In memory of Anne Naysmith, the Lady of Chiswick

Anne Naysmith, a former pianist turned homeless, was sadly hit by a lorry on Chiswick High Road just after midnight on Tuesday. Since first hearing the news, I’ve been reading up about her. Her story is a sad one but it brings out a sense of humanity in a way I can’t quite explain.

She led an extraordinary life, enjoying success as a concert pianist when she was a young woman, before spending her middle years living in a battered old car following a failed romance and latterly turning a scrap of land at the foot of a London Underground embankment into her makeshift home and garden.


She lived out in the freezing cold, never accepting any charity, and then she got hit by a truck. She didn’t deserve to die like that.
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Chicken of the woods mushroom

Hiking in the New Forest a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon this bright orange mushroom growing part way up an oak tree.

Mushrooms on an oak tree

What I did not know (until today) is that it’s an edible mushroom known as Chicken of the Woods!

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Easy access emoji icons in Mac OS X Mavericks

⌘ + Ctrl + Space and there you have it!

Shortcut Key for emoji icons in Mac OS X Mavericks