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Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris
Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris

All going well, when this blog post is automatically published on Saturday morning, I will be half way to Paris on the Eurostar, with Tom as my travelling companion to show the French what a cycle hire scheme should look

Aug
20
2011
Crossrail photography competition
Crossrail photography competition

Crossrail photography competition

Just had a note from the company churning up chunks of the West End that they have a photography competition as they would like some nice photos to put on their building site barriers to make them a bit more

Aug
10
2011
German Cruise ship tests London 2012 preparations
German Cruise ship tests London 2012 preparations

German Cruise ship tests London 2012 preparations

The German Olympic Committee wanted somewhere impressive and suitably German to use as a base during next years Olympics, so a test has been carried out to see if the cruise ship MS Deutschland could be moored in London Docklands.

Jul
14
2011
Kew Gardens – Going Asian
Kew Gardens – Going Asian

Kew Gardens – Going Asian

Within Kew Gardens is one very famous outpost of China, and a couple of smaller, but more intimate outposts from Japan. Although visible from quite a few places around the enclosed gardens, it wasn’t the famous pagoda that I visited

Jul
13
2011
In photos – the Queen’s Birthday Flypast
In photos – the Queen’s Birthday Flypast

In photos – the Queen’s Birthday Flypast

Knowing the rough route the flypast was due to take, I wandered over to Shoreditch to photograph the flypast from a more unusual location.

Jun
11
2011
Poyekhali! Yuri Gagarin photo display at the Royal Albert Hall
Poyekhali! Yuri Gagarin photo display at the Royal Albert Hall

Poyekhali! Yuri Gagarin photo display at the Royal Albert Hall

For the next few months, there will be a modest display of photos from the archive of the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti featuring unseen images of Yuri Gagarin and his life –  from his birth (not literally!) until his

Jun
06
2011
HMS Ark Royal’s Battle Ensign (not) on display in Docklands
HMS Ark Royal’s Battle Ensign (not) on display in Docklands

HMS Ark Royal’s Battle Ensign (not) on display in Docklands

Just up the road from where I live is St Anne’s Limehouse, a Hawksmoor Anglican Church that was consecrated in 1730, one of the twelve churches built through the 1711 Act of Parliament. The Church is significant for several reasons,

May
24
2011
Farewell to London Underground’s oldest serving tube trains
Farewell to London Underground’s oldest serving tube trains

Farewell to London Underground’s oldest serving tube trains

*oldest serving deep level tube stock – the Met line trains are older, but are not technically tube trains. — Earlier today just before it was sent to the scrap merchant, one of the last remaining 1967 era tube trains

May
15
2011
A Pre-Dawn Rehearsal for the Royal Wedding, in photos
A Pre-Dawn Rehearsal for the Royal Wedding, in photos

A Pre-Dawn Rehearsal for the Royal Wedding, in photos

At 2am this morning, police started sealing off roads around Westminster. At 2:30am, an alarm woke your correspondent from his slumber and he languidly crawls out of bed and out to the Night Bus. At 3:30am, he is in Trafalgar

Apr
27
2011
Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train
Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train

Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train

One of the great joys about the oversized roller-coaster that is the Docklands Light Railway has long been the ability to sit right at the front of the train and “pretend” to be the train driver, or more maturely to

Apr
25
2011
Photos – the City of London’s 800 year old Guildhall
Photos – the City of London’s 800 year old Guildhall

Photos – the City of London’s 800 year old Guildhall

Last week, the City of London Guildhall hosted the too rarely held London Maze – which is not at all maze like, but is a collection of stalls set up by local history associations around London. It’s the sort of

Apr
24
2011
Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom….
Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom….

Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom….

If you were by the Tower of London today, your ears might have rung with the Boom Boom Boom Boom of the Queen’s Birthday Salute by the Honourable Artillery Company by the banks of the Thames. 62 Booms in fact

Apr
21
2011
Photos of the Church of St. Alban the Martyr in Holborn
Photos of the Church of St. Alban the Martyr in Holborn

Photos of the Church of St. Alban the Martyr in Holborn

Wandering around London I tend to keep my eyes either watching the ground for any curious manhole covers or the like – or looking around the tops to see what might catch my attention. Sometimes, one of those things is

Apr
19
2011
Photos from the top of One New Change
Photos from the top of One New Change

Photos from the top of One New Change

Famously, the French writer, Guy de Maupassant so loathed the Eiffel Tower that on visits to Paris, he would always eat lunch in its restaurant, as it was the only way he could “avoid seeing its otherwise unavoidable profile”. Frankly,

Apr
17
2011
May 2011 – The Deptford Jack visits Greenwich
May 2011 – The Deptford Jack visits Greenwich

May 2011 – The Deptford Jack visits Greenwich

If you are in Greenwich this May Day, then you might spy a 10 foot tall tower of garlands and greenery walking slowly around the town while dancers cavort around it. This is the revival of the old Jack in

Apr
09
2011
Bale of straw to be hung from Tower Bridge
Bale of straw to be hung from Tower Bridge

Bale of straw to be hung from Tower Bridge

In line with ye olde traditions, if headroom of an arch on a bridge over the Thames is reduced from its usual limits, but remains open to navigation… then a bale of straw must be hung from the arch to

Apr
08
2011
Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium
Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium

Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium

…or not as it happens. On Saturday morning, I headed over towards Stratford to catch a steam train passing through the area, and hopefully to get some photos or video of the train with the Olympic Stadium in the background.

Mar
28
2011
Pipes under pavements exposed in all their nakedness
Pipes under pavements exposed in all their nakedness

Pipes under pavements exposed in all their nakedness

Most people will harbour a mild curiosity about what is under the pavements and roads we walk along, even if such curiosity only emerges blinking into the light of conciousness on the rare occasion that said pavement is dug up

Mar
27
2011
Photos of the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf
Photos of the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf

Photos of the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf

After the visit to the

Mar
26
2011

Photos – Two military hovercraft on the Thames

A dull rumbling sound getting slowly louder is usually a hint that I should get up and look out of the window to see if anything interesting is coming along the river. Usually it’s just a tourist boat being unusually

Mar
15
2011
HMS Westminster in Canary Wharf
HMS Westminster in Canary Wharf

HMS Westminster in Canary Wharf

Somewhat irked about this as I only found out yesterday – because my tracking software broke – but the Royal Navy Frigate, HMS Westminster is visiting London for a week, but leaves on Monday morning. Sadly, unlike when its sister

Feb
26
2011

100 Phantoms to glide through London on Sunday

Specifically, 100 Rolls Royce motor cars will smoothly glide around the posher bits of London on Sunday morning to mark the 100th anniversary of the design of that famous Spirit of Ecstasy mascot that sits on the top of every

Feb
04
2011

Photos – Reflections in the River Thames

Here is a photo of a comparatively rare sight for the River Thames – can you see what is unusual?

Jan
03
2011
Even More Photos of a Deserted London
Even More Photos of a Deserted London

Even More Photos of a Deserted London

Two years ago I cycled around London on Christmas morning taking photos of a city that was, thanks to the lack of public transport and everything being closed – was itself totally deserted of people. I was somewhat surprised at

Dec
25
2010