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Borough Market, London

Borough Market in Southwark, London, is a fantastic place to visit whether you are buying anything or not. The vast array of fresh produce and foodstuffs from all over the UK and Europe makes for a mouth-watering walk when heading in the direction of Southbank from London Bridge, as I was on Friday 2nd November with my parents.
Borough Market claims to trace its origins as far back as 1014 and has been in its current location and guise since 1755. Nowadays it operates as wholesale throughout the week and as a retail market towards the latter half of each week.
Usually I only linger around the stalls with cheese and saucisson sec, but as I headed past a stall called Turnips, I was shocked at the countless different types and colours of tomatoes on display. Other than making a very colourful salad, I'm not sure what one would do with them all, but they looked fantastic on display.
Granted, Borough Market isn't the kind of place you'd head to in search of a £1 bowl of fruit …

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

My previous attempt to read any Charles Dickens was an abortive one in the autumn of 2005 when I was given four days to read Our Mutual Friend. I’d actively avoided Victorian literature and as a result wasn’t too taken with the prospect of reading 800 pages of it.
With my renewed interest in the history of London, and following on from a rather good BBC adaptation of Great Expectations,I decided to try Dickens again.
First published, in serial form, between December 1860 and August 1861, Great Expectations tells the story of Pip, a young orphaned boy living in the care of his older sister and her blacksmith husband Joe Gargery out in rural Kent.
The story begins on Christmas Eve when Pip comes across a convict who has escaped from the aging hulks moored along the edges of the Kent marshes. In the eerie setting of the churchyard the convict scares Pip into stealing a file from Joe’s forge and some food from his sister's pantry. The prisoner, Magwitch, is recaptured whilst fighting…