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I think you mean the transit of Venus not as you have written: Mercury?

dg writes: If you click on the link, you'll see I mean Mercury.
Three ideas for next year:

The Fern Street Arch (in Bow).

The crowning of the London May Queen on Hayes Common (May 13th in 2017).

How tiny districts can completely change their commercial character. Example - Lisle Street/Little Newport Street in the 50s/60s with their many radio components shops becoming part of Chinatown in the 70s/80s.

Keep up the good work!
DG - The link to the Lavender Line takes you to the Lee Valley walk.
As ever all wonderful stuff. Thank you Tufty.

dg writes: Fixed, thanks. And that won't be the only incorrect link, I'm sure.
Amazingly prolific and utterly brilliant. Thank you!
Indeed, transit of Mercury. With all of the planets roughly in a plane, and two orbiting the Sun inside the Earth, we see transits of both from time to time, Venus last in 2004 and 2012, but not now until 2117, which is not visible from the UK anyway, so it will be 2125. A transit of Mercury comes around roughly once each decade, though again not always visible from the UK.

Congratulations on another great year, DG. Long may you continue.
Thanks for the last 365 posts DG - I've enjoyed reading every one of them.
DG: looking at your photos of the year reminded me to suggest you get Adventures In The Lea Valley, a new photo book from Polly Braden and David Campany. Available on Amazon, for not much more than two bottles of (non- supermarket) Becks.
Thanks for sharing all of these with us DG, enjoyed it as always.
I have a strong suspicion that you do more in a year than many do in a life time...
Am a daily reader. Thanks so much for the hard work you put into the blog. Really enjoy it.
I was at The Shard on Thursday and they told me at the ticket desk that they would be selling the Love London passes at £20.17 for London residents next year. Hope this is right.
It used to be possible to do both the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in a day from Euston (though there's plenty to fill a weekend or more of course). The at-seat catering service in First Class is a marvellous and slightly surreal experience in combination with a narrow-gauge railway and stunning scenery.

I assume Swanage will include an open-top bus ride on the chain ferry?
...but then you might miss the walk over Ballard Down to Old Harry Rocks. Tricky.

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