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Linh Son Buddhist Temple

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Citrus fruit and chrysanthemum flowers placed at foot of statue in forecourt of Linh Son [Vietnamese] Buddhist Temple, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, London Borough of Croydon.

Comments appreciated.

Photographed 20 November 2017.



REMINDER: Tree walk, 26 November 2017

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Roy Vickery will be leading a tree walk on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, on Sunday 26 November, meet at the junction of Tooting Bec Road with Dr Johnson Avenue, c. 10 minutes walk from Tooting Bec tube station, at 2 p.m.  All welcome, voluntary donations appreciated in aid of local Green Party funds.

Platform 8 poppies

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On 10 November 1920, at 8.32 p.m., the corpse of the Unknown Warrior – a victim of the First World War – arrived by train at Platform 8 of Victoria Station, London.  It remained on the train overnight before being transported and interred in Westminster Abbey on 11 November 1920, where it remains in Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, in the nave just beyond the Abbey’s main door.  Poppy wreaths are placed on railings near the entrance to Platform 8 each year to commemorate the corpse’s arrival.

Photograph taken 12 November 2017.

Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey 2017

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Poppy crosses placed in the ‘In Memoriam Association of Jewish Ex-Service Men and Women’ plot, in the Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey, London, 12 November 2017.


Commemorating victims of the arms trade

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The exhibition Collateral Damage, featuring white poppies –  see posting on 24 September 2017 – at the Westminster Quaker Meeting House, will be open on Saturday 11 November from 10.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m., and thereafter continue to be open from 12.30 – 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 10.30 – 1 p.m. on Sundays, until the end of the year.

Poppies a general symbol of death

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Other entries on this website comment on how poppy wreaths sometimes  seem to be placed on inappropriate monuments, such as those which commemorate Joseph James Jones on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, and Joseph Paxton, in Crystal Palace Park, London Borough of Bromley.

A booklet entitled Bereavement, picked up at the  Information Centre at Crewkerne, Somerset, in October 2017, has common poppies (Papaver rhoeas) on its cover,suggesting that the poppy is now considered to be symbolic of death, regardless of how that death occurred.

Trick or treat in Balham, 2017

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The Heaver Estate in Balham, London Borough of Wandsworth, consists mostly of what estate agents call ‘family homes’ – big houses, some of which have been divided into flats. At around 7 p.m. on Hallowe’en, Tuesday 31 October 2017, groups of children, some in fancy dress, accompanied by an adult were visiting some of these houses.  Only houses which were decorated for Hallowe’en were visited.  Decorations included artificial cobwebs, a variety of witch or ghost mass-produced objects, and pumpkins which had usually been hollowed and carved, or orange balloons with faces marked on them.

REMINDER: Poppy lecture, 7 November

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On Tuesday 7 November Roy Vickery will be giving a lecture Poppies – Beyond Flanders Fields, ‘an examination of the cultural significance of the common poppy’, at the South London Botanical Institute –  –  323 Norwood Road, London, SE24 9AQ, a short walk from Tulse Hill station, at 7.00 p.m.    All welcome, SLBI members free, nonmembers £3.

Image: Paddington station, London Borough of Westminster, 3 November 2017.

Scariest pumpkin?

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Entry in the Scariest Pumpkin class, at the Friends of Tooting Common 7th annual Pumpkin Parade, London Borough of Wandsworth, Sunday 29 October 2017.

There were also classes for the Most Artistic and Funniest Pumpkins, a children’s fancy-dress competition, and a story-teller.

Plant-lore Archive: October 2017

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October 2017 was a generally successful month during which good progress was made on the Folk Flora.  46 items of information were received from 18 contributors, mainly via the Wild Flowers of Britain & Ireland Facebook Group.  Thank you everyone.  The Archive now contains 7588 items of information from 2140 contributors.

7597 searches were made of the website, up from 5716 searches made in October 2016.

Talks were given to the Preston Society and at the South London Botanical Institute, walks were led in Ruskin and Battersea Parks, both in London, and a number of events, including the Hampstead Heath Conker Championships and the Tooting Common Pumpkin Parade, again both in London, attended.

Image: red rose of Lancashire, Preston station, 10 October 2017.

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