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The moon over London yesterday evening as seen from my new office.
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+M Hawkins roughly south east?
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The photographic evidence continues to arrive in dribs and drabs. Here you can just about see me making my first ever foray onto the actual stage at the #ChapOlympiad, having been roped into a supporting role of Champagne butler in a game of Not Playing Tennis. I was penalised by Tristan Langlois for use of foul language, which I feel rather guilty about in hindsight having only noticed upon seeing the photo there were two young girls standing just a few feet away. I blame it on stage fright, m'lud.
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I didn't take nearly enough photos at the #ChapOlympiad yesterday but here's the few I have.
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Are any of you planning on attending the Chap Olympiad this year? It's this coming Saturday.

(I feel as though I ask this question here every year, and it hasn't met with much success, but ever the optimist...)
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Walcot Hall, as it happens.

I once completed a treasure hunt across half of town to secure a ticket, but then on the day the weather turned and I stayed indoors with my hip-flask...
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In Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell the protagonist bemoans a rather dull landlord having told him of an equally unremarkable regular, about whom the most interesting thing which could be said is that he loses a lot of umbrellas.

"I know the shortage of eccentrics is acute these days, but you'd think that a pub landlord of all people could come up with someone slightly more interesting than an umbrella loser."

Noting that I am in dangerous waters here, I nonetheless feel the need to report I have something of a lucky umbrella. Numerous have been the occasions when I've left it behind somewhere, and I always manage to retrieve it again. Today, in one of the only very slightly more interesting incidents in this otherwise quite tedious saga, I left it on one of the ferry boats at Henley Regatta. Having quite happily crossed the Thames several times without me, I did indeed manage to reclaim it once again.
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+Adam Baylis-West I am deeply sorry for your loss.
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Do I have too many pairs of brown brogues?
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They are all different. I have three identical pairs of black Oxfords from Tricker's...
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Nice selection of portraits at the #ChapOlympiad  by the roaming professional photographers, including one of your humble servant.
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+Adam Baylis-West yes some amount of umbrage was taken!
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Thanks to Instagram I've been able to fill in some of the photographic gaps from yesterday, and am particularly pleased a stranger caught this shot of me hobnobbing with the inimitable Atters.
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Were the Hobnobs complimentary?
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The 100 year old roasting machine at Camden Coffee shop.
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The future may be uncertain but at least we still have the pub.
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Let's face the music ... and get slightly sozzled.
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Good afternoon from Ascot chaps.
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Good effort... You must tell me more about this mysterious contact, once I have bought a top hat, of course.
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I just noticed Cereal Killer has a branch in Camden now, and they offer delivery via Deliveroo:
https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/camden/cereal-killer-cafe-camden-market

Finally you can now enjoy a bowl of cereal in the comfort of your home! Never before was this possible - I think you'll all agree the future has arrived.
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Worked pretty well as a venue for a meal with extended family where we were very constrained on location. One or two quibbles (our booking seemed to have got lost, and there was a bit of a wait for the food) but overall a successful lunch. Had five kids with us and they all generally seemed quite happy. The ravioli with sage butter was quite tasty.
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Have been twice now - both times not really by choice (it isn't the sort of place I'd go for, having a vague sort of "international menu") but have to admit it is well run - the standard of both the cooking and the service is good.
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I love having a good bakery locally, it has become a cherished weekend ritual to go out in the morning and buy freshly baked bread for breakfast. Their bagels are a firm favourite, the sourdough is good, the focaccia is probably terribly unhealthy but delicious (I start salivating involuntarily every time I see it). Staff are always very pleasant and friendly.
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Veers slightly too close to being a hipster sort of a pub to be somewhere I'd go to very often, but as a one off we had a not unpleasant afternoon / early evening here sitting on the outdoor benches with some local friends.
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Bit out of my depth here, came at the request of my wife who wanted to have the matcha kakigori. To keep her company, not really being a fan of matcha flavoured desserts, I went for one of the vanilla sundaes. I don't normally like soft ice cream, but with the addition of some red beans (a staple of Japanese desserts I actually do like) and, weirdly, dome rice krispies, it actually made quite a pleasant ensemble.
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How lucky we are in London, with oases like Green Park so close to the hustle and bustle of big thoroughfares like Piccadilly.
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Adjunct to Jermyn Street with more of a focus on formal attire (e.g. morning dress), including shops like Favourbrook selling waistcoats.
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