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August 9th 2014

Free Gaza Demo
 
Free Gaza Demo
Went on the Free Gaza demo today. It was a march from the BBC headquarters at Portland Place to Hyde Park via the American Embassy at Grosvenor Square.

It was a great day. The event went very well and the mood was very good, helped I think by the glorious sunshine.

This was the latest in a series of protests against Israel's mass killing of innocents.

The demo was made up of people from all walks of life, faiths and nationalities. There was a lot of Muslims there. I would say it was half Muslim and half non-Muslim. It was great to see Jews there too, denouncing Israel's atrocities and saying "not in my name".

I also saw some women from my homeland, Scotland, waving Scotland flags alongside Free Gaza placards. Then was completely gobsmacked to discover that I knew one of them, whom I hadn't seen for thirty years!

It was a big big demo. I find it difficult to judge numbers but seeing everyone at the destination point in Hyde Park and comparing it with the 60,000 people I have seen at a football match, I would say it was multiples of that.

There was a number of speakers at Hyde Park. One of the biggest cheers was for a Jewish guy from an organisation of Jews that support Palestine. That sums it up for me. It is often portrayed as Jew versus Muslim but it's really Israel versus Palestine.

Today Muslims, Jews, Christians and others walked shoulder by shoulder to protest against Israel's war crimes. A united sense of outrage and great to be a part of it.

I only took one picture. It was the most striking image of the day. Orthodox Jews protesting against Israel and shaking hands with Muslims. Again summing up what it's all about.


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January 22nd 2014

Velvet Ferrari
Velvet Ferrari
Velvet Ferrari
Velvet Ferrari
Velvet Ferrari
 
Velvet Ferrari
Spotted this interesting Ferrari, parked behind Harrods. Finished in black velvet. The name badge "BADER" was made from a blingy diamond material.

Must be a bugger to clean, noticed it was a bit dirty around the door bottoms. Suppose you would rub it down with a clothes brush!


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November 27th 2013

Eros Statue at Christmas
 
Eros Statue at Christmas
Noticed the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus had been converted into a massive snow globe/shaker thing. It's actually an ad for a mobile phone. Not sure I agree with advertisers taking over landmarks in this way. Saw it yesterday.


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November 23rd 2013

holding image
 
Update
Haven't posted here for a while. Started with good intentions! Seen that before with blogs. Just making this post to show that the site is still monitored.


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September 8th 2012

London Eye River Cruise
London Eye River Cruise
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London Eye River Cruise
London Eye River Cruise
London Eye River Cruise
London Eye River Cruise
 
London Eye River Cruise
Went on the London Eye and the London Eye river cruise yesterday. Glorious hot sunny day for September, about 25 degrees but felt much hotter out on the boat!

The cruise was fantastic. Been living in London for over four years but felt like a tourist, complete with my camera! Thought I knew all about London Town but the cruise was an education, very informative and good to see the town from a different viewpoint.

Went on the London Eye also. Had done that before, years ago. Being a hot sunny day the ice-cold air conditioning in the capsule was most welcome!

The first time I did it, there was a host in the capsule, explaining what the various buildings were. They have now been replaced with tablets which are practically useless and made for an almost boring ride.

The foreign people on board didn't know what they were looking at. There wasn't a fun atmosphere. Very quiet.

The tablets didn't have any sound on them and appeared to play a video which explained the sights but I couldn't even be bothered watching the introduction. I can watch such a thing online. Seemed bloody stupid to be up in a capsule and looking at a screen!

This is the thing though, tablets are very trendy and are perceived to be the way to go. A good demonstration here of how they have severely impaired a visitor experience by trying to be interactive and missing the point completely.




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London Eye Website


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July 28th 2012

Olympic Men's Road Cycle Race
Olympic Men's Road Cycle Race
Olympic Men's Road Cycle Race
 
Olympic Men's Road Cycle Race
Watched the Olympic Men's Road Cycle Race this morning on Fulham Road. Which is only two minutes from me...good to see some of the Olympics conveniently and for free!

It wasn't hugely busy which surprised me. The torch relay on Kings Road was much busier, but then there would be more people there normally.

After waiting a few years to see it, it was over in five seconds! They all passed in one big group. This was only about five minutes from the start.


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Official Olympics Site


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July 27th 2012

Olympic Flame Barge
Olympic Flame Barge. Battersea Bridge in the background.
 
Olympic Flame Barge
Hmmm...haven't made a post for a while. Been busy elsewhere. It's the opening ceremony of the Olympics today and the place has gone Olympic-daft...so just joining in!

Went down to the Thames at Chelsea Embankment this morning, to see the Olympic torch relay on the royal barge.

Not a huge number of people on the embankment, certainly when compared to the road relay that I saw at Sloane Square yesterday, in the baking sunshine, which was a contrast to today with a spot of rain in the air.

The barge was making its way from Hampton Court to Tower Bridge.


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December 25th 2011

Dropped Harley Davidson
Harley Davidson Dropped
 
Dropped Harley Davidson


Christmas Eve 2011 on Old Brompton Road, South Kensington.

Guy had just dropped his Harley. Didn't want to rub salt into the wound by asking a stupid question like "Drop your bike, mate?" so simply helped him and got on with it.

It started first time after he righted it, which you can hear on the video. Presumably it has fuel injection, would have been a different matter with flooded carbs!

Taken on my new Mini DVR-HD helmet cam on 720p @ 60 frames per second, using an external microphone.

Was riding my "new" motorbike, a Suzuki VanVan 125. Don't think I mentioned on this blog, passed my bike test in October (2011)!

Got the snazzy helmet cam so can post more "action" videos like the one above!


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November 6th 2011

London To Brighton car run 2011
"Hmmm, it's not supposed to do that..."
London To Brighton car run 2011
"...that's what it's supposed to do!" 1903 Grout steam car.
London To Brighton car run 2011
"No you can't go rioting, you're coming on the run!"
London To Brighton car run 2011
London To Brighton car run 2011
 
London To Brighton car run 2011
Went to the start of the London To Brighton Veteran Car Run in Hyde Park this morning. The cars leave between 7 and 8am for the sixty mile journey to Brighton.


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London To Brighton Veteran Car Run


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October 9th 2011

Paul McCartney Wedding
Paul McCartney entering the Registry Office - crap picture taken on my phone
 
Paul McCartney Wedding
Was at Paul McCartney's wedding today! At the registry office at least! He got married at the Old Marylebone Registry Office on Marylebone Road.

Great atmosphere. Saw him go in and come out. When he came out the traffic ground to a halt and all the car drivers were tooting their horns. Macca was loving it! Also saw Ringo Star going in.

I was reasonably close but only had my phone with me, so the pictures were crap.


Related Links

BBC article on the wedding


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