Tag Archives: London

Mr. Hamilton, at home

Thursday 10th September 2020, 8.35am (day 3,304)

Eric at home, 10/9/20

I don’t (always) live the high life in the hotels of London, you know… In fact this time I stayed via the good graces of my friend Eric, and here he is seeing me off as I head home once more. Him, and his roses. I was home by lunchtime.

This is the 98th London shot to feature on the blog, so next time I visit it should hit the century mark.

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Thames sunset

Tuesday 8th September 2020, 7.00pm (day 3,302)

Thames sunset, 8/9/20

On an evening where the British government spasms idiotically again in a desperate effort to prove its own relevance, it was nice to be out in beautiful sunshine and to get a sense of just why people are prepared to pay large amounts of money to live in Docklands. Stay free, everyone.

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End of my 51st year

Tuesday 25th August 2020, 9.25am (day 3,288)

Bunhill Fields grave, 25/8/20

It’s my birthday tomorrow, meaning today’s post marks the end of a ninth complete year of this blog. Am I feeling morbid? Not particularly, I just thought this grave (in Bunhill Fields, London) was kinda cute actually. The hair is getting greyer but I am still an old Goth at heart.

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Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven

Monday 24th August 2020, 6.10pm (day 3,287)

Spontaneous city, 24/8/20

The slightly overblown title of this post is not mine. As explained on a notice board beneath this tree, ‘Spontaneous City has been designed for the Tree of Heaven in Duncan Terrace Gardens [in London]… The design of the bird boxes is inspired by the architecture of the Georgian houses and 1960s flats that surround Duncan Terrace.’  So there you have it.  I didn’t see any birds using this bijou residency, but maybe they can’t afford the rent on an Islington property.

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King’s Cross, underused

Saturday 1st August 2020, 11.25am (ish) (day 3,264)

King's Cross, empty, 1/8/20

It’s been nice to come down to London for a couple of days, the weather’s been good and I have met friends and had decent exercise.  But there’s been something eerie about it, unnatural and wrong.  Difficult to do much else today than post another picture of somewhere that should be very busy on this day and time under normal circumstances, but instead, echoed like an empty cathedral.

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Dead City

Friday 31st July 2020, 9.40am (day 3,263)

Lombard Street, 31/7/20

London is, without a doubt, one of the two main financial centres of the known universe, and also a city that should be heaving with tourists at this time of year — particularly on a gloriously sunny day like this.

And it’s dead. We’re in big trouble. Ignore the politicians — they can’t think more than a week ahead.

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Whidborne Street, London

Thursday 30th July 2020, 3.45pm (day 3,262)

Wwhidborne Street, 30/7/20

In 24 hours I translocate from Cumbria and its sub-arctic conditions to the tropics of London, where it is about 30ºC.   This sun-drenched scene is taken from outside McGlynn’s pub, which has featured on the blog two years ago (as linked).  Then, there were people.  Now, the place is only half-alive, which I guess I have not yet got used to and hope never to do so.

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Outside King’s Cross, late

Tuesday 28th January 2020, 10.30pm (day 3,078)

King's Cross late, 28/1/20

London approaches its century of appearances on the blog: this is number 91, and going on my usual frequency of visits here, it’ll hit the milestone before 2020 is out. Tonight I’m just passing through, but it has made for a more leisurely journey than if I’d started from home tomorrow. And yes — the various signs and stickers on that fire exit over there do annoy me.

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Bike rack, London

Monday 14th October 2019, 10.10am (day 2,972)

Bike rack, London, 14/10/19

I have to admit to being unable to ride a bike. I am sure family will mention that there was a brief period, aged about 7, where I gave it a go but we never got on. Can’t say I really see the point of them: walking has always seemed more pleasant, and safer, over shorter distances and any longer, let’s get a bus or train shall we? But I’m not anti-bike. I like ‘bike for hire’ schemes (cf. Brisbane, 2013). I know cyclists suffer prejudice due to their chosen form of transport. It’s just not for me.

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The South Bank

Saturday 12th October 2019, 11.25am (day 2,970)

South bank, 12/10/19

A weekend away, which started (as my weekends away often do) with a Friday night out in London. This morning, Saturday, I walked part of the way to the station, crossing Westminster Bridge which seems to have become one of Britain’s most fortified spots — a place to point the camera away from, and turn instead to this view of the first inklings of autumn colour on the south bank of the Thames. I like the two figures just captured in the bottom corner.

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