Monday, January 05, 2015

London Zoo in Winter
Animal Portraits

Giraffe at the "Into Africa" enclosure.

   Kumbuka, is a male 16-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla living in the "Gorilla Kingdom".

Two Oriental short-clawed otters, the smallest species of Otter.

Three Great white pelicans in their enclosure.

Rockhopper Penguin, Ricky is the star of "Penguin Beach".

Jae Jae, a handsome male Sumatran tiger in "Tiger Territory".  


Poppies, Tower of London Remembers

The installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. A total 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively filled the Tower’s famous moat, attracting over 5 million visitors.



We Will Remember Them.

Tour of Britain London Stage 8
Sunday, 14 September
Sir Bradley Wiggins won the individual time trial to move up to third position in the general classification with a superb ride around the 8.8km city circuit. Pictured below with other top riders.


Sir Bradley Wiggins                                               Mark Cavendish
                                        (GB/Team Sky)                                         (GB/Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 



                                   
                                         Marcel Kittel                                                    Michal Kwiatkowski 
                               (Ger/Team Giant-Shimano)                              (Pol/Omega Pharma-QuickStep)


The pack set off on 10 laps of the 8.8km circuit.

Dylan van Baarle (Ned/Garmin-Sharp) retained the
Yellow jersey to win the general classification.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Tall ships at Greenwich
 
Royal Naval College 2014 in the style of 1814
Tectona, built in India in 1929, is moored outside.

The Tall Ships Festival brought ships from all around the world to the river Thames cantered at Greenwich. On Tues 9 Sept they left for a Parade of Sail  - along the River Thames from Greenwich to the mouth of the river. A fleet of more than 50 vessels passed the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf as they said farewell to the capital. Lead by Dar Mlodziezy, the biggest ship under sail that day.

The Polish training ship, Dar Mlodziezy ("The Gift of Youth").


The Shtandart is a modern replica of a Russian navy flagship 
that was built for Peter the Great in 1703.


Oosterschelde is the largest restored Dutch sailing ship, a monument for Dutch shipbuilding,
passes through the Thames barrier, it has saved London from being flooded for many years.

Metropolitan line steam days.

The Metropolitan Line steam days were to mark the 125th anniversary of the Chesham branch line service. The special journeys on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August ran between Wembley Park and Rickmansworth. These pictures were taken at Harrow on the Hill station.

People really got into the spirit of the event, the driver included.

The train steamed back to Rickmansworth after a stop an Harrow on the Hill.

WW1 Lights Out, 4th of August 2014

The "lights out" event concluded a day of ceremonies marking 100 years since Britain entered World War One. Across the nation people were invited to turn off their lights for an hour until 23:00 BST, the time war was declared in 1914. London went dark for an hour.


Unannounced, a mysterious blue beam appeared in the sky at dusk and for seven nights, it was visible across the city between sunset and sunrise. London landmarks were seen against the light.

 From Jubilee bridge, South bank.

Westminster Abbey from Broad Sanctuary.

 Spectra was an art installation by Ryoji Ikeda, produced and presented by Artangel. It consisted of a  twenty-metre grid containing forty-nine searchlights installed at Victoria Tower Gardens.  People  could walk within the grid, experiencing a specially composed soundtrack by Ikeda.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

HMS Belfast
 
HMS Belfast was launched in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day 1938 and was the largest and most powerful cruiser in the Royal Navy. She played a crucial role escorting Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union during 1943.
In June 1944 Belfast spent five weeks in Operation Overlord supporting the D-Day Normandy landings. She reportedly fired one of the first shots on D-Day. From 1950-1952 the ship played an active role in the Korean War. She is now preserved by the Imperial War Museum.  http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

 HMS Belfast's bell, Silver ship's bell, bearing the arms of the City of Belfast. The inside of the rim
has various names engraved on it, as the bell (inverted) was used as a font and those baptised were
named here, in naval tradition.
 
The view from the bridge, today looking upstream over the river Thames.
 
These are the forward A and B Turrets each holding three of the twelve
 6-inch guns, each capable of delivering a shell onto a target 12½ miles away.
 
 

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Bunhill Fields
 
 This cemetery can be found just off London's City Road.
 
It is a little oasis of calm in the city with tombs of some famous people, ...
 
 ... including writers John Bunyan
 
... and Daniel Defoe and William Blake.
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Doggett's Coat and Badge Race

The Doggett's Coat & Badge Race takes place annually on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea).  It is the oldest rowing race in the world with up to six River Thames apprentice watermen taking part in a race which has been held every year since 1715.

 Here we see the traditional watermen's red coat with a 
silver badge being worn by previous winners of the race.

The rowers are followed by the umpire's motorlaunch 'Panache'.

 This year the race was watched by The Duke of Duke of Edinburgh, the first time since 1951.
 


 The flotilla of small boats follow the race upstream to the finish at Chelsea.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Le Tour de France 2014
Stage 3 Cambridge to London

 The flag seller walks along the route in London's lower Thames Street 
 before the crowds and cyclists arrive at great speed!

 All of a sudden the Peloton comes around the corner and are gone past within twenty seconds!

Just behind the main Peloton come more riders including AndrĂ© Greipel of team Lotto-Beliso.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wilton's Music Hall

Who would think that a small pair of doors .........

.... is your way into the last remaining Victorian Music Hall.

This year is it was one of the many indoor venues for world music.
All part of the Cultural Co-operation World City Music Village.

World City Music Village 2014

This year Cultural Co-operation held their world music festival at the Natural Trust's beautiful 
Osterley Park and House. The Saturday was wet at times, the Sunday was better, but the weather
did not effect the wonderful quality of the music from around the world by London based artists.