Sunday, September 19, 2010

A picture- Part Two.

My creative genius doesn't work well under pressure. In twenty minutes I will be serving Sunday Roasts at the pub downstairs so this post will be short and mundane.

Above is more of the highwalks. Note the fountain/water feature below, the apartments above, and the highwalk just under the building. Does that help to answer your question Fflur? Congratulations on the emergence of your son into teenage-dom. I have no idea what you have been up to Richard, but I can guess that double basses and wine would be involved. Substitute the double bass for more wine and you've got The Curmudgeon perhaps? Is The Wine Guy still around?

This is a picture of Chiswick Park tube station at sunset. It is a wee way out of the city so it not underground. Even though the sign outside says 'UNDERGROUND. But everyone knows what is means. It's on the District line. The Piccadilly line runs through here, but doesn't stop.

The Pope is here at the moment, There is a lot of anger about the fact the Government has paid for him to be here, a man who helps spread AIDS and hides up sexual abuse. I quite like this video a friend put me on to. Because of a couple of swear words it is restricted so you will need to sign in to You Tube to see it.

Must away

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Picture- Part One

In a cunningly devised plan I had to get back into blogging I decided to choose photos I had taken and then write a little bit about each one. This plan was going great as I set out to the internet cafe and paid for plenty of time to write this blog. It was then that I remembered that I had left behind the USB stick with all my photos on.

With a determination to push on I found someone else's (far better) picture of what I wanted to talk about. So here is the image:

This is a picture of the Barbican Highwalk. I found the highwalks by accident, when I walking back to Moorgate tube station from the London Museum and I really like them. They are a series of walkways (highwalks) that lie about 5 metres above ground and they are the first interesting thing I have found that I wasn't pre-informed about in a guide or by a local.

I was able to walk the kilometre from the museum to the tube without even having to cross a road or give way to anything, or go around a building. The walks simply go through the office and apartment blocks, and a yellow line shows you the way to the tube station. In the centre of one block of apartments was an amazing garden (the picture of which I hope will be in a later post).

From this height above the ground it is a great place to see the surrounding architecture. If you look in this photo you can even see a remaining part of the wall of London- from the Roman times. When I first came through I didn't have my camera, it was raining and I was hungry, so I didn't stop. But I came back the next day and stopped for a while. It seems hard to image how a mash of buildings covering hundreds of years can go together, but somehow they do. The masses of water below add to the mytic of it all, and it felt like I had discovered soemthing hidden, but wonderful. Like a secret garden.