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Friday, December 31, 2010

Lincoln's Inn Fields



Possibly the last snow shot, I did rather like Lincoln's Inn Fields in the snow.

Off skiing for a week, pictures will continue.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

One New Change



This shot is from inside One New Change, a new shopping centre just by St Paul's. Attractive enough as a building, and good enough shops, but did we need another shopping centre?

Off skiing for a week, pictures will continue.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The North Wind Doth Blow....



Watching the open water freeze up and the water birds being forced together is strange. These birds are lucky, they are regularly fed by park visitors. I wonder how others manage to survive?

Off skiing for a week, pictures will continue.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Let's build a snowman or two



Lots to like about this, especially the way that you can build a story about what has happened here, with the rather artistic snow caryatids on the left, and what appears to be one by the younger children on the car bonnet.

Off skiing for a week, pictures will continue.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

To Absent Friends



At this time of festivity, let's take a moment to remember absent friends. Cemetery photos can be quite bleak, but I think this one is a little warmer, as it is still remembered.

Off skiing for a week, pictures will continue.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Very Fine Cat



This is Hodge, Samuel Johnson's cat immortalised in Gough Square and in festive mood, albeit a trifle cold. The bronze is complete with oysters, which Johnson used to feed his cat; at the time they were plentiful and the food of the poor.


Off skiing for a week, pictures will continue.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Ho Ho Ho, Happy Christmas



A very Happy Christmas to you all, may Santa bring you everything you wish for and the next year be a year of health, happiness and peace for all.

Off skiing for a week, pictures will continue.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

London Undersnow



Due to the shortness of time and photos, the snow theme continues.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Light Entertainment



Coming up to Christmas there seems to be increasing competition for houses splashing lights all over, ending up with some rather tawdry displays. I quite like this one, though, from down my street.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Come in out the cold



The Princess Louise Pub in Holborn has to be high on the list of anyone looking for a decent place to partake of an ale or two. With a fabulous original Victorian interior, it has been recently restored to incorporate small wood and glass cubicles. What's more, the beer (Sam Smith's) is very cheap - £1.99 a pint.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

St Brides in the Snow



The spire for St Brides was supposedly the inspiration for the first tiered wedding cake, it is one of those strange items of synchronicity that the church is called St Brides. It is a fascinating place, a triumph of Wren's artistry and (another?) one that can lay reasonable claim to being one of the earliest places of worship in London, quite a bit of info on their website. I would have liked to have returned to see it draped with snow like royal icing, but it wasn't to be.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

It's Heavy, Man



Maybe you thought I was exaggerating yesterday, when I spoke of how heavy the snowfall was. This shot demonstrates it quite well, and lends an unearthly air to the statue for the Royal Fusiliers in High Holborn (Just outside the Prudential building.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

The News From London



The news from London is that we are once again in the grip of icy cold weather and a more intense snowfall than most can remember. Rather Dickensian, I would say. Of course, it did have to happen on the first day for months I was out to take photos, so the haul is very limited.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

A lesson for the learning

It is VERY cold and icy on the streets at the moment in London. This is what happens when you discover that too late, and the fire brigade have to cut you and your wife out of your car to get you to hospital. Please take care out there.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Hyde Park



There are bits of Hyde Park that don't feel like London at all. Here at the top end of the Serpentine at Long Water it is one of those.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Gated Community



Holly Village in Highgate is an extraordinary gem. Built in 1865 for Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts, the eight dwellings inside are all set around their own private green, and very nice it looks, too.If you examine the gargoyles and crenellations you will see more than the ordinary number of little critters; this reflected Baroness Coutts fondness for animals. before you get all sniffy, she went on to found the RSPCA amongst other things. Again with a name like Coutts, the banking family, you might be surprised to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Burdett-Coutts,_1st_Baroness_Burdett-Coutts her life.Unusually, I read there are two for sale, so you could indulge yourself should it take your fancy. And, at under £1M must be a bargain for London.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Scooting up the Mile End Road

It's always nice to see old scooters on the road, these guys are heading out east, possibly to Epping Forest, a common haunt. Also interesting is the Ferodo bridge, one of many up and down the country. It would be interesting to know if they still pay for the privilege or they are kept on for old times' sake (or maybe nobody can be bothered to take them off)

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Power Politics

The bridge and chess shop in Baker Street, is another of those interesting shops that London does so well. This is their Political Chess Set, in hand painted porcelain, details are here. So if you've always wanted to thrash George Dubya, or clasp Angela Merkel or Condoleezza Rice this may be just the Christmas present for you.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Street Art



In amongst the graffiti overload, there are little things that make me wonder, "What made you create this?" or even just, "what's the story?" But it's not important, you just move on.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Why don't we stay here a while?



A Greenfinch and two Goldfinch enjoying the catering chez Ham. The nice thing about the recent cold spell is that our garden comes alive with wildlife. Although it's London, regular visitors include these finches, blue, coal and great tits, chaffinch, wren, robin, goldcrest,starlings, wood pigeons, squirrels and my favourites, a pair of great spotted woodpeckers.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Hungerford Footbridge

When all else fails, there is always the Thames. Plus an aeon ago I promised a photo to show how the Hungerford Bridge is asymmetric, like this.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Street Scene



And from just outside the museum, a street scene that feels like London (and may also feel as if I'm getting a bit desperate for new photos)

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

The British Museum



The British Museum is a fantastic building, but I appear never to have shown the front of it. Fixed.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Set in Ice



Skating rinks proliferate in London around now, one of the first and probably still one of the best is at Somerset House. Don't suppose their electric bill is very high at the moment.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Shiver me timbers

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Crossing Waterloo Bridge today, I thought it LOOKED cold, that's quite rare in London.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Shelling out

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Hotels always need to give the illusion of luxury to justify the cost of their rooms (which in London is an awful lot). All I can say is that I'm glad I don't have to shell out for a hotel in London. This, the Hilton in Great Marlborough Street charges a couple £500 per night. I'd need more than a couple of snazzy pieces of furniture in the reception to make me think that was good value.

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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Sit on it and spin

The Connaught Bridge in London is a swing bridge, pivoting around the centre. This was my attempt to use the sun to inject some dramatic quality; it has been one of my (lesser) lifetime ambition to watch it open. To date, I have failed.

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Snow Joke

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So it appears that Londoners are suffering from Bigfreezeitus. This is a medical complaint leading to mass hysteria and hyperbole, and can be easily diagnosed by listening for the typical vocalisation that is a groan that can be mistaken for sounding like "It never snows like that in London" and "can't they do something to keep the trains running". Oh, this is a picture from last year.

So you want a snow joke? OK, What's an ig? It's an eskimo house with an outside loo.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

St Mary Abbott

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This grandly Gothic church by High Street Kensington and Kensington Church Street looks very old at first glance. But, St Mary Abbott is one of George Gilbert Scott's late Victorian buildings. He's the one that did St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial. Now you know, you can see it.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

An Odd Photo for 127 Hours

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I was invited to a bloggers screening of 127 Hours, Danny Boyle's new film. As his credits include Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, I had to see it, whether I blog about something like this depends on how good I think it is, this turned out to be very good but a photo of the bloggers gathering beforehand was the best I could do for an image. The film is the true story of Aron Ralston who ended up having to amputate his own arm with a blunt knife to escape being trapped, after a freak accident while canyoning in Utah.

Given that you pretty much know the story from the outset, the film must have something special to capture your attention for one and a half hours, and this certainly does. The photography, the editing, the narrative drag you into Aron's world and let you understand why he is there. The inevitable accident happens surprisingly early, Danny Boyle draws you down with him, so you understand a little of what it must be like to be there using humour, pathos, bathos and irony - a very British film. The inevitable scene is gruesomely realistic - if that worries you, this film may not be for you - and the fusion of art and reality at the end draws the film to a natural close.

I enjoyed it very much.If nothing else it is a story of soaring human determination. I wrote this without reading other's reactions, you can see other news from the film facebook site

(PS - if you do see this film, you will appreciate how difficult it was for me watching one scene NOT to shout out in the screening "That's one for the blog". You'll know which one.)

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

December Theme Day - Time

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This Month's worldwide City Daily Photo theme is "Time", so there was really only ever one subject I could choose. The only question was, which photo, this I think is a favourite.

To see how others have interpreted the theme, click here to view thumbnails for all participants

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