Skillman & Sons: The Tool Shop Opposite the Woolwich Ferry – and Traditional Britain Reborn

The London postal service once had to deliver a letter from India addressed as follows: “The tool shop opposite the Woolwich Ferry London” It arrived safely at its destination: A.D. Skillman & Sons, 108 Woolwich High Street, London SE18. Skillman and Sons of Woolwich (founded by my grandfather Alfred Daniel in 1900) was a bywordContinue reading “Skillman & Sons: The Tool Shop Opposite the Woolwich Ferry – and Traditional Britain Reborn”

On the Outside Looking In, Royal Barges, Rowing Boats, Glimpses, Panoramas and Artistic Vision

As I watched The Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on TV and tried to work out whether I wished I was there, or whether I was glad not to be, I remembered these words in a radio interview several months ago. ‘I have always felt myself to be on the outside of everything, looking in.’ IContinue reading “On the Outside Looking In, Royal Barges, Rowing Boats, Glimpses, Panoramas and Artistic Vision”