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Recent human and canine London walk

2012 October 3


red lion court

Don’t irritate the lions in Red Lion Court

Last weekend humans and one canine, a delightful Corgi, passed a couple of hours in the Autumn sun looking at London in a different way.  With a focus on animal pasts in London’s landscape today, our walk went from the Barbican via Smithfield ending at the cab drivers stand in Russell Square. We looked at real and fictional animals and statues, art works, buildings, fountains,road surfaces and even a rare double level stables in the Horse Hospital. Due to time we by-passed the intriguing quote above in the courtyard of the chambers of David Etherington in Red Lion Court (off Fleet Street).

One of the walkers, Kim Stallwood, animal rights author and campaigner, has described the walk on his own website . This includes clips of different stopping points. 3 clips can also be accessed on you tube. The first is on Smithfield ; the second clip is taken at the statue of Hodge the cat ; the third is  about the saga of Humphrey, another cat, and his move from Queen Square into a nearby playground.

I am now working on additional animal walks that will include one with a focus on Battersea Park and another around Hyde Park and its environs.


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