trusts and the screenshot below links to it:



The first of the two recent posts from Anna that I am sharing is titled “Which Future Do You Wanna Give The Next Generation?“. This post contains both Swedish and English text, and is in particular focused on the campaign to Save Trosa Nature. Here is Anna’s picture from that post:

The second post from Anna is titled “Old Tjikko” and starts by introducing us to the world’s oldest tree (9,500 years old since you ask). It concludes with a marvellous tree infographic which is reproduced below:

Time now for some…


These were all taken today…

Other than moving the tree pic to the top of the pile (see the end of the previous section for clarification) these are in the order in which they were taken (tree pic was no 6 originally).


This one is a bit blurry because it was taken very quickly.





I saw this article on today and knew I would have to share it. It is titled “People with autism can hear more than most – which can be a strength and a challenge“, and the content lives up to the title, more of it being devoted to pointing up the strength than the challenge. I offer both a screenshotted quote and a picture by way of aperitif:



I end this post with yet another reference to the rainbow coloured infinity symbol that Laina at thesilentwaveblog introduced me and many others to. The version below is an envisaged centrepiece for the front cover of the 2018 Calendar (see this post for more on my calendars) and features my name in white text incorporated into the symbol and the addresses of this blog and my London transport themed website in each loop:

Personalised symbol-page-0


The Calendars are Here, PR and Last Chance to Join a Mighty Thunderclap


Three little things for you….


This thunderclap currently has 1944 supporters with a total social reach of approximately 12.5 million. If you would like to support it and have an account with any of facebook, twitter on tumblr (you can, as I have with my facebook and twitter accounts support it with two accounts if you have them) please click on the screen grab below…



Here in the UK we are lumbered with an antiquated voting system that has enabled a party with the votes of 24% of the electorate to form a ‘majority’ government. For this reason Make Votes Matter have put up a petition on the official government petitions website (which means it is only open to UK citizens to sign). To view and sign the petition click the screen grab below.


As you can see, when I screen grabbed the above image there were just over 9,000 signatures. There are now almost 14,000 and growing.


The photographic wall calendars that I have created for next year are now in my possession. I am delighted with how they have come out.



Once I had picked up the calendars this morning I had time to kill before catching the bus, but not enough to warrant a return to the flat, so i took a little loop through The Walks, where I got this picture…


Buildings and a Petition

Some more pictures of buildings in and around King’s Lynn, plus a link to an important petition.


This post can be seen as a sequel to “Buildings of Kings Lynn” and “More Buildings of King’s Lynn”. However, as you will see, this one has a slightly wider focus.


Our first building of the day is sadly not being used for anything. It used, in the days when such things existed to be our main Post Office (we now have the services of a few cashiers at WHSmith instead), and no subsequent use has been found for it.


Now we have some buildings near the train station…

Portland Street

The first of the two pictures I combined to make the ‘juxtaposition image’


The Fenman Pub – there is lots of railway memorabilia inside (it is directly opposite the station)
St John’s Vicarage

From here, since we are at the start of St John’s Walk, we enter the parkland area…


The Guanock Gate


The South Gate.

On our way from the South Gate to the Great Ouse we get a glimpse of the Baptist Church.


Looking across the river, we get a glimpse of West Lynn Church (one can use the ferry if one wishes to get closer, or walk down to the road bridge and cross there)


Near Marriott’s Warehouse one can see the Rathskellar wine bar…


The Rathskeller, with a side wall of Marriott’s in the background.

We finish this section with a few quirky images from the town centre.

In spite of the size of this poster the map is next to useless – I know the Hardwick Sainsbury’s well, but could not find it using that map.
The side of Boot’s .
Close up of the metalwork.
The top of the guildhall. The green structure projects the light show on to King’s Lynn Minster at night.


My aunt had noticed a cause for concern in a planning application for something in Gaywood, and as we were heading for Sunday lunch with my parents in East Rudham anyway we went via Gaywood. We actually saw no evidence there of the planning application that had caused the concern, but did see another, for an extension of the pub. The original planning application that had been brought to my aunt’s attention was for a small new build, and these photos from the area in question show, a plain concrete box which is what apparently was on the table would have been very inappropriate.

The planning application that was on display in Gaywood
Two brick houses with distinctive features.


Trees that may i danger of being knocked down.
Not brick and flint, but (like the library) brick and Carr.


Dedicated followers of this blog will know that yesterday I put up a post supporting a team4nature thunderclap. I am finishing this post by linking to an official petition to the UK government to give hedgehogs better protection. The petition can be viewed here (note and apology to my international followers – you have to be a British citizen to sign petitions on this site).

Please Support @Team4Nature300 Thunderclap

Support for the tem4nature thunderclap.

I will use @team4nature300’s own quote:

“The number of wild animals on earth has halved in just 40 years! Please share this message: let’s #StandByNature!

Three links for you:

The Team For Nature website – still under construction but worth a look.

The well established team4nature blog

And, of course, the full link to the thunderclap:

Please support this campaign!

I have some important stuff to share with you before getting into the main body of my post, and I can promise you plenty of cool pictures.


First up today, courtesy of 38degrees comes this tribute to Ealing Hospital.

Next, from comes an update on the “Justice for Kayleb” petition. Having just mentioned one young boy with autism, I take the opportunity of introducing you to another, via a twitter feed set up to support him.

Tom Pride is on fine form, with two pieces exposing the Tories in different ways:
1)A selection of especially vile opinions expressed by Tories.

2)The story of a supposedly undecided audience member at a recent TV debate who was actually known to be a Tory.

My final link is to a picture that tells more than many words, and segues into the rest of the post.

This is the graphic I have linked to, with grateful acknowledgement to Team4Nature.
This is the graphic I have linked to, with grateful acknowledgement to Team4Nature.


I decided to do a very brief (words wise) post about nature because I received some important information that required sharing from Team4Nature, and having been out for a walk yesterday I have some pictures to share that fit with the topic.

Therefore, on the principle that one picture can speak a thousand words, here are some of the best from yesterday…


This is from Thursday, as is the next pic.
This is from Thursday, as is the next pic.

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A white butterfly enjoying itself among some green leaves.
A white butterfly enjoying itself among some green leaves.