Alec Nevala-Lee

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Progess report: London, Brussels, and beyond

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Tomorrow night, I’m flying out to London for six days, as part of a whirlwind research tour for Midrash, the sequel to Kamera. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace aren’t on the itinerary, I’m afraid—just a lot of interesting neighborhoods and locations, where violent or otherwise dramatic events will be playing out in my mind’s eye. The trip may also include a detour to Brussels, where I’m hoping to see Jacques-Louis David’s Death of Marat in person. (The painting plays an important role in the epilogue to Kamera, but I’ve never seen it in the flesh, so to speak.)

While I’m away, I don’t expect to be very active in the comments section, or on Twitter, but the blog will be updated with new posts throughout the week. There’s some good stuff coming up soon, so keep checking back for more!

Written by nevalalee

February 5, 2011 at 9:47 am

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  1. Bearing in mind I was born in London and lived there many years (though I don’t live there now) I may be able to offer some observations, suggestions or sideways views on places. I know South London, the centre, and parts of East London best. If that’s an interesting idea you could try using the ‘contact’ page on my blog to email privately.

    Jon Vagg

    February 5, 2011 at 9:59 am

  2. Thanks! Depending on how things go next week, I might just take you up on that offer…


    February 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

  3. For violence and drama, you can’t go wrong with the carnivorous plants in Charles Darwin’s greenhouse at Down House, in Kent. Only an hour from London!

    Also, safe travels.


    February 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  4. Very tempting! Not sure if I’ll have a chance to get out there on this trip, but definitely some other time…


    February 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

  5. I was in Brussels…

    I was five. :) (I had globetrotting parents)

    The food?

    Out of this world…



    February 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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