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DSC 0692fi 460x270 - Euston Square - Who cares?

For the entire summer or so there has been this amazing opportunity to get a electric shock at Euston Square, perhaps even top oneself! And its on a major commuter route to a railway and bus station 🙂 How can that be? One of the lamp posts has been withoutRead More →

DSC 0892 460x270 - Rolling Stones at Marble Arch #2

The second part of the Rolling Stones at Marble Arch – except this time it’s most likely not there! The first part of this series can be seen here. These photographs from the sixties are said to be in the subways leading to Marble Arch’s underground car park. Rolling StonesRead More →

IMG 4029 460x270 - Divers at Floating Pocket Park

General view of the Floating Park Saturday 29 April 2017 Sign warning of divers at work! Divers were at the Floating Pocket Park this weekend, on what is clearly a difficult job. Getting the modular pontoon floats in position ready to be pulled underwater. Their task is to place moreRead More →

DSC 0978 460x270 - Floating Pocket Park progress

Several days ago I wrote of the Floating Park in Paddington – that there seemed to be some issues with the pontoons & weight mass which was causing everything to go uneven. I revisited the basin this evening and it seems some of the problems have been sorted although barelyRead More →

DSC07963crp 460x270 - Old railway tunnel at King's Cross

The ‘Widened Lines’ (or what is left of them) are rail tunnels between St Pancras and Farringdon now used by Thameslink. The tunnels were a joint venture between the Great Northern and Metropolitan Railways and completed in 1866. Historically the lines also linked to King’s Cross mainline station as wellRead More →

DSC 0326 460x270 - A floating mess at Paddington?

General view of the uncompleted floating gardens looking towards Edgware Road. In September last year plans were announced for London’s first Floating Gardens to be based on the canal in Paddington right by where the basin meets Edgware Road. Have you heard about the plans for a floating garden onRead More →

whitehallrly 460x270 - More pneumatic railway proposals in London

Following my posts on the Hyde Park Pneumatic (the ‘sewer railway’) and the Beach Transit Subways, this is a further look at attempts to build subterranean pneumatic railways in London – and we cover a number of obscure schemes including the Victoria Station & Thames Embankment and the Oxford Street & City Railways.Read More →

DSC 0851 460x270 - Park Lane gardens

One of London’s most secret (and not so secret) gardens! Several times a year its a pretty sight with its fantastic displays of flowers despite the traffic whizzing past at up to 40mph. People may tout other London gardens as being great including that at Embankment – but Park LaneRead More →

DSC 2589 460x270 - The attempt to see Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s statue is in the middle of an inaccessible traffic island… I’ve often peered at it from one of the numerous buses that ply up and down Park Lane. As the seasons turned to spring I took a snap decision courage to pay Byron. It was already getting darkRead More →

DSC 1544 460x270 - Rolling Stones at Marble Arch #1

The Stones iconic image taken at Marble Arch in June 1963. The photographs were taken presumably as publicity material for their new single ‘Come On’ and the tweet below confirms it. The #RollingStones in Marble Arch, London [1963]Their debut single – ‘Come On’ – was released on 7th June 1963.Read More →

IMG 6596 460x270 - Bayswater's 1861 Tram

George Francis Train was an American who introduced tramways (streetcars) in the States. In 1860 he came over to England to introduce his tramways which had been running in the USA for three decades. Train opened his first line at Birkenhead in 1860, followed by three short lines in LondonRead More →

maldn 460x270 - The Marble Arch Wheel

The Marble Arch Observation Wheel was one of the city’s most unexpected surprises of 2015. Yet barely anything of the wheel was mentioned by the media. Not one report on its construction or its opening it seems. The only time the wheel made the news was when it broke down.Read More →

IMG 3909 460x270 - Harmonie London

Whilst practically all of London’s buskers stayed at home on the two days following xmas, one brave youngster took her keyboards to Oxford Street. Her gig on the 27th outside Monsoon/House of Fraser by Bond Street junction proved a huge draw for the many xmas sales shoppers who stopped byRead More →

IMG 2109 460x270 - Tower Bridge Stairs

The stairwells in Tower Bridge are almost as they were the day the bridge was built. They range from wide sweeping staircases to narrow spiral staircases as well as straightforward flights of stairs and stone steps. Its quite difficult to capture the staircases’ essence hence an ultra wide angle lensRead More →

DSC 0125 460x270 - 96 Curtain Road EC1

96 Curtain Road (the former Slate cafe) stands well out onto the pavement (Source: Google) Number 96 Curtain Road is certainly an unusual building. I first became aware of 96 when I began work at Oakden’s nearby. This was 1987 and the year I still got to work at OakdensRead More →

IMG 0155 460x270 - The Design Museum

The new Design Museum on its first day of opening As one of 500 children who passed through its doors daily when it first opened in 1962, I was interested to see how the old Commonwealth Institute would fare in 2016 as the new Design Museum. The new museum isRead More →

IMG 9747 460x270 - München Looping 2

Here’s a second set of Munchen Looping pictures! Equipment used: Canon 7d with Tamron 18-270 lens ISO used was 1600-2500, mostly at 2000. ISO 1600 is generally my preferred maximum. Shutter speeds ranged from 1/60 to 1/250. The Canon 7d, being quite old in terms of camera technology, is notRead More →

IMG 9341 460x270 - The München Looping

Rudolf Barth’s München Looping The München (Munich) Looping, or the Olympia Looping, is known as such because it’s five loops represent the Olympics. The ride is “one of the best steel looping roller coasters in the world” and for the first time has taken a trip out of Germany. It’sRead More →