Monday, April 30, 2012

Up and Away! London's New Cable Car

No, it's not ready yet, but there are some cars running with workmen in them. Diamond Geezer has been following the developing story.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spikey Stuff

Before wandering out of Docklands I give you a spikey sculpture on the vomit-inducingly named "Cartier Circus" on the entrance to Canary Wharf. No plaque, no more information.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Looking back

Six and a half years ago (yes, I have been doing this that long), there were horses grazing by here in Docklands, they are long gone, but the old Tidal Basin pub is still derelict. Won't be long before the developers arrive,

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Friday, April 27, 2012


Aeolus is a magnificent sculpture in Canada Square Park in Canary Wharf. The genius of it is that it is a giant musical instrument, with the wind playing all the notes. If you follow the link to Luke Jerram, the artist's page, you will find that not only is it for sale, but you can listen to it yourself wherever you are.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Die-in to meet you

There's something unusual about this photo, as I didn't take it. Instead, I am participating in the mass die-in outside Addison Lee offices on Monday evening. You can read more about it here if you wish.

This photo courtesy of David Firn, set here I'm not in any, other photos in which I also appear here, I'm easy to recognise as I am the only one is short sleeves and shorts.

Note - Damn and blast blogger. They've changed their interface and this post - scheduled for Wednesday at around 11:30 on the night before failed to post just after midnight, as normal. My apologies, hopefully normal service will be resumed on Friday, I will leave this up on Thursday.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Water Station

My favourite photo from the marathon day.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

L33t Running

I was down at the London Marathon course on Sunday. Never mind the elite runners like these right at the top of the pack , making as if they are running 100m, anyone that runs 26 miles has my respect, and there were an awful lot of them (35,000)

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trafalgar Square

The eagle eyed may have noticed that the first post today was in fact a duplicate of one a couple of days ago. As someone has already commented on it, I won't delete it but here is a shot of Trafalgar Square, to help make up.

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What Happened to Protest?

Seems to me that the youth of today appear preoccupied by material objects, rather than ideas. I don't want to paint them as uncaring, but it is hard to imagine anything like, say, Rock Against Racism starting up now. This display of activist placards comes out over weekends on the Southbank to remind us.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Just an Ordinary Office

Until you look at the price tags (£4,599 for the chair) and you realise that it is a room setting in the Conran shop window.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Eccentric Display

This rather odd display is the work of a flat dweller along the Uxbridge Road in Acton, on my commute. Not sure what the theme is, but it is fun.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Herron und Damen

The herons in Regents Park on the boating lake (and there are a surprising number of them) all appear to be pairing up for their spring ..... springing. I sort-of assume the different plumage on these two represents different gender, but I am happy to be corrected.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Shoal

This is The Shoal, an installation intended to brighten up, (or more realistically, hide) the Stratford Centre for the Olympic visitors. Diamond Geezer wrote it up a while back, when it first started appearing.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

London's Elephants - No. 42 in the Series

These elephants are part of the decorations inside Shaka Zulu, a restaurant/lounge bar/club deep underground in Camden Town. It's not the cheapest place, but if you are looking for exotic surroundings, it certainly ticks that box.

The elephants series is here.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Over the Fence

There are a few places where you can view bits of London Zoo from the outside. The Regents Canal has a few areas, but this one, just off the Outer Circle along St Marks Square (which is a long, straight road through the park, and not a square) is probably the best. From here, you can catch a glimpse of the new penguin enclosure. You'll see where - the ground is rather worn by the fence.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fast approaching

We are getting there - this Olympic panorama is all is going to look a lot more slick in a short while.Notice, the Shard in background.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Green Oasis

If you find yourself in Central London around Trafalgar Square, and you are looking for somewhere nice to eat lunch, here is my suggestion: Whitehall Gardens just by Northumberland Avenue and the Embankment. During the week it is mostly busy, as all the locals from the ministry buildings know about it but at weekends it is normally pleasantly calm.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Whose side are you on?

This collection of political posters and placards come out on weekends on the Southbank. I'm not certain what the integrity of the displayers is, but I suspect that they sincerely see something wrong with the current political environment. Not hard, that.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Room for London

Combined artwork and hotel (for two people only), this is possibly the most exclusive place to stay in London. All the nights have sold out now, but the website suggests that they might find another place for it in years to come, I hope they do.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Barefoot in London

A small piece of the Southbank was taken over by an invitation to take off your shoes, as part of the One Day Without Shoes, an invitation to consider what life is like for those millions of children who have no shoes.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Someday my plinth will come

... on a rocking horse. The fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square is at present occupied by this, Powerless Structures Fig. 101 by Elmgreen and Dragset.

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Monday, April 09, 2012

London Lightscape

Walking past the entrance to Somerset House, I was struck by the way the light flooded the interior.

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Senate and the People of Rome - in London

More in the spirit of continuing the Museum of London Londinum through a lens than promoting this restaurant in Whitehall (Called SPQR, but which I don't think I'd be seen dead in, to be frank) I bring you another Roman Connection. The Invisible Man (a cyclist after my own heart) has an interesting take on cycle lanes, too.

SPQR has interesting connotations, I particularly like the Spanish backronym "San Pedro Quiere Rosquillas" - Saint Peter wants donuts - used to remember the order of the SPQR letters.

The exhibition looks at the parallels between modern and Roman London.It opens in June and features a map that will be made up of images showing Roman influences in London today. They are encouraging photographers to submit their photos and hoping it becomes a really fun, visual and engaging insight into the Roman legacy in modern London. Details of how to submit photos via email or Flickr are on

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

London Streetscape

The normal landscape I present is a streetscape, and it occurred to me that I very infrequently present the "tourist" shots, so I thought I would fix that. Here, you are looking from the Jubilee footbridge west along the embankment.

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Friday, April 06, 2012

London Landscapes

I ought to try more landscape photography on my way around London, but I'm not often inspired. this view is inside Regents Park.

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Low Flying Squad

If you look at any old cops & robbers film, the Flying Squad always came out of Scotland Yard - the real one not the new one. These days, the squad that is housed in there moves a little slower.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

At the Royal Haymarket - One Man Two Guvnors

The sumptuous interior of the Theatre Royal Haymarket is the setting for One Man Two Guvnors, one of the most excellent, hilarious plays to come out of late, with direct links to restoration comedy. Slapstick, innuendo, farce, pathos, it's got it all. Excellent script, excellent cast. Go see.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

It started in Paris...

The first I knew about this trend was from Paris about two years ago, lovers fixing padlocks to a bridge across the Thames. Now, they are appearing on the Hungerford (Or Jubilee) footbridge, on the western side. Not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, but it makes for a good photo opportunity.

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Monday, April 02, 2012

London & Paris

Funny how these sort of cafe tables and chairs are so reminiscent of Paris, I don't think there is a London equivalent. For the avoidance of doubt, this is London, in Bedford Street, Covent Garden

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Harping on about the weather

It has been utterly glorious in London over the last week, Not all pubs have access to outside space this pub in Chandos Place, Covent Garden, tries to make the best it can. Happy April.

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