At the end of any year, it’s often customary to take a look back of where you’ve come from and where you’ve got to – and my little ‘London Shoes’ initiative is no exception to that approach.
It goes without saying that 2020 has most probably been the most challenging year ever for everyone – where our mental resilience has often been tested to its limits.
From a personal perspective I have sought great comfort in my London Shoes work, where I have strived to continue publishing ‘weekly’ blogs onto Shoe’s Website – Facebook & Twitter social media portals – even during times when adherence to the Government’s Covid19 restrictions, prevented Shoes from using public transport to travel to and from the ‘Smoke’.
For those weeks when ‘Shoes’ was unable to get out ‘on-the-road’, it utilised old unpublished photos, to produce topics such as “London’s-Lost Music Venues” or, I ventured out by foot to ‘local’ historic landmarks on my doorstep, such as ‘The Romford Brewery’ or ‘The Hornchurch Airfield’ – activities that were all good for the soul.
I’m sure that there are people out there who possibly think I’m some sort of geek, and they don’t really understand what London Shoes is all about, and why I actually bother – but, for me, when I look and see that the London Shoes website currently has a ridiculous total of 80,160 ‘followers’ – and that for the previous 12 months the website has averaged 256 ‘hits’ per day – and then there’s the 10 to 15 e-mails I receive daily from all over the world, from people praising or complimenting my work – then I know that this little ‘hobby’ that I took up upon my retirement in Jan 2017 – has all been worthwhile.
It wasn’t until I actually sat down and analysed London Shoes’ activity over the past 12 months, did I realise just how much material ‘Shoes’ had knocked-out in 2020, as the summary below highlights:-
>V2 Rocket Attacks on London – (the 1st-the worst-the last)
>The Stone Alcoves of London Bridge
>The Tate & Lyle Sugar Refinery – Silvertown
>Jazz at the Crazy Coqs Club-Piccadilly
>The History of Leyton Orient FC
>Jazz afloat on the Tereza Joanne-London Docklands
>The Laughing Policemen’s-Walking Tour
>Scenes from the Square – Leicester Square
>The Birth of Glam Rock-50th Anniversary – The Roundhouse-Chalk Farm
>London’s Lost Music Venues-Pt1
>London’s Lost Music Venues-Pt2
>The Real Del-Boy’s London
>History of the Romford Brewery
>London Ghost Signs-Pt2
>London’s Lost Music Venues-Pt3
>A Tribute to ‘Vera Lyne’ – one of the east end’s finest
>History of the Hornchurch Airfield
>Dr Barnardo’s Village – Barkingside
>The Upper North Street School Tragedy-Poplar
>The City of London Cemetery – Manor Park
>The Great London Beer Flood of 1814
>The Majestic Thames Lions
>London’s Lost Music Venue’s-Pt4
>All about Albert Bridge
>London’s Most Used & Least used Stations
>All about Green Park
>The history of Leadenhall Market
>Big Ben & Little Ben
>BBC Broadcasting House-Portland Place
>London’s Lost Music Venue’s-Pt5
>Remembrance Sunday & London’s Poppy Cabs
>The Upminster Windmill
>The Mile End Road-Mural
All of the above can be viewed from the ‘Archives’ section of the London Shoes website ( www.londonshoesblog )
It currently looks like 2021 will be as equally challenging and traumatic, at least for the first 6 months or so – whilst we continue to battle this Covid19 pandemic situation – and in some cases I am sure that for some, Covid won’t always be the only invisible enemy next year – but we must keep on keeping on.
Hope you enjoy this little ‘look-back’ – unfortunately, Facebook only allows a total of 40 photos per posting – so I’ve attempted to put together the ‘best of’ to accompany what I amusingly entitle “Now That’s What I Call London Shoes-2020” compilation.
Wishing all London Shoes followers a very Happy & Healthy New Year – take care of yourselves & others and stay safe – and thanks again for following the ‘Shoes’.
Summarised below is a gallery of photos from some of the ‘best bits’ of London Shoes 2020