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It's jam jar!


Wait. I just realised you credited both Croydon and Barnet with the biggest population. Am I misunderstanding, or did it change between 2009 and 2012?

dg writes: Oddly enough, yes it did.

Yay! The most famous jamjar in London!

Disappointed it really was a jar after all and not a model car...

Wonderful, thank you, brilliant series. Please don't let anyone nab the idea for publication as I'm still hoping you'll put it into print. I'd prefer the dystopian zombie/nuclear underground evacuation story first though.

It is bigger than I imagined. And what neat and tidy borough names. Thanks DG!

Is that the correct lid for that jar?

As it says on the front cover of the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy "Don't Panic". Put the problem of what to do next out of your mind - perhaps it is time for you to reflect on Archimedes of Syracuse's principle by soaking in a long hot bath.By simply letting the mental cogs whirl a solution will pop up - assuming that is that you are not like myself regularly embarassed by the fact that as an object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, I am buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the me - and therefore the water level comes up a long way.

How about the first part of a post code e.g SW1 etc?

It does look more like a honey jar to me...

It's the angle Sarah, I think. The visible glue residues suggest that it's not a honey jar as the labels on the brand DG has don't leave such traces. I think DG is 'brand loyal' as far as honey goes...

Your random borough series was very interesting. It also made me realise how quickly years pass by when I read that the series took 8 years to complete.

What kind of jam? Apricot? Plum? Strawberry???

I've enjoyed your random boroughs very much! Really, I had no idea there was so much to do and see outside zone 1! Next time I visit London ....

i never thought i'd be so happy to see a jam jar!!!

thanks for a fantastic series and a great blog - which is unmissable reading everyday...

Well, from one non-Londoner, thank heavens that's now over with...

It's THE jam jar!! It appears just as I imagined it, with printed instead of hand-written borough names to select. Thanks.

Thanks for the jar pic. Yes, the printed names did rather impress me. (Unless they are a mock-up produced by the post-production department of DG enterprises). Are they printed because you long-ago envisaged such a picture? Or because you feared that you might not be able to read your own handwriting? (If it were me, a further reason could be that I fear I have almost forgotten how to hand-write, but fortunately the occasional form-filling requirement reassures me on that matter).

How about a revisit to Merton 8 years on to see what's changed? Would be a nice way to round it off. Though, if you revisit one a 8 years on, you may have to do the set.

Oh what a pickle we're in! Looks like a 'pick' - le jar to me!

How about London bridges - oooh yes, plenty to discuss, nice pics to take, history yah de yah.....

Jam today, jam tomorrow.....

Thanks for the jam jar pic. It's good at long last to see it in all its glory! ;-)

I would keep the jar, along with the 33 slips of paper representing each London borough, as a memento of your random trips around London over the past eight years.

Well done once again on completing the project. It's been great, especially when you've visited areas of London that not many people know about.

p.s. by London bridges I mean all kinds of bridges - not just those over the Thames... I can think of several curious road bridges in the centre of town to start with....Would you like me to send you a mystery bridge destination now and then???? (schedule to be confirmed?)

The perfect post to end the perfect series. Thanks

P.S I think that the jar, after all these years, should have an agent :)


Perfect! The special jamjar.

I'm a former Londoner who has lived in the USA for more than 30 years. I don't get to visit London very often. So your series gives me a "modern" virtual tour of my old home town. Many thanks, DG.

I think London's urban villages would make an interesting series and there are enough of them to see you through at least another 8 years

The jar at last!

Thanks for all your posts DG, and keep up the good work.

Finally, the jamjar!

Congrats on finishing the jam jar. I've been there for most of it.

I might suggest possibly a discovery tour of places in London that have been marked by famous people, but are today forgotten.

I recently read a fascinating book about the childhood home of Dickens - 'Dickens & the Workhouse', about the rediscovery of a previously unknown house where Dickens possibly served time in the workhouse.

I'd think there still might be any number of interesting places where the famous immortals of music, literature and theatre have passed time... but remain still forgotten today.

Just an idea...

Or maybe you could explore the remaining structure of Bazalgette's Sewer system? I was reading about it in a book about Victorian London. Sounded quite fascinating, how they added a new embankment to the Thames. I'd guess there must be something (or quite a bit of something) still in existence and working today.

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