Author: BOLAJI BABAFEMI

Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends the formal unveiling of the new logo for Crossrail, which is to be named the Elizabeth line, at the construction site of the Bond Street station in central London, February 23, 2016.   REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool - RTX286VG

Lizzie’s Line: Queen’s Roundel Trip

Purple patch: Scroll either way to see the Queen ride the Piccadilly line to open Heathrow extension in 1977 and unveiling the new Elizabeth line at Bond Street in 2016 Queen Elizabeth II seemed genuinely pleased at getting her name on the iconic London Underground roundel as the new multibillion-pound Crossrail line was named after her. Her Majesty, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch visited the under-construction Crossrail station at Bond Street as the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced that the new railway will be known as the Elizabeth line in her honour. A carefully-kept secret for such a long-running project which surprisingly did not leak, a feat in itself. The Elizabeth line with its royal purple livery is expected to transform travel across the city and will see 24 trains per hour running in each direction when the central section of the Transport for London (TfL) run railway opens in 2018. The Queen was presented with a commemorative Elizabeth roundel, and met a wide range of people involved in the construction of Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. This marks the …

A restorer applying gilt and finishing touches to the Kensington Palace gates | Photograph: Bolaji Babafemi

The Diana Gate: A Brief History

Eighteen years after the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Kensington Palace gates unofficially named after her is almost unrecognisable from the wrought iron gates that bore hundreds of floral tributes which spilled into the surrounding gardens in 1997. But it still remains the focal point where her memory continues to be honoured on the anniversary of the Paris crash.

Chelsea's soccer manager Jose Mourinho, wife Matilde Faria and daughter Matilde  arrive for the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London

Mourinho’s Got 99 Problems

It seems the tyres are finally coming off a well-oiled Chelsea team. Even with a new tyre sponsor. And so early in the Premier League season, the champions are already eight points behind leaders Manchester City and find themselves in 13th position with their worst start to the season in the Roman [Abramovich] era. But give him credit, Mourinho has finally stepped up to take the blame as he suffered only his second home defeat against Crystal Palace in 100 games as Blues’ boss.

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The Long Goodbye: Living with the Departed in a Digital Age

Carnival will always be tinged with some sadness and introspection. Bank Holiday Monday 2014 was the day Diva passed away. Not that I have to wait that long to remember. Her thoughts, urgent pleas, pains, complaints, thank-yous, jokes, now follow me everywhere, the omnipotent presence at every turn. The texts are just a click away in the memory of my phone. Facebook now memorialises deceased users’ accounts if they get a valid request from loved ones. Our digital footprints now have the same status as our physical estate. How do you learn to live with the surreal fragments from the life of a departed friend? I met Diva Stravinskaite at artists’ studios in the summer of 2006 after I was allocated a space in west London. She had this uncompromising look which was further exaggerated by her imposing physique. She was the caretaker and was always busy fixing things around the building. She loved gardening and rescued many plants – two outlived her, the Cactus in the restroom and the long green bladed plant in the …