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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

When I'm cleaning windows

Well, someone has to keep all the glass sparkling. For those that are interested the George Formby lyric from which I took the title was written in 1936. Here is the lyric - a bit racy for its day -, and here is the clip. Oh yes. France had Charles Trenet, and we had George Formby ;-)

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Carbnaby Street

Wander around the corner from Liberty and you are in Carnaby Street. It's funny, I've seen it turn full circle. From when it was an interesting place with old shops and craftsmen jostling alongside the fashion arcade, through twenty years of sheer tourist trappery, to the point today where the interesting places have started to make inroads with the jeans shops.

Talking of jeans shops, did you hear about the Lee "Merry XXXMas" strippers they had in the Carnaby Street store window before Christmas? The YouTube video is here.

This picture is of a tourist event.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

No minute ever comes back...

It is worth searching out this clock on Liberty's in Great Marlborough Street on the hour, to see George chase his dragon. Over hte years, they seem to have turned into the best of friends because next hour the two will be back for another performance.

posted by Ham at 01:05 -- Comments here: 6

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Holocaust Memorial Day

Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day. Unfortunately I don't have anything to represent that from in London, so the group of thoughtful soldiers outside Euston Station will have todo to make us stop and think for a minute.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Camden Ghosts


Trendy and glitzy Camden may be, but there are still some ghosts. This one of Boots the Chemists in Camden High Street probably dates from the fifties. The shop now sells mobile phones.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Camden High Street


Going north from Greater London House,you hit Camden High Street, a fashion shopping mecca. A lot of the shops around here go to some lengths to try to make themselves individualistic, like these two.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Snow business


Snow in London is sufficiently infrequent to warrant mention. That's why when I woke up on Wednesday morning and found a blanket of snow on the ground I went out to take some pictures. It was all gone by 3 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Mornington Crescent


After yesterday's pyramids, today I have to show you the Egyptian inspired Art Deco building that is Greater London House in Hampstead Road(it used to be called "Black Cat House", where Black Cat cigarettes were manufactured). It is one of the finest deco buildings but far enough from the normal track to be missed by many.

The observant among you will notice that it is also just by Mornington Crescent, which has to be the cue for a game in the comments box. We will be playing be the Eton rules, and stations without Oyster readers are wild. Those that don't know the rules will have to research them for themselves or just pick them up as it goes along.

posted by Ham at 01:20 -- Comments here: 40

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Great Pyramids of Paddington


Cheops, eat your heart out. I do get a kick on those occasions I see things that you might miss. I was in Paddington Gardens for The Way We See It and saw these huts and immediately I knew what my blog post title was going to be. Posted by Picasa

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Grade A in "Stating the bleedin' obvious"

Well to be fair, this sign was probably to signify that this ex-building (in Central Street) was now a car park, but with the smiley face, I couldn't just ignore it. Posted by Picasa

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Another ghost

Another ghost is here in Old Street. When I passed by, the fascia of this pace had been removed leaving the old mosaicPosted by Picasa

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

A nice cuppa....

Every so often, building work uncovers history, rather like archaeology. This sign is at East Ham Station (no relation), and advertises a cup of tea for two old pence - 1p or about 1.5c today.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Just a logo...

As I went past the National Film Theatre on the South Bank, I noticed their logo and thought it looked rather good, especialy in the drab rain. Posted by Picasa

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Neal's Yard reprise

While we're back in Covent Garden, you may care to visit the salad bar. You may think "Hey, what a great place" and you'd be right. But then you wouldn't know anything about the flour mill and bakery that used to be here, twenty five years ago. There still is a Neals Yard Bakery - just not in Neal's Yard. That's progress.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What's the time?

Several days ago, I said I tell you about Tim Hunkin. You see, the sculpture I was talking about in the window is actually an . automaton. This picture is of his water clock in Covent Garden, and it used to work, too. This is how it used to work, and here is another. They are really too much fun to describe.

Checkout these experiments if you or your kids want some fun, and don't forget his website.

posted by Ham at 00:42 -- Comments here: 1

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Virtual Insanity

Private Eye is a satirical magazine that carries a mix of cutting edge journalism and very, very funny bits. A regular feature is "Solutions" - reader submissions of euphemisms or newspeak descriptions of businesses. When I saw this on a door in Jermyn Street, it took me a couple of seconds before I realised that a virtual reception was an entryphone. It amused me.

posted by Ham at 00:59 -- Comments here: 7

Monday, January 15, 2007

Les Rosbifs

I do hope the French enjoy being called "frogs" as much as I enjoy being called "rosbif". Allow me to present to you the roast beef of Old England. Sunday roasts are a great tradition, and this rib of beef was in my kitchen on Sunday (actually, it was last week I had everyone round). Roast beef and yorkshire pudding, with the potatoes cooked under the meat. Is there a better meal? I doubt it.

posted by Ham at 00:09 -- Comments here: 15

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Visiting London

Look! nothing to steal! This parisian driver has fitted in well to London life and knows how to look after his property. A Range Rover just out of shot had its rear window smashed.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Bit windy lately

It really was windy in London this week. When I saw this deceased umbrella, it struck me that it was such a versatile "rorschach blot" type shape. Looks a bit like a cave painting or a bullfight, maybe an ultra modern chair. What can you see? Oh alright, you want more links about rorschach... including a test you can take? OK.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Bleeding Hearts

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Today,I'd like you to venture into Bleeding Heart Yard with me, to find the Bistro and Restaurant there. Nearby to the Mitre, you will congratulate yourself as a true Londoner for finding this little cobbled cul-de-sac and useful restaurant. The story goes that the street is named after Lady Elizabeth Hatton who was murdered there. More history here.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Another Mystery

I didn't think I was going to post another in the "Bloghuh?" series. Turns out that I am. On the day that Presibent Bush commits yet more lives to the disaster in Iraq, I bring you a picture of the American Embassy in London.

There are so many mysteries here. From, "why the heck did we get involved?" through to "what do we do now?" The biggest one is "how can such attrocities be perpetrated in our name?" or even "When will we know the truth?" Sure, there was death and destruction with Sadaam in power but at least it was his mess. This is ours.

The photo is in black and white. The problem isn't.

Read more about things that mystify others at participating Bloghuh? blogs this week by clicking on these links: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12
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Why not join in bloghuh yourself?

posted by Ham at 01:42 -- Comments here: 14

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Mystery

In one part of the wider non-photo led blogosphere, a small corner has been turned over to Bloghuh? - a communual blog on the mysteries of life and the universe. I thought I would join in.

This picture tells a London story - but what story? Why would a pink teddy bear end it all in Euston Centre - a place so dismal and anonymous you can hardly find it on a map? Failure in love or business? Jetisoned after years of care as a result of adolescence? Was the colour pink fearfully significant? The puddle was shallow - maybe it was just a cry for help gone terribly, terribly wrong? The mystery is profound.

Read more about things that mystify others at participating Bloghuh? blogs this week by clicking on these links: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12
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Why not join in bloghuh yourself?

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 16

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Eduardo Paolozzi

Further along high Holborn, a sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi. For all the Italian name, a Scot.

The sculpture is called "The Artist as Hephaestus" - the only Greek god to do any work, he is the patrol of all craftsmen, especially those working with metals. Here is a more general view of the statue.

posted by Ham at 00:52 -- Comments here: 6

Monday, January 08, 2007

Roll up to Old Holborn

If you want to have an idea of what London looked like 500 years ago, you have to come here to Staple Inn in High Holborn. Built in 1586, as far as I know it is the only building of its type still survivng from before the Great Fire of London in 1666. Barring a small hiccup involving a flying bomb in WWII, it is still intact. History is here.

posted by Ham at 00:51 -- Comments here: 11

Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Hogfather

Turns out Santa's transport was a little more sophisticated than a push bike......

You can't see it, but Rudolph's nose flashes.

I promise - no more Santa stuff till next year.

posted by Ham at 00:14 -- Comments here: 6

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Bye Bye Santa

Today is the Feast of Epiphany, ignored in England but quite a big day in a lot of other countries. I confess I don't know much about it, but you do say goodbye to Christmas for another year. Sorry for the camera shake, but when I saw Santa riding down Curzon Street I had to grab the shot.

posted by Ham at 00:18 -- Comments here: 8

Friday, January 05, 2007

Ede & Ravenscroft

Back in the 17th Century, Cromwell led his zero-haired roundhead army against the long haired cavaliers. When the dust had settled, what better way to bridge the differences than to put all judges in wigs? Well, we still do it, and Ede & Ravenscroft in Chancery Lane is the place to get them - they have been making them since the 17th Century.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 10

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Beau Brummell

If you say "Beau Brummell" people - if they think of anything - think of an overdressed dandy. It was he, after all, who was the very first dandy. However he was, in fact, the master of understatement. He is widely reputed to have been the instigateor of men wearing suits. His life story is colourful as well.

This statue of him is in Jermyn Street.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007


A good start to the new year in London has to be a Banksy, this one is at the top of Hatton Garden. I like what he did with Paris Hilton

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year's Day Parade

Today, a bit of American glitz at the New Year's dayLondon Parade. there was a lot more on the parade, but I like the idea of these kids travelling around the world to show us how it's done.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 7

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year - The Daily Photo Theme Way

Today's worldwide Daily Photo theme is "My best photo of the year", I finally decided on this one from February 3rd. There were ten runners-up

52 Daily Photo sites are participating in the 1st January theme, please use the links to below to visit them.

Due to time zone differences and other factors, the theme photo may not be displayed until later if you are viewing early in the day.

1 (Porto (Portugal) ) -2 (Albuquerque, NM (USA) ) -3 (St. Paul, (USA) Kate ) -4 (Greenville,SC (USA) ) -5 (Stayton, OR (USA) ) -6 (Szentes (Hungary) ) -7 (Hyde (UK) ) -8 (London (UK) ) -9 (Dubai (UAE) ) -10 (Buenos Aires (Argentina) ) -11 (Shanghai (China) ) -12 (Nelson (New Zealand) ) -13 (Twin Cities, MN (USA) ) -14 (Joplin MO (USA) ) -15 (Stavanger (Norway) ) -16 (Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) ) -17 (Not Strictly Seattle, WA (USA) ) -18 (Jakarta (Indonesia) ) -19 (Auckland (New Zealand) ) -20 (Sharon, CT (USA) ) -21 (Evry (France) ) -22 ((Aust) John ) -23 (Newcastle upon Tyne (England) ) -24 (Paris (France) ) -25 (Bandung (Indonesia) ) -26 (Brussels (Belgium) ) -27 (Minneapolis MN (USA) ) -28 (Aliso Viejo, CA (USA) ) -29 (Seattle, WA (USA) ) -30 (Budapest (Hungary) ) -31 (Singapore by Zannnie (Singapore) ) -32 (Tenerife (Spain) ) -33 (Santa Clara, CA (USA) ) -34 (Houston, TX (USA) ) -35 (Sydney by Nathalie (Aust) ) -36 (San Diego, CA (USA) ) -37 (Vancouver, BC (Canada) ) -38 (Singapore by KeropokMan (Singapore) ) -39 (East Lansing, MI (USA) ) -40 (Sydney by Sally (Australia) ) -41 (Tucson, AZ (USA) ) -42 (Nottingham (UK) ) -43 (Sequim, by Norma ) -44 (Hong Kong ) -45 (Vantaa, Finland ) -46 (Kyoto (Japan) ) -47 (Tokyo (Japan) ) -48 (Chattanooga ) -49 (Santiago (Chile) ) -50 (erlin (Germany) ) -51 (Trondheim (Norway) ) -52 (Delta, CO (USA)) -

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