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Friday, May 31, 2013

Chiswick House

Back in 1729 when Chiswick House was built, this was the sort of house you built if you could afford it. If you couldn't you probably worked in the gardens or the kitchens.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

London Pride

Is brewed in Fullers Chiswick Brewery, and damn fine it is, too.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Row your boat!

There are quite a few rowing clubs on the Thames, I would have though that rowing in the tidal zone would have been rather frightening.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Put that in your pipe

Quite a few of the sewage breather pipes put in by the Victorians, which is relatively surprising as they are cast iron, I believe.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Low Tide

Low tide has its own beauty, the island you can see is the Chiswick Eyot.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Did you fay funfing?

One of my favourite knockers I've come across in London (still in Chiswick)

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Saturday, May 25, 2013


Chiswick Mall, by the Thames is a strange anomaly. There is a road that runs between the houses and their front gardens. As their front gardens are on the river, most grow high hedges for privacy. These people seem to be more open.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Smile Post

Seeing these old style mileposts, a surprising number of which still exist in the oddest places, always cheers me up.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ace Cafe

The Ace Cafe is a biker's cafe in North West London (website) is not somewhere you will come across by accident, you have to go out looking for it. That's something I recommend, if you are ever at a loose end.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bacon, Anyone?

Francis Bacon is very high on my list of dinner party guests of all time. Seen here on the wall of the Museum of Mankind in Burlington Gardens, he was a fascinating mixture of scientist, statesman and writer. Did you know he died after contracting pneumonia, experimenting with the use of freezing to preserve meat?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Reinforcing the Picture

Apparently, London is undergoing another building boom, who would have guessed? Building sites can make for interesting photos.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Popular Pop Art

The Tate Modern has a lot more than this Lichtenstein, but this has to e one of the more accessible pieces of art.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sittin' on the bay of the dock

There is rarely any competition for space on the "beaches" uncovered at the Thames low tide.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Spring is in the air

But it can be a bit of a handful, sometimes....

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Chocks Away!

Well, they are chocolate Labradors, after all. This is from inside Hotel Chocolat, who have been tirelessly waving the flag for British confectionery for some years now. I confess I rather like their possessive attitude to their bags of chocolate.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

A dry drink

This odd little structure in Finsbury Circus seems to have been erected by the Victorians to keep you dry while you sup from the fountain. Most odd.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

London 1927, In colour

London in 1927 from Tim Sparke on Vimeo.

A video for a change, and no one of mine, but one that rates 11 on the must see scale, for any lover of London.

Incredible colour footage of 1920s London shot by an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William - a noted cinematographer - was experimenting with. It's like a beautifully dusty old postcard you'd find in a junk store, but moving.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rain Dance

You can't really dampen the enthusiasm that May brings, and certainly a drop of rain won't stop the Morris Men (although quite often they are anaesthetised, anyway).

My apologies again for erratic positng, nothing sinister, thanks to all those who have got in touch wondering if all is OK. It is, but pictures are a bit thin on the ground a the moment, and the opportunities to take them are a little scarce - this one dates from six years ago, for example.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Hello, blossom

Better late than never, eh?

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Shopping in Chelsea

I do hope you dress up properly when you pop down the shops.

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Getting a message across

Not just what you say, but how you say it. A while back when UK police forces first tried out slogans, they came up with things like "Fighting Crime Everywhere" and were surprised when people just heard "Crime Everywhere" and became less not more reassured. These days they stick to a positive message like this. First prize for snappy slogan of the century goes to Avon & Somerset "Avon & Somerset: Working Together to Make the Communities of Avon & Somerset Feel Safe and Be Safe" - I suspect T-Shirts down in cream tea land must come in XXXXL.

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Saturday, May 04, 2013

The Bluebells

Somewhat late this year, the bluebells are now out in their glory in the woods at the end of my road. Spring is definitely sprung.

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Friday, May 03, 2013


Very pink, isn't it?

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Fit 'em in

New York has its Flat Iron building, London has several, none more pronounced than this, where a building's shape is dictated by the streets around. This photo does exaggerate the effect slightly, to see a more normal view in perspective, click here.

Apologies for the slight irregularities in posting at the moment. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

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