Keithlard's Investergating Day

I went out bikling to explore the old steam train line from Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park, which is now the Parkland Walk, which is a great place to go bikling as it is all away from traffic and it is also London’s longest thinnest nature reserve!

It was a stiff climb up to Ally Pally, but worth it, as there are super views, and someone has thoughtfully provided a pub at the top for exhausted biklists to relax and enjoy a refreshing lemonade before continuing their journey through the sylvan glades of historic North London, hem hem (good writing).

This is the TV transmitter and it is an importint place in TV history, which my friend Mike will tell you all about, but I do not know.

Me and Sophy had a picnic up here around my birthday and it was night time and there were various wizzo stars and planets available. Incidentally please stop telling me about how they have redefined what a planet is and now there are lots more planets, as (a) there was never an official definition in the first place so actually there have never been any official planets in the Solar System, and (b) the planets don’t care about what we call them, and probably haven’t received the memo anyway.

Alexandra Palace has a long and intresting history. It was built by Queen Victoria in 1873, although some builders had to help finish it as she could not reach the top bits. Other queens said she was daft to build a castle in the swamp, but she went ahead and built it anyway. It sank into the swamp. So she built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So she built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp.

Anyway eventually they managed to build one that stayed up and did not go on fire, and it was immensely popular with the folk of London, as tens of thousands a day would get the old fashioned chuffing steam train up to the Palace and look round in wonder at all the fresh air and trees and such like that normally they would not have access to.

Then it burned down again.

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