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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Looking to the Future



This is a detail from the statues above the entrance to Selfriges in Oxford Street, possibly looking to see when the next economic downturn is expected.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Under the Guildhall



These vaulted arches around the Great Hall that probably date from the 15th Century - the Guildhall was the only non-church stone building to survive the great fire in 1666.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Holiday Snap



I'm back! here's where I have been, Val Cenis in the Maurienne Valley. A wonderful time with sun and ski, this afternoon we walked up the other side of the valler, the view is that of the village and the ski slopes.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Caught in the Act



A graffiti artist working on the Southbank, soon it will either be washed off or coverered by more.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 3

Saturday, February 23, 2013

London Eye



In the short time it has been around, the London Eye has become one of the true London icons. This was taken back in 2007.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 1

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Savoy


This photo of the Savoy shows the one street in the UK where cars drive on the left.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 4

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Daley Thomson



Back in 2007, the Olympic announcement was new, and more people than you would now believe were saying how dreadful everything was going to be. Not I nor Daley Thomson, though.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 0

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Neo Gothic



The Prudential Building in High Holborn is one of the finest examples of the neo Gothic.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 4

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Controversial Statue



Bomber Harris stands outside Clement Dane Church in the Aldwych. Whether he gets a bad press or is a real villain, that's your choice.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 0

Monday, February 18, 2013

London's Industrial Heritage



There are few factories close to the centre of London these days, Tate and Lyle sugar factory is on of the remaining ones. Of course, just up river you have the Tate Galleries, too.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:00 -- Comments here: 0

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thames Festival



A Punch & Judy performer from the Thames Festival - That's the way to do it!

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 0

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Bow's Canal BO


Before the Olympics, that is. This photo was taken before the Olympics moves in, on the left, itt doesn't look like this any more.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from the archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 0

Friday, February 15, 2013

Uncle Sam



A small detail from a mural in Lower Marsh.

Running on empty - I'm off on holiday for a while, without any new photos to cover, so here are some old ones from teh archive. If you recognise them, well done, if you don't, then they are new and fresh.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 3

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Outside the Tower



Two band members happy to pose for the camera, outside the Tower of London.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On the outside looking in



There's something very atmospheric about this shot, you can make up your own story as to what is going on.

posted by Ham at 00:04 -- Comments here: 1

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Millennium Bridge at Night



Title says it all, really.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 2

Monday, February 11, 2013

China Town



As I don't have any photos from yesterday's Chinese New Year Celebration, I thought I'd use one from my trip to China in 2009. This is the view over the Forbidden City in Beijing, complete with ever present smog.

posted by Ham at 08:27 -- Comments here: 0

Sunday, February 10, 2013

St Luke's Clerkenwell



St Luke's church is a deconsecrated church dating from the early 18th century, often used these days for concerts by the BBC (the LSO own it). I REALLY would have liked to have seen Bruce Springsteen or Paul Simon when they were here....

posted by Ham at 08:17 -- Comments here: 2

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Flower Power



Passing a flower stall can really cheer up a winter day.

posted by Ham at 00:17 -- Comments here: 2

Friday, February 08, 2013

Doormen



What does a doorman say about you? Your society? Where you are going? Funny old thing, when I was in China a few years back, I stayed in a hotel that had electronically controlled doors. But they still had a doorman, whose job it was to wave his arms around at teh appropriate time. Does that make more or less sense? You can see his portrait here.

posted by Ham at 00:19 -- Comments here: 1

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Winter Beauty



We tend not to look closely at trees without their leaves, but they can be strangely attractive. This shot looked a lot like a map of London to me. I know, I know, I'll keep taking those dried frog pills.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 3

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Embelishment



While I'm looking at comparative buildings, here's one from Mayfair to throw into the mix. Brook Street, to be exact.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 1

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Bloomsbury Set



Here's a modern building, with a bit of a chequered past. When it was built as a private, mixed use building, nobody wanted to live, shop or work here. I remember it back in the 70's when it was a - somewhat ugly - grey elephant. In desperation the developers had leased it to Camden Council for council homes, and Camden couldn't afford to paint it. The building with its gently sloping terraces giving all flats a balcony was listed in 2000, since when its fortunes have been on the rise.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 3

Monday, February 04, 2013

Building on the Past



This building at 1 St John Street would doubtless tick all the fine Victorian building boxes, and is a superb example. The plaque at the top shows us a wild boar and informs us that W Harris rebuilt the building in 1897 (you can see a close up here). I do love it, but I'm actually pleased we build differently now.



posted by Ham at 07:32 -- Comments here: 2

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Stuff hitting the fan



This plaque on a brave attempt by a 60's building to be a bit interesting marks the place the Huguenots effectively started the alternating waves of modern day immigration into the east end. Why there are two Ns in Fann Street, I don't know, but they did make fans.

posted by Ham at 07:57 -- Comments here: 0

Saturday, February 02, 2013

London Shopping



There has been a tendency over recent years for the gift shops in major venues to sell interesting stuff and the Barbican is no exception. They are particularly notable for design stuff, but also for some interesting London bits. Definitely one to remember if you are ever looking for a souvenir.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 1

Friday, February 01, 2013

Light Eating



This is the interior of the Barbican Foodhall, and excellent place for coffee and ....urm... light meals ;)

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 0

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