Tag Archives: London

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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St. Pancras New Church

Monday 16th September 2019, 8.35am (day 2,944)

St. Pancras New Church, 16/9/19

“New” is relative; this building was being built 200 years ago today, and was eventually consecrated in May 1822 to serve the residents of the new London suburb of Bloomsbury on what was, at that point, the edge of the city. The caryatid columns seen here now look out over Euston Road and all its carbon monoxide fumes. But they’ve lasted longer than the rest of us, and will continue to endure unless the HS2 rail link takes them out (I wouldn’t put it past the present administration).

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Arrival at St. Pancras

Wednesday 7th August 2019, 10.00am [nearly] (day 2,904)

St. Pancras, 7/8/19

We went to Brussels by train, and our return journey terminated in the very marvellous St. Pancras station in London; this has featured twice before on the blog, but both shots were portraits taken down in the subterranean sections and neither featured its impressive architectural features. The pink writing reads “I want my time with you”… I can’t detect any subliminal advertising going on here, and this may just be a feel-good message for the sake of it, in which case, further credit to St. Pancras and its designers.

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Night out with C & G

Friday 22nd March 2019, 9.15pm (day 2,766)

Clare & George, night out, 22/3/19

There was the chance of a Hebden Bridge picture this morning, but it didn’t come to pass, which means the one last Monday was the last for a month; I’m off on a substantial trip. The first stage of this was to go to London and have a Friday night out with (amongst others) these two lovely people, the wife and George, making her third appearance on the blog…. a good evening was had, for sure….

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Video games exhibition, V & A

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 11.20am (day 2,719)

Videogames exhibition, 3/2/19

Clare and Joe have been down in London since Friday night, and if you want to keep Joe happy on a Sunday morning in London, an exhibition on video games is going to be a good bet. The Victoria and Albert Museum obliges. These are phones, hanging from the ceiling; the wires are more intended to stop visitors nicking them than anything else, but I like the effect, and the two knotted intimately together, left of centre.

Last day of a run of five in London, and of this time away from home. Hebden Bridge hasn’t featured since 21st January, but it will tomorrow, because I’m now home and ain’t going anywhere.  Well, not until Tuesday anyway.

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Blackfriars station

Saturday 2nd February 2019, 10.25am (day 2,718)

Blackfriars station, 2/2/19

It’s not easy to argue against the premise that Blackfriars station, built on its own railway bridge over the river Thames, has one of the best views of any urban railway station — in Britain, only Durham really rivals it (*yet to appear on this blog….). I could have just poked my camera out of the window and, downriver, you’ll have seen the Tate Modern, the Shard (again), Canary Wharf, and — from further up the platform — Tower Bridge. And, as seen here, St. Paul’s. I did take that stock shot but it has, sort of, already appeared on this blog (on 1/11/13) so in the end I preferred this one, illustrating how most people who get on the train here probably don’t really care…

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The Tower of Barad-Dur (or, the Shard)

Friday 1st February 2019, 3.30pm (day 2,717)

Shard as Barad-dur, 1/2/19

Old and new London… Renzo Piano, architect of the Shard — tallest habitable building in Britain and the second-tallest freestanding structure, after the Emley Moor TV mast — claims to have been inspired by church spires. Myself I think he was inspired by Tolkein. If this isn’t Sauron’s tower Barad-Dur, I don’t know what is.

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Reading in Russell Square

Thursday 31st January 2019, 12.40pm (day 2,716)

Reading in Russell Square, 31/1/19

Up and about again today, though not very far nor very energetically. This is the kind of vibe I am trying to affect at the moment.

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Chimney pots (best view of the day)

Wednesday 30th January 2019, 3.25pm (day 2,715)

Chimney pots, 30/1/19

Despite spending the day in the centre of London my horizons were extremely limited as I was confined to bed all day feeling ill. I basically paid my hotel £154 to rent a sick room for the day. And it was a nice sunny day, too. Poking my camera out of the window now and again to fulfil my obligations, this was the best shot I managed. Consider it an abstract?

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