In the spirit of this edition's Literary Britain, I'm dedicating Around Town to specific places from novels set in the capital.
THIS AUTUMN was certainly an exciting time to be in Britain. With the country undergoing its most significant sea change in public policy since World War II, it is hardly surprising that opinions are rather polarized. The Conservative-led coalition government, however, has taken the proverbial bull by the horns and tackled the United Kingdom’s insupportable social system and public debt head on. Social policy was admittedly not on my mind, though, as I landed at Heathrow and headed west on the M4 looking for what adventures might befall. Old friends and long-time British Heritage readers Tad and Norm Berkowitz joined me on the road. Our first destination was the aged seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare. That evening, Siân Ellis and her mate Dave and my good friends from the Valleys, Carol and Norman Jarrett, all crossed the Severn from Wales to join us for a delightful evening of badinage, good beer and a setting to rights of the Atlantic alliance. I could be very au courant for a journalist and call it a “focus group.”