Monday, November 10, 2008

England, part 7: Hampstead Heath

My last day in London, a Sunday, was brilliantly sunny and warm, and I went for a long walk on Hampstead Heath. My destination was Kenwood House, but it took me awhile to get there, as I kept getting lost; twice I realized that I'd been walking for 20 minutes in a direction opposite to where I should have been going. But I didn't really mind; I was having a great time rambling around, soaking up the sun and eavesdropping on English people.

Two men in their 40s, walking with wives & strollers.

1st man: ... which worked well with my assistants in Hong Kong, but then it didn't work at all with my assistants in Japan.
2nd man: You have to find a balance. That's the key, finding a balance.

Man in his 40s to female friend: [Happily and somewhat bashfully] ... smart, funny, and she's half-Jewish. Her father's Jewish.
Female friend: [throwing up hands and laughing] Wow!

Londoners make enthusiastic use of their outdoor public spaces in fine weather, I noticed. Both the Heath and Waterlow Park, which I walked through later that day, were full of people having picnics, jogging, playing with their dogs, or just lolling on blankets reading paperbacks.

Leaves and shadows

Full photoset here.

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Blogger mikemathew said...

Hampstead Heath Constabulary is a small, specialised police force responsible for policing Hampstead Heath, an area of open land in London belonging to the City of London For the band, see The Police. Hampstead Heath is a park in the north of London, covering 791 acres. London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is the most populous city in the European Union.Coat of arms The City of London is a small area in Greater London.Police officers of this force have all the powers of a constable whilst in their limited jurisdiction of the Heath. There are 12 such officers, who provide 24 hour policing services to the Heath. The force is heavily supported by the Metropolitan Police, the local Home Office police force.

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