Monthly Archives: August 2009

Return to Highbury

Saturday was an exciting day.

A friend invited us to his flat in the old East Stand at Arsenal Stadium (better known as the Gunners’ former home on Avenell Road, Highbury) for a drink and a stroll around the old place. In fact, being a man of impeccable taste he’d snaffled up the flat located exactly where we’d all sat for many years, just south of the halfway line, behind the away team’s greenhouse.

There’s still no place like home.

East Stand, Highbury

The Highbury Square development is largely complete, but there are obviously quite a few flats either unsold or not yet occupied. Those who are in there should count themselves lucky. The stadium is a unique development, with the classic East and West Stand facades retained and those in the East accessing thri flats by walking in through the Marble Hall. Herbert Chapman may have been moved from his plinth but the cannon and art deco crest remain in the floor, just like you remember it.

Best of all though is the communal garden, or the pitch as it was once known. OK, so it’s no longer got the touchline markings, but there’s no mistaking where you are once you walk out on it. Ghosts are out there with you enjoying a kickabout. Herb himself is doubtless looking down approvingly on such innovation.

Pictures to follow.

– Tom

Articles you may have missed

Here are a couple of articles posted on the Lonely Planet website that you may have missed.

Jump the queue! – Unmissable sights in Europe you can book in advance. Originally published June 12.

Europe’s ten finest train stations, originally published August 11.

More to follow.

– Tom

Blog posts you may have missed

Abbey Road crossing

Here are a few posts I’ve made this summer on the Lonely Planet blog that you may have missed.

Get to the World Cup for less, originally posted August 19

Return to Abbey Road, originally postedAugust 10

That’s not a doggy bag (on airline food), originally posted August 5

Kingston, Jamaica revisited, originally posted July 24

Swine flu = no holiday?, originally posted July 20

Articles to follow in a seperate post.

– Tom

The start


I’ve been writing for a long time, for Lonely Planet, the Observer, TNT, the Irish Independent and others.

This is an attempt to have a place where most things I do are collected together. And also to have somewhere to surface things that might not have another obvious home.

Comments are more than welcome.